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United States Bombs Assad-Backed Militia in Syria

The United States has bombed Shiite militia forces allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to the Washington Examiner.

Please, tell me what the plan is here. Are we going to get into this thing? What happened to campaign promises to stay out of other people’s messes? And I gotta ask, could this be a diversion from domestic troubles for the president?

Sure hope not.

We’re not going to save Syria by replacing one group of animals with another. We’ve tried that, doesn’t work unless we get fully involved and stay there. Which we should not be doing. Do you want your child to die in Aleppo?

Big mistake.

Obama: My Epic Syria Wimp-Out Was Actually Sublime Courage

I had always thought Barack Obama lacked much of a sense of humor. But now he’s proven me wrong. Because in trying to convert his most egregious moment of pusillanimity into some kind of act of courage, he’s demonstrated himself to be a comedian of the first order.

Obama made the claim in a “conversation” with Jack Schlossberg published in Medium. Schlossberg, who is Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg’s son and therefore John F. Kennedy’s grandson, spoke with Obama as the former president accepted the Kennedys’ “Profile in Courage” award.

Schlossberg asks: “You’re receiving an award for your political courage, which you demonstrated in many different ways. I was wondering which issues you thought during your presidency demanded of you the most courage?”

One of only three Obama mentions is his decision not to enforce his “red line” against Syrian use of chemical weapons and invite the Russians back into Middle East to try to “help.” The episode is obviously disturbing his exalted sense of himself and his presidency, since he absurdly tries to turn it into a moment of glory:

I actually think that the issue that required the most political courage was the decision not to bomb Syria after the chemical weapons use had been publicized and rather to negotiate them removing chemical weapons from Syria.

Now, we know subsequently that some remained, so it was an imperfect solution. But what we also know is that 99 percent of huge chemical weapons stockpiled were removed without us having to fire a shot.
The reason it was hard was because, as president, what you discover is that you generally get praised for taking military action, and you’re often criticized for not doing so.

And it wasn’t a slam dunk, but I thought that it made sense for a variety of reasons for us to see if we could actually try to eliminate the prospect of large-scale chemical weapons use rather than the political expedience of a one-time shot.

Right, it wasn’t a slam dunk. The one percent that was left is apparently fully operational, as Syrian President Bashar Assad recently demonstrated. President Trump then took about 45 minutes to act to enforce Obama’s red line, with the result so far that Assad’s chemical weapons have gone back into their canisters.

Trump: “I Legitimized President Obama’s Red Line”

Yes, he did.

While Barack Obama agonized like a small, sensitive child over what he should do once Syria in 2013 had crossed his “red line” and used chemical weapons, President Trump thought for what seemed like three minutes about enforcing the principle that nobody uses WMD and then sent a barrage of missiles Syria’s way. Message delivered.

Obama, instead of punishing Syria, invited the Russians back into the Middle East to “help out,” an incomprehensible decision that continues to haunt us to this day.

From a new interview with Trump by the Washington Examiner’s Salena Zito in which Trump talked about the decision to hit Syria:

It was, he admits, his toughest decision so far.

“I legitimized President Obama’s red line in the sand,” he says. “Which we had to do. I mean, somebody had to do it.”

Nevertheless, it was, he says, an incredibly difficult moment: “First of all, it is a hard decision. You don’t know what is going to happen,” once the missiles are fired. “Is one of them going to go haywire and end up in a city or in a town and kill a lot of people?

“But it was an important decision. Not an easy decision to make. Because you know, when you say ‘yes,’ there is death.

“And death is very tough. Very tough. There is a lot of weight on this kind of decision.”

In the interview, Trump noted that he was coming face to face with the gravity and difficulty of the new office he holds:

“You can make a mistake in deals, and you work it out,” he explains at one point. “You make a mistake here, there is nothing to work out. You know it’s trouble. It could be big trouble. And it is life-threatening trouble for lots of people, potentially . . .

“It’s a very intensive process,” he says of the presidency. “Really intense. I get up to bed late and I get up early.” He rarely sleeps more than four hours, which is good, he explains, because he can call leaders around the world in the dark hours while the rest of Washington sleeps.

Trump, of course, has always famously slept very little. Obama, Michelle Obama once noted, is a champion at sleeping in.

Ivanka Suggests Possibility of Accepting Syrian Refugees

Ivanka Trump Wednesday said allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. “has to be part of the discussion” of how best to solve the humanitarian crisis plaguing the Arab world. This would, um, appear to put her in conflict with President Trump, who has signed executive orders seeking to ban Syrian refugees from the United States as… Continue Reading

Obama State Dept. Spokeswoman: Syria Attack Just “Fancy Fireworks”

I think the Obama administration — which watched several hundred thousand people die in Syria while it couldn’t make up its mind what to do, invited Russia into the Middle East, allowed its “red line” to be crossed, and didn’t even get Russia to remove the chemical weapons from Assad’s possession — needs to keep… Continue Reading

Tillerson: Steps Underway to Oust Assad

And replace him with what? Are Americans going to die to install a different group of barbarians? This sounds a lot like the Obama policy: Do just enough to keep the war going so hundreds of thousands more die, have international conferences, etc., etc. I’ve got it, maybe we can have the Russians remove Assad’s chemical… Continue Reading

Obama Drawing Line Again in Syria

Syrian President Bashar Assad has crossed the line into depravity with his brutal campaign to maintain power, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday. “They’ve crossed all the lines in pursuit of their goals,” Earnest said of the Assad regime, which has allowed the violence in Aleppo to escalate this week with its push to… Continue Reading

Video || Obama Compares Syrian Refugees to The Pilgrims

President Obama Thursday used his Thanksgiving address to lecture Americans about generosity, suggesting opposition to admitting Syrian refugees stems from a lack of it and comparing the Syrians to the Pilgrims. From the address: On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity . . . I’ve been… Continue Reading

Fifteen Times Obama Said No Boots on the Ground

President Obama promised many times not to put “boots on the ground” in Syria. But that’s exactly what he is doing in the latest example of his incremental style of warfare. Although he wouldn’t call it warfare. We’re just helping. But our service members overseas must sure feel like they’re in warfare when they get shot… Continue Reading

White House: U.S. to Take 10,000 Syrian Refugees

The United States will dramatically scale up the number of refugees it will take from Syria, allowing in “at least” 10,000 refugees during the next fiscal year, which starts October 1. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday the U.S. is on track to accept only about 1,500 Syrian refugees during the current fiscal year.… Continue Reading

How Can We Trust Obama on Iran When He Was So Wrong About Syria?

Just a few years ago, President Obama said the time for talking was done, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go. The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. His calls for dialogue and reform have rung hollow while he is imprisoning, torturing, and… Continue Reading