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TheDC Morning: Putin on a case

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.) Putin on a case — During his address to the nation last night, President Obama said he was going to pursue Vladimir’s Syria plan. TheDC’s Neil Munro

“President Barack Obama told the nation on Tuesday night that he will personally continue Syrian crisis negotiations that were arranged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He’s also sending Secretary of State John Kerry to talk with Putin’s deputy on Thursday, and is delaying congressional debates over his request for authorization to attack Syria. This new focus on diplomacy is a stunning retreat from Obama’s much-touted and very unpopular promise to punish Syria for an August nerve gas attack on rebel-held neighborhoods.”

Some skeptics have noted that for all his ability to ride horses shirtless, Putin is not particularly reliable. But what Putin’s critics fail to realize is that the Russian strongman has already succeeded in securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. You see, Syria has never officially recognized it has such weapons. To the Russians, that means it is probably case closed. Nothing to see there, folks. Let’s move it along.

2.) Does Pence make sense? — Add another name to the GOP 2016 presidential showcase. TheDC’s Matt Lewis opines:

“He’s more charismatic than Scott Walker, more conservative than Chris Christie and, unlike so many of the top-tier 2016 Republicans, he has actually run a state. So why isn’t Indiana Gov. Mike Pence generating the kind of buzz worthy of a top-tier candidate? Probably because while his opponents have been show horses, he’s been a work horse. And that makes him a dark horse.”

Click on the story to read 5 reasons why Lewis says Pence is the real deal.

3.) Bring Bush back? — President Obama promised that he would change America’s image in the world if elected. He was right, but he neglected to mention he would change it for the worse. The Daily Caller’s Robbie Soave reports:

“A majority of Americans, unconvinced by President Obama’s case for military intervention in Syria, now believe Obama’s foreign policy has been the same as or worse than that of his predecessor, President Bush. A Reason-Rupe poll found that 64 percent of Americans — including 68 percent of independents and 41 percent of Democrats — answered ‘worse’ or ‘about the same’ when asked what they thought of Obama’s handling of foreign policy when compared with Bush. That view is a stark indictment of the president, who campaigned heavily on the idea that he would move the country away from Bush’s interventionist policies, which were extremely unpopular by the time he left office.”

4.) Rally to rally — Wednesday marks the one year anniversary of the Benghazi consulate attack that killed four Americans. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports: 

“Conservatives are expected mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya with a rally and a memorial service on Capitol Hill. The group Patriots4America has obtained a permit for a rally on the west lawn of the Capitol, according to its website, for a ‘Justice for Benghazi Rally’ to start at 12:30 p.m. The group summed up the purpose of the rally as a way to remember the four ‘brave Americans — Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty & Tyrone Woods — lost on 9/11 in Benghazi’ and to protest the ‘blatant lack of transparency by the Obama Administration in regards to this or ANY other matter!'”

5.) Tweet of Yesterday  Jeffrey Goldberg: Once you compare this crime to the Holocaust, aren’t you left with no choice but to remove the perpetrator?

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Gifts to Kim Jong Un from Russian Businessmen”

VIDEO: Krauthammer says Obama speech, “One of the most odd presidential speeches ever delivered”

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