Putin Punks The Lyin’ King … Again

In the latest iteration of the Syrian crisis that the Imperial President devoutly wished to foment, Vladimir Putin has cut in and taken over, leaving The Lyin’ King alone on the dance floor while events whirl on, without him.

First there was the infamous “red line” that the Imperial President cited as his reason to attack Syria; al-Assad, he insisted, used chemical weapons on his own people. Despite al-Assad’s denials and admissions by Syrian rebels to the Associated Press that they were responsible, that was his story and he was sticking to it. Then objections to an attack on Syria became more vociferous, domestically.

Suddenly, President-Unilateral-Action needed Congressional approval for military action, finding it necessary to spread the blame for the snafu. When it looked as if Congress was going to hand The Lyin’ King a huge setback, the first vote of no confidence in history for a presidential request for military action, the president’s back-peddle picked up speed.

The Lyin’ King, despite print, audio and visual records to the contrary, denied that he had ever invoked a “red line;” the rest of the world had and Congress was responsible for doing something about it: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line …Congress set a red line when it indicated that … some of the horrendous things that are happening on the ground (in Syria) need to be answered for…”

As with all of The Lyin’ King’s ludicrous fantasies, he chose to ignore reality; an admission Syrian rebels had made to the Associated Press, taking responsibility for the gas attack. Assad’s denial of culpability. He elected, instead, to invest in his own creation of events, ignoring the depravity displayed by the Syrian rebels and their ties with Al-Qaeda. Elizabeth O’Bagy, WSJ op-ed writer (since fired for falsifying her credentials) and authenticator of Syrian fictions for the regime, has been found to be a Syrian-rebel sympathizer and liar. No surprises there.

Then the rest of the world joined the chorus of boos, further isolating and humiliating him. It wasn’t difficult, aided by former-rabid-dove-turned-hawk, Secretary of State John Kerry, who provided the perfect opening for Vladimir Putin. When asked by the press, if Assad would turn over all chemical weapons would the United States call off the dogs of war, the feckless Kerry said “sure.” He belatedly realized that he had undercut the regime’s game plan. He hastily added that such a thing would never happen. Typically, it took less than a day to prove him wrong.

In a move The New York Times called a “surprise”, Vladimir Putin immediately … well … capitalized on Kerry’s gaffe. Putin publically insisted that Assad turn over all chemical weapons, ASAP, neatly pulling the rug out from under the president. Assad quickly agreed to relinquish any such weapons in his possession to the United Nations. The New York Times postulated, Tuesday, that the Russians are presenting The Lyin’ King with a way out of the mess he created. The Weekly Standard, however, presented a more accurate picture. The headline of an article, published Tuesday, is direct: “Putin Didn’t Save Obama, He Beat Him. With the Russian proposal on Syrian chemical weapons, the United States is being escorted out of the Middle East.”

The Lyin’ King’s response to being forced to turn tail and run? Well, the president, in an embarrassing address to the nation Tuesday night, doubled down on his insistence that it is all al-Assad’s fault. More preposterous still, The Lyin’ King insists that he planned it that way; if it hadn’t been for his war-like stance, the Putin ultimatum wouldn’t have worked. Yes, The Red Lyin’ King made it all possible.

The Lyin’ King’s plans for Syria have undergone more alterations than Nancy Pelosi’s face. He continues to insist on “undeniable proof” of the Assad regime’s guilt, but has yet to offer the American people a single shred of evidence, undeniable or otherwise. Clearly, just his saying so should be enough proof for the country to back him in another war.

Putin has, once again, kicked the Lyin’ King’s narrow, ineffectual butt. The rest of the world, if not The Lyin’ King and his flacks, have taken notice.

Image: Cut out of Image: Russia.VladimirPutin.02.jpg; author: Skander; produced by Agência Brasil; Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 Brazil)

About the author: Marilyn Assenheim

Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.

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