The Obama administration hardened its stance against Syria´s regime and stepped up preparations for possible military action, saying it believed Damascus used chemical weapons in an offensive last week and rebuffing its offer to let United Nations officials inspect the affected areas. The White House, in statements issued by senior officials, signaled it wasn´t backing away from a showdown with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite apparent efforts by Damascus to ease tensions by letting U.N. inspectors visit areas near Damascus that were allegedly hit with chemical weapons. In recent days, the Pentagon has moved more warships into place in the eastern Mediterranean
They´ll go ahead to improve Otard´s poll numbers and distract from the idea that Otard´s admin is most likely behind this, by providing ´arms´ to Valjar and Huma and Otard´s MB and AQ buddies in Syria.
Assad would have to be incredibly stupid to use chemical weapons. On the other hand, the surest way for his Islamist foes to topple him would be to perpetrate a CW event and blame it on Assad. Which of these seems more likely?
Hardened it´s stance? It´s "stance" so far has to let them gas civilians. Now it can be done on a broader spectrum and still nothing will be done. Perhaps Hillary will issue a stern letter of warning of possible harsh sanctions and a UN resolution of condemnation. That oughtta do it.
This is Armageddon on a stick, kids. With Chinese and Russian economic and political investment in Iran and Syria, if (and when))this spins out of control, everyone on earth gets screwed.
The UN scenario was Obama trying to get the UN involved and inspect Syria for WMDs. Russia and China said ´no.´ A few weeks later, they said, ´OK, now you can do it.´ Obama said, ´Screw that. It´s too late.´
A couple days ago, Russia sent the diplomatic equivalent of a ´war warning´ to Obama. The Chinese response has ben more subtle, but was a warning, none-the-less.
That´s when the US and Brits starting moving more assets into the region.
Have we had one success in the Middle East during Obama´s presidency? The Muslims have worn down the West. It is obvious that they have an agenda and will not stop until they reach their goal even though it means many fellow Muslims will die. They are willing to sacrifice everything for the caliphate. Unfortunately, Obama has enabled them. On one hand he keeps the rage against the United States hot because of his drone strikes and on the other, he is weak and indecisive.
We do not have the leadership in this country to deal with the situation in the Middle East. There is no clear policy and what we are doing is not working. We need to step back. Our men and women have spilled enough blood without any meaningful success.
The root of the problem boiling over in the world is Islam and until the world decides to address that, nothing works. Intervention or non-intervention will have no effect. It will not slow it down. Muslims welcome the chaos and vioence they create. It may be an anathema to us, but it is a means to an end in their thinking. They will not change. Until we understand that, any involvement will be futile. They draw us into these conflicts to weaken us economically and militarily and it is working. They have purposely built close ties with Russia and China. We are dying a slow death of a thousand cuts because of the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the highest levels of this administration.
The Islam o Mob rapes, beheads, shoots and blows up Westerners and each other on a regular basis,but when a gas attack happens, Obama, France and Great Britain have an orgasm, so to speak. I don´t believe anything that comes out this Civil War situation in Syria or the Obama Camp at all.
Everyone wanted to know what happened to Iraq´s weapons of mass destruction. Well, here they are! WMDs are played as a shell game by the Middle Eastern thugocracies. And the U.S. is always played as the sucker to bet on where the pea is.
We need to stay out of Syria. There is nothing there for us. And, no, the horror of the situation is not enough to commit blood and treasure. If Europe thinks it is so horrible, then let them get their noses bloodied. As for us, sit it out.
Thank you #18. I remember those days and you are right on. This is a lose lose for sure. The shame will be spilling any American blood. The good might be tainting clowns like mcain, clinton, and grahamn.
What sense does it make for Syria to: Attack women and children (citizens) when they are fighting the rebels. Commit a war crime when they are winning. Use chemical weapons when a 20-member UN team is allowed access for inspection. Fire on the UN team with snipers. Do all of this when they are winning.
Now, the obama regime can´t wait. Syria´s 5 day delay is a sure sign of guilt.
Does Obama even have a clue? Every time I hear "the Obama administration" I just shake my head. Obama, Biden, Hagel, Brennan, Kerry, Rice et al. Oh yeah, I´m sure they´ve got a handle on it. I just hope they don´t get anyone killed.
Alleged chemical weapons use seems fishy ok. If Obama is proclaiming something, think the opposite...no credibility. Some more sleight of hand perhaps? It´s Mr Barack Houdini himself. Hopefully bamboozler is just saber rattling and won´t get involved. It would just open up a new can of worms. Ah to have a voice in DC standing up for us and speaking out against what he is doing re foreign policy. He´s about to break yet something else with no means to put it back together again.
Another distraction from the many impeachable offenses of Barack 0bama?
Joel Richardson writes today:
"Now, if the Obama administration goes forward with its stated plans to attack Assad, it will be the greatest mistake that this nation has made in decades. Not only will we have the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocents on our hands, but we will subsequently be forced to deal with the utter chaos that results from our actions. I’m appealing to everyone who reads this to stop right now and pray that the US and Britain do not go forward with military action in Syria." - http://www.joelstrumpet.com/?p=5263
So now we are going to war because we believe something is happening, as yet not confirmed. What I believe is he will have Americans killed to divert attention from his scandal ridden Administration. Isn´t that in the Marxist playbook?
If this bozo thinks Russia will just sit by and let the US get away with military action against an ally, then he is dumber that I think. Remember this so called activity is only because the Muslim Brotherhood is getting it´s butt whipped in Syria and Egypt.
When our Ambassador and his people were being murdered in Benghazi, by Muslim Terrorists, he couldn´t have cared less. If he starts military action in Syria, no Americans abroad will be safe, just as they aren´t secure in this country anymore.
For some reason, I don´t trust Community Organizers.
Where´s Nancy Piglosi? I seem to remember a very public and old-media supported visit to Syria during the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom, complete with Hermes scarf indicating her subservient status as a woman. Since she´s such a good personal friend of Assad´s I think Bambi should send her over to explain to Assad that he should hand his country over the Brotherhood. But, thanks for that photo op we used to give GW Bush the perverbial finger.
President Dumcluck hightails it from Iraq, effectively abandoning a recovering country to chaos. He gives the muslims a departure date from Afghanistan, effectively saying that thousands of US soldiers died for nothing.
Now he will bomb the wrong side in a civil war where neither side has clean hands. This will get much worse when the bigger boys of the world get involved.
team obozo is very consistent: they support the extremist forces throughout the Middle East - in Egypt, Libya, now in Syria (I think same was in Lebanon). So, let´s not call our regime stupid or naive - they know what they are doing!
The United States should definitely keep out of Syria.Again Obama listen up stay out of Syria. We start loping shells into Syria will cause a response from Russia who has a Naval Base in the Med granted by Syria.Our Commander in Chief still has not told us what happened the night of 9/11. What was he doing , was a command sent fromn the WH to stand down.Griening family want to know. 300 missiles funneled from the Benghazi complex via Turkey to Syrian Rebels whoever they are.Why people at the Benghgazi site are till gagged.Morsi , Obama´s friend was indirectly involved in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.Obamna is incompetant enough to start a Middle East regional war . It´s seriouis and the WH is playing with fire. As an aside , try and write , phone Boehner and McConnell tell them Border fence first . Otherwise in another 10 years same situation for the next generation. Time out !
I haven´t read all of the comments yet, so pardon me if I´m echoing someone else.
Zippy helps the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Egypt. Zippy helps the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Libya. Looks like zippy is now going to help the "reformers" (his MB pals) in Syria. Zippy refuses to help the true reformers in Iran.
Hey, Nobel committee, how´s that peace prize workin´ out for you?
Considering that Obama has taken two years to get to the point to take action, will he go before Congress and ask for a declaration to take military action? Or Will he violate the Constitution again and take military action without Congressional approval? After two years, he cannot claim that he didn´t have time to get Congressional approval.
Maybe I´m simple-minded [okay, I´ll admit to it: I´m simple-minded] but here´s what I don´t get about this flap over Chemical Weapons: why is killing thousands by the use of CWs different or worse than killing thousands with conventional weapons?
Genocide is genocide. Killing is killing. We´ve been standing around with our thumbs in our collective mouths since the first Syrian protester/rebel was killed by Assad. Why are we in such a sweat now, wringing our hands?
The Chemical Weapons that the Leftists had such hissy fits over when we invaded Iraq, went to Syria. We all knew that. There are satellite images of convoys out of Iraq into Syria and everyone with a voice and knowledge said they were Saddam´s CW´s being shuffled into Syria in advance of the US invasion.
When this Syrian genocide started, all anyone has talked about is Chemical Weapons, but no one seemed to care about all of the killing with conventional weapons, or inclined to put a stop to the killings, until now when CWs are involved. Why?
It seems to me that we´re waaaaay late to the party, and so is the rest of the civilized world. We had a chance to save Syria, we muffed that chance, and now every despot in the world is in on Assad´s side.
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RUSH: Well, we may as well stick with this silly budget stuff, ´cause there are a couple of points to be made about it. But it, too, is just part of the daily script of the daily media narrative that´s coming out of Washington. This government´s gonna run whether they get a budget done or not; everybody knows it. Government isn´t gonna shut down. There isn´t any mood to shut down the government. If it does shut down, there´s not any mood to reform it, not right now, for a whole host of reasons. I was watching CNN during the break.
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