There are two highly suspect stories in the Wall Street Journal today. One paints Obama as the warrior who has been dealing with Syria since 2011 through variety of complex methods. The other has him deporting Central American families here illegally because the administration is protecting us against drug cartels and to protect children from human smugglers.
The Obama administration allegedly tried to encourage a military coup against the Syrian regime. They used a complex network of Syrian dissenters and others in an attempt to remove President Bashar al-Assad in 2011 when the insurgency began.
Did Obama or anyone even know who these insurgents really were or what would happen if he succeeded? Is any of this story true? This administration is all foofoo dust.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, in 2011, as the Assad regime began a violent crackdown on protests in the country, US intelligence officials attempted to identify Syrian officers who would potentially lead regime change from within, on orders from above.
They were looking for cracks in the regime and offered incentives to people to abandon Assad, a former senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal.
A quarter of a million people have been killed in Syria since March 2011. Another four million people fled the country.
In August of last year, Obama called on Assad to step down and has continually called for his ouster.
The coup failed so the administration focused efforts on supporting rebel forces. At the same time, the administration used back channels to push Assad out.
US officials in some cases had direct conversations with their counterparts in Assad’s regime.
Assad has contended that he was dealing with terrorism and asked the US to join him in the fight against the jihadis.
The article doesn’t deal with the useless red line Obama drew except to say that he indirectly warned Assad to not release chemical weapons.
The administration is currently toning down its demands for Assad to leave and appearing to bring itself into position more in line with Russia’s
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to soften his stance toward Assad after meeting with Russian officials.
“The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry told reporters in Moscow earlier this month.
However, this week Obama said that Assad “is going to have to leave in order for the country to stop the bloodletting and for all the parties involved to be able to move forward in a non-sectarian way.”
“He has lost legitimacy in the eyes of a large majority of the country,” Obama said.
In order for Obama to protect his so-called legacy, the blame for the refugee disaster has to be put on Assad.
The second article posted by the Wall Street Journal claims the US is planning a mass deportation of illegal Central American families who have come here since January.
Starting early next month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS unit, plans to start rounding up hundreds of families that entered the U.S. illegally and who have ignored a final order to leave the country, said the official. Such an order is issued by a judge in immigration court, the Journal reported.
Does that sound like the Obama administration?
The Journal wrote further that the operation’s goal is twofold: It aims to send the message to would-be crossers that they won’t be allowed to remain in the U.S. It also seeks to address safety concerns involved as adults entrust their lives and those of their children to human smugglers.
The Journal said the 25% drop in deportations over the last year is a key indicator of the number of individuals trying to illegally enter, and the focus on removing convicted criminals and those who are a public-safety threat. The administration wants us to believe there has been a drop in illegal immigration and they are really removing the bad ones.
Border agents have already said the administration is playing games with numbers. They now count people stopped at the border as deportations.
Two fishy stories out of DC.
All three Democratic candidates for president have expressed concerns about the planned raids and deportations.