Vladimir Putin recently took issue with the idea of America's exceptionalism. There was a time when Americans didn't need to boast; their deeds spoke louder than their words. Those times are long past. Syria has brought to light the ineptitude of this presidency. Although the “red line” was solely Obama's blunder, he asserted that Congress and finally NATO were to blame for their failure to act. This grandstanding at the expense of others played right into the hands of Bashar al-Assad and Putin, who immediately reversed tactics by setting their own stage and directing their own puppets, thereby pulling a few strings they probably didn't expect, namely our president, a president who in five years has created twice the debt it took 43 presidents and 224 years to accumulate.
Even this president understands his limitations. His remaining tenure is contingent upon his continued control of the Senate and winning over the House. If Americans allow this president to once again “buy” their votes, with giveaways and shallow promises, remember Putin's aforementioned words and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's flippant remark concerning the debacle in Benghazi. What difference does it make? Only everything …
Stan Williamson, Edmond
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