Patterico's Pontifications


Obama Will Seek Congressional Authority for Syria Strike

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 4:13 pm

A dictator in the Middle East uses poisonous gas on his citizens. The world refuses to agree to support a U.S. attack, but the President decides to go “unilateral” — after seeking an authorization to use military force from Congress, of course.

Thank God we’ve changed from the days of George Bush and Iraq.


[Obama’s] approach is a far cry from then-candidate Obama’s campaign-trail appeals for international cooperation.

During an April 2007 speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Obama said the U.S. cannot try to “bully [the world] into submission.”

In a 2007 essay in Foreign Affairs, he specifically warned about breaking off from European allies: “In the case of Europe, we dismissed European reservations about the wisdom and necessity of the Iraq war.”

During his July 2008 campaign speech in Berlin, Obama told Europeans that “no one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone.” He warned that “on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny” and that neither America nor Europe can “turn inward.”

Hope and change, baby. Hope . . . and change.

Saturday – College Football!!!

Filed under: General — JD @ 6:02 am

[guest post by JD]

Today is the first Saturday of college football. If the Vandy vs Ole Miss game is any indicator, this should be an exciting season. Cliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech team should be fun this year. Georgia vs Clemson and LSU vs TCU should be interesting Week 1 matchups.

I am recovering from a 38mph bicycle mishap – broke my carbon frame in half, shattered my helmet, pretty awful road rash, a couple nasty bone bruises, but nothing serious.

Good timing since Patterico is back.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I have seen the pictures. The “pretty awful road rash” is not something I will forget soon.

I do appreciate that JD waited to have his potentially life-threatening bike crash until when I returned, for the good of the blog.


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