The Failed Handling Of Syria

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The recent debacle in Syria has generated a firestorm of proclamations of innocence by less than scrupulous leaders of foreign countries. First, President Assad of Syria, then President Putin of Russia, and now Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, all putting on the ’we just all want to get along’ face.

An Obama Administration blunder and a Tuesday night (9/10/2013) follow up speech, which was simply a president trying to save face, seems to have started this sudden rush of interviews.

There was no other reason for him to address the nation; the chemical weapons issue in Syria had already been fumbled by Obama and picked up by Putin, no congressional vote was going to happen, and the UN was in its typical no action mode.

The highlight of Obama’s speech was sighting American exceptionalism; but the weight of those words was weakened by the questionable sincerity of the person delivering it.

Obama’s asking the Congress to delay the vote was little more than an angry admission there was no congressional support for any action against Syria.

I was offended when the president couldn’t resist the opportunity to dump on the Bush administration one more time. Obama warned of the failed outcome of removing a country’s dictator, naming Iraq specifically. There were other more recent examples he could have used, but he chose the one example while Bush was still president.

In his comparisons, He failed to mention that his administration removed the dictator in Libya. Was that removal a success? No but that failure was his. Egypt was another failure not mentioned.  And when the Arab Spring first began, the United States had a golden opportunity to assist the people in the Middle East to finally break the yoke of Islamic dictatorship and install their own form of a government by and for the people. Instead of seizing the moment, Obama sat on his hands.

Obama chose to cut and run out of Iraq instead of re-evaluating the situation properly which resulted in  the current chaos in Iraq and one could argue the problems in Egypt, Libya, and Syria would not have happened if we still had boots on the ground in Iraq.

It was only shortly after our departure those 3 countries fell into chaos.

The end result of Obama’s foreign policy blunders is on display for the world to see. And no amount of talking at this point can erase these facts:

1. Obama did draw the Red Line. There is plenty of video footage to verify that fact, even though he claimed “the world drew that line.”

2. Obama did not need Congressional approval for actions in Syria, but he sought it so someone else could be blamed if the outcome turned out to be a failure.

3. The Obama administration’s action in Libya no doubt brought about the tragedy of Benghazi. The failure itself was bad enough, but the administration made it worse by concocting a cover up story that could only be referred to as ridiculous.

4. The sudden diplomatic agreement with the Syrians to surrender their chemical weapons to the UN is a direct result of a gaff spoken by John Kerry and not from any brilliant diplomatic act.

When Kerry was asked what Syria would have to do to avoid action by the US, the Secretary said off the cuff “they would have to surrender all of their chemical weapons.” The Russian president was astute enough to take that gaff, propose a diplomatic solution in Syria, and at the same time, give president Obama a way out of this foreign policy nightmare.

Syria is just another in an ever-growing list of Obama Administration blunders, and the more the president attempts to deflect responsibility, the more foolish he sounds.  Obama still playing the Bush card, five years after the fact – shows what a shallow, childish, narcissist he really is.

Oddly enough, on Thursday (9/18/2013) an interview aired with President Assad by Dennis  Kucinich (a Fox News Contributor) and Senior Correspondent Greg Palkot. During the interview Assad insisted it was the rebels that were responsible for the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people and not the Syrian government.  He went on to say Syria would comply with the chemical weapons deal initiated by Putin.

I doubt few, if any believed, Assad was being truthful during the interview, but I thought to myself ‘is Assad any less believable than President Obama?’ Now, I’m not comparing the Assad Regime’s actions with the Obama Administration, but when you consider the Syria situation as a whole; two presidents, from opposing countries, spinning the same propaganda does not instill confidence in the decision making on either side.

In the end, Obama’s actions regarding Syria were not only a failure; they opened the door for the Russians to take a leadership role in Middle East policy. No matter what we think of Putin, or the Russian’s in general, Putin showed what leadership on the world stage is, at President Obama’s expense.

Ask yourself this; if you found yourself in the field of battle, is Barrack Obama the man you want in the foxhole with you?