It began when Kerry was asked early Monday whether Assad could avoid a U.S. attack.
“Sure. He could turn over every bit of his weapons to the international community within the next week, without delay,” Kerry responded with a shrug. “But he isn’t about to.”
As Kerry flew back to Washington to help lobby lawmakers, he received a midair call from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said he had heard the secretary’s remarks and was about to make a public announcement.
The statement in Moscow came before Kerry landed.
“We are calling on the Syrian authorities [to] not only agree on putting chemical weapons storages under international control but also for its further destruction and then joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” Lavrov said, adding, “We have passed our offer to [Syrian Foreign Minister] Walid al-Moualem and hope to receive a fast and positive answer.”
Moualem, who was in Moscow meeting with Lavrov, followed with a statement that his government “welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian government’s care about the lives of our people and security of our country.”
Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies having a stockpile of the widely banned weapons, the idea of international control also quickly gained traction among diplomats and at least some senior Democrats whose support Obama seeks for a show of force. (WP)
So Putin and Assad outsmart the suddenly Hawkish Nobel Peace Prize Winner. He should be glad, now he bow out of this embarrassment and “look tough” because “he was going to do something” and blah, blah, blah…
They can play the game of hide and seek that Saddam played for a decade.
Remember a guy by the name of Georges Sada. He was a top general in Saddam’s army.
Saddam Hussein’s No. 2 Air Force officer, Georges Sada, told the New York Sun Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were moved to Syria six weeks before the war started. Sada claimed two Iraqi Airways Boeing jets converted to cargo planes moved the weapons in a total of 56 flights. They attracted little attention, he said, because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in 2002. (WND 2006)
These would be the WMD’s that weren’t found when we invaded Iraq and set off the Left to harangue Republicans to this day.
They dismissed the reports for political reasons then and they still do now.
See Georges Sada’s book “Saddam’s Secrets,”(2006).
I cannot see why even a single American, a single Israeli or a single Syrian civilian should be killed as a result of a token U.S. military action, undertaken simply to spare Barack Obama the embarrassment of doing nothing, after his ill-advised public ultimatum to the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons was ignored.
But will a transparently token military action preserve American credibility? And dare we risk an unintended escalation, such as began both world wars in the 20th century?
Since so little real history is taught in even our prestigious colleges and universities, it may be worth noting how World War II — the most catastrophic war in human history — began.
When a weak and vacillating leader, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, belatedly saw Hitler for what he was, after years of trying to appease him, he issued a public ultimatum that if Germany carried out its impending invasion of Poland, Britain would declare war.
By this time, Hitler had only contempt for Chamberlain, as Russia’s Putin today has only contempt for Obama.
Hitler went ahead with his invasion of Poland. Chamberlain then felt he had to declare war. That is how World War II began. Britain’s action did not save Poland, but only jeopardized its own survival.
Unintended consequences are at least as common in military actions on the world stage as they are in domestic policies that start out with lofty words and end with sordid and even catastrophic consequences.
Assurances from either President Obama or Sen. John McCain as to the limited nature of the military actions they advocate mean nothing. As someone said, long ago, once the shooting starts all plans go out the window.
If a purely token military strike will do little or nothing more to preserve our national credibility than will a failure to act at all, why get people killed to spare Obama a personal humiliation?
This man’s runaway ego has already produced too many disasters at home and abroad, and nowhere more so than in the Middle East.
A personal humiliation may be all that can make him stop and think before shooting off his mouth in the future, without thinking through the consequences beforehand — as he clearly has not done in this case, as shown by his recent delays and vacillations.
Nor is it at all clear that his previous policies and actions in the Middle East were well thought out, unless he was deliberately trying to weaken the position of the Western world, including Israel.
Whatever the Obama rhetoric, the reality is that his policies in Egypt and Libya have led to replacing stable regimes, at peace with Israel and the West, and tolerant of their own Christian minorities, with chaotic regimes in which fanatical anti-Western terrorists have played a large and growing role, with hostility to Israel and murderous attacks on Christians in their own country.
Obama will try to salvage his policy and his presidency with a speech to the nation. Rhetoric is his strong suit.
The big question is: How many Americans have learned to distinguish between his soaring words and his sorry record? Matters of life and death can hinge on the answer to that question.-Thomas Sowell
Leno: President Obama is trying to convince Congress to authorize a war on Syria. And if that works, we might consider bringing back the rest of the Constitution.
Leno: President Obama is being pretty clever on selling his war on Syria to Congress. He told them Assad supports ObamaCare.
Conan: Drone makers want the media to stop calling unmanned aircraft “drones.” The makers of drones said, “We prefer the term ‘surprise visitor!’”
Leno: In his recent economy speech President Obama said we’ve all been distracted by phony scandals. He prefers we be distracted by his phony recovery.
Leno: President Obama has canceled a California political fundraiser over Syria. Wow! When Obama cancels a fundraiser, you know this is serious. We’re in Code Red!