Obama’s Colossal Blunder

by Jack Lee

Mixed signals and odd delays plague Obama’s Administration.  The President looks like Mr. Dithers, he’s confused, aloof and indecisive.

The following is a summary of the timeline and events that have brought us to the point of military intervention in Syria’s civil war.  Everyone who votes needs to know this information, epsecially if you voted for Obama.

In the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq Syria denied that it had chemical weapons, although it was suspected Iraq’s chemical weapons may have been shipped to Syria to avoid discovery. Syria refused to sign the Geneva Convention prohibiting the use of such weapons, but in 1968 they made a verbal agreement to abide by the treaty, although they denied possessing such weapons. On July 23, 2012 Syria finally admitted they had a stockpile of chemical weapons for defense against foreign aggression. During the Syrian civil war in August 2012, the military restarted chemical weapons testing. This started a firestorm of controversy and concern that stretched around the world.   At home in America, the use of WMD’s in Syria was a legal issue for the UN, but the proliferation of WMD’s to others outside this civil war also made it an urgent national security issue.  

On August 20th, 2013 President Obama announced at a press conference that he had drawn a red line on the use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels. “We cannot have chemical or biological weapons falling into the hands of the wrong people.” “We’ve made it very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is, if we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons being moved around or utilized that would change our calculations, that would change my equation.”

Chemical weapons were allegedly used several times in Syria, and as early as March, 2012.  Evidence of their use was made available to Western nations including the UK, France and USA.

“He seems to have no coherent foreign policy – his credibility is at stake”  Britt Hume

kerrypictureOn August 26th, 2013, at the request of the President, John Kerry made one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by a Secretary of State.   In that scathing speech against the Assad regime in Syria he said, “”Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity,” Kerry further said. “By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.”

Then the oddest thing imaginable happened.   Just hours later President Obama made a second speech that completely undermined Kerry and made him look like a fool.   Obama took the approach that it was not that urgent and he could wait until Congress reconvened on Sept. 9th so he could present his case for a limited strike against Syria.   He would then seek their vote of approval.   I’m paraphrasing Obama, “They are the representatives for the people (of America)”   Apparently Obama was inferring that if he carried out a strike with the approval of Congress then the American people would be responsible for whatever followed because he was only doing their bidding.   Not only that, but Obama would be let off the hook for his “red line” remark that he has failed to follow through on.  He’s putting the responsibility for military action on the Congress, not him.  

Following his low keyed Syrian speech, Obama left for a round of golf, which greatly accented the division between Kerry’s urgent call for military action in Syria and Obama’s, “Let’s wait for Congress to come back and we’ll discuss it” speech.  

To the world, they both looked the fool, both being completely out of synch with each other!   How could Obama have approved Kerry’s speech only to let him twist in the wind hours later and then go golfing?  This is the most amazing diplomatic blunder I’ve ever witnessed in the last 40 years, even during the Carter years!

To recap, Obama put in place his red line policy.  Then Syria violated it and he did nothing.  Then he dispatched warships presumably to launch an attack of his red line policy and when they were in position… he did nothing.    Then he allowed his Secretary of Defense to make an impassioned speech calling for the necessity of immediate military action…but he still did nothing and worse, he made a request for Congress to make the decisio.    Essentially he left Kerry to hang as he went to play golf.  

Many of Obama’s influential democrats do not want any military intervention, ironically Obama must turn to the Hawks in the GOP for support and even more ironically, this places Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner on the same side!

Two House Democrats — Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Gerald E. Connolly (Va.) — said they were drafting an alternative resolution that would sharply limit the scope and authority for an attack. Charles Rangel, a Democratic Representative, told Fox News said that he doesn’t believe it would make sense for the U.S. to get involved in Syria without international support. “I don’t really think war-like methods is the way to go,” Rangel said. “This is international. Bring together international people!”

A French intelligence report on Monday (2 Sep 2013) alleged that the Syrian regime launched an attack on Aug. 21, 2013 that involved a “massive use of chemical agents” and could carry out similar strikes in the future. It is currently believed that Syria has been manufacturing mustard gas, and deadly nerve agents like Sarin, Tabun and VX.

Today we may have seen a game changer.  A former Syrian forensic medicine expert has provided evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons. Abdeltawwab Shahrour, head of the forensic medicine committee in Aleppo, claims there was a chemical attack in Khan al-Assal, Aleppo, on March 19, said Istanbul-based opposition coalition spokeswoman Sarah Karkour. Shahrour has defected to Turkey and has documents proving the attack took place and eyewitness accounts from police authorities that contradict the administration’s version of events, a second opposition official said.  This whistleblower could be a key factor to US military intervention.

Today Rand Paul had this to say:  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused the Obama administration of reducing Congress’ role in the authorization process for potential airstrikes on Syria to “constitutional theater.”

During a hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Paul argued the White House would be “making a joke” of Congress if it left open the possibility that President Barack Obama would proceed with his plan to use military force in the nation even if lawmakers vote against U.S. intervention.

“If we do not say that the Constitution applies, if we do not say explicitly that we will abide by this vote, you’re making a joke of us,” Paul told Secretary of State John Kerry. “You’re making us into theater, and so we play constitutional theater for the president.”

“If this is real, you will abide by the verdict of Congress. You’re probably going to win,” he added. “Just go ahead and say it’s real, and let’s have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate, that in the end you lose and say, ‘Oh well, we had the authority anyway, we’re going to go ahead and go to war anyway.'”


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13 Responses to Obama’s Colossal Blunder

  1. Tina says:

    America is right to be cautious. History prior to the chemical attacks should not be forgotten or dismissed. The following article should be considered before making a judgement about guilt.

    Who dunnit is still very much in question according to knowledgeable people.

    World Tribune:

    Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs

    There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the Aug. 21 chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a premeditated provocation by the Syrian opposition.

    The extent of U.S. foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

    On Aug. 13-14, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and U.S. Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a U.S.-led bombing of Syria.

    The opposition forces had to quickly prepare their forces for exploiting the U.S.-led bombing in order to march on Damascus and topple the Bashar al-Assad government, the senior commanders explained. The Qatari and Turkish intelligence officials assured the Syrian regional commanders that they would be provided with plenty of weapons for the coming offensive.

    Indeed, unprecedented weapons distribution started in all opposition camps in Hatay Province on Aug. 21-23. In the Reyhanli area alone, opposition forces received well in excess of 400 tons of weapons, mainly anti-aircraft weaponry from shoulder-fired missiles to ammunition for light-guns and machine guns. …

    Read the entire article.

    Read about the writer of this article here

  2. Peggy says:

    I do not trust this president. He changed his mind because someone pointed out that he could blame the Republicans again if he presented his proposal to Congress. Didn’t matter if the outcome was good or bad he’ll do just what he always does, blame someone else.

    He’s using the Republicans as human shields and the ones that vote for the attack are to stupid to realize it. How many times have we heard ObamaCare passed with bipartisan approval? When the truth is not one Republican voted for it. Heck, he’s five years into to his being our leader and he and all of his minions are still blaming Bush for his own mistakes.

    Obama has blown this just like he has everything else. I’ll even bet the Syrian opposition’s arms are the ones that came through Turkey from Benghazi, Libya. This is just another cover-up decoy for why that Turkey dignitary was meeting with Chris Stevens last 9/11.

    Of course he knew about Syria’s WMDs two years ago. But since he got that Nobel peace prize before he even sat in the Oval Office he didn’t do anything then and that’s why he’s shoving Congress in front of him now.

  3. J Soden says:

    If Obumble was serious about the chem weapons issue, he would have acted a YEAR ago. Now, it’s all about wiping the egg off his face for his “red line” remark. A wet towel would work better.

    And there were 8 killed & more than 25 shot in Chicago this last weekend. Does that qualify for a missile strike, Mr. Prez?

  4. Harriet says:

    The opening picture on AOL shows a smiling Obama, he now says he did not say anything about a redline.

    Our do nothing play along republicans are silent, Whats up with them?

  5. Tina says:

    A visual aid shows how Obama’s destructive ME policies have failed spectacularly. Follow the link to The American Thinker

  6. Princess says:

    I would urge every one to read this excellent essay in The Atlantic by William Polk. It is very long explanation of Syria.


    This is very important to read as you watch the clown show that is going on in our government right now. We do not even know if Assad is responsible for this attack. Did we learn nothing from Iraq? I’m sorry, but I get really angry when I listen to our leaders tell us every day that we are so broke we have to have the sequester, and that we can’t afford to build bridges, schools or roads in the United States, but we never, EVER have that debate when it comes to going to war. Rand Paul is the only voice of reason I heard yesterday and he totally shamed John Kerry.

    And I find it very suspicious that a lot of these clowns were being hammered over Obamacare and now all of a sudden that is off the table and we are talking about this. I wonder if the debt ceiling vote will just sneak past us while they seriously talk about attacking a country and handing it over to terrorists.

  7. Peggy says:

    Did I not call this correct? Obama now saying he didn’t set the red line the world and everyone in it did. Where was he and the world when the now reported 14 previous times chemicals were used on the people of Syria.

    Today he called in all of his previous campaign and WH staff to help spin his mess away from him. Pathetic!

  8. Peggy says:

    Tina, Glenn Beck years ago was called crazy and a conspiracy theorist when he presented this same map. And he was the first to use the word Caliphate with everyone asking what it was. Very few listened to him then, wonder if they’re listening now.

    Here are Beck’s videos of his show from when he was on Fox and GBTV. Makes me wonder how different thing might be today if more of us had only listened to him back then instead of calling him just another conservative nut case.

    Glenn Beck expresses fear of new caliphate:


    A Caliphate Is Coming – GBTV Glenn explains why it’s not a conspiracy theory with the latest news on the Muslim Brotherhood.


  9. Tina says:

    We live in a world where trust is in short supply.

    After the corrupt oil for food program and the seventeen ineffective resolutions w/inspections in Iraq, I wouldn’t trust the UN to spout the truth. Their record on climate change isn’t stellar either.

    We can’t trust our own government. Apparently the world doesn’t either.

    Nothing I’ve heard convinces me the President’s choice to strike would be a smart move…with or without the cover he seeks from Congress.

  10. Princess says:

    And can we get a media outlet to ask questions and INFORM the public? Why does our corporate media want this war so much? Obama is either completely incompetent, totally misinformed or just plain lying. All are equally plausible, so why can’t the mainstream media ask the questions? I realize that MSNBC is too busy trying to decide which Lockup rerun to air, but surely someone else could pick up the slack?

    Emptywheel is reporting that Obama is changing the dates and no one is calling him out for it. John McCAin is too busy palling around with terrorists. What irony.


  11. Post Scripts says:

    If half the voters were as informed and curious as you guys the US would be a much better place. I was really impressed with all your comments and this last link by Princess was excellent. -Jack

  12. Peggy says:

    The article from Princess was excellent. Just plastered it all over on FaceBook in comments for other pages.

  13. Dewey_Bueno says:

    Remember the treaty’s solution is a UN hearing. Syria did not sign but that is the solution. Bottom Line everyone acts like there are 2 parties. That is only true when it comes to civil rights. the military industrial complex has no party. The CIA was walking guns to the opposition and that has something to do with Benghazi. Corporate media keeps people busy hating and there is a blackout on the real issues. Wake Up. We should worry about our own country after the last 2 wars unpaid. As usual the citizens bear the cost of what the 1% use for profits.

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