The headline pretty much says it.
I thought the president gave a good, reasoned, tempered, well-balanced speech at a very tricky time. He scheduled this talk tonight to sell us on the idea of taking military action in Syria, and in the last two days we’ve seen developments that may preclude that.
But he handled it well. He made the case for action, should it still prove necessary, but gave diplomacy a chance to work, given the present extraordinary circumstances.
There’s only one false note he sounded — the repeated emphasis on the United States not being the world’s policeman.
Yes, we are. Everything else the president said indicated that he knows that we are.
This is not me saying that the United States should be the world’s policeman, or that’s what I think we should aspire to. That’s what we are. We have power to act effectively, and if we don’t, it’s an abdication of a moral responsibility. As the president said.
It’s silly to say something like that, just to satisfy the factions who hate the reality that that’s what we are.
Note the faulty logic in this passage:
America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong.
Guess what? A policeman can’t prevent every crime that happens on his beat. He’s not perfect; his power is not absolute. But he does his best.
Other than that, good speech. Just what was needed at this awkward moment.