This is an open thread for your impressions on President Obama’s speech this evening. Personally, I was not impressed; it wasn’t a bad speech, but it wasn’t the great speech he needed, either. He said that he has asked for a postponement of the votes in Congress, which takes away half of the reason for the speech in the first place.
And at least on my high-definition television, the President didn’t look good. The lighting for the speech seemed wrong, and it gave him sort of a plastic look.
The President said:
What kind of world would we live in … if we see a dictator brazenly violate international law and use poison gas … and look the other way?
The Administration claims that 1,429 people were killed by sarin gas on August 21st, and that we shouldn’t look the other way. But somewhere around 100,000 people have been killed in two years of the Syrian civil war, but because most of them died from bombs or burns or bullets, their deaths are somehow of no moment.
More, the President has promised — though thus far failed to deliver — to send arms to the rebels, a policy with which I agree, arms which can only be expected to be used to kill more people. Thus, as nearly as I can tell, our policy is to be horrified and react strongly if people are killed the wrong way, but help the rebels to kill people the right way.