It kind of seemed like a cheesy way for the incumbent government to wiggle out of any responsibility for the results.
It seems like a nice way to wiggle out of responsibility, but I'm not entirely sure it is. Greece has been given two drastically different paths to go down, that will certainly affect it in for the next few years, and even the next decade or two. Why not leave it to the entirety of Greece, as opposed to just its elected representatives?
Yeah I think you're right.
I don't think that's true. How many Americans would have preferred that TARP and the bank bailouts be given a public debate and then go up for a referendum first? The current party is leftist and has promised to listen to the voice of the people. This is their attempt to do that, gain political capital within the nation, and to gain bargaining capital with the creditors all at once.
Syriza has made their preference for a "No" vote well known. No one involved is foolish enough to think they're neutral on the issue, and I can't imagine they would try to make that claim.
Definitely what it was. They're government doesn't want to actually govern.