Obama’s Syria Confusion


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Rather, it is important to consider an important difference between Egypt and Syria that would account for Obama’s apparent moral dissonance with respect to human rights in the Middle East: Syria is one of the closest allies of Iran, a country the Obama White House has been careful not to provoke. From his first days in office, Obama has attempted to reach out to Iran in an effort to stop that country’s nuclear weapons program and antagonism on the world stage. What the White House probably fears most in a firm response to the Syrian situation is Iranian reprisals through its extensive network of regional terrorism — another so-called “obstacle” to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

However, if the administration hopes the situation will eventually stabilize in Syria enough so that the president can pursue his Middle East peace dream, he is in for a major disappointment. The instability and the killing in Arab countries will most likely continue for some time yet and even get worse. In the Arab states experiencing unrest, the underlying issues are economic. Unemployment is rampant and food prices have soared 30 percent over the past year, putting millions of people living on or below the poverty line in dire straits.

Syria is no exception. The disturbances there in fact started when a group of students protested rising food prices. The food situation was exacerbated by merchants who then began to hoard non-perishable items like rice and cooking oil. As with Egypt’s poor, millions of Syrians living below the poverty line (of about $2 per day) would have found their survival threatened by steeply rising prices.

Thus, the Obama administration suddenly finds itself in a situation it is doubtless unequipped to deal with. Not wanting to upset the Syria-Iranian axis of terror, the White House is content to countenance the gross human rights abuses of the Assad regime until the opposition burns out. Unfortunately, the anti-regime movement in Syria has only continued to grow in response to each government crackdown to date. If the administration continues to forgo even rudimentary measures of condemnation in the face of such brutality, public scrutiny — from the Left and Right — on the president’s unintelligible policy regarding the Middle East will also continue to mount, and leave an indelible mar on his presidency.

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Editor’s note: To get the whole story on why leftist administrations like Obama’s act aggressively towards U.S. allies while coddling enemy regimes, read Jamie Glazov’s critically acclaimed, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance With Tyranny and Terror.

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  • http://www.hotexchangerates.com/ exchangerates

    Maybe you’re right, but consider also that Zero told us in his own words in one of his books that he learned at an early age to ‘detach’ from reality (and, my words – to let the adults handle his life for him).

    When asked about her husband running for president, Michelle Obama stated simply, but he hasn’t done anything.

    Who could have fortold that two years later, those words echo throughout the country?

    • sky

      patriotactionnetwork right side to view all click and go to 545 vs. 300,000,000 people by charlie reese

  • Monty Lasovsky

    It seems that the Western World and a number of other nations in the East and elsewhere are as perplexed regarding the US president's general demeanor and reaction time to the worlds problems and in particular his almost lethargic reactions to the Arab Revolution and the resultant chaos that appears to be emerging from it.
    It would appear that he is hesitant to make firm decisions, the results of which may effect his chances of re-election for a further four years in office. He has been so throughly ineffectual as an "international" president when compared to the Roosevelt's, Eisenhower's and .yes, even the George W. Bush's of this world, that another four years of the "ditherer" would be absolutely disastrous for every one, especially the United States. From health care programs, to birth certificates, to lethargic responses,the man is now becoming dangerous to the stability of this "tinderbox" world in which we all live which we hope includes himself even if he acts like he lives on some other planet.
    Let's rather have Donald Trump "firing" Obama from the White House even if he replaces Obama. Lets worry about that possibility later and just get shot of the "ditherer " whilst the world is still on it's current axis!

  • Wesley69

    US action in Libya and Obama's non-action in Syria makes no sense. There is much about the policies of this administration that makes no sense.

    Iran is building up its nuclear capacity and is involved in supporting worldwide terrorism. There are massive protests against a stolen election within Iran that could evolve into a full-blown revolution and Obama offers no support.

    When a major revolution starts in Egypt, we throw an ally for 30 years, under the bus. The same, now, is being done in Yemen. These are strategic defeats and have driven the Saudis toward Russia and China.

    This administration's actions are destroying relationships and the reputation of the US. What the reader needs to ask is:
    Are these actions a sign of an inept administration, or
    Are these actions deliberate?

    • Fred Dawes

      it makes sense if you look at what obamas boys are doing, helping the brotherhood and helping big time.

      • Wesley69

        Having read the book, THE ROOTS OF OBAMA'S RAGE, by DINESH D'SOUZA, I canlook at almost everything this President and find the explaination in what D'Souza wrote.

        Once you read it, you can understand the whys!!! One needs to understand the President‘s thinking. Obama’s policies have their roots in his Kenyan father. An anti-colonialist, his father viewed the US as the successor of British and French imperialism. These countries gained their wealth at the expense of the poorer nations of the world.

        According to Obama Sr., when the US is weakened both economically and militarily, the world will be better off because it is the source of most of the world's problems. This is why Obama is dead set to reduce American influence and power in the world. Remember, he was a member of a church for 20 years where the minister said God damn America.

        This anti-colonial pattern of thinking can explain much with regard to Obama’s actions: Obama apology tours, in the Mideast, the START treaty with Russia, with NASA's new mission to make Muslims feel good, with a Stimulus that did not stimulate, the energy policy that will destroy the economic recovery and his actions against an ally, Egypt, Israel, Yemen and non-action against enemies like Iran, Syria, even his failure to act in Libya until there was a UN resolution that allowed action against Gaddafi.

  • USMCSniper

    Obama in the oval office is a like a turtle on a fence post. You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb fool put him up there!”

    • Fred Dawes

      We all know who did the job for that butt onama, and if he gets back in the oval office we all know that the political system is not our system at that point its time to take real action against evil. but understand one thing obama and his people will Flood the USA with 100 million third world people within 2 years all voting for the master obama and at that point all bet's are off and its time to do the right thing, if you know what i mean?

      • Jim_C

        Hey Fred. If it's the case where when your guy gets elected, "The system finally worked," and when your guy doesn't get elected "The system is broken," ya may want to re-evaluate your understanding of electoral politics.

        For the record, I felt the same way when liberals demonized "the sheeple" in 2004. I was like "If you don't want to lose, don't put a waffling stiff like Kerry out there."

  • BLJ

    My guess is that his buddies from the Muslim Brotherhood are "advising" him to leave Syria alone. They already have a loyal puppet bent on Israel's destruction there.

  • Lorenzo Bouchard

    Obama's actions are all for the future World Caliphate.

    Sign the "Ban Islam" petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/MYSTIC/petition.htm

    Seamystic

  • Rifleman

    Hussein's policies and actions make perfect sense if one assumes he's an anti-American commie. If the regime is hostile to the USA and is actively working against us, hussein's policy is hands off. If the regime is friendly to the USA, or could be replaced by a regime more hostile to the USA, he'll cut 'em off at the knees, and maybe even bomb 'em.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The Palestinians never wanted peace and the Obama administration is
    only paying lip service to the idea in order to strengthen the Islamic
    death grip on the Nations surrounding Israel. This farce is a deadly game
    and Israel must quite it, end the falsity and cite Obama as and enemy of
    peace along with his Muslim cronies. Who's who and who stands where is
    what should be the Israeli agenda, it is hard being the target but that is
    a nasty fact and sweet politicing is going to give Israel sour grapes.
    Everyone is sitting back and trying to figure out just who's game plan is
    playing out and what to do next, getting caught flat footed is not on Israel's
    agenda………………………………………………………………………………..William

  • Fred Dawes

    Its not confusion its his monkey plan and yes if we as a people let this butt stink Obama get away with what he is doing we are just like the german people of 1939.

  • TCM

    Obama's criteria is simple:
    If keeping the dictator helps America, he must go.
    If keeping the dictator hurts America, he's OK.
    All else is secondary,
    Remember how Carter replaced Muzorewa, Somoza, and the Shah.
    With people who still hate us today.

  • Wesley69

    I do not at all agree. First off, a good number of the stimulus projects were simple pork for Democrat politicans. Money spent on salaries for teachers and the like have run out with states having to make severe cuts now, since the federal money dried up.

    As for spending more???? Have you heard of Quantitative Easing? That is what the FED is doing. It is printing money, printing money, printing money, buying up Treasury Notes from Goldman Sachs. There is more money in the economy for loans. That is one reason, everytime a new Quantitative Easing was announced, stock prices go up. As the economy IS being propped up by FED spending.

    The day of reckoning is coming. Look at the price of food, of tuition, of local taxes, of commodities like gold, gasoline. They are going up dramatically. Inflation has arrived and if the FED announces another round of Quantitative Easing, the value of the dollar will go down again as it already has, but this time we would start seeing hyper-inflation. Check out the Weimar Republic and current day Zimbabwe to see what happens.

  • sydchaden

    The UN, with its preponderance of Muslim country members, has become the Voice of the Muslim World. And so, the appointment of Syria to the Human Rights Council is not surprising. Muslims killing Muslims is nothing new in the Muslim World. The Western World's current excitement over the Muslim violence in Libya and Syria, equating the events to "Struggles for Freedom" and "Struggles for Democracy" are fantasies. Ask any Imam, and he will tell you that they are not, they are struggles between factions of Islam as to which represents the true Islam. There have been wars between the Muslim sects for a thousand years, and none have produced freedom or democracy. Why do infidels have such difficulty in understanding that?

    • ziontruth

      "The UN, with its preponderance of Muslim country members, has become the Voice of the Muslim World."

      Precisely. This is yet another example of the harsh truth that a system based on simplistic majority rule, without any checks and balances, sandboxes and other types of defense, will necessarily gravitate toward tyranny of the most confident (and fecund, which flows from confidence) group of thugs.

      Computer operating systems are designed with much more thought for the morrow than political systems. Yet another scandal of our age.

      • ziontruth

        Winning The Future?! My comment showed only after I posted it the second time, and then it showed double!

        (No, this isn't an operating system failure, it's probably a database problem, so please don't tell me it was some kind of karma for the last paragraph…)

  • Rifleman

    The only time you'll ever see hussein go against a commie, is in preference to another commie. That kind of consistency gives him away. You can’t name one time he's ever done otherwise.

  • MSMII

    Since 1963 the Assad family has been conducting its own apartheid regime. The Assad family appears to be Alawite, a Shi’ia sect. I say this because, since 1963, Sunni’s have been the target of the Assad vulgarities and tortures. Hafiz al-Assad took over and scrubbed the military and intelligence apparatus of Sunni muslims.

    It would appear that the State Department and the White House are tongue tied as to what to say about the Shi'ite violence against Sunnis in Syria. Where did we see this before … Iran, 2009 or so?

    Foreign aid to Syria was only just recently halted.
    http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/syrian-s