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Obama’s Serial Syria Mistakes

Let’s count the ways in which President Obama has screwed up his Syria policy.

1. He failed to take a stand in a conflict that clearly involves our interests. Bashar Assad is an ally of our enemy, Iran, and a supporter of Iran’s interests and of terrorism throughout the Middle East. He arms people who want to destroy Israel, and Israel is our friend, whose continued existence we safeguard militarily. The chance to eliminate Assad should have been seized early with a robust program of assistance to rebels before Islamists and al Qaeda had fully infiltrated their ranks.

2. Obama drew a red line without thinking. He committed to United States to action without thoroughly understanding the consequences. America must be considered true to its word or it will not be taken seriously, and national security will be severely damaged. This type of irresponsibility is what happens when you elect someone with no relevant experience for the job to be president.

3. Having drawn the red line, he failed to enforce it. The White House Friday acknowledged that Assad has already crossed the red line multiple times, using chemical weapons in limited amounts against his people. Really? Now you tell us? The United States did not even respond by sending light weapons to the opposition, which everyone understood was supposed to happen. It’s no wonder Assad felt free to wage a larger attack.

4. Obama is planning a limited attack on Assad. That is not worth doing. Any attack that fails to take out Assad or destroy his defenses is counterproductive. A limited strike will only rally sympathy for Assad and prove to the world that the United States won’t act forcefully to back up its word and support its interests, and that it lacks commitment to lead.

And a world without U.S. leadership is a very dangerous one indeed. The world won’t go away just because we decide to abandon it. When we ignore our enemies, they eventually come to get us, as they did twelve years ago next month.

237 thoughts on “Obama’s Serial Syria Mistakes”

    1. Could be, creeper. There is some weird underpinning here…I can’t sort it. Why is Syria nyahing–it’s like, “Come and get us, coppers.” Why is death by gas worse than death by torture squad. But above all–how on earth would our intervention stop any humanitarian outrages or advance our national interests? How–how–how? So he said one thing, did another. That is Obama’s trademark–we don’t even call it lying anymore–it’s oh, here he goes again.

      1. At a certain point Israel has to come into play.
        Is Syria antagonizing the west into a war in the region just so they can attack Israel ?
        And if they are successful, what will Obama do ?

  1. BRITAIN allowed firms to sell chemicals to Syria capable of being used to make nerve gas, the Sunday Mail can reveal today.

    Export licences for potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride were granted months after the bloody civil war in the Middle East began.

    The chemical is capable of being used to make weapons such as sarin, thought to be the nerve gas used in the attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb which killed nearly 1500 people, including 426 children, 10 days ago.


    The chemical export licences were granted by Business Secretary Vince Cable’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills last January – 10 months after the Syrian uprising began.

    They were only revoked six months later, when the European Union imposed tough sanctions on Assad’s regime.


    1. As stated in ‘Alice in Wonderland’, “curiouser and curiouser.”
      In today’s lingo we might state that it all is a convoluted amalgamation of a consortium of politicians and businessmen that have only two things in mind,….make money and don’t get caught doing it.
      Oh,…and I forgot the power thing.

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  3. There is a new thriller on Amazon Kindle, The Bahrain Protocol, which is apropo for this article. It predicts a war in the immediate future-between Israel and Iran; but with a twist that is no longer far fetched. What if Israel-no longer trusting U.S. intentions-finds common cause with an old nemesis-Saudi Arabia – and they partner to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities?

    The book puts you on the streets of Bahrain, within the ranks of rioters who burn down schools, destroy buildings, and fire bomb policemen on the orders of Iran’s Hezbollah to distract the U.S. until Iran gets the nuclear bomb; and in the cockpit of an Israeli F15, barreling down the throat of the enemy with ground penetrating bombs; and it’s only the beginning. And it’s a great read.

    Will Life imitate Art?

  4. I agree with the above assessment. It reeks of political naivete. But it’s never too late for damage repair. Now there should be an adherence to congressional approval, followed up by international cooperation.

    Under no circumstances should an overt unilateral action be initiated, because that will serve only the obvious impression, that all pronouncements are ivy league conceptual what ifs.

    Action should be wide in scope, all encompassing to minimize damage, and cost sharing with allies. A waiting out period pending support should not exceed a couple of weeks, because from then on a sharp drop of interest and credibility will commence.

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