President Barack Obama will address the nation on the subject of Syria. The address comes after Obama sought Congressional authorization for the action. The current FDL whip count shows a tough road for the a resolution authorizing the use of military force on Syria.
Update: President Obama gave an odd and contradictory speech which very little sense can made out of. Though one take away is he is delaying the vote by Congress – probably because he was going to lose.
My fellow Americans, I need some some new speechwriters. Or at least a copyeditor to make sure part 2 of speech doesnt contradict part 1.
— Rosa Brooks (@brooks_rosa) September 11, 2013
Update 2: It is about children – no, it about our national security – no, the children – no, national security. It’s somehow about both but I have to go to Congress despite it being a threat…
Update 3: Someone bravely tried to understand the logic of this speech.
While the president’s address focused mostly on preventing Syria from using chemical weapons and keeping those weapons from falling into the wrong hands, it is clear that the proposed military action does not promise either. Its presumed effectiveness, moreover, rests on the assumption that the mere threat of escalation will deter Assad in the future. And yet the president promised only limited action, and all but promised not to act without the consent of Congress.