Frederic Hof spent President Obama’s first term as the State Department’s point man on Syria. He is now a furious administration critic, and a symbol of the growing consensus in the professional foreign policy community that the Obama Administration — no matter how its last-minute detour through Congress turns out — has badly bungled its Syria policy through two years of popular uprising turned bloody civil war. “The events of the past ten days suggest that there was no administration forethought to the possibility of a major chemical incident in Syria,” wrote Hof, currently a fellow at the Atlantic Council, where
Everything Obama touches turns to poison. Look at Egypt, look at Libya. He abandoned Iraq. He has messed up Afghanistan. I oppose military action in Syria. The rebels in Syria are backed by Al-Qaeda. I am sick and tired of our country going into other countries while our government will not even secure the border with Mexico.
Obama War Room: Assad from That, Everything’s Going According to Plan
JOHN KERRY: Trouble, sir. The Security Council has voted to support Syria’s resolution that a U.N. weapons inspection team be allowed aboard our ships in the eastern Med. OBAMA: What? Why . . . ? KERRY: Assad said he had hard intelligence that we were planning to use KWMD against his forces. OBAMA: KWMD? KERRY: Kinetic Weapons of Mass Destruction. The resolution passed 4-0. Even France and the UK folded. OBAMA: Why didn’t Ambassador Power veto the . . . ? KERRY: She was having her hair done when they took the vote, sir. And it gets worse. OBAMA: Worse? KERRY: The team inspecting our ships is headed by Mosen Baraz, head of Iran’s ´´Project to Employ Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes Ha Ha Ha.´´ OBAMA: “Ha Ha Ha”? KERRY: Iran’s not even trying to hide its intentions any more, sir. OBAMA: Anything else? KERRY: I’m afraid so. Yesterday, Senator Reid received a ten million signature petition demanding that an attack against Syria be the subject a national referendum. In a rare moment of comity, he and Speaker Boehner agreed to support the measure and establish a time-frame. They’re talking November. OBAMA: November? Well, that’s not too . . . KERRY: November 2014, sir. Takes a while to set those things up. OBAMA: All right. Agree. What choice do I have? Go out and make some boilerplate statement about the wisdom of having 200 million Americans weigh in on the matter, that we’re taking the high road in order to . . . KERRY: Assad, Kim-Yung-un, the Ayatollahs—they’ll laugh themselves silly at our paralysis, sir. OBAMA: We counter it. Put out this statement in my name: ´´President Obama reserves the right to strike Syria at any time before the referendum in 2014 Ha Ha Ha.´´
He´s pulled out of Iraq, out of Afghanistan, toppled Libya, Egypt, now working on Syria- main goal: tacit support to Muslim Brotherhood and their spawn. That is the only answer that makes sense - as repugnant as it sounds. And it´s quite amazing the international stirring up it is causing - highlighting his behavior - be it amateurish, or calculated with the goal in mind of something worse than communism: Muslim facism.
The point is... there is no point. On second thought there are all those scandals to cover up and what better way to prove how tough Zippy is. Was he looking for a place to hide under his desk in that picture?
Think Obama is the Twelfth Mahdi??? If he´s not, he certainly has the drill down. Like any good progressive, death and destruction just follow in his wake. What sane person would follow this man? He is on the verge of starting WWIII.
Just send in Huma, armed with a few sordid pics of her [Jewish] husband, Weiner with the threat to disperse them far and wide throughout Syria (and then the greater Middle East - talk about starting a regional war) and w/o a shot being fired, Assad just may hand over the keys to his little Shi´a-backed kingdom.
If this fails, send in the wookie, she´ll scare them all senseless.
I cannot believe Ms. Elder asks the question, "What is the point of Obama´s Syria policy?"
The point is that Obama is doing what he always does: Avoiding responsibility for decision-making, abdicating responsibility so that others take the hit when something goes wrong, and finally, trying to make the GOP scapegoats when they say "no" to a Syria attack.
The whole point of all of this, quite obviously, is our President covering his b--- and acting POLITICALLY. He does not give a d--- about the U.S., just Barack Obama and who he can blame next. This is what we get when we have a man with no qualifications and a dubious Chicago background elected solely so people can pat themselves on the back re: their racial "tolerance." Can anyone say IRS, NSC, Holder, etc. etc. etc.?
Unfortunately the point of all the Obammunist´s foreign policy is to weaken America so that he can become, in his imagination, dictator of the world. And no better way to weaken us than to support the twin serpents of communism and islamofascism, here and abroad, every day in every way.
Not a single action he has taken in 5 years does not support one of these goals.
Sagman, thanks much for weighing in! To paraphrase Butch Cassidy after defeating one of his fellow gang members, you are what sustains us in our times of trouble.
Barky has no policy besides voting ´present´. Not to mention pretty much broadcasting the ATO [Air Tasking Order} to the entire world outlining where/when/how we are gonna strike. Element of surprise? Who needs it? Not to mention maybe having an OBJECTIVE, and criteria to determine when that objective is met.
Why isn´t anyone asking HIllary? She was SoS that last four years. I mean if she is going to run one one basis being her foreign policy experience then pray tell, what the heck were you doing these last four years with respect to Syria and its civil war now two years old.
The problem is this administration reacts - it doesn´t plan ahead. Ever new event surprises it because they´re all focused on the next celebration, party, performance, or golf outing that´s planned, not what the world might have unfolding. It´s utterly amateurs, and they´ve not learned a thing thru five years.
There´s no forethought, there´s no prior planning (let´s face it, there´s no plan at all!) and there´s no consideration given to what-ifs, which are what you avoid disaster with...
Reminds me of Douglas McArthur´s comment about Harry Truman: "I would never have opposed Mr. Truman´s Korean policy if I had known Mr. Truman had a Korean policy." Has any one of these rocket scientists stop to consider who would replace Assad? Would he be any better. What´s the point?
Isn´t it obvious? To save the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood is in BIG trouble. They were was just thrown out of Egypt, and are being trounced in Syria by Assad. The Sunni islamofascists may not be able to recover if they lose Syria too. They are desperate. One needn´t bee a soothsayer to connect THESE dots.
Then there is the piece by Boadansky that Rush was talking about suggesting that the US may have had a hand in planning the false flag chemical attack and blaming it on Assad as a pretext to take him out.
Oh, and don´t believe the "no boots on the ground" lie. Oh, it´s a lie. Nothing that can be cited here, but it´s public if you look hard enough. We´re going in. To support al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. Curiouser and curiouser.
If Nobama´s a poisonous muslim pro communist then why aren´t there more non pooisonous ANTI communists out there screaming at the top of their outraged lungs to stop all this steady flow of destruction of American core values? Why? Where are you all ?
The question should not be WHEN we go into Syria...but WHO used the sarin..
Consider the following and add them up. This chapter began in Benghazi….
The Obama Administration knew of WMD attack…three days before. But notified no one and did nothing. Why?
Rebels in both Syria and Egypt are AlQaeda, the most violent arm of Obama’s friends, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Same rebels took down Egypt and turned Egypt over to Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egypt began having Christians murdered and crucified under Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Morsi deposed, Obama threatens Egyptian military to reinstate Morsi or loose funding from America. Obama hid this threat from Americans. Why?
Syria with the rebels fighting and now armed by Obama/Brennan….also now has Christians murdered, raped, crucified and massive Chistian refugees.
Obama’s CIA annex in Benghazi was transferring weapons through Turkey to the AlQaeda rebels in Syria. Reported WMD and Stingers leave Benghazi annex to those rebels in Syria.
Rebels are in the process of a take down of Assad to turn Syria, like Egypt, over to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Arab Spring is but a Middle East communist winter.
Reports, with documentation, have leaked that Obama was paying off Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood with 1.6 billion and 450 million directly to Morsi. The terrorist at Benghazi were recorded as saying “Dr. Morsi sent us”…The arms being transferred though Turkey were assisted by Erdogan, another Communist Muslim Brotherhood dog. The attack on Benghazi was to kill the eyewitnesses to the illegal treasonous arms transfer to America’s enemies by her treasonous Muslim Communist president with the able assistance of, his Muslim director of the CIA , John Brennan.
Ever wonder where the Iraq WMD´s went? Anyone remember the convoy of trucks that Saddam Hussein sent to Syria before his regime was toppled by American forces? Any guess on what types of gas canisters were aboard? Did the press ever cover that? Where was Hillary sending the weapons gathered at the Benghazi compound? What message did Russia send before the attack which killed 4 Embassy personnel? Why do all roads carrying Stinger missiles and weapons of mass destruction lead to Syria? Is this all just another International Fast & Furious operation by Obama & Co.? Head´s up people. The alarms are sounding.
Whether some in this country, in the CIA or the Pentagon think aligning with AlQaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood achieves power…. or anything else in America’s interests…against Iran…they are wrong. Best consider Obama and his IslamoCommunist’s actions. Those actions have never been in America’s best interest.
Obama has decimated America’s navy…he then leads that crippled Navy to war against Russia and Iran.
THIS IS A SET UP
Obama, as Christians have been murdered, raped, crucified and their 500 churches burned… first in Egypt then in Syria… has not uttered a peep of outrage much less a single word of dissatisfaction. For his constant blather on racism…his silence on the holocaust of Christians is deafening.
Obama cut the USA’s nuclear arsenal, gave the Russians the Brits codes, broke our military through his insane rules of engagement and is running the most capable patriotic talent of the hierarchy of our military, it’s best Generals and Admirals, out of the military. Obama has cut the Navy’s size back to 1917 levels..crippled the military through assigning the entire sequestration cut backs to the military budgets….demoralised the military, cut out hot meals… sent American steel (the works best steel) off shore through cash for clunkers to China (those same salvage yards were used by FDR to built war ships) ….
…And now that our world class military has been are crippled…. and Obama has armed our enemies ….he wants to take us into WWIII…stunningly treasonous.
Obama is shepherding this nation, it’s economy, it’s military, its people…To hell…to bankruptcy..to defeat ..
The sarin came from the rebels..,Why is the question now when we go to war, rather than WHO the WMD came from? http://www.examiner.com/article/breaking-news-rebels-admit-gas-attack-result-of-mishandling-chemical-weapons
It´s a perfect WAG THE DOG scenario, times at least a million. Our muslim supporting imposter in chief, is providing the islamic warring supremacists another jihad opportunity. They just suffered, are still suffering, a monumental defeat in Egypt. Now their U.S. Islamic spy team, (jaret soros holder) can side with supremacist muslims in Syria, and TAKE THE HEAT OFF ALL OF NOBAMA’S CRIMES HERE IN AMERICA, AND ISLAMIC PAST CRIMES IN EGYPT (TWO FOR ONE). Could it be any more simple than that? The imposter’s Presidency is about to fall off the cliff and upset, destroy, all democrat and republican lies, they’re just minutes away from political suicide. BUT WAIT! Start a war, even siding with the filthy islamic supremacists and attempt to topple Syria´s leadership to BE REPLACED BY MORE MUSLIM TYRANNY. Nobama´s foul acts bring the disgraced muslims back into power. Rule: start a war, ANY war, and Obamacide, NSA IRS alien organizing, open borders, mass welfare, the fake Fed, trillions in debt, fast and furious, the worst, Hillary’s covered up Benghazi murders especially..... it all goes away with war. It’s a consistently horrifying as The Communist Party Line. They all agree.
That ladies and gentlmen, IS the SyriaPolicy Wag the damn dog!
These "leaders" are contemplating taking us to war and we can tell they are really, really serious in considering using our blood and our treasure when one of them can´t wait to grab his clubs and dash over to the golf course within 15 minutes of his really serious speech about Syria and the other has a hot game of poker going on his phone during a really, really serious Senate hearing on Syria. We´re doomed with these idiots ´in charge´ !!!
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