So, if 99.99% of war crimes are committed by one side, and .o1% are committed by the other side, the Amnesty International conclusion is “fair and balanced” enough to say “Both sides”???
Just one more institution succumbing to despicable Orwellian newspeak, yet still expects to be regarded with credibility.
“HAVE YOU NO SHAME?” Same goes for OSCE, Obama, Biden, Kerry, McCain, Nuland, US Congress.
The Slippery-Slope Timetable to Regime Change in Syria; ISIS; and the Permanent Destruction of Mid East Culture. In his own words.
The following timetable demonstrates the evolution of a President who was elected on the basis of ending American involvement in unending Mideast and Asian wars, only to reverse position and lobby repeatedly for an aggressive, interventionist, hegemonic policy in multiple other countries, including Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, Egypt, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and intentionally provoking confrontation and potentially expanded proxy war with the Russian Federation, regarding Ukraine, against Russia’s natural, historic regional vital interests . The following timetable deals only with Syria.
The question remains unanswered. In his rise from obscurity, did he mislead the public, simply to get into a position of power? Was he selected, inserted and subsequently influenced by the same shadow government forces that expanded its hegemonic agenda under Bush 41, and completely monopolized foreign policy under Bush 43? Claiming to be an “anti-Bush,” he has gone far beyond what Bush ever did, and has done it in a consistently dissembling manner. One wonders whether he is really in charge of his government and military industrial complex, or a convenient figurehead. His selection of representatives, like former State Department Press Secretary Psaki, now White House Communications Director, have caused derision, disrespect, and contempt for American credibility and veracity.
While protesting America’s peaceful and altruistic intentions. The record, in contrast to the slick keyword rhetoric, is quite clear. What he says, is not what he does. Either he has no moral, ethical or political position, or he is the most disingenuous, misdirecting, projecting, compulsive liar in the history of the American Presidency.
October 2, 2002
“Iraq was a dumb war….a rash war” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99591469
January, 2007 – Anti-surge
“I am not persuaded that 20,000 additional troops in Iraq is going to solve the sectarian violence there. In fact, I think it will do the reverse.”
Obama introduced the “Iraq War De-escalation Act of 2007,” which, if it had passed, would have removed all U.S. troops from Iraq by March, 2008.
“ the U.S. presence in Iraq is “illegal,”
Dec 15, 2011
Iraq War is ‘Part of What Makes Us Special As Americans’
August 20,2012 – Syrian redline
“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.”
April 30, 2013
“We’ve got to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to protect the Syrian people.
August 21, 2013 The Ghouta Chemical Attack kills 1400 (EXACTLY One year After the “Red line” Speech)
“War weary” Obama: We are certain Assad is responsible. Attack requires a military response – US considers cruise missiles fired from U.S. Navy ships at Syrian command targets .
Within hours… Kerry: “We have no evidence the rebels have that capability. Therefore, we believe it was Assad. ”
(Later actual investigation shows it was the Syrian rebels supported by the US, that transported previously captured women and children from Latakia to an already deserted area of Ghouta and gassed them. Photos of hundreds of suspiciously aligned and shrouded bodies were posted on the internet within hours of the “attack” while rescue efforts were still happening. Obama and Kerry continue to blatantly implicate Assad in subsequent speeches.)
September 12, 2013 – Vladimir Putin Op-Ed Article – New York Times
PUTIN: A US military strike against Syrian Government would be “act of aggression”.” We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.’
September 14, 2013 – Washington Post
US & Russia Agree on Syrian chemical Weapons Disposal. Putin proposal allows to Obama back off from Attack Threat.
AUGUST 18, 2014 – WASHINGTON POST
Obama announces: Syrian chemical weapons completely destroyed by US Military
But Three weeks later,
September 10, 2014 [exactly ONE YEAR after the Agreement with Russia]
Obama’s Introduces “New” Terror Threat – “ISIS/ISIL/IS” – after purported video beheading
Thanks to our military and counter-terrorism professionals, America is safer.
“Still,” he said, “we continue to face a terrorist threat.” “Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”
1. A systematic campaign of airstrikes against “ISIL” [not against Assad, of course]
a. we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.
2. Increased support to forces fighting ISIL on the ground
In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work –- and Iraq has formed a government –- we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission – we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq.
In Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
3. Drawing on our substantial counter terrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks
Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.
4. Providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians displaced by ISIL
We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.
Oct 22, 2014 – CBS NEWS
US air drops weapons to ISIS – “meant for Kurds”
December 31, 2014 – US Again drops weapons to ISIS
February 11, 2015 – New Proposed AUMF *Authorization to Use Military Force
…Whereas, ISIL leaders have stated that they intend to conduct terrorist attacks internationally, including against the United States, its citizens, and interests;…
…Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled…
…The President is authorized, subject to the limitations in subsection (c), to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines to be necessary and appropriate against ISIL or associated persons or forces…
…In this joint resolution, the term ‘‘associated persons or forces’’ means individuals and organizations fighting for, on behalf of, or alongside ISIL or any closely-related successor entity in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners…
February 11, 2015 – Letter to Congress
The authorization I propose would provide the flexibility to conduct ground combat operations in other, more limited circumstances, such as rescue operations involving U.S. or coalition personnel or the use of special operations forces to take military action against ISIL leadership. It would also authorize the use of U.S. forces in situations where ground combat operations are not expected or intended, such as intelligence collection and sharing, missions to enable kinetic strikes, or the provision of operational planning and other forms of advice and assistance to partner forces.
February 17, 2015 – Wall Street Journal
U.S. to Give Some Syria Rebels Ability to Call Airstrikes
After training, moderate rebels to get pickups, with gear to call for American B-1B bombers
February 18, 2015
Coalition forces ROUTINELY air drop military supplies to ISIS fighters in Syria
MI6 says entire world is threatened by this latest Russian ‘provocation’. A periscope, reported by knowledgeable American tourists as “definitely” that of a Russian submarine, was spotted outside Parliament, and under the Vauxhall Bridge, outside MI6 Headquarters. NATO immediately proposed a massive sale of battleships to Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Moldova, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. “All the rivers of Europe are now vulnerable to the Russian war machine” says NATO SACEUR, General Philip Breedlove.
Vice President Joe Biden, immediately cancelled his visit to Ukraine, where he was scheduled to dedicate a cocaine addiction clinic, named after his son, Hunter. Victoria Nuland, one of the tourists on Vauxhall Bridge, said she was “just sitting on the bridge, sharing some cookies with passersby”, when she noticed the curved-necked shaped object, “moving deliberately and aggressively in the water. At first I thought it may be the Loch Ness Monster,” she enthused. “But then I asked a man with a kilt if the Thames flowed into Loch Ness. When he panicked and shouted, “I cannae believe it, ya fat cow.” I knew then, it could only be a Russian Sub invading the UK.”
“I immediately called President Obama, and related the sighting, but he kept asking if St Andrew’s was a good place to make a speech from. He became very excited about talking with David Cameron about making all new NATO submarines shaped like Nessie, so they would be undetectable and stealthy. He described a new strategic initiative based on dinosaur-themed military bases to avoid both detection, and criticism of American military expansion.”
John McCain called for an immediate retrofit of all submarines with the Nessie stealth shape, and for immediate delivery to the Middle East and Central Asia, “where the historical lack of water, makes such sea monsters a rare occurrence, as in my home state of Arizona. A dinosaur Theme Park adjacent to each base, would provide additional cover for any Rapid Response forces, and admissions receipts from the tourist side could pay for additional munitions, while offsetting some of the IMF interest on their defense debt.”
When asked for comment, UK PM David Cameron, said he felt morally obligated to consult with the Monarchy before discussing any dinosaur-related strategic defense issues.
Meanwhile, in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said NATO’s latest accusation was ridiculous, but it had “buoyed” his spirits.
~ Daniel ODonoju
The attacks are against “pro-Russian Ukrainians”, not military targets, nor even the specific government buildings taken over by the locals. Apparently occupying government buildings is now a capital crime in Ukraine (except in Kiev’s Maidan). The Western propaganda is hysterically and universally and immediately Anti-PUTIN, not anti-Strelkov.
The agenda seems to be to PROVOKE a Soviet-style reaction by Russia, which can be SOLD by PROPAGANDA as “another Russian invasion of a US ally.” Despite this explanation, Crimea was re-affiliated with mother Russia by overwhelming popular support, with absolute minimum casualties, in contrast to Kiev’s attempts to re-affiliate Donbass. If Russia can be maneuvered to be perceived as brutally invading Ukraine “against international law”, NATO would be “required” to respond with direct attacks on Russia from East European forward NATO bases, which were installed with full preparatory logistics (“purely defensively” of course). Now these bases are being quietly (i.e.: ignored by MSM) readied with increased aircraft, and “symbolic” transfers of elite military units, from the Baltic to the Balkans.
Now, the Ukrainian army has been surreptitiously shelling RUSSIAN territory near Rostov, while Western media is claiming that Russia is building up forces on the border and shelling Ukraine FROM Russia.
The GOAL is apparently ALL OUT WAR with Russia and forcible retaking of Crimea. Undoubtedly with the objective of disabling Russia’s Black Sea fleet, giving NATO total DIRECT control of the Black Sea access route to Caspian Oil & Gas reserves, with or without Russian Pipelines.
US doesn’t want a cease fire, nor will it be satisfied with a Ukraine Confederation including Donbass. It is committed to military confrontation. US wants the GAS. It wants an excuse for inflating the petrodollar, and it needs cover to avoid the US economy from tanking, especially before the November US elections. It just needs to catch the public up with the decision already made.
If this is the strategy, it is becoming desperate, especially with the breakup of the junta government. The Right Wing Svoboda has bolted. UDAR has no influence. The Tymoshenko-proxy PM has quit. Now, the war will have to accelerate, and become more like Syria, with increasingly random Right Sektor atrocities, at the direction of the CIA. ESPECIALLY if MH17 is shown to be a failed US false flag.
Something will have to occur to generate sufficient outrage to start a full scale NATO-Russian war. The West seems to be hard at work in the propaganda arena. The current tack continues to be trying to provoke Putin to make a drastic move. But, so far, Putin seems to have figured that out! He is presenting HIS evidence about MH17, while quietly arming Donbass with defensive weaponry against the civilian terror bombing by Kiev in such a way as to maintain some thin deniability. He cannot allow the West to attack his flank and do nothing.
BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA … was against invading Iraq as a Senator, against the “surge” until it was ‘successful'(and politically popular) campaigned on withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, regardless of the state of disruption caused by the original US intervention against international law. He cavalierly announced his timetable, to allow insurgents to plan ahead. NOW he wants to use air strikes and drone strikes to kill these same rebel fighters he supplied weapons to in Syria, from clandestine CIA operations in Libya, (which he illegally and unilaterally bombed under guise of a no-fly zone).
The ISIS rebels, obviously unimpressed with the lines in the sand “nation-state” boundaries created by Sikes-Picot in 1918, to preserve British hegemony and control over oil discoveries, have simply taken the weapons and moved across the border, (after using chemical weapons and depleted uranium against civilian targets, causing massive refugee relocation that will last for generations.)
This new offensive against now-well-armed Saudi-backed militias, fighting the US-installed Iraqi government, will be AGAINST Saudi Arabian interests, in conjunction with (Shiite) Iran and enemy-in-Ukraine, Russia.
The Obama Doctrine seems to “sell as many weapons as possible, to as many sides as possible, and kill as many civilians as possible, as long as US controls the oil and maintains the petrodollar as world reserve currency”.
So much for his world vision, his ability to pick and hold an ally, his military acuity… and his premature Nobel Peace Prize.
One question remains… who will he blame this on?
***ETHNIC MEXICANS IN TEXAS HAVE OVERTHROWN THE GOVERNMENT OF GOVERNOR RICK PERRY***
Violent demonstrations in San Antonio, escalating since November, have left 100 dead, including 17 Texas Rangers. The Alamo has been burned and dismantled by demonstrators using Molotov cocktails, and adobe blocks from the structure to hurl at the Rangers. The Chinese Communist government, while denying any involvement, have recruited ethnic Mexican nationals to demand an end to the dictatorial interference by Barack Obama and the American Fascist government in Washington DC to keep Texas in the American Union and sphere of influence. “America has no right to interfere in the activities of Texas” despite significant historical ties, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Secret tape recordings disclosed by WikiLeaks reveal the PRC has spent $5Billion Yuan in fomenting ethnic unrest in the region, leading to demonstrations which began in November, but became violent last week. Perry is assumed to have ordered the Texas Rangers to retake the Alamo, besieged by the demonstrators, in a conflict which resulted in almost 100 deaths.
Despite many earlier concessions by Governor Perry to peacefully resolve the issue, he has reportedly fled Texas and is presumed somewhere in US territory. A warrant has been issued for his arrest in the mass murder of 80 ethnic TexMexicans heavenly heroes.
China has immediately recognized the new provisional government, and has promised billions of Yuan in economic aid. It is widely rumored that the deal was in exchange for control of Texas gas pipelines and access to the port of Houston to house a Chinese Naval Base, and leasing Johnson Space Center for future Chinese space missions. The Chinese yuan has now been declared legal tender and the official currency of Texas.
President Obama has been warned not to “cross the line” in defending any American “imperialist” interests. American oligarch Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team has also fled the state. The team has been renamed the Dallas Vaqueros., and the stadium renamed Santa Ana Memorial Colisseum.
Speculation persists that pro-American nationalists may use military force to eventually divide the state along the Brazos River, based on ethnic demographics. On the other hand, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has stressed the need for maintaining the territorial integrity of Texas, based on the 1846 Treaty of Accession boundaries, (although that treaty was NEVER ratified by the Texas legislature at the time.)
In typical fashion, Western media has brutally castigated President Obama for considering the use of military force to recapture the State. Interrupting a recent golf vacation in Hawaii, Obama returned to Washington to order Military units of the Oklahoma National Guard Federalized, and they have taken up positions occupying the Panhandle, which is now reported under US control from Amarillo north, along the I-40 Interstate. Amarillo Airport is under martial law, and patrolled by US troops and SWAT teams
Protests throughout the world are condemning Obama as a brutal dictator conspiring once again “to crush the democratic aspirations of ethnic Latino people”.
The Organization of American States has issued a resolution of solidarity with the protestors, and pledged economic aid through the Rothschild Central banks in each country.
It is unknown at this time who will head the provisional government, but it is widely assumed the new President/Governor will be selected by the Chinese from the ranks of the Zeta Cartel party.
Several neutral commentators have noted the remarkable similarities between the situations in Texas and Ukraine.
Barack Obama Now Expects His Ego to Avoid Disaster
Unfortunately, the same incredible determination that allowed John McCain to survive NVN captivity, is not serving him well now. As a former pilot, he still thinks he can solve ANY international problem with bombing people in countries who are mere pawns in superpower geo-politics. He is as “certain” as Kerry about the good democratic intentions of a few paid Qatari mercenaries who think they can run a country better than Assad. They can’t.
“I know these people” McCain says… HOW? After a nice arranged chat one weekend where people with ulterior motives tell you stuff you want to hear? Show you how they can raise their arms and shoot AK-47s over a wall at a target they can’t see? Does he know that these “nationalist patriots” are paid by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to CREATE this phony civil war? Was that not in the briefing memo? HOW and WHY and FROM WHOM do a band of rebels get access to major military weaponry? The Idaho Militia can’t get that much weaponry.
According to Kerry, “WE KNOW Assad did it” and “We have no subsequent role.” Really? You REALLY think the American people, and the world are that gullible? Even McCain and armchair warrior Lindsey Graham say we HAVE TO remove Assad. So, Mr. Secretary, Which is it? Plan A or, you’re LYING about the plan? They are either blatant liars, or senile if they believe it themselves. Either way, enough is enough of their useless posturing “humanitarian strategy.”
Obama is either the biggest Trojan Horse in American history, or the biggest patsy. His lack of experience, qualifications for the job, and leadership become more apparent each month, and, finally, may make America question how he really ever got to be amateur President, and who arranged it?
[This is being written PRIOR to the congressional vote on authorization to use military force in Syria.]
At this moment, Obama and Kerry are promoting passage of the resolution. There is still time for Obama to hold true to the “principles” he espoused while a Senator and a candidate. So far, he has repudiated them so completely, it appears either he HAS no principles, or he lied about them to get elected. Maybe he has made an incredibly astute political maneuver to AVOID the shadow government’s manipulation of him. However, whether Pawn or Provocateur doesn’t really matter now. McCain and Kerry are selling; whether Obama buys, against his stated better judgement, will determine the balance of America’s 21st century.
Will that future include expecting the following ‘specific limited objectives’? (subject to future DOS, DOD, OMB revision)
The 2013 America’s Humanitarian Crusade & Military Tour – Syria Venue
Step 1: “We will bomb pre-announced CW-capable targets with cruise missiles, without civilian casualties, economic ruin or refugee displacement. There will be no regional consequences, nor risk of escalation or expansion outside Syria. We will then go back to business as usual, and focus on national priorities, like increasing our debt. Regarding replacement of the cruise missiles we will have launched, we have exempted from the sequestration restrictions any expenses we may indefinitely incur during this operation, because Qatar and Saudi Arabia have graciously offered to reimburse the US for all expenses related to the overthrow of Assad (which may inadvertently occur during the execution of our humanitarian mission.) Their altruistic and eleemosynary participation in this
crusadeeffort is admirable.
Step 2: “We intend to leave Assad in power with 250,000 kg of randomly dispersed CW, to which we are committed to deny access by the regime, and/or discourage Assad from using again…. in order to be accessible to and protected by one or more of the rebel groups…. Al Queda??? The “nationalist rebels” from Turkey, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, & Afghanistan??? We have not yet decided which rebel leader we will install as the new democratically elected president of the free Syrian Hezbollah Islamic Triumvirate (S.H.I.T.) government. We will study that and report back to Congress, in executive seSSion within the 90 day non-war schedule.”
Step 3: (with appropriate bewildered reluctance and humility)
“Well, we better go in with boots on the ground after all… WE COULDN”T (Didn’t? Refused to?) ANTICIPATE that our arrogant morality policing could make matters worse, because after all, WE’RE AMERICA, and I’M OBAMA . ‘I said, once we started this we would need to finish it, so America and our troops need to back me up so ‘the presidency’ doesn’t lose face.’
Unfortunately, some of our naval ships used in our cruise missile non-war punishment exercise have been attacked WITHOUT PROVOCATION, which obviously demands a measured, augmented retaliatory response, or we will look weak. We have not been able to confirm the identity of the perpetrators as either Syrian regime or one of the rebel groups we have been supplying weapons to, but have HIGH CONFIDENCE that WE KNOW from RELIABLE INTELLIGENCE provided from NSA sigintel intercepted from a cell phone in a regime-supported brothel in a suburb of Damascus, that it was Assad. That we know that we know is certain, and we will bring them to justice… when we know what and who.
We have NO doubt that this will CONTINUE to be a limited engagement, no matter how long it takes, and that the American people will always SUPPORT THE TROOPS.”
[Proceed to MSNBC Photo Op and private pre-set Q & A, with Reading-Head-of-the-Month]
“Since our ONLY objective has always been protecting the Syrian PEOPLE from more gas attacks, our original NON-EXISTENT PLAN B has now evolved, based on conditions on the ground. Therefore, acting within the authority of the War Powers Act and Congressional authorization, we have put an additional 75,000 of our soldiers, on leave from Afghanistan and Pakistan, into selected Green Zones inside Syria, so THEY will be exposed to the CW rocket attacks, instead of Syrian women and children (depending on the wind), regardless of which rebel faction is currently in possession of these horrific weapons, which we expect to determine soon.
In fact, we can assure the American People that, by identifying from which direction our troops are attacked with these munitions, we will be in a better position to find and confiscate them. This accomplishes the main objectives we originally set forth in seeking Congressional approval for this historic humanitarian crusade, seventeen years ago.
We have also ensured the provisional government that dollar-denominated IMF loans will be made available for economic revitalization projects, including construction of a new regional LNG pipeline, in cooperation with our Saudi and Qatari partners. Several of our most experienced engineering firms, like Halliburton, will be dedicated to rebuilding a vibrant Syria, especially for those few remaining native Syrians still alive, who have been living in refugee camps in so many other countries. We owe it to them to build the best pipeline in the world. Under joint American/UK /JPM/Goldman-Sachs supervision, we will guarantee that.”
…These are venal politicians with an agenda. The enthusiasm they are bringing to their false moral crusade is scary, and MORE THAN a little mentally unbalanced. I don’t see that same enthusiasm from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Maybe he can convince these amateurs to stand down, from an ill-advised suicide mission for the military and the American People. If the government ( I Do not use the word ‘we’ or ‘America’ here) …If the government proceeds further, then it is time to review the impeachment clauses in the Constitution.
Any member of Congress who votes yes.
Certainly Obama, Biden, Boehner, Pelosi AND Kerry, especially if Obama goes AGAINST the will of Congress (an issue unto itself).
Avoiding the frightening potential for misuse of the Presidential Succession with a sliding scale of available mediocrity is essential for any hope of restoration of rational American foreign policy.
So…. who is Secretary of Agriculture?
Senator Barack Obama (D-Il), then an Illinois state senator, delivered these remarks in Chicago, October 2002
I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.
What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income, to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression.
That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics……
You want a fight, President Bush? Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.
I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors…and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences……
I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
Obama hasn’t sent troops to Libya. He hasn’t sent troops to Egypt. He didn’t act on the Green Movement in Iran. He had to be persuaded 3 times to go after Bin Laden. He campaigned on bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, and did so. He opposed the surge in Iraq.
Obama is big on his belief that whatever he “says” will be enough to make it actually happen. Hence his “red line”. He REALLY expected that would be all that was needed. He is, I believe, genuinely NOT in favor of putting US troops into foreign countries. That was one of his goals for “change”.
He also knows that he has no chance of passing any domestic agenda if he commits troops to another country. He also probably figures that Israel is manipulating the pro-Israel normalcy bias, trying to force his hand, which he has had a continuing tendency to resist, from the beginning, despite attempts to smooth over. That stripe hasn’t changed since his day one in office.
He does not want his legacy to be expanding wars against Muslim countries. In this, his gut feeling has been correct from the beginning. His naiveté in thinking his ‘pronouncements’ would have a real effect against entrenched US policy may be all he has left — hope against hope. Unfortunately, such blunders have consequences. He has put himself in a corner, and he will either have to play along or show America’s incredible foreign policy hypocrisy. He has been manipulated into this due to his lack of real experience. Conversely, he has the opportunity to show his personal integrity, if any. Who is Obama? What is he made of? What are his core beliefs? Until now, we do not know.
He is at THE critical stage of his presidency. How he handles this will determine many things:
- how many people die in Syria, how many American ground troops will die from gas in pre-Armageddon, the future of Arab Spring/ convergence of critical mass for emergence of Caliphate, the future of big-power resource wars in Century 21
He wanted the job. Now the world will see if he can handle it, and whether he can now legitimately earn his Nobel Peace Prize, or give it back. It is at such moments that world leaders either become great or forgettable. If they fail to rise to their moment in history, there are usually disastrous consequences for the world.
As for Vladimir Putin, who has repeatedly made his position extremely clear, he will act aggressively in response to any overt move by America. Otherwise, HE will look like a paper tiger. He prefers to avoid such a move, because he holds yet-to-be-played financial “hole cards” he does not yet wish to reveal. He would prefer to act decisively when he has created a Machiavellian advantage WITHOUT conflict. I also believe that he wants Russia to act like the grown up, according to international law, rather than according to whatever the US wants.
His is not the blustering bravado of Soviet Russia, but his determination should not be underestimated. Russia has as much at stake in the Middle East as the West, and he will require that to be acknowledged before all the smoke settles. He will not be ignored without significant long-term consequences.
Well, Mr. Obama? Show us who you REALLY are. The stage is yours. “You want a fight, Mr. President?”