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America at one time was respected and envied around the world as the land of the free, the home of the brave, the last bastion of freedom.

Thanks to unleashing the rookies on the field to play in the World Series of international politics, America has been reduced to the land of the laughing stock, the home of the weak. The foreigners I speak with on a regular basis are aghast and extremely let down, like so many of us here.

Regardless how you feel about bombing or not bombing Syria, for America to be played like a cheap, out-of-tune fiddle by a mass-murdering, KGB-trained, Russian President Putin is beyond embarrassment.

The rest of the world is surely shaking their heads in amazement over how far America has tumbled since electing Mr. Obama.

It wouldn’t amaze me one bit if Mr. Obama is using the Syria international debacle as an artful hand-eye trick to keep Americans from not focusing on the domestic train wreck he and his backwards “progressives” have engineered.

Real unemployment and underemployment numbers remain staggering, the middle class is shrinking and falling rapidly, and real wages have been slashed. This has all happened on president Obama’s watch. Not so surprisingly, the overall media continues to ignore these ugly and blatant economic realities as they scramble to wag the dog.

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We haven’t seen anything yet. When the crushing weight of Obamacare kicks in, the economy will be further weakened and good jobs will continue to disappear. This isn’t mysterious, but rather the intentional result of the goodship America being forced to list toward European-style socialism.

With the approval of America’s new best friend, Vladimar Putin, Mr. Obama may fire a few missiles into Syria in an effort to show Americans and the rest of the world that he is a legitimate tough guy, in spite of this bothersome “We the People” inconvenience.

However, no one in Syria is realistically shaking in the boots over limited U.S. military strikes. In fact, the opposite may occur. Limited strikes may embolden Assad and ignite other Middle Eastern fires.

The time to hit Syria hard was many weeks ago. The president lost the initiative by asking Congress to vote on strikes, accepting a shady deal by Putin and the Syrian regime, and trying to convince Americans that bombing Syria is in our strategic interest. All of this looks like American foreign policy emanates from Romper Room.

There was a time when America was respected, even revered on the international stage. Regretfully, those days appear to be behind us. Bombing Syria at this delayed point will not restore America’s international image.

There is a new sheriff in town, and his name is Putin. He’s called the president’s bluff and is now calling the shots. This makes a guy long for the days when a strong and visionary American president stuck his finger in the chest of the Soviets by saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

My, how times have changed.

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