In the movie “Lawrence of Arabia,” the attempt to unite the Arabs comes apart in Damascus. Lawrence bangs on his desk with the butt of his gun to bring the assembly to order, but to no avail. Chaos erupts. Now something similar is happening in Syria. A mountain of dead (70,000 or so), not to mention an approaching regional blood bath, suggests that once again things are coming apart. Still, life does not exactly imitate art. Lawrence of Arabia at least tried to do something. Barack of D.C. just sat on his hands. Actually, he sat on his polling numbers.
This is the payback. An amateur is elected and re-elected by those with liberal guilt and lofo minority voters. Where is the outrage? A supposed leader who leads from behind perpetually campaigning for failed liberal programs. We are being perpetually screwed!
Cohen´s solution? Why, intervene on the side of the rebels. Well, we know how well that worked in Libya. Fanatical Muslims now in charge of the governments of this "Arab Spring" that Obama and the WaPo supported.
Nice to see Richard Cohen living in the real world for achnge!
I disagree however that we have a role in the Syrian conflict. Honestly, I couldn´t care less if Sunnis & Shi´ites want to battle to the death. Also couldn´t care if their rumble spills over into other Arab nations!
Again, Obama sacrificed our national security for his personal goals. I am not saying we needed to invade, but our non-response was yet another indication to the world that we are retreating and weak. Vacuum is replacing world leadership and only the despots will benefit. Eventually the Shia and Sunni will remember they hate us even more than each other and by then we will again be unprepared.
Now you did it. I can´t believe you actually maneuvered me into defending Obama.
FTA: "Obama shied from intervening in Syria out of domestic political considerations."
Isn´t this precisely what the left has been screaming for since Viet Nam? A president who will NOT involve the military in a foreign war against the will of the American people? And viewing it from the right, how CAN an American president justify pursuing a foreign policy the American people oppose? Isn´t that what we have been complaining about here for 5 years? And remember, W made his case FIRST, before going into Iraq.
Also FTA, regarding Syria: "A civil war that could have been contained has, instead, become a sprawling, regionwide bar fight. Arms could have been shipped to the insurgents; a no-fly zone could have been imposed."
Utter hogwash. The "barfight" spread TO Syria, not from it. And putting American pilots at risk to impose a no-fly zone over Syria? Seriously? The Russians, with a huge presence in Syria, would never have stood for that. Such an attempt would have immediately put us in a hot war with Russia. This guy is delusional.
Syria, a mad muslim rogue nation doing Iran´s bidding against Israel, is being torn apart by competing groups of mad muslim murderers who also have pledged the destruction of Israel. Someone please tell me why Obama, or Romney, or Newt, or anyone else one favored, should do anything other than stand aside and watch the muslim madmen kill each other.
If I wanted to claim this was an Iranian/Russian plot, along with the Arab Spring, I could make a case. I don´t trust Obama vis-à-vis Iran or Russia. Ever since he stood by during the Iranian Twitter Revolution and his flexibility comment. His loyalties to the US are questionable at best.
The top advisor to the Secretary of State was a scion of the MB. What side do you think the administration would support?
That said, between Assad on the one side and the MB and al Qaeda on the other, who can you feel akin to? Murderous Muslims murdering each other. What role do we have there? It´s what they do and have done for 13 centuries.
I put the blame on Hildebeast. She had to butt heads with Putin. We might have stopped the violence early if we worked with the Russians and dropped our demand for regime change. Now we have a mess of historic proportions with no good answer.
Remembers all those rumors that our Libyan ambassador and the CIA were involved in running guns to the Syrian rebels? I´m pretty sure we´re "doing something" under the radar, which we patently shouldn´t be. There aren´t any good guys in that fight, and we have absolutely no national interest in the outcome.
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