Obama arrives in Sweden 'in the shadow of war'
September 4th, 2013
10:18 AM ET
12 months ago

Obama arrives in Sweden 'in the shadow of war'

Stockholm, Sweden (CNN) - The headline from one Swedish newspaper summed up the days to come for President Barack Obama: "Obama in the Shadow of War."

During a fast-paced three-day overseas trip that includes visits to Stockholm, Sweden and a G-20 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the president will face allied, yet skeptical leaders who remain unconvinced that military action is necessary to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

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  1. Data Driven

    "If there are data that the chemical weapons have been used, and used specifically by the regular army, this evidence should be submitted to the U.N. Security Council," Putin said.

    I find myself in the absurd position this morning of agreeing with comments by Vladimir Putin.

    Obama: what on earth are you doing?

    September 4, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. john

    Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Is Syria another Obama nightmare waiting to happen? Another U.S involvement exploding in the United States' face?

    September 4, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. jpmichigan

    Why are Obama's campaign advisors helping to sway Congress? I guess when one doesn't know how to lead or govern, one continues to campaign. Has the Intel community shared it's info with the UN, if not, why not? A strike by all in the international community would stop Syria, more so than just Obama.

    September 4, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Folks, I've been warning about a Russian response to a U.S. military action against Syria. Pay attention to the details. Russia has a large military investment in Syria. The fall of Assad jeopardizes those long term investments. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then I suggest that you find out for yourselves. I consider a Russian response to U.S. military action a real possibility. The Russians have moved at least 4 warships into the eastern Mediterranean for a reason.

    September 4, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Cephus

    That's Obama the Warrior keeping it real!!

    September 4, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Thomas

    " The Rock em in Stoclkh em " or " A beat en in Swed en "

    **********Barack Hussein Obama II Vs Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin**********
    For the WHWWWW Federation Championship of the world
    Saturday /Sep 7th / Stockholm arena convention center/ Doors open at 6pm / Sponsored by " One World Deodorant "

    September 4, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Thinker23

    Frankly, I'm pretty skeptical about the possible Russian response to an American action in Syria. What will the Russians do? Bomb the rebels?

    September 4, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    I know what a Republican would tell Mr. Putin. "Look, here. Your man, Assad, threatens OurMerika's interests. We aim to stand by our values, and don't you stand in the way of OurMerika's interests."

    September 4, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Gunderson

    Aw Humm,
    Old Tricky want sell war. That way he can sell Putin Care. Old Gunderson see. A billion here, a Billion there pretty soon we talking real money. Me laugh Fair Fair Question. If a Rhodes Scholar explain Putin Care how Joe Sixpack understand it. Fair, that is Joe Sixpack explaining it. Pretty soon we have war and forget all about Joe Sixpack. Education is wonderful thing, you know. Now what Clinton and Obama spend money on for books?

    September 4, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    First of all this has nothing to do with Israel.

    The "red line" was drawn back in the 1920's(yes, that was a long time ago, even before you started the Duck Dynasty marathon) it is an international law that was put in place after WWI that the use of chemical warfare will not be tolerated by ANY country(and yes, you angry Swedes, I'm talking to you). That is what the altercation is about. It is not a good thing to have Sarin gas wafting(Google it) around the countryside of the Big Blue Marble, unrestrained.

    That is what we will-will not be fighting for, Syria has broken that international law, who did it, is irrelevant it was released and used in a civil war.

    Surgical strikes that disable the ability to launch these chemical laden weapons would be beneficial to the entire world.

    Some of you need to stop slurpin' the Drudge sludge, and I have a good place to start – The H-I-S-T-O-R-Y Channel or if that is too big a word, go with H2!

    For those that like their history with an edge, there is the Military Channel.

    Meme to the President's handlers, his suit coat is looking a bit rumpled, all that money and no steam press?

    September 4, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. onlyfacts

    Do all you Obama haters know how the government and our military operates? Everyone of your comments prove you have no clue. Do some simple research on a Democracy vs Dictatorship. We are actually extremely lucky to have a President who will draw a red line in hopes of a peaceful resolution prior to killing!

    September 4, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Thinker23

    Frankly, I'm pretty skeptical about the possible Russian response to an American action in Syria. What will the Russians do? Bomb the rebels?
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    Have you considered the possibility that the Russians could start shooting at the U.S. ships?

    September 4, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Folks, I've been warning about a Russian response to a U.S. military action against Syria. Pay attention to the details. Russia has a large military investment in Syria. The fall of Assad jeopardizes those long term investments. If you don't know what I'm talking about, then I suggest that you find out for yourselves. I consider a Russian response to U.S. military action a real possibility. The Russians have moved at least 4 warships into the eastern Mediterranean for a reason.
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    My guess would be that Russia's response would be actions that would hinder any efforts of the U.S. in the United Nations. I doubt... HIGHLY doubt... Russia would do anything that would result in armed conflict with the U.S.

    September 4, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @Cephus "Obama the Warrior"
    ...needs to return the Peace Prize.
    - from a peace progressive that wants his vote back

    September 4, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    My guess would be that Russia's response would be actions that would hinder any efforts of the U.S. in the United Nations. I doubt... HIGHLY doubt... Russia would do anything that would result in armed conflict with the U.S.
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    I find the overconfident arrogance of the right wing to be utterly appalling.

    We went into Iraq with the promise that U.S. soldiers would be greeted as saviors. NOT. The right wing is simply way to sure of itself, and just simply cannot see the real world for what it is at face value. Instead, the right wing views the world through their polarized lenses, which only allow what they want to see to come through.

    September 4, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Massgopguy

    The Russians sent a task Force into the Barent's Sea yesterday from Severmork. The Heavy Missile Cruiser Pyotr Veliky and two Amhaibious Assaut Ships are headed toward Swarvard Island which is owned by Norway. StatOil discovered a 200-300 million barrel oil reserve there last year.

    September 4, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |