On Friday, in a speech the president of the United States should have given, underling John Kerry made a fierce, passionate case for taking military action in Syria. The weak and feckless Obama was unwilling to employ his endless flapping tongue to explain to the American people why he was going alone to back up al-Qaida and Muslim Brotherhood forces in Syria.
The president wants to send America into yet another unauthorized war, and he couldn’t make the case himself. He sent a suit in to tell the American people. Obama couldn’t get behind his own war plan. Has any president ever sent in an underling to tell the American people we were going to war?
The New York Times reported: “Jabbing his finger at the lectern, his voice forceful, his words brimming with indignation, John Kerry laid out the case like the prosecutor he once was, making a closing argument to a skeptical jury. Again and again, some 24 times in all, he used the phrase ‘we know’ as he described the intelligence that Syria’s government massacred more than 1,400 people with chemical weapons. And then, while saying no decision had been made, he left no doubt that the United States would respond with military power.”
But less than a day later, in a stunning failure of leadership, Obama reversed his position and said he would seek congressional approval. And as urgent as the matter was just 24 hours prior, it wasn’t pressing enough to summon Congress back for a vote. No, Obama insisted they enjoy their vacation (something he does know a thing or two about) and return at their regular scheduled time – Sept. 9. Astounding.
Iran and Syria are calling this “the start of the historic American retreat.” Actually, it began years ago under Obama: the turnover of political power to the Taliban, the complete pullout from Iraq, the decimation of our military.
But this latest piece of theater of the absurd will do incalculable damage to America’s credibility and standing in the world. Is Obama a master at dismantling American hegemony and destroying America’s standing in the world, or an incompetent idiot? Diabolical or stupid?
One thing is certain: Iran will not worry about any American response to their nuclear weapons program from a toothless Obama.
And meanwhile, all of the tyrants and barbarians Obama sucked up and deferred to these past six years are showing him their appreciation by kicking him to the curb. Obama’s anti-freedom foreign policy has changed the dynamic of the whole world.
President Citizen of the World hasn’t an ally in the world. President Nobel Peace Prize Winner is going to war alone. George W. Bush went to the U.N. Bush got the vote. George W. Bush assembled 30 countries that backed him – the “Coalition of the Willing.” But Obama can’t even get our closest ally, the U.K., to stand with him.
How’s returning the Winston Churchill statue working out for you, Mr. President?
Obama can’t turn to our reliable allies in Eastern Europe. He abandoned Eastern Europe when he scrapped our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, in submission to Putin’s wishes. Can’t ask them for support now, can you, Mr. President? Obama brought the missile defense shield program in Eastern Europe to an end. He deserted our Eastern European allies in an “appalling appeasement of Russian aggression and a willingness to sacrifice American allies on the altar of political expediency.” He left our best friends defenseless in the face of an increasingly aggressive Vladimir Putin. And what did Obama get for this? The shirtless horseman treats him with scorn.
Obama can pretend that he has a friend in the feckless, faithless French. Yes, they support America going into Syria (wink, wink), but not with any actual military support or action. Words are cheap, and the French are plenty cheap.
No U.N. No Congress. No allies. No “Coalition of the Willing.” No objective, except the assurance that there is no objective – Obama has said that regime change is not the goal, picking a winner is not the goal. So what’s the goal? War games to make him look less ineffectual and weak? He’ll need a hydrogen bomb for that.
And who will bear the brunt of miscalculation and mistakes? Our one true friend in the Middle East, Israel, which he has treated most abominably. Israel will be on the receiving end of the enmity of Syria and Iran. The Israelis are waiting in lines for hours for gas masks. A Syrian army force warns that a U.S. attack on Syria would justify retaliation against Israel. And the New York Times reports that Iran is warning that a U.S. strike on Syria would lead to retaliation on Israel, fanned by “the flames of outrage.” The commander of Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps warns that such a strike on Syria “will result in the imminent destruction of the Zionist regime of Israel.”
So it is the Jews, whom Obama has betrayed and routed at every turn, who will suffer the catastrophic consequences of Obama’s Middle East pro-jihadic follies.
What is Obama’s goal in interfering in a war between an Iranian vassal state and an al-Qaida/Muslim Brotherhood militia? None. It’s the humanitarian thing to do.
If Obama wanted to do something humanitarian, he would work with the Christians and religious minorities in Syria. No one in his Administration has met with their leadership. We should be siding with the Christians in Syria, and working with their leaders. That is our side. Not Assad, and not al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood, with which Obama is about to side (again).
If there is one thing you can be sure of, it is that you can’t be sure of anything. There is no way of knowing what the unintended consequences will be of Obama’s folly of launching cruise missiles against Syria.
The Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham, who lives in Damascus, said that U.S. intervention in Syria “would be a tragedy, a tragedy, a tragedy – for the whole country and the whole Middle East. Enough with the intervention. It is fueling hatred, fueling criminality, fueling inhumanity, fueling fundamentalism, terrorism – all these things are the fruit of intervention. Enough! Surely, it will spread like a world war.”
Pamela Geller is a regular contributor to The D.C. Clotheslines. This article originally appeared at WND.com and is reprinted with permission.