“The US is not the world’s policeman,” says Obama
Nearly all Americans, 94 percent, believe the war on terror has not been won, according to a new Associated Press poll.
Just 14 percent say it’s “likely” the war on terror will be won in the next 10 years.
At first, Obama sounded like he was on the right track while addressing the public Tuesday evening when he admitted the US is not the “world’s policeman” and it is beyond the US’s means to “right every wrong.”
But he contradicted himself when he said “…with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act.”
Just hours before the president addressed the nation, he “signed a notice extending the national emergency for another year,” which was initiated by Bush in 2001 post the 9/11 attacks.
“The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on Sept. 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues,” said Obama.
Since Syria’s foreign minister blindsided US officials with his willingness to give up their chemical weapons to Russian representatives and the U.N., Obama has called for a “pause” on a congressional vote for military action.
Thursday, Secretary of State, John Kerry, plans to meet with his “Russian counterpart” to find out if Syria’s proposal to hand over their chemical weapons is sincere.
Fox News reports the White House has been working on a deal with the Russians for over a year that would orchestrate a “chemical weapons hand-over.”
Kerry says he accidentally let the news out when he made the off the cuff remark for Syria to relinquish control of their chemical weapons arsenal.
See below for caller’s reactions to the possible chemical weapons hand-over.