Thursday, September 5, 2013

Obama's Syria Plan Going Up in Flames

In addition to the obvious, which is referenced in the title, this situation is actually becoming more dangerous by the day.

Obama appears to have backed off his "red line" statement about the use of chemical weapons being the last straw that would necessitate a military strike. Well, he actually did not back off, he just lied and claimed that he never stated this in the first place; he now says that the world set the red line. For a  man who has spent his entire life having others affirm anything he says happened or exists despite what actually did happen or exist, Obama is not treading on new soil.

"Earlier this week, President Barack Obama reframed his “red line” rhetoric in regards to Syria and the use of chemical weapons, saying it was the “world,” not him, that “set a red line.”

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday expressed his disbelief at the claim, which he called “psychopathic.” According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary, “psychopathic” is defined as: “of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy or antisocial personality disorder.”

Limbaugh is not alone in his confusion over the statement.

Obama last year clearly stated that Syria would cross a “red line” that would “change my equation” if he used chemical weapons on his own people....."

At this point, however,  I am concerned that his narcissism is going to spiral out of control. This clown appears to be capable of actions far more rash than - say, an uncle who has had enough of a disrespectful nephew and punches him at a family event. For all of his faults, G.W. Bush never gave us cause to be this fearful.

Now Obama has brought upon himself and the United States the possibility that Russia will provide real material help to the Syrians to deal with any potential military strikes. Understandably, considering the fact that Obama has ignored every statement (or counsel) made or offered by Putin, Russia is noting that they are not ruling out the possibility of  sending missile shield material to fend off a US attack:

"....Putin escalated concerns about the fallout from any strike when he indicated in an interview published Wednesday that his country could send Syria and its neighbors in the region the components of a missile shield if the U.S. attacks....."

The White House would prefer that we forget that nerve gas was also used in March of this year. Russia is not about to let the world forget.

"Russia has delivered a 100-page report to the United Nations that claims Syrian rebels are responsible for a sarin gas attack in March 2013 — an overlooked incident, it says, in the wake the alleged sarin attack in August that the United States and other nations say the Syrian government is behind, McClatchy news reports.

According to a statement posted to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s site late Wednesday, the March 19, incident in Khan al Asal, a town outside the city of Aleppo, was the reason U.N. investigators were in Syria when the Aug. 21 attack took place......."

An apologist for John Kerry may note that the Secretary of State was only following orders when he made his statements last week to Congress, but as we learned from the Nuremberg Trials, "I was following orders" is not a defense when wrongdoing is involved. Putin is also not one to leave a lie unnoticed

"Things aren't exactly warming up between the Obama administration and Vladimir Putin, even as President Obama arrived in St. Petersburg for the G-20 summit.

Putin called Obama Secretary of State John Kerry a liar over Kerry's testimony this week before Congress.

The question may be al-Qaeda's influence on the Syrian rebels, an issue Kerry has downplayed.

Speaking to his human rights council Wednesday, Putin said, "This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans), and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad."

Putin has criticized Obama administration claims that Bashar Assad's government attacked the rebels with chemical weapons......"

As I noted in yesterday's post that even the Left-wing Israeli paper Haaretz came out against a strike, two more ultra-liberal organizations have joined in. Both the Huffington Post and The New York Times published articles about the problems with a military strike. 

The first one concerns a possible and hoped-for shortage of votes in the House of Representatives.

"WASHINGTON -- This sucker could go down. And unlike the Wall Street bailout, there is unlikely to be a do-over.

A resolution authorizing military force against Syria barely made it out of the hawkish Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- with the majority of Republicans opposing it -- and now is facing withering skepticism in Congress. While the Senate appears poised to come to some type of agreement, the "People's House," as it is known, is showing much more reluctance to approve the deeply unpopular bombing resolution. "Peace may well have a chance," said one top House GOP aide.

Public opinion surveys have been reflected in the outpouring of calls, emails and letters that have flooded House offices, running, say lawmakers, at more than 9 to 1 against intervention. The opposition spans the political spectrum.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said on Twitter that his delegation is unpersuaded and that public reaction has been fiercely opposed. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who represents the libertarian opposition within the GOP, said that he's also seeing intense disapproval........"

For The New York Times, the issue is the barbarism of far to many (easily over half in some estimates) of the rebels forces.

"As the United States debates whether to support the Obama administration’s proposal that Syrian forces should be attacked for using chemical weapons against civilians, this video [in link], shot in the spring of 2012, joins a growing body of evidence of an increasingly criminal environment populated by gangs of highwaymen, kidnappers and killers.
The video also offers a reminder of the foreign policy puzzle the United States faces in finding rebel allies as some members of Congress, including Senator John McCain, press for more robust military support for the opposition...........

Across much of Syria, where rebels with Western support live and fight, areas outside of government influence have evolved into a complex guerrilla and criminal landscape.

That has raised the prospect that American military action could inadvertently strengthen Islamic extremists and criminals.......

Much of the concern among American officials has focused on two groups that acknowledge ties to Al Qaeda. These groups — the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — have attracted foreign jihadis, used terrorist tactics and vowed to create a society in Syria ruled by their severe interpretation of Islamic law.

They have established a firm presence in parts of Aleppo and Idlib Provinces and in the northern provincial capital of Raqqa and in Deir al-Zour, to the east on the Iraqi border.

While the jihadis claim to be superior fighters, and have collaborated with secular Syrian rebels, some analysts and diplomats also note that they can appear less focused on toppling President Bashar al-Assad. Instead, they said, they focus more on establishing a zone of influence spanning Iraq’s Anbar Province and the desert eastern areas of Syria, and eventually establishing an Islamic territory under their administration........."

['They" (below) refers t aides of a rebel leader named Abdul Samad Issa, who appears to be in on the game for revenge - his father may have been put to death by the Syrian government] 

"But, they said, one of his tactics has been to promise to his fighters what he calls “the extermination” of Alawites — the minority Islamic sect to which the Assad family belongs, and which Mr. Issa blames for Syria’s suffering.

This sentiment may have driven Mr. Issa’s decision to execute his prisoners in the video, his former aide said. The soldiers had been captured when Mr. Issa’s fighters overran a government checkpoint north of Idlib in March."

Issa and his crew claimed that the executed soldiers had videos in their cellphones of rapes that they (the soldiers) had committed. Given the untold number of rapes committed by the rebels, this accusation has as much credibility as the rebel claim that the Syrian government - and not the rebels, used nerve gas. 

In the link below, there are four photos that are believed to be made by military personnel in which the subjects hold signs stating that they want no part of an attack in Syria.

If we do not put a stop to this, we could easily find ourselves at war - and not against a small country, but against a nation that we should have befriended and helped after the dismantling of the USSR. Most f that was G.W. Bush's fault, but Obama is doing everything in his power to make the situation worse. 

It is time to turn our ships around and get out of there at least until things settle down. 

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