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From page A4 | September 06, 2013 | 44 Comments

At a news conference in Sweden on Monday, President Obama was asked about his “red line” about Syria’s use of chemical weapons last week and whether his red-line comment had boxed him in. He seemed to deny it.

“I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line” when it outlawed chemical weapons, Obama said.

After punting to Congress, Obama went golfing. He must have come up with that “We are the world” rhetorical gambit while meditating on the golf course, or perhaps using a wedge to get out of a sand trap.

Then he said, “My credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line, and America and Congress’ credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important.”

So, after he was prepared to unleash a few cruise missiles on Syria, President Obama decided to let those pesky Tea Party Republicans take over the responsibility for America’s credibility.

We can’t believe he went all the way to Sweden to do blame shifting to some nebulous “international community” that doesn’t include Great Britain and so far just seems to amount to moral support from France and Australia. And shift blame from himself to Congress.

If President Obama is such a great speaker, why didn’t he send Vice President Joe Biden to the G-20 conference in Russia? He could stay home and go on TV and make his case to the American people. Instead of campaigning around the country to take money from those who worked hard to earn and give to someone else, he could address the country as a whole. Other presidents have done that. Why not Obama?

Monday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to approve a resolution supporting the president’s use of force against Syria, with amendments by Sen. John McCain that turn it from a simple response to a strategy.

Whatever happens with the Senate and House of Representatives over the next few days, one thing is for sure: President Obama’s credibility is shrinking as fast as the remaining days he has in office. He has, in the words of Simon  & Garfunkel, squandered his resistance “for a pocket full of mumbles.”

Mountain Democrat

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  • Ernie LouisSeptember 05, 2013 - 11:58 am

    Now that you’ve identified the person responsible for the problem between the United States of America and the World – Tells us about the person(s) responsible for the problems of El Dorado County. Ernie Louis

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 7:16 am

    President Obama correctly states his credibility is not on the line. He has none.

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  • cookie65September 06, 2013 - 8:45 am

    obama actually made the claim that "his" was the only credibility that wasn't in question. According to his highness, the world and all of America's credibility was on the line and not his. What is most amazing to behold is how his sycophant media keeps greasing the rails for this complete fraud.

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 9:07 am

    "Exclusive: Top Chemical Weapons Expert Highly Skeptical of U.S. Case Against Syrian Government" - HERE

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 9:10 am

    "US, Israel Make Final Preparations for Wider War, Evacuate US Embassy in Lebanon" - HERE

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 9:13 am

    "Yes, the Syrian Rebels DO Have Access to Chemical Weapons" - HERE

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 9:15 am

    "Rep. Alan Grayson: Syria Intelligence Manipulated" - HERE

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Days later and we still have no idea where Secretary of State John Kerry got that amazingly precise number of 1,429 killed in the alleged Syria chemical agent attack. (HERE)

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  • cookie65September 06, 2013 - 9:27 am

    obama has no business on the world stage. Every last conjured up, phony criteria that has carried him along thru life is nothing more than a sideshow of American privilege, Hollywood influence and an example of ignorance to the rest of world and its leaders. His symbolism over substance wouldn't get him a bag of popcorn outside of this country. His "historic" election (the most double digit IQ voters ever) is totally meaningless to anyone with an above room temperature IQ. Affirmative action has nothing to do with the cream rising to the surface, qualifications, preparedness, stature, respect, giftedness, competence, vision, or anything else the world needs and values in the leader of the freeworld. The election of barack obama as President of the United States is a crime against humanity. The entire world, not just Americans deserve better from and for this country.

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  • EvelynSeptember 06, 2013 - 9:27 am

    "FEMA Preparing For A Major Event In Region III" (Washington DC, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia) - HERE

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  • James E.September 06, 2013 - 9:43 am

    Cookie, the election of the president is a crime against humanity? Why do you continue to sugar coat -- just say what you mean, don't hold back.

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  • cookie65September 06, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Drone hunting license in Colorado town. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/drone-hunting-season-tiny-colorado-town-article-1.1447389

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 06, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Not sure where to put this...under credibility seems to fit...http://www.edcgov.us/Government/Parks/Henningsen_Lotus_Park_Concept_Plan_Survey.aspx There is an online survey for a park. Up here in Pollock...we are fighting for our little league park to remain the same...where it has always been run by volunteers--it is hard convincing young people that "bright and shiny" comes at a price.

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  • DB SmithSeptember 06, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    Obama, McCain, Pelosi and Boehner seem to be so upset about the deaths of 1,400 Syrians of which 400 were kids. Sure the chemical thing isn't good but neither is a mis-used machete, abortion, disease or hunger. Over 4,000 people die everyday of Aids in Africa. Over 1,500 people die everyday of Cancer in the USA. Over 3,700 deaths via abortion are performed everyday in the USA. Almost 16,000 children alone die everyday due to hunger on this globe. In the last 5 years there have been 48.000 people killed in drug cartel related incidents in Mexico. That's 9.600 per year. There is so much division and so many problems right here in the good ole USofA that the President should be taking care of. If he wanted to do something productive he should invade Mexico, eliminate the border, get rid of the drug cartels and politicians and start over. We would have people rushing back to Mexico. We would save all kinds of money, save lives and create many, many new jobs.

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  • cookie65September 07, 2013 - 6:55 am

    The stink is really hitting the fan thanks to the incompetent boy blunder occupying our Whitehouse. Putin offered a smackdown (the bottom of the shoe for a muslim) when he told the world he was and is supporting the government of Syria. There are now charges that the entire chemical attack is a fraud. Our doofus secretary of state and the equally challenged mcclaim have based their positions on information provided from a paid advocate for the Syrian rebels. Hollywood's anti-war, anti-Bush leftists from yesteryear have admitted they are silent over oblamo getting us into Syria's civil war because they "don't want to feel anti-black". The endless record of lies this administration has concocted and perpetuated over the last 4 1/2 years even has obozo's blind faithful sycophant supporters in the leftist cheerleading media at odds with themselves. It is a good thing the majority of the American people are too clueless to cross the street without a signal to guide them. Thank you to all of you who voted for hope and change. Next time you get so inspired by your emotional loonacy... STAY HOME!!!!

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  • cookie65September 07, 2013 - 7:21 am

    After 6 years of the leftist/socialist/progressive/communist experiment and destruction in Australia the people have thrown them out. I guess the leftists down under haven't learned how to rig elections. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/conservative-leader-abbott-expected-win-australian-election-polls-022037221.html

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  • cookie65September 07, 2013 - 7:35 am

    The yoyo was blamed for drought in Syria many years ago and banned. Now the same religious zealotry has global warming being blamed for the never ending conflict in Syria. Infinite is the only word that describes the mental instability of leftists. http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/09/06/2013-conflict-in-syria-blamed-on-drought-caused-by-global-warming-flashback-1933-yo-yo-banned-in-syria-blamed-for-drought-by-moslems/

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  • cookie65September 07, 2013 - 7:50 am

    The obamasycophant media will stop at nothing to keep the disastrous obamaeconomy from having anything at all to do with his leftists agenda. Now the rise in unemployment is being blamed on the porn industry. You can't make this stuff up. http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/06/pointing-at-pornography-for-job-losses/?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

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  • cookie65September 07, 2013 - 9:05 am

    obama is arming Syrian rebels with assault weapons so they can defend themselves against a regime that does not represent them while telling us there is no reason for Americans to own assault weapons.....

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  • Dink LaneSeptember 07, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    We need Pres George "Cheney" Bush back.... We need leaders who will walk like he's been riding his horse too long and wear BIG Cowboy hats...... Ouuu that was so strong looking.... Baby Bush leans on the podium and says "You're either with us, or against us."...... Look how strong we felt then.... Let's do that BS part again.... The MD Editors were perfectly happy with that...

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  • EvelynSeptember 07, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    "Congress Members Who Have Seen Classified Evidence About Syria Say It Fails to Prove Anything" - HERE

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  • LpSeptember 08, 2013 - 1:46 am

    The president should invade Mexico, get rid of the drug cartel, beef up the border, and legalize pot here in the states. Tax the hell out of it like he does everything else, to pay for his free health care plan that is not 'gonna be free for anybody. We could pull ourselves out of debt by just taxing pot alone....it could pay for this so called health plan.

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  • EvelynSeptember 08, 2013 - 7:02 am

    "Syria covert op: They had to dump Hillary and bring in Kerry" - HERE: [E]x-State Department advisor, William Polk, claims that global warming is a major cause of civil war in Syria.

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  • EvelynSeptember 08, 2013 - 7:08 am

    Syria war rationale illustrated HERE.

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 7:19 am

    LP, here is the direction the left wants to go regarding Mexico. http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/06/senator-feinstein-to-napolitano-stop-enforcing-immigration-law/

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 7:22 am

    Evelyn, the Arab press, who we were told was going to love us again once obama reconciled all the wrongs created by Bush has been using some colorful language to describe obama. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/arab-press-barack-obama-syria-96405.html

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 7:41 am

    Evelyn, Syria covert op is probably more true than we will ever know. I have a theory that I will pass along. It is my theory and I take full responsibility for it. One of the things hidden in obama's college transcripts is WHO paid for and obtained his admission. The Saudi's. Who stands to gain thru the cost of oil by endless turmoil in the rest of the middle east oil producing countries? The Saudi's. obama is too clueless to have made it to president without the rails being greased for him at every stage of life.

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 9:36 am

    I saw a post on facebook that said, "hey obama, when are you going to tell the middle east to stop clinging to their guns and religion?"

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  • kggSeptember 08, 2013 - 11:00 am

    "After punting to Congress, Obama went golfing." kgg writes: if president obama had not gone to congress, the complaint would be that he is a dictator. now that he has put it before congress, he gets criticized for that. and what is this obsession with the president's golf game? he goes to the links about twice a month. that is hardly excessive. or would you rather he cleared brush on a ranch?

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 1:12 pm

    A record increase in Artic ice this summer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10294082/Global-warming-No-actually-were-cooling-claim-scientists.html

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  • kggSeptember 08, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    cookie wrote: "A record increase in Artic ice this summer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10294082/Global-warming-No-actually-were-cooling-claim-scientists.html" kgg wrote: the telegraph is a conservative newspaper - if you check this page, you will see links to 5 different stories referring to climate change - all of them - anti science. why should anyone pay attention to a newspaper that so obviously has an agenda that promotes a head in the sand attitude?

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    kgg, it is called the weather, deal with it.

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    We may have passed the point where Russia has more credibility than our own government. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36116.htm

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  • kggSeptember 08, 2013 - 6:00 pm

    cookie wrote: "We may have passed the point where Russia has more credibility than our own government. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36116.htm" kgg writes: oh cookie, you poor deluded loon. you are certainly not worth wasting any more time responding to your ravings.

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  • kggSeptember 08, 2013 - 6:03 pm

    cookie wrote: "We may have passed the point where Russia has more credibility than our own government. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36116.htm" kgg writes: oh cookie, you poor deluded loon. you are certainly not worth wasting any more time on responses to your ravings.

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 5:05 pm

    kgg, the name you and other doomers give to all of us who have been laughing at your failed predictions for 40 years is "anti-science", as if somehow your religious superstitions are "science"LOL!!!. Quit allowing yourself to be told what to believe and learn how to do some of your own thinking. I have been following the global warming fraud since they first tried selling it to me in 1975, I have read a ton more about it than you and in all that time I have never came across a single scientist who has ever claimed that even one species in prior epochs became extinct because the earth became too warm. On the other hand how many became extinct because the earth became too cool? How long will you choose to be a fool?

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  • cookie65September 08, 2013 - 6:19 pm

    kgg, here is your epa for you.....Environmental Protection Agency spent nearly $40,000 for former administrator Lisa Jackson’s portrait.

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 08, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Baseball field people heads up...Park Working together with El Dorado County government and El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), Pollock Pines is working on creating a park for all community residents and visitors. Please contact Jeanne ....nice Harper--tell them you actually started several years ago...and nine people decided for all of us. We already had 26 acres...now youre going after a baseball field--where children are playing--and have been for over fifty years. Two different reports. 2004 vs 2011-2012 (includes draft) Wake up Pollock--she doesnt care. Nice to know EID is working with her...or is it just the other advisory board member from the Parks and Trails report? Who works for EID--does EID know one of its people is very political up here--and is part of manipulating a "community? Does the BOS know that you switched--when addressing the trails? At the meeting they looked a little confused. Just asking. One of the supervisors keep referring to the 2004 report--and the tons of input...I was there in 2007. However--what was being talked about came from the recent Parks and Trails...and your name is on it. so they was not a lot of in put at Pollocks workshop--nine people...kind of makes it invalid doesnt it? Is there a law for trying to manipulate a town? You are using grants...Wells Fargo was one--right? Stagecoach...how many others? The Park....this is about trails. And you would take away ten acres from children? WOW. I think that EID does not know that the community had no idea...interesting. I think that the supervisors that were there--had no idea...that two reports were being switched back and forth. Ms Daley (BOS staff knew) Some of these papers are being given to various people...to hand out to others. Remember I said people will look to who is supporting the "lie". Good luck Harper--you were wrong when you said I wouldnt hurt you or CEDAPP...I dont have to--the community will bring you guys down. Shame on any one who was involved in trying to take a little league field from kids. They spent $445,000--on the Park behind the bowling alley--they messed up some how...not our fault. And certainly not the fault of the kids who play ball. http://www.cedapp.biz/14-focus-areas/

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 08, 2013 - 8:15 pm

    CEDAPP Presents...Winterfest! A Party in the Pines. Admission gets you two free beers or two glasses of wine (21 and up) in a beautiful commemorative keep-sake glass, and loaded baked potato bar! Sierra At Tahoe will be there giving away FREE lift tickets and fun Sierra swag. Come enjoy live music and raffles for a great cause! All proceeds go toward promoting our Pollock Pines Community with a beautiful new welcome sign along side HWY 50. WHAT SIGN HARPER? Another nine people deciding on something? And what happen to the money that people from this community put towards the Bear Statue...you should have thousands....hope you are giving it back--I heard the bear project was not happening. Or is this another instance where your group gets to decide where those funds go? Seems that already happen--remember the $5000.00 on library carpet..the El dorado county library falls under Parks and rec--doesnt it. Estimated...5000 (library) +12,000 (low ended) wow thats a lot of money taken from people in Pollock by non profits --and doing whatever they want. Shrugging shoulders. Sleep well CEDAC..youre in charge of CEDAPP...or is she in control of you guys?

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 08, 2013 - 8:23 pm

    Winterfest....another way to get money from our hands to Harpers https://www.facebook.com/events/463336607066040/ all for the good of a community. How many people know about the idea of yet another sign? Check out the people who are going...shhhhhhhhhh before they erase it. Just a few so far.

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  • EvelynSeptember 09, 2013 - 7:02 am

    TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: "Joe Biden in 2012: If Romney Wins, We’ll Go To War With Syria" - HERE

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  • Fran DuchampSeptember 09, 2013 - 7:44 am

    Today is the last day for people to turn in comments regarding the new sign ordinance being proposed by El Dorado County. Here is the link for more information: https://www.edcgov.us/Goverment.aspx?id=6442452418 Whether you agree with my statement or not, the more comments from the public the better. Please participate and send in your thoughts. The current sign ordinance is 2 pages, the new one is 37. Send your comments to: "shawna purvines" shawna.purvines@edcgov.us

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  • EvelynSeptember 10, 2013 - 7:26 am

    "The (Farcical) Emperor is Naked" - HERE

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  • EvelynSeptember 10, 2013 - 7:31 am

    "Americans Were 12 Times More Interested in Miley Cyrus Than Syria" - HERE (Before posting this I had to look up Miley Cyrus to find out who/what he/she/it was.)

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