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So what might really be going on here is that Putin is saying to Obama, “Look, your secretary of state throws out this gaffe that sounded so good to us, so we took it. You guys tried to walk it back, but you failed. So now you’ve had to sign on to it and make it look like yours. Fine! I’m running this show now, and if you want us to make sure that Bashar gets rid of his chemical weapons, you have to renounce the use of force.

“If your Congress votes an authorization-of-force resolution, then this deal’s off the table.” It, sadly, ladies and gentlemen, is… I guess it’s possible that the reason Obama asked for a delay in the vote on the use of force is because Putin says, “If that vote happens, then Bashar’s not gonna give up his chemical weapons.” This is just unbelievable! We are not the player in that region or anywhere else.

That, too, sadly, is part of the fundamental transformation of the United States of America that Obama spoke about five days before the election. Now, Putin is the player, and we’re being played. That’s exactly right. That is exactly what is happening here. In this instance, Putin is the puppet master. We’re the marionette. We’ve got a guy with chemical weapons that we’ve huffed and puffed and said, “You better get rid of ’em or we’re gonna kick your ass.”

But we didn’t want to really kick his ass. We don’t want to do it. We just threatened to do it — and then by hook or by crook, John Kerry comes out with this, “You know what would really be the best thing is if Assad just get rid of ’em.” Even Kerry said, “We know he’s not gonna do this, but it’d be the best thing.” So Putin said, “You know what? That’s a great! Why, we’ll take that,” and Kerry tried to walk it back.

“No, I didn’t mean that,” and Obama was forced to say, “Oh, yeah! This is my idea. Vladimir and I talked about it last week,” to which the obvious response is, “Well, then why didn’t Kerry know? Why did Kerry think he was just speaking off-handedly here, if that’s been your policy with Vlad since last week?” Really, folks, it’s the Keystone Cops here. I don’t know how Putin…

Every time I see a picture of him, he has got this stone face. I don’t know how he’s doing it. He’s gotta be Botoxed to keep from laughing. I don’t know how Putin is not laughing hysterically every time he’s on TV. He had to call Pelosi and ask, “How do you do it?” or Kerry. “How do you do it?” They never smile. Well, Botox. It freezes you right up there. And the more you take, the longer it lasts.

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