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Friday, December 7, 2012

Syria: Obama's Flaccid Red Lines

At an August 20 news conference, Obama declared with regard to potential American intervention in Syria (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/20/world/meast/syria-unrest/index.html):

"A red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus."

Well, Assad has started "moving around" a "whole bunch" of chemical weapons, so Obama has drawn a new line in the sand. Speaking several days ago at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium in Washington (see: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/12/obama-warns-syria-use-of-chemical-weapons-totally-unacceptable/), Obama stated:

"The use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. And if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons, there will be consequences, and you will be held accountable."

Obama further warned, “I want to make it absolutely clear to Assad and those under his command, the world is watching.” Yes, Obama like to watch.

As even acknowledged today in a New York Times article entitled "U.S. Shifting Its Warning on Syria’s Chemical Arms" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/world/middleeast/syrias-chemical-weapons-moves-lead-us-to-be-flexible.html) by David Sanger and Eric Schmitt, Obama's intentions are anything but clear:

"When Mr. Obama warned against moving chemical weapons, administration officials said he did not mean shifting the weapons from one site to another, which has happened several times, but preparing them for use.

But in recent days, that is exactly what intelligence agencies fear has happened. American officials have detected that Syrian troops have mixed small amounts of precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, at one or two storage sites."

But why should we be surprised? Obama also made it be known to Iran's mullahs that he would not permit them to build a nuclear weapon, and further warned (http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/obama-to-iran-and-israel-as-president-of-the-united-states-i-dont-bluff/253875/):

"As president of the United States, I don't bluff."

Well, the mullahs long since called Obama's bluff, and Tehran's nuclear weapons development program continutes unabated.

I suppose this is what happens when the world comes to the realization that an invertebrate is sitting in the Oval Office.

3 comments:

  1. It's tragic. The elegant poser who spent 20 years in the church of Reverend Wright is now firmly in the church/mosque of absolute monsters - still elegant and poised. Sadly, the monsters figured out a long time ago how lucky they are, while Obama and his zombies strike poses worthy of Stalin ("Miru Mir" "Druzhba Narodov") or Oprah (hug and kiss).
    I am a historian and have no doubt that this period will be studied and studied (if there are historians in the future) along the lines - how was it possible that such nobody occupied the most important position in the world at what looks like one of the most scary moments in history.
    They will point out to the manipulation of the population - elimination of history, "positivity" preaching, arrogance of the rich and powerful, etc. among many other factors, such as vices and corruptibility of humans (oil money for example)
    It's ugly.

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  2. "Here's the line." "Well,let me the say the line is definitely right over here now." "I need to define that line now,because perhaps I wasn't clear before".
    Kaboom!

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  3. And today on the homefront,a quasi-celebrity singer will be in DC tomorrow to do a concert,and he apologizes for his 2004 song in which he says,"kill American soldiers".
    Obama says that he will be attending.
    WTF?

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