ALOHA MR. PRESIDENT: RUSSIA, TURKEY, AND IRAN MEET TO DISCUSS SYRIA OPTIONS – WITHOUT THE U.S./U.N.
No official word from Josh Earnest on whether or not it’s reached the seriousness of an “unfriending” on Facebook just yet, but the 3 mean clearly wanted it to remain a threesome only at this point.
Has the U.S. lost its influence? The 3 countries intentionally left Obama, Kerry and the U.N. out of the discussion – which means Putin, Erdogan and Khamenei have no faith in the U.S. or the U.N. and are dictating Mid East policy on their own. I’m not exactly sure, but this could be another FIRST in U.S. history and is a bad precedent being set for the President-elect as he begins to chart the course for his foreign policy objectives.
Meanwhile in Hawaii, Obama rounds off a foursome of his own. Via ABC News : The president is teeing off with friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Joe Paulsen. Last year, he sunk an impressive 40-foot putt on the 18th green that drew cheers from those watching from the road outside the course. Wow, a 40-foot putt! ABC dutifully makes note of that impressive stroke, but what about the tee shot he sliced out of bounds in Syria, the snap hook that found it’s way into a sand trap in Iraq, or the 4 stroke penalty assessed in Benghazi, Libya for using a video instead of a sand wedge?
MULTIPLE TERROR ATTACKS
Aside from a private condolence call to Merkel, Obama, to my knowledge, has not made a public statement on the Berlin terror attack or the assassination of the Russian ambassador.
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