Meanwhile, in other news, from the New York Times:
"Less than a year ago, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his forces were sporadically using chemical weapons on rebels and civilians in the civil war. Today, the stockpile that he grudgingly admitted to under international pressure is gone...the deal brokered by the United States and Russia that eliminated the known arsenal — a 1,300-ton cache of chemical agents — has achieved an important result.
On Monday, Syria delivered the last of its known stocks to the Syrian port of Latakia where they were loaded aboard a Danish ship.
...the outcome has proved the wisdom of President Obama’s decision to threaten, and then back away from, military strikes against Syrian targets...President Obama’s critics excoriated the deal, but they have been proved wrong. The chemical weapons are now out of the hands of a brutal dictator — and all without firing a shot."
Unfortunately, this commendable report is from the New York Times, 80% of whose readers were probably already aware of this. For the other 99.9% of the American people, a great diplomatic triumph, eliminating a vicious Middle Eastern dictator's actual weapons of mass destruction without spending $3 trillion and killing a couple of hundred thousand civilians, is utterly ignored.
Still, perhaps a better fate on this issue than Obama's freeing of the only captive American soldier, and capturing one of the leaders of an attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, again without firing a shot, where Republicans colluded with the press to turn both of these foreign policy successes into some sort of humiliating public failures for him here in the United States.
Saving the economy from a Republican depression, instituting health care reform that has provided millions with coverage for the first time, defusing foreign crises one after the other without having to kill anyone- none of it is enough, in the face of the endless parade of lies fed to the American people, to make Obama popular. Success is failure, at least when you are a Democrat, and of course, for Republicans, destroying the economy, conducting an endless campaign of sabotage against the government and precipitating one of the greatest military disaster in world history just prove why they are so much more qualified than Democrats to run things.