Engaging Assad

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President Obama is sending Ambassador Robert Ford to Syria in a recess appointment, avoiding a political fight in Congress over his confirmation. This effort to “engage” the Baathist regime is likely to make Bashar Assad laugh as the U.S. pursues a futile effort to draw Syria away from Iran.

A U.S.-based democratic opposition group called the Reform Party of Syria is criticizing the move, especially due to its timing. The appointment comes only days after Bashar Assad met with a brutal terrorist named Samir Kuntar in his Presidential Palace. Kuntar used to be a member of the Palestine Liberation Front and has been convicted of killing innocent Israelis, including murdering a four-year old girl by smashing her skull with a rock. In November 2008, Assad presented Kuntar with Syria’s highest award after he was released from an Israeli prison as part of a prisoner exchange deal with Hezbollah.

The engagement comes as Syria continues to host Baathist insurgents and elements of Al-Qaeda responsible for carrying out countless attacks in Iraq and sponsors Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups. In March, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned a member of Al-Qaeda living in Syria named Muthanna Harith al-Dari who was funding the training of Al-Qaeda members in Syria. The Assad regime’s collusion with these terrorists is so deep that in fall 2009, Iraq tried to have a U.N. tribunal established to prosecute Syrian officials and terrorists on Syrian soil, but failed to gain the support of the Obama Administration.

Syria refuses to allow the International Atomic Energy Organization to inspect three suspected nuclear sites and the agency says it has been uncooperative since June 2008. The Assad regime still will not answer questions about the nuclear reactor it was building with North Korean assistance that was destroyed by the Israelis in September 2007. It has, however, admitted to carrying out uranium conversion activities in 2004 that it previously did not disclose.

The Obama Administration previously backtracked on its plans to send an ambassador in September 2009 because of concerns that Syria using “security blackmail” against the U.S. “Assad fires a rocket here or there [in south Lebanon] and expects us to run to him,” one official said. So far, no one in the administration has publicly explained what has changed between now and then to justify sending the ambassador, though it is probable that it is related to the impending indictment of Hezbollah for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri by a U.N. tribunal.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    In my opinion, a U.S. President should never allow a third-rate terrorist dictator like Assad to impose his will on our great nation. That’s not the change Americans voted for.

    Uhm…what about all the jihadis that gained access to Iraq via Syria during the Bush administration for martyrdom operations, with 40 percent of them coming from our so-called ally Saudi Arabia? If Bush wasn’t completely incompetent in his own right, the presidential palace in Damascus would have been leveled the first time we collected enough evidence to prove how those jihadis were entering Iraq, and likewise with respect to the Iranians. The reality is the Bush administration was almost as incompetent as the Obama administration.

    Indeed, if the Bush administration weren’t also completely incompetent, it never would have continued to occupy Iraq after the ouster of Saddam. Indeed, it never would have occupied Afghanistan in pursuit of a fantasy-based mission either.

    It has long been argued that Syria, as an Arab country with a secular government, can be given enough incentives to betray its alliance with Iran.

    It has long been argued by total and complete ignoramuses. The Assad regime, like the Iranian regime, is irredeemable, and if it were up to me, they’d both already be obliterated.

    In fact, the key to peace in the Middle East used to be not for Israel to create a Palestinian State, but instead to eradicate the regimes of Syria and Iran, and then take out Hezbollah. However, the key to peace today is in addition we also must eradicate the House of Saud and the Gulf State emirs and seize and confiscate all the oil wealth. Otherwise, that collective oil wealth will be used against the West to finance and fund both violent and stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad perpetually as long as there are kafir infidels somewhere in the world that haven’t been forced to submit to the authority of Islam.

    Indeed, it is either the West confiscate Dar al Islam’s oil wealth while we still hold an advantage, or otherwise we will endure continuous perpetual jihad forever. The last thing the US should do is sell the Saudis $60 billion worth of weapons, as they are not our allies and not our friends.

    Finally, when say I the West, in this case the West should also ally with Russian and China as well, and some equitable arrangement should be worked out to decide how to administer the confiscated oil wealth and oil assets for the good of the world. Only when Dar al Islam has been rendered into abject poverty, will it become incapable of waging jihad.

    • Andres de Alamaya

      Thank you YoMoma. You saved me making a comment since you said it all and said it well. American leadership has long forgotten that the best defense is a good offense. Every time we board a plane and have to go through the pathetic routine of removing shoes, etc., we are reminded that a bedraggled group of lunatics have brought this nation to its knees.

    • USMCSniper

      I am sure glad you are not doing the planning: You say: "In fact, the key to peace in the Middle East used to be not for Israel to create a Palestinian State, but instead to eradicate the regimes of Syria and Iran, and then take out Hezbollah. However, the key to peace today is in addition we also must eradicate the House of Saud and the Gulf State emirs and seize and confiscate all the oil wealth."

      My question is now that you have started a real holy war with Islam then what? In addition, just how many American soldiers lives are you willing to sacrifice? How are you going to contain the massive reprisal terrorist activities that will be global? Actions have consequences hat must be foreseen before they are taken.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        My question is now that you have started a real holy war with Islam then what? In addition, just how many American soldiers lives are you willing to sacrifice?

        What do you mean now that I have started a real holy war with Islam then what? Uhm…you need to wake up dude, the fact of the matter is the Dar al Islam is already waging holy war with the infidel world. Indeed, it’s called the global jihad. Where have you been sleeping the past few years? I can’t help it if you are totally oblivious. It’s not my fault.

        Of course, if you are totally oblivious to the global jihad, and apparently you are completely ignorant, then naturally you would think whatever I have to say sounds exceedingly far-fetched and extreme. I can understand that but that’s not my fault, that’s your fault as I said, since I can’t help it if you’re completely ignorant and oblivious with respect to the global jihad.

        How are you going to contain the massive reprisal terrorist activities that will be global? Actions have consequences hat must be foreseen before they are taken.

        Uhm…if done correctly there would be no massive reprisals because the Dar al Islam would be rendered incapable of retaliation and reprisals. Indeed, it would be rendered incapable of waging jihad.

        Nevertheless, regardless of your apparent ignorance, it’s either we confiscate their enormous oil wealth or otherwise they will use it to wage jihad against the infidel world perpetually and forever, and since they are already using their enormous oil wealth to finance, fund, and wage jihad against us perpetually, then if we take it away from them it will not be without justification.

        Now with respect to the question of how many American soldiers’ lives I’d be willing to sacrifice, the answer is not very many. Indeed, we didn’t loose very many lives during the initial invasion of Afghanistan and we also didn’t lose very many lives during the initial invasion in Iraq. It was only after we occupied both Muhammadan countries subsequently to pursue a fantasy based nation-building mission to win the hearts and minds of Muhammadans who are obligated to hate our infidel guts no matter what per Islam, and to lift them up out of poverty and despair, even though poverty and despair has nothing whatsoever to do with jihad, that created the situation on the ground whereby the greatest numbers of American lives were killed in action.

        However, I wouldn’t recommend that we duplicate those major strategic blunders again because they were not only completely fantasy based but also incredibly counterproductive as hell as well. I mean we ended up creating two Sharia states that will inevitably rejoin the global jihad against us as soon as we finally exit, and it just doesn’t get any more counterproductive than that.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Thank you, Obama YoMoma. You have saved me making a comment. You've said what I would have wanted to say and you said it better. Several years ago while boarding a plane, they asked us to remove our shoes, including little old ladies. I said to the attending airline people, "Don't you feel shame when you demand this? A handful of pathetic towelheads have brought this nation to its knees." Where are the leaders who understand that the best defense is a good offense?

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Hello, site admins, get on the ball and stop holding up the traffic

  • Wesley69

    Like usual, Obama will appease terrorist-supporting regimes, thinking that engagement will change their behavior. Engagement has certainly turned Iran around.

    The only thing that Obama has changed, is the impression that the US is a nation you can push around, because under this President, it will back down.

  • Rifleman

    How many recess appointments has hussein made so far? It seems like an awful lot, even without factoring in the dp's overwhelming congressional advantage.

  • http://informazionecorretta.com Piera Prister

    May Samir Kuntar rot deep deep in Inferno for what he did to that little girl and to her family!
    Israel released this odious man, a vulgar assassin and a dangerous terrorist in exchange of the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev and now he has been rewarded by Assad of Syria.
    President Obama is inconceivably anti-Israel and he is despicable for his subterfuge of appointing the new US ambassador to Syria while the Senate was in recess and after the sinister meeting of Assad with Kuntar. Now Mr. Robert Ford, ask for the release of
    Gilad Shalit, intercede for him!

  • Rifleman

    I'm all for engaging boy assad, preferrably with a JDAM or two.

  • http://southernrunner.blogspot.com loseyateefa

    Merely speculation at this point, but I've read websites and watched videos that make a powerful case for Bashar Assad to emerge as THE anti-christ of biblical endtimes. I had never heard of him, nor seen him or country mentioned when reading news of the Middle East. It will be interesting to watch the developments. He's VERY tall and literally towers over everyone. Scary eyes and ears. I'm not saying I buy this theory, just throwing out info I had come across recently.