Charles Krauthammer begins his latest Washington Post opinion piece entitled "Legacy or bust" by observing:
"Last Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy."
Krauthammer goes on to note:
"Yet the climate deal brought back from Paris by Secretary of State John Kerry turns out to be no deal at all. It is, instead, a series of carbon-reducing promises made individually and unilaterally by the world’s nations.
No enforcement, no sanctions, nothing legally binding. No matter, explained Kerry on “Fox News Sunday”: “This mandatory reporting requirement . . . is a serious form of enforcement, if you will, of compliance, but there is no penalty for it, obviously.”
If you think that’s gibberish, you’re not alone. Retired NASA scientist James Hansen, America’s leading carbon abolitionist, indelicately called the whole deal “bulls---.”"
Further observing that Obama's nuclear deal with Iran is unsigned and pointing his finger at two Iranian ballistic missile launches which contravene the would-be agreement, Krauthammer concludes, "Obama will ignore, downplay and explain away any violation, lest it jeopardize his transformative foreign policy legacy." It should be pointed out in this regard that Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Wednesday, "Since day one of the endorsement of the JCPOA, our different tests have not [been] postponed even for a single day, hour or moment; rather we have not even felt any doubt about declaring them." Deghan also stated, "We will purchase weapons from wherever we deem necessary and we are not waiting for anyone's permission; if we deem necessary we will sell our weapons and we will do this without paying attention to any resolution."
Sickening? You bet, but that's not all . . .
In an editorial entitled "On regime change in Syria, the White House capitulates to Russia," The Washington Post caustically declares:
"For four years, President Obama demanded the departure of Mr. Assad, who has killed hundreds of thousands of his own people with chemical weapons, 'barrel bombs,' torture and other hideous acts. Yet in its zeal to come to terms with Mr. Putin, the Obama administration has been slowly retreating from that position. On Tuesday in Moscow, Mr. Kerry took another big step backward: 'The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,' he said. He added that a demand by a broad opposition front that Mr. Assad step down immediately was a 'non-starting position' — because the United States already agreed that Mr. Assad could stay at least for the first few months of a 'transition process.'"
Obama, however, is not only capitulating to Russia. He is also capitulating to Iran, which has sent fighters from Hezbollah, its Lebanese surrogate, and its own Quds Force into Syria to fight the rebels. Consider the message that this is sending to America's allies in the Middle East: American overseas credibility and deterrent power have effectively been eviscerated.
January 20, 2017 cannot come too soon.