The decline of political rhetoric

…and leadership.  Yikes.  Not a good time for our allies to be counting on the U.S. for help.

Hard to believe POTUS is so self-unaware that he cites Syria – Syria! – to demonstrate the fierceness of his resolve.

Here’s Bret Stephens in today’s WSJ:

“When the president of the United States says he doesn’t take any options off the table, that should be taken seriously. And I think I have a track record over the last five years that indicates that that should be taken seriously.” Mr. Obama then added: “I said it’s a problem for Syria to have chemical weapons that it uses on its own citizens. And when we had definitive proof that it had, I indicated my willingness potentially to take military action.”

At the Battle of Thermopylae, it is recorded that the Spartan King Leonidas indicated his willingness potentially to die for Greece. At Gettysburg, Union soldiers gave the last full measure of their potential indication.

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