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The Single Best Article I Have Read on Syria

September 7th, 2013 - 8:52 am

Where by “Syria” I mean our response to the civil war in Syria, i.e., efforts by terrorist thugs (the “rebels,” freedom fighters, etc.) to topple an establishment thug (the rogue ophthalmologist, B. al-Assad).  That article is Andy McCarthy’s “Drawing an Al-Qaeda Red Line” over at NRO. What’s so good about it? Several things.

Item: Andy calls attention to the enormous hypocrisy on the part of the Obama administration about Assad.

Or maybe it’s not “hypocrisy,” but bumbling inconsistently, which when translated to the stage of world diplomacy equals stunning incompetence. Remember, this is an administration that just a few short years ago

– reopened diplomatic ties with Syria.

– Hillary Clinton called Assad a “reformer” (no where near as dangerous as that hapless chap who made the anti-Muslim internet video and who was sent to federal prison for . . . for what? Jay-walking? Failing to abate a smoking chimney? Violating the terms of his parole?  Something that for people who do not attract the ire of the president merits a stern talking-to?)

– John “reporting for duty” Kerry and his wife were photographed having an intimate dinner with Dr. & Mrs. Assad, the “wildly democratic” couple Vogue  celebrated in a puff piece just a couple of years ago.

It was all part of Obama’s love-thy-Muslim-brother initiative. Bang! Burka Burka Mohammed Jihad blows up another church, mows down 13 fellow soldiers, wounding another 30, at a Texas army base, detonates homemade IEDs at a road race in Boston, murders a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans at a U.S. diplomatic mission in some African hellhole, etcetera, very much etcetera. Who’s to blame? “Violent extremists,” the president’s favorite bad guys. Not “Muslim violent extremists,” just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill extremist — please  let it be a white, male, Christian, gun-toting, tea-party extremist.

Bottom line: what’s happening in Syria is the latest assault — the salt in the fields, as it were — on the establishment narrative about the Muslim world.

Here’s the thing: from a certain distance and in a certain light Obama looks like an Important Person, the president of the United States, leader of the free (or at least formerly free) world, just as John Kerry looks (well, sort of looks) like something more than an insufferable prig and blowhard.

But take a closer look. You see that they are both completely out of their depth. Obama jets around on Air Force One. He spends tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on an African adventure for himself and his family while closing the White House to school tours because of the sequester. He swaggers just like he’s a big deal, but here’s the rub: the least-experienced president in the the history of the republic, the man whom nobody knew, the guy whose college transcripts we can’t see,  whose legislative record was one long evasive “Present,” whose repellent racialist pandering has set race relations back decades in this country, whose Alinskyite demonize-your-opponents radicalism has further poisoned the character of American politics: this mountebank has succeeded mightily in fulling his promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” making us poorer, less secure, less free, and less influential than we were when he came to office.  He was the man who was supposed to repair the damage done to U.S. prestige by that evil cowboy George W. Bush=Hitler (that’s just fine, calling Bush Hitler, but just try wearing an Obama mask if you’re a clown and see what happens). How’s that working out? Obama was also the fellow who, when not making the oceans recede and healing the plant, was going to work miracles in the U.S. economy, take care of Julia cradle-to-grave, and help enact a 2000-page monstrosity that will go down in infamy, before it goes down to repeal, as ObamaCare.  It’s all in shambles now, isn’t it? You can tell how serious the damage is by this first: Obama actually cancelled a fund-raising event the other day — yes, really. Why? Because his support in Congress for an attack on Syria had gone wobbly.  When Ambassador Chris Stevens and three men from his security detail were murdered last September 11 (September 11, mind you), the first thing Obama did was fly to Las Vegas for a fund-raiser. That’s what he means by “leading  from behind.” It’s what you or I call “abdicating responsibility.”  One of the great things about Andy’s column is that it highlights the discrepancy between the confused reality of the Obama administration and its well-oiled public face.

Here’s an interesting question: if Obama does not bomb Syria, will John Kerry survive as secretary of State? As Andy points out, in his congressional testimony, “Kerry was desperately trying to portray the ‘rebels’ as predominantly ‘moderate.’” What’s his definition of “moderate”? He didn’t actually say, but here’s the reality:

[T]he Obama Left and the GOP’s McCain wing are applying Washington’s lunatic definition of “moderate.” By this thinking, the Islamic ummah is divided into two camps: an al-Qaeda fringe in one, and in the other the teeming millions of “moderate,” tolerant, peace-loving “democracy” activists. In this fantasy, the Muslim Brotherhood — whose name the Beltway strains to avoid uttering in discussions of Syria — is moderate . . . and never you mind the bloody catastrophe the Brothers have wrought in nearby Egypt over the last few weeks and months.

In truth, the Brotherhood is an implacably Islamic-supremacist organization that is “moderate” only by comparison with al-Qaeda, and, even then, only if we are talking about al-Qaeda’s methodology of full-time savagery — the Brothers are part-timers who, unlike al-Qaeda, think violent jihad is just one item on the sharia-installation menu. As far as ideology goes — i.e., the imperative that sharia be installed — the two are on exactly the same page. If anything, the Brotherhood’s influence over the “oppositionists” is even greater than al-Qaeda’s. The Brothers are the antithesis of moderate. They are anti-American (though they’ll happily take our help before using it against us), anti-democratic (though they’ll happily hold popular elections in Muslim-majority countries), and rabidly anti-Semitic.

So here’s the question: just whom are we fighting for?

Andy’s piece also offers a salubrious correction to another aspect of the dominant narrative about the situation in Syria: that it’s all about chemical weapons.

That’s the phrase — “chemical weapons.”  Assad used chemical weapons, poison gas, ergo  we have a moral obligation — a moral obligation, amigo — to do something, anything to get rid of Assad.

Two points: 1. Did  Assad use chemical weapons? We don’t actually know.  Maybe. Somebody did. And it might have been Assad. But as Andy points out, there’s a “dirty little secret” about chemical weapons that is not getting attention from the Obama administration and its media sycophants. It is this: “The rebels not only want them, they have them and they quite likely have used them, both in Syria and elsewhere. Al-Qaeda has been seeking to procure and use chemical weapons for over 20 years — and unlike Assad, al-Qaeda affiliates are quite likely to use them against the United States and Israel if they have the chance.” 2. Chemical weapons are pretty hideous, but are they really more hideous than other weapons employed by the bad guys?  The cold water Andy splashes on this idea is clarifying:

 I am unimpressed by the Western obsession over chemical weapons. They are ghastly, yes. But so, in the wrong hands, are bombs and jumbo jets and hollow-point bullets. To me, the shrieking over weapons of mass destruction is the international version of the Left’s domestic campaign against guns, and of a piece with its trendy revulsion against land- and sea-mines. This is the delusion that discord is caused by the song, not the singer. It is a cop-out: the pretense that there is a valid excuse for failing to grapple with the players and the ideologies that resort to violence — as if we live in a make-believe world where destructive weapons in the right hands are unnecessary to keep us safe; and where laws, conventions, and purported “norms” against various types of weapons are effective against rogues like Assad and al-Qaeda.

Andy ends with a question I wish someone would put to John Kerry: “Why is Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons worse than the rebels’ use of al-Qaeda?” I don’t think we’d get a very enlightening answer to that from John Kerry for the simple reason that the entire dance over Syria has almost nothing to do with the pursuit of a rational foreign policy and almost everything to do with supporting the moralizing narrative of an administration that values ideology over American interests.

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---- Obama jets around on Air Force One. He spends tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on an African adventure for himself and his family while closing the White House to school tours because of the sequester. He swaggers just like he’s a big deal, but here’s the rub: the least-experienced president in the the history of the republic, the man whom nobody knew, the guy whose college transcripts we can’t see, whose legislative record was one long evasive “Present,” whose repellent racialist pandering has set race relations back decades in this country, whose Alinskyite demonize-your-opponents radicalism has further poisoned the character of American politics: this mountebank has succeeded mightily in fulling his promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” making us poorer, less secure, less free, and less influential than we were when he came to office.

Yow! Not to put too fine a point on it, as James Thurber once said. Spot on.
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This is what happens when you vote a goddam slogan into office.
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Before America can win, Obama must fail. The first step is to deny military action. The scond step is to defund Obamacare. The third step is to wrest the senate from the Democrapic party. The third step is to impeach. Then and only then can America begin to win again.
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This author, McCarthy and Victor David Hanson's article in NRO on 9/6 title If It Wasn't Syria It Would Be Something Else sum up our situation in Syria and Obama's failures in their entirely.

We are being continually indoctrinated to accept Islam as a mainstream, non-violent religion because if we recognize what it truly is, call it out and fight it tooth and nail as it deserves then we are marginalized and the Leftist agenda to allow them to destroy our freedoms and way of life will be realized. Hey, if the Left can't get us fast enough through our liberal schools, media, lack of morals and values then they are just as happy to terrorize us into submission.

I go to an art house type theater in my community and for the past 8 weeks there have been THREE different foreign movies, made in the Middle East, designed to show women as either silent victim/heroines or a very young girl as a role model for winning a contest on the study of the Koran to get the bicycle she wants.

It REVOLTS me that Hollywood and the rest of the media and our culture is constantly working to integrate the Muslim culture into ours, stirring sympathy and urging understanding and acceptance of the 'complexity' of their beliefs.

BS, this is a full court press to make Americans feel sympathetic and guilt ridden for abhoring their values and their violent, oppressive, backwater, 7th century mentality.

I am still completely astounded the American public elected a complete amateur, accomplished nothing community organizer named Barack HUSSEIN Obama who had/has with a very frightening background and anti-Amercian alliances, less than 8 years after 9/11.

We are being systematically destroyed from within by Obama and his minions, the US Leftist media, blatant Anti-American Liberalism in our schools and our politicians and from without by the Middle East, Russia and China.
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Islam is an ideology sold to the ignorant as a faith akin to the leftists ideology sold to it's adherents as gospel. Both swallow it whole.
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Obama is a self loving little punk not qualified to be a bathroom attendant. The sooner this missed abortion chance is gone the better for this Nation and the World!
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We needed a bigger-than-life President – we got a Dope smoking, Coke snorting, Radical Left wing Chicago thug that has spend his life surrounded and tutored by American hating racists, terrorist and Marxist!

We needed a well-grounded stable President – we got a certifiable narcissist.

We needed bold leadership – we got a teleprompter

We needed a seasoned hand – we got a hand in in our pockets

We needed a champion for American citizens... We got hate for the Makers and a champion for the Takers and love for the uneducated horde of invading Welfare Democrats.

We needed a skilled bridge builder – we got a class-warfare specialist and inciter-in-chief.

We needed practical, proven policies – we got socialist dogma and monumental waste

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We needed someone to unshackle our economy – we got someone who is a friend to our enemies and an enemy to our businesses

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Well said and every word true!
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Answering your own posts? Take a deep breath Saint Black...
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Was Libya accidental Treason or a deliberate act of Treason by Obama?

In Libya while claiming he did not to want regime change, he ended up decapitating the Qaddafi regime. That replaced a brutal dictatorship that was still cooperating with the West on counter-terrorism against Islamist terrorist into a failed state controlled by Islamist terrorist even more brutal than Qaddafi.

The same Islamist terrorist organization this Nation has been fighting for years and has cost us trillions of dollars and thousands of lives!

Now Obama intends to do the same thing in Syria ...So the question... is ...is Obama so stupid he does not realize he is fighting on the side of Islamist terrorist which is treason or is it a deliberate act of treason on his part?
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There is another possibility about Obama. Maybe he is simply trying to pull something off that is very terrible for the future of the west. He is the inside man, so to speak. Is it really all that implausible?
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I have a serious question. What sect of Islam is Obama from?
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I keep hearing about how we must attack to keep America respected and that respect will prevent future attacks against us. If that is so, then can someone please explain how an attack against Syria where all we have is a president making silly statements will provide respect when our complete inaction in response to our diplomatic mission in Benghazi and the murder of our Ambassador along with three other citizens is nonexistent? This is the logic of our leadership. An absence of logic indicates an absence of leadership. I guess you can lead people to knowledge, but you can't make them think.
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This White House is a 'ship of fools', lost at sea.
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