Official transcript here.
The Cliff Notes:
My administration has done nothing to deter one among many of the world's tyrants for over two years.
If my administration continues to do nothing to deter this one specific tyrant, World War III is inevitable.
I could do something to prevent the inevitability of World War III if I wanted to, but punting to Congress and public polling is politically safer.
Iraq is in a more precarious security position because my administration couldn’t negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) to keep a few garrisons in country.
After I announced a half ass ‘surge’ with date certain withdrawal, and more than 2/3 of all casualties have been taken under my watch, Afghanistan is basically right where the previous administration left it.
I am ruling out the only way to really win the fight – boots on the ground.
Launching standoff weapons such as cruise missiles is no ‘pin prick.’ Just ask the unintentional collateral civilian casualties on the other end.
I have no intention of actually defeating the tyrant. Just sending a ‘message.’ If his message back is ‘let’s do World War III’ I have no contingency plan.
We are not the world’s policeman.
The really good news tonight is I have Vladmir Putin around to make me look irrevlevant on the world stage. Now I can get back to f*cking everything up here at home.
If Putin’s set up fails to deliver the goods, we are the world’s policeman.
America is not the world's policeman.
America is the world’s policeman when I say it is.
The New York Times has decided today a Vladimir Putin op-ed is fit to print. I linked Al-Jazeera's link to get the undiluted propaganda. But I'll summarize it in one sentence for you. Authentic KGB trained Godless Communist b*tch slaps stealth Saul Alinsky trained Godless Communist all over the world stage. The world now waits breathlessly to learn what the Community-Agitator-In-Chief meant by "flexibility" on the open mic. Domestic news watchers now anticipate David Brooks' op ed stipulating Obama's trousers have a much neater crease than Putin's.
DOWD: You got played...
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