Obama gave an interesting speech (for which he was roundly criticized by BOTH sides for being a hyper-partisan ideologue demagogue at the very moment that Americans were lying dead on the scene less than 2 miles away in the wake of a mass shooting). Obama gives lip service to the ongoing crisis in Syria, and then immediately said the following:
I want to be clear though that, even as we’ve dealt with the situation in Syria, we’ve continued to focus on my number one priority since the day I took office
This came off the text of the prepared speech as Obama delivered it on his teleprompter. And note, it does NOT say, “even as we’ve been dealing with the situation in Syria,” in the present active sense, but rather, “even as we’ve dealt.” Past tense. Done. Over. Language means something, even when it comes from the “Just words” president. Obama has turned Syria and pretty much the entire Middle East over to Vladimir Putin following his “red line” debacle and he’s shaking the dust off his hands. It’s an embarrassment, and Obama brushes embarrassments under the rug and ignores them (think “Benghazi”).
Obama has been all over the damn board on Syria. First he gave his “red line” threat. Then Syria crossed that line FOURTEEN TIMES. Then Obama said he was going to attack Syria. And he said he didn’t need Congress to authorize it (even though the dishonest hypocrite said the exact opposite about the authority of the man who held the SAME office before him). Then he realized that the rest of the world pretty much thought he was an incompetent disgrace and that they couldn’t trust him to do anything, let alone do it right. So our great ally England backed out. And Obama’s “international community” consisted of Obama and whatever demons that inhabit his soul. So, standing with his feet planted firmly in midair, Obama wilted like a coward. And then the man who said he didn’t need Congress suddenly decided he DID need Congress to cover his naked scrawny political back. What he was really hoping for was that Republicans would vote against a strike on Syria and he could politically demonize them for it. But an interesting thing happened: DEMOCRATS were even MORE opposed to it. And so having virtually no chance of winning a vote in Congress – and even worse yet, having nobody but himself to blame for his appalling incompetence – he said in the speech that he had arranged to demand Congress vote for his strike to NOT vote for his strike. Yet another crazy U-turn in a pretzel foreign policy that leaves allies not knowing what Obama will do or not do next and therefore losing all trust in America even as it emboldens enemies and vastly increases the likelihood that they will misjudge whatever the hell Obama’s intentions actually are. As even the Los Angeles Times now says.
After that, John Kerry uttered an offhanded remark that even the Überliberal The Atlantic called “John Kerry’s gaffe Heard Round The world.” Russia – seeing Obama’s weakness and desperation along with their OWN opening to impose their will on a situation Obama had clearly completely lost control of – pounced on it. And Obama, caring far more about his skinny political neck than he ever has about American foreign policy or American prestige, was only too happy to let Russia take over. So, no need for Syria to cringe in terror over Obama’s “unbelievably small” strike on them, after all. No need to fear now, world, because Russia stepped in and saved the human race from Obama’s “unbelievably small” attack.
Russia and Putin say they’ll work toward disarming Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. You know, the weapons that Syria moved to at least fifty different locations even as this deal to take control over them was being discussed. Other than the fact that there is almost no way in hell that inspectors can even possibly pull this trick off, and the whole “deal” is a sick joke, we’ve got the bigger problem that Obama has now guaranteed that Bashar al-Assad will remain in power. Because Russia will see to that and because Obama has just made Assad a PARTNER in the chemical weapons business. If Assad is out of power, he can’t turn over the weapons, and therefore Obama must see to it that he helps Russia keep Assad in power.
So now we’ve got Bashar al-Assad and his patron Vladimir Putin both saying, “You can trust us.” And Obama DOES trust them. Implicitly. Which is why he’s saying, “Now that we’ve dealt with the situation in Syria.” Because would Russia ever lie to us???
Let’s call this what it is: an abject disgrace. America needed a quarterback, and tragically all we’ve had the last five years and all we’ll have for the next three years is a PUNTER who sadly talks a good game but then can’t kick the damn ball.
If you want the best assessment of Obama’s policy in Syria in the fewest words, here it is:
“It seems to me like Putin just put a hook and a line in the water and the President grabbed it, swallowed it and now Putin is just going to sit there, play with him and jerk that around. All that is happening on the world stage and we are just looking weaker and weaker.” — Congressman Buck McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
All that having been said, let’s revisit this exchange between Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Obama and his Stooge of State John Kerry:
Speaking to his human rights council, Mr Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Mr Kerry was asked about al-Qaeda. Mr Putin said he had denied that it was operating in Syria, even though he was aware of the al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra group.
Mr Putin said: “This was very unpleasant and surprising for me. We talk to them (the Americans) and we assume they are decent people, but he is lying and he knows that he is lying. This is sad.”
That was on September 4.
Who could have known that Obama would zig-zag on his crazy and incoherent foreign policy to such an extent that a matter of days later the very same man who claimed that the Secretary of State of the United States of America was a liar would be our most trusted figure to help Obama out of the Syria hellhole his idiotic rhetoric got him into?
I mean, not me. I would have thought that even Obama was smart enough not to trust Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad to fix Syria for us. But nope.
Basically, John Kerry is a man who used his position as an officer to fraudulently put himself in for every medal under the sun – only to treat those medals with the same contempt that he displayed when he applied for them in the first place when he threw them over a fence during an “I hate America” protest; he is a man who turned against his fellow soldiers, Marines and sailors and lied about atrocities he claimed he had witnessed but later acknowledged he had NOT witnessed (because if he’d witnessed them HE would have been guilty of the same war crimes he was trying to frame others for). He was a man who kicked America right in the balls when it was down.
And that was BEFORE he called the man who is now guilty of murdering more than 120,000 of his own people “my dear friend.”
And now he’s helping Obama and Putin kick America in the balls again.
If we can trust Vladimir Putin to disarm Syria, then we cannot trust John Kerry. Because the man we trust says John Kerry is a liar who KNOWS he’s a liar.
Personally, it is amazing: Obama trusts liars and ONLY trust liars to advance his foreign policy and pretty much every other policy.
America is a sick, dying land. Because as Obama’s reverend prophetically said, it is “God DAMNED America.”