Today’s hot talk on the political circuit:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• “We are ready to disclose the location(s) of chemical weapons, stop manufacturing chemical weapons, also show the locations to representatives from Russia and other countries and the U.N.” — Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem.
Syria and Russia appear to be bailing out a wobbly President Obama on the chemical weapons crisis. But long-term, Obama and the presidency are sullied. Americans no longer coalesce around the White House even in times of peril. President Clinton misled the public on Monica Lewinsky. President Bush was wrong on weapons of mass destruction. The office has suffered for it.
• “Certainly, this is all reasonable, it will function and will work out, only if the U.S. and those who support it on this issue pledge to renounce the use of force, because it is difficult to make any country — Syria or any other country in the world — to unilaterally disarm if there is military action against it under consideration.” — Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin is moving from rogue to peacemaker in just a few days, thanks to the shaky U.S. response.
• “Enough of this foreign fiasco distraction. Get back to work. It is time to bomb Obamacare.” — Sarah Palin on her SarahPAC website.
The former governor may be bored with the Syrian situation, but what an unfortunate — and boneheaded — choice of words.
• “We must always keep alive the memory of those we lost, and recall the heroic acts of valor that occurred that day, as firefighters and office workers, police officers and tourists, all worked together to save lives and comfort a nation.” — U.S. Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.
Well said, congressman.