Barack Obama does not seem to get the American value of determination. Pundits and journalists have been hard at work trying to tell the President and his press secretary, Jay Carney, that new information is no reason to change the President’s mind on Syria. Who cares if there is now a way to avert armed intervention? If the President said that he was going to bomb Syria, he should stick to it, no matter what.
Jay Carney showed the administration’s lack of determination when he said that the President is considering new information that may avert a strike. Presidents should never change their minds. That sends the world the wrong message. That seemed to be the prevailing discourse among journalists and analysts last week.
“Barack Obama should learn from Presidents like Putin, who no matter what, sticks to his guns. Information is irrelevant to Putin’s decisions” argued Mr. Dogma Teak in “Meet the Mindless.” “Obama is too hesitant,” claimed a spokesperson from the “Gotcha Institute.”