This may turn into just a partial post after Obama’s speech on Syria. Rather than being the usual critique, I was struck by what I did not see, what seemed to be glaringly absent.
I watched it twice thinking I missed something but I didn’t. Of course, I don’t know what was on the cutting room floor. I didn’t see the usual level of partisan attacks. Now he always has them in there as standard fare, so I must assume they had to work to keep them out. (…why I’d love to see the cuts) He referred to the other side negatively but not as usual, there seemed to be a shortage of straw men from his usual rhetoric. That might have some strategic political reason for it.
But better or worse than that, he talked about the nasty effects of these weapons with his supposed outrage. Fine. Yet what he did not say was anything too critical, or personal about the man who supposedly used them. Now everyone knows Obama’s capability of personal attacks, how he can demonize his opponents, and surprisingly left it out.
If you have outrage against these chemical weapon, WMD, attacks then you must hold that and more venom for those who would use them. It was an opportunity. But I didn’t see it. Looking, I scratched my head. Obama never misses an opportunity for personal attacks of his opponents. He even made an off-handed slap at Putin just weeks ago on Leno. (hoping the press would run with that message, I’m sure.)
Noticeably missing. Does anyone stop short of calling Hitler evil for what he did? Or is this a man who has problems confronting obvious evil?
So he came out and took aim and swung against chemicals not the person who employed them. But the chemicals did not assemble themselves.