Obama’s Fourth War

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Susan Rice mentioned the sexual assaults carried out by pro-Assad militias, but remained silent on the rapes being carried out by the Mali Islamists that her administration empowered with its Libyan intervention.

If human rights justify intervening in Syria, then the Obama administration needs to intervene in Libya all over again. The UN Human Rights Council has found that the Libyan rebels have engaged in widespread torture and ethnic cleansing.

While the people of Benghazi were never in danger of a massacre “that would stain the conscience of the world,” the same is not true of Tawerghas, a town of black Libyans.

A statement from the Society for Threatened Peoples reads, “The once bustling town of 30,000 people near Misurata was mostly inhabited by Black Libyans… Tawergha has been deserted after the breakdown of the Gaddafi regime. Its buildings were looted, vandalized, many torched, and its citizens… forced out by their neighbors…  Tawerghas were detained, taken from their homes… Many Tawerghas are now cowering in makeshift camps around Tripoli.”

If the Obama Administration has learned anything from such tragedies, it has not shared it with the rest of us. Instead the election victory of the rebel factions who carried out this ethnic cleansing was celebrated by the Obama administration and its media allies as a victory for the “liberals.”

Will a victory by the Sunnis over the Alawites in Syria lead to anything but more bloodshed? Susan Rice and the rest of the Obama administration have been unwilling and unable to answer that question. Instead the Obama administration is backing the Muslim Brotherhood which considers the Alawites to be heretics and will treat them accordingly.

While Obama is chomping at the bit to go into Syria, Mali is burning, the Taliban is carrying out public executions in Afghanistan and Al-Qaeda terrorists have already killed 40 Shiites in Iraq. With a track record of burning countries in his rearview mirror, Obama’s stance on Syria has no credibility at all.

Obama spent his entire career running away from his past. Each failure is quickly ignored in a rush of enthusiasm for the next project. The media expects us to forget about Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and focus on Syria. The only way to change that is by exposing Obama’s record.

“The Great Betrayal” is the opening to any discussion of Obama’s fourth war by grounding it in his previous three wars. It offers a serious examination of his track record in three wars on three fronts and lays out how each of those wars betrayed their mission and ended in disaster and disgrace.

As Obama prepares for a fourth war, leaving the last three behind, it is more important than ever to hold him to his track record.

At the UN Susan Rice said that an “unarmed observer mission” would not change anything and warned that “the United States has not and will not pin its policy on an unarmed observer mission” but would instead “intensify our work with a diverse range of partners outside the Security Council.”

The statement should be read as a declaration that the Obama administration is moving toward a unilateral mission outside the United Nations. This act of unmitigated hypocrisy by the declared opponents of unilateralism also poses fundamental dangers to the United States and the region.

The fall of Libya empowered Al-Qaeda, the failure of the mission in Afghanistan empowered the Taliban and the abandonment of the mission in Iraq empowered Iran.

We can only imagine what the fall of Syria will do.

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  • Jakareh

    Yes, if we just help the Muslim Brotherhood take over one more country, they’ll see what swell guys we infidel Americans are. That’s why that U.N. resolution vetoed today by Russia and China was so wonderful. With total logic and impartiality, it told Bashar al-Assad to pull his troops out of Syrian cities, leaving the wonderful Twitter-using, democracy-loving, Israel-hating (They deserve it for refusing to be annihilated for the sake of creating the second “Palestinian” state, which would also be the 23rd Arab Muslim state—but hey, when something is that awesome, the more the better.), Christian-massacring (They deserve it for not wanting Shariah.) rebels with no opposition—because how it should be.

    And if the Muslims didn’t stop wanting to blow up us and take us over then, once Syria joins the Caliphate they will be so happy and so fulfilled that surely the tiny minority of extremists will all turn into gourmet chefs and video game designers and the Religion of Peace™ will show its true face.

    • don't be bigot

      I agree that helping Islamists take over Libya was a horrible thing to do and helping them take over Syria would be even worse but the fact that Islamic extremists do bad things should not overshadow the fact that most Muslims are no different from anyone else, wanting the same things for their families that you want for yours. Anders Breivik (the terrorist who massacred children in Norway) is Christian extremist and Jewish white-supremacist Pam Geller defended the monster with a picture noting that some of the child-victims were not "pure Norwegian."
      http://thinkprogress.org/security/2011/08/01/2840

      • Drakken

        Take your bigotry card and shove it where the effing sun don't shine, it has ZERO meaning since you goofy liberal/progressives overused and abused it. Your going to see a lot more people fed up with muslim expansionism into their countries and no response by the authorities so the good folks will be taking matters into their own hands and doing what their so called elected govts were elected to do, so to sit there and blame us for not being tolerant enough really pushes the envulope of cedibility. You dumbazz progressives are behond help as you side and give comfort to our enemies and make no mistake islam and the leftist/progresives are our enemy.

      • Drakken

        For the sake of arguement, there have been over 19,000 muslim jihadist attacks around the globe since 9/11 and you want to point out one attack by a deranged man? How the hell are you going to explain that little fact away libtard?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          He doesn't need to. Trolls are like that.

      • Feigr

        You missed the part where leftist Swedes, who have the same mental disorders that you do have imported 500,000 people in 10 years.

        They are kicking Swedes out of public housing like a 103 woman (previously reported), because local government gets more subsidies from the federal government for refugees.

        Crime is going up. They will run out of money & the socialist dream will fail.

        On top of all that a Muslim stole the crown jewels. This Muslims was graciously allowed to live in the same house as the Royal family & he stole them blind.

        BTW Anders Breivik is not a Christian. There is not enough evidence to convict him of being a Christian. His parent may have gone to church & all that., But when he reached the age of majority how often did he go to church if at all? WT_ are you doing bigot? Throwing stuff up & see if it will stick? The most you can say about Anders is that he is a cultural Christian. But you would have to define what that means. How is different than someone who is a cultural atheist or just an apatheist.?

      • Jakareh

        "Anders Breivik… is Christian extremist [sic]"

        No, he is not. He stated he is a "cultural Christian". You, however, are a liar and a shameless peddler of moral equivalency.

      • aspacia

        Breivik, like McVey is atheist. Geller and Spencer post facts, and what valid Islamic theologians claim and what Sharia Law is. The facts do not make one racist. You just committed a fallacy by taking Geller's claim out of context. I read what she, Spencer, Daniel Pipes, et al write, and they support their claims with valid sources. You in contrast do not.

    • Ronald Johnston

      What nobody understands is that osama obama is doing exactly what his puppet-masters dictate.

  • Lady_Dr

    The sooner Obama and the traitorous clowns in his administration are behind bars the better. We need an adult in the White House. And adults in the Senate and House.

  • ezra mordecai

    A man born in Africa
    raised as a muslim
    and acting like a 2 bit third world dictator,

    who would have ever guessed.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Can't you just imagine his ears quivering with excitement!

  • http://www.merida.com.pl/ utt

    Obama certainly should limit military interventions, although the example in the case of Syria does not react so quickly. Other places are more important, more precisely with more resources.

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  • ★FALCON★

    Where are all you lefty dirtbags condemning Obama's war mongering?

    • Gee

      Exactly – Mr. Greenfield ignored Odumba's fourth war – the one he is waging in Yemen. That too is in violation of the war powers act

      • Daniel Greenfield

        I wouldn't describe Yemen as a war. If that's classified as a war, then there are actually 8 or 9 wars going on.

        • Amused

          yea , and we've never done anything like that before right ? Rrrriiiiiiiight .

          • Looking4Sanity

            What has the West ever done to you to deserve your hatred?

            And, as a follow up question…do you have a better model for widespread freedom and prosperity than the one embodied by the USA?

          • ★FALCON★

            Don't assume that moron wants freedom or prosperity.

          • Looking4Sanity

            Oh, please. Lying b@$t@rds like him HAVE to "claim" to be for freedom and prosperity. I just want to see him squirm trying to justify it!

        • Feige

          I have seen war defined as where a nation state is involved & 1,000 or more people die a year.

    • Looking4Sanity

      I assume that's a rhetorical question, as the hypocrisy of the Left is so well documented as to be beyond dispute.

  • Jerry

    The only places Obama is interested in are those countries not run by Islamist. As he continues to assist the Muslim Brotherhood in their quest for world domination it is clear he cares nothing for true freedom, and cares even less for the real victims…the Christians and the Jews. May God be with them.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Don't forget the country of Bahrain. He wanted the government to step down in favor of the workers from Iran who are protesting. Obama seems to want to move that Iranian agenda forward.

      • patriothere

        There are no workers from Iran. Bahrain is shia mostly. Runned by a minority government. Are you gonna ignore the saudis that invaded Bahrain and massacred hundreds of shia? Iran didn't send tanks Anywhere!

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Of course there are.
          You silly iranian paid hack.
          http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67555/kris

          • patriothere

            There are no workers from Iran. Bahrain is shia mostly. Runned by a minority government. Are you gonna ignore the saudis that invaded Bahrain and massacred hundreds of shia? Iran didn't send tanks Anywhere!

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You ignore all facts and links to pretend that.

            The shiite workers in Bahrain are iranian sympathetic and supported.
            Why don't you make up another definition for the 'bidun' people of Bahrain?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Of course, unless you don't count Hezbullah and Syria. And of course if you don't count IED's and other arms.

  • Steve Chavez

    READ THIS ARTICLE AGAIN BUT THINK DURING YOUR READING "I, BARACK OBAMA, am a Communist and I will support anything my comrades, Putin and China, want me to do. If Syria is gone, who will Iran, a proxy of Russia and China, use to attack evil Israel."

    IT BECOMES CLEARER EVERY DAY! Russia can't let Syria go and might even invade first now that Putin and Assad have a defense agreement and as other Russian adventures, THEY CARPET-BOMB entire areas and then say "We came to save you." The American naysayers who ridicule and want to hang our soldiers, and Israel, for ordering a pin-point LASER-GUIDED WEAPON on an enemy position, scream and cry when women and children are killed and who are used as human shields. But when Russia CARPET BOMBS, their silence is deafening. WHY? THEY'RE ALL INTERNATIONALISTS/COMMUNISTS and don't dare criticize the other. And if our soldiers are killed, no tears because "Bush lied."

    Obama and Hillary are "outraged." BETTER WATCH OUT PUTIN! LOL!

    • Drakken

      Well Steve I really hate to point this out but? At least Putin is a patriot and works in the best interest of his country, I sure as hell don't know what Obummer believes because he sure isn't for this country and it's interest.

  • Ar'nun

    And in the face of all these facts, it is "Zenophobic" to investigate a woman whose entire family is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. If the circling of the Wagons lead by McCain teh traitor is successful, well then it is over.

    • aspacia

      Xenophobic

  • ebonystone

    Whatever happened to the lefties' cries of "no blood for oil"?.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Obama got his token nobel prize for peace, so they promptly went back to sleep.

    • Fred Dawes

      Only if the blood is Americans all left thinking people want one thing control over others for mass murder.

  • Katharina

    Yesterday, I thought FPM is being infiltrated by war-mongering/oil-robbing Saudi/Qatar royals worshippers'propgandas, but thanks to the ever brilliant Mr. Greenfield, it's nice to hear the truths again about the Obama's REGIME! The real cunning agenda of War Criminal/Dictator/Mullah Obama's REGIME is actually about doing the bidding of racist, supremacist, sexist and primitive Saudi Arabia and the Qatar royals, to commit GENOCIDE/enslavement of non-Arab Syrian Alewites and Christian-Assyrian Syrians or any non-Arabs/non-Muslims throughout the Mid-East – look at the GENOCIDE of Black Libyans/Black Africans who support the half-African Gaddafi, where many are still imprisoned without trials and tortured in War Crimes by the Muslim Brotherhood-led Libyan rebels. The Arabic Muslim Brotherhood are these Saudi/Qatar royals' Arabic footsoldiers to conquer the whole oil-rich Mid-East and non-Arabic oil-rich Islamic ruled-countries, in order to rob the OIL (thus continuing their vicious cycle of wealth and global dominant/supreme power) and Arabicize them absolutely, by using their most lethal weapon, Islam. This is why Obama (a suspected Muslim Brotherhood agent himself – thus is why Obama surrounded himself with Muslim Brotherhood advisers in the White House) was literally bowing to the Dictator/global Jihadists-exporter, the Saudi king when Obama first got elected, whilst returning Churchill's statue to the UK. Imagine, a US president doing both of that treacherous acts (Romney can fight too on this basis); so disgusting beyond words! Which betrays the great legacy of American soldiers who freed the world from the evil Nazis, along with Churchill! And there will be a brave few who will fight for War Crimes conviction in the future against the Obama/UK/Qatar/Saudi Arabia/the Muslim Brotherhood regimes – Amen to that!

  • mrbean

    Syria has probably the largest and most advanced chemical warfare program in the Arab world, " Michael Eistenstadt, director of the Military and Securities Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said in a report released this week, adding that the country is able to fill thousands of missiles and artillery shells with chemical agents. From a U.S. national security standpoint, the worse outcome would be for those weapons to fall into the hands of terrorists as there are elements of the Muslim Brotherhood and al Quaeda in the rebel forces. There is no choice but to destroy these weapon with bunker busters and some collateral damage to civilians is acceptable. Beats having them used in the New York or London subways.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Or Israel.

  • Irwin Ruff

    The UN Human Rights Council? We're supposed to believe what they say? My impression is that they ignore murder everyplace in the world, if they can't find some way to blame it on Israel. I would say that this paragraph needs more explanation.

  • mrbean

    The Koch brothers’ company, Koch Industries, has been a big player in both campaign donations and lobbying. Koch Industries currently leads the oil and gas industry as the top contributor to federal candidates and parties, and is the fifth highest lobbying spender in the industry this year. ____Soros’ hedge fund, Soros Fund Management, has also lobbied at the federal level, but employees have not made campaign donations through a Soros-sponsored political action committee. Because of the notable lobbying involvement of a Soros-funded think tank, the Open Society Policy Center, this group's data is also included for the purpose of this comparison: ____

    • Drakken

      At least the Koch brothers are American patriots and put their money where their mouths are, unlike that commi Soros who does everything he can to destroy us.

  • patriotwork

    The Obama touch is that everything he touches turns into a reflection of who-what Obama really is.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm not sure what to think. Sure,I'm no fan of Bashar Assad or Moammar Gaddafi. I didn't like either of them and won't shed any tears for either of them. The problem is that President Obama never thought about what would happen afterward. He probably thought that there would be some Arab Thomas Jeffersons waiting in the wings. Unfortunately,there aren't really that many of them out there. Probably one that even worse than what we've got now.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    If Obama does anything it will be to insure the takeover of Syria by the Muslim Botherhood, he is
    devoted to the resurection of the Caliphate and may see himself as a sitting Kaliph , Obama the
    great. People are just ants on his pathway to immortality, but he will not get there, the future is
    changing, he is being outed for who and what he is, fraud, liar, megalomaniac & Indonesian.
    William

  • David, Thailand

    America is fighting Muslim wars against Muslims. Since Vietnam, America's major military interventions have been in Muslim countries supporting Muslims against other Muslims.

    And for the most parts the very Muslims that America has supported have repaid its wilfull ignorance by turning against her.

    Why is America Islam's unpaid mercenary?

  • Spinoneone

    We need to get involved in a Muslim sectarian civil war because…? Alawites versus Sunnis versus Christians versus Druze versus Shias …and we need to have American men and women die to preserve a dictator of the same ilk as our former good buddy, Saddam Hussein? Really? Add another trillion or so to the national debt? Really?

  • Tatersalad

    Tell Rush Limbaugh why liberals are such condescending pricks!
    https://www.facebook.com/RushLimbaughAndTheEIBNet

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  • Fred Dawes

    Obama and his people will attack us all soon here inside this country it coming people!