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Obama’s Insanity on Syria

September 10, 2013 1:54 pm 5 comments

President Obama on Fox News. Photo: Screenshot.

The Algemeiner recently published a parody of President Obama’s indecisiveness on Syria.

So when I saw a headline announcing that Obama was willing to let Syrian President Assad “surrender” his chemical weapons in order to avoid a U.S. strike, I assumed it was another parody.

It wasn’t.

It’s hard to understand how anyone could even consider this plan to be a serious option.

How can we trust the word of Assad – a man who has murdered tens of thousands of his own people, used chemical weapons, broken every international norm and law, reneged on all of his promises to the UN, U.S. officials, and international mediators, and is supported by Iran, one of the most duplicitous nations in the world?

Do we really believe that Assad would give us all of his weapons? How could we verify this? We don’t even know where the weapons are or how many Assad has. How can we take him at his word? How do we know he won’t transfer them to Russia or Iran? (If you think that’s impossible, think about how much military hardware Iran and Russia have shipped into Syria. Do you really think they can’t reverse engineer that process?)

The West is trying to avoid conflict at all costs. This is a mistaken strategy that emboldens our enemies, and will lead to serious trouble down the line. If we’re willing to engage in such a silly charade as this to avoid a missile strike in Syria, what kind of message does that send the world?

Other countries are clearly learning that they can push us and push us, and we will never blink. And when a “red line” finally is crossed, we’ll still grab onto any possible option that allows us to avoid confrontation.

How can Obama first claim military action is necessary, but now say he’s open to an approach that will let Assad go unpunished and retain some (or even most) of his chemical weapons? Obama’s, and America’s, credibility is shrinking by the second.

Obama is not a stupid man. He knows any plan to let Assad “surrender” his WMD is unfeasible and unrealistic. But the President is so desperate to avoid a conflict, that he’s apparently willing to consider it. This is shameful for the leader of the United States. America, and the free world, deserves better.

Aside from the fact that Assad can’t be trusted, the plan doesn’t even work when you really think about it. Syria is in the middle of a bloody, protracted civil war. How are the large international teams needed to secure the weapons going to get into Syria, move the stockpiles, and ensure no terrorist groups get access to them? Assad’s own forces have trouble moving around the country and securing their military objective. But international forces will somehow be able to?

This whole debacle arose thanks to an off-handed and ill-advised comment by John Kerry. President Assad and his Russian enablers seized on the remark, and are now using it to make a mockery of Kerry, Obama, and the United States.

Obama’s willingness to even consider such a plan has made the President, and America, look like rank fools. The world is upside down. Will anyone come along and right it?

David Meyers is the Opinion Editor of The Algemeiner.


  • What kind of irrationality underlies this kind of reasoning? If we were to bomb, we certainly will not get all the weapons. And in the process, we’ll kill lots of Syrians. If Assad permits the surrender and destruction of the gas products, we will certainly use the same intelligence information that would form the basis of our military action to confirm the destruction of everything we know about, and might perhaps get other weapons which Assad reveals and which we don’t know about. See Libya & Iraq for simple examples of how much more cogent this approach is, ignoring for the moment all the civilians spared by such a bloodless tactic.

  • I totally disagree with this article there will be more instability not less if we bomb assad he may be bad bet the rebels are much worse and Israel will have more instability around its borders not less at least assad protects the Christian and minority jewish communities if it is sunnis they will massacre everyone who is not sunni muslim so you are wrong

  • A good report. What a sad state of affairs when the most powerful nation on planet earth is fooled into believing this proposal. Evil will only flourish when we do nothing. How can the World look the other way after seeing these children dying from a gas attack.

  • If it is true that Obama would consider letting Assad off the hook this way it is beyond shameful. That is like saying that as long as the monster promises to be a good boy and not gas anyone else, we will simply forget about those that were gassed. To that end, I simply ask, whats the difference between 1500 people and 6 million when you are dealing with a genocidal maniac? If Hitler promised to stop at 1500 Jews, should we have given him a free pass to take over the world? I think I have made my point.

    • Mr. Kulak. Aside from the fact that we don’t know for certain that it was Assad who did the gassing – and we really don’t – it’s simplistic & distracting to try to compare Assad to Hitler. Assad isn’t trying to take over the world. Hitler was. Assad isn’t trying to exterminate a particular people. Hitler was. And most important of all, the people opposing Hitler were more or less good guys, whereas the majority of people opposing Assad are more bloodthirsty and totalitarian than is Assad. So you would throw him out because someone either employed or accidentally spilled poison gas – and the actual facts are and will remain unclear until this period passes – and you would replace him with a group that will be far more hideous to their own population, and do so merely because of a situation which has been escalated to be more emotional than factual? Ever hear of the Gulf of Tonkin Deception? Or Iraq Weapons of Mass Deception? How about operation Ajax, committed in 1953 and for which we are still paying? Or any other number of political lies and military abuses used to kill millions in the name of patriotism, or decency, or propriety, or in response to some awful thing? The only thing that has never brought out a military response from the West is when Jews are slaughtered. Well, not entirely true. We let 900,000 Rwandans die, it’s true. Otherwise, we’re happy to kill people to satisfy all kinds of misrepresentation by our political liars. Oops, political leaders.

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