Democratic pollster and author Doug Schoen tells Newsmax that President Barack Obama’s speech Tuesday was intended to move the United States away from the brink of military action against Syria while “subcontracting” the U.S. response out to Russia.
“What the president is basically doing is saying: ‘I want out, don’t want to do an attack, willing to delay a vote,” observed Schoen in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. “We’re looking to the Russians to tell us what to do.”
Schoen said that the president failed to speak to the practicalities of his plan. “He’s basically subcontracting to Vladimir Putin and hoping that it works,” he asserted.
But Schoen also said that the speech is unlikely to change any minds among the American public or Congress.
“I think he swayed no on,” he said. “This was just sort of a check in, say where we stand and go from there.”
Asked whether the speech was smart politically, Schoen observed: “I don’t think it was consequential.”
He added that the speech will add a delay to the process.
“I don’t think it’s going to do anything to anybody. I don’t think it’s going to change any minds,” he said. “I think it just puts us in a position of waiting for the diplomatic process to play itself out.”
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