We should be going after Iran’s leaders who are enriching uranium and who threaten the safety of the region and the world. The Syrian situation is confused and Obama’s foreign policy centers around protecting himself. If we end up at war with Syria, we will in essence be in a proxy war with Iran and Russia. The Washington Institute believes that engaging in Syria is the best way to deal with Iran, but is it?
Mr. Obama showed no concern for the Syrians while more than a hundred thousand of them were being murdered.
Once he was mocked for saying they had better not cross the red line, he became interested.
We don’t even know what the truth is. Are we going to believe a man who has told lie after lie or had his talking heads tell lie after lie?
Where was Mr. Obama when Morsi’s people were slaughtering the Coptic Christians in Egypt? He was giving Morsi money to support the slaughter!
Are we going to war to support rebels who commit atrocities? The only question is if we are going to war. The atrocities are being committed. There is a chance that we could bring the ‘good’ rebels – the secularists – to power but only with a well-thought out strategy for the action and the aftermath. Mr. Obama has no strategy other than wanting to launch a quick strike to save face.
The NY Times published an article Thursday with a video and photo of seven Assad soldiers partially stripped down, bloodied, and terrified. All were shot and their bodies dumped into a well.
The rebel commander recited a revolutionary verse just before he shot them:
For fifty years, they are companions to corruption,” he said. “We swear to the Lord of the Throne, that this is our oath: We will take revenge.”
The moment the poem ended, the commander, known as “the Uncle,” [Abdul Issa] fired a bullet into the back of the first prisoner’s head. His gunmen followed suit, promptly killing all the men at their feet.
The Uncle’s father was believed killed in the Brotherhood suppression 27 years ago and he is out to settle an old score. He promised his fighters to exterminate the Alawites — the minority Islamic sect to which the Assad family belongs.
He is fighting on the side we hope to join.
Issa claimed that he killed the soldiers because they had cell phone videos of soldiers raping Syrian women.
A former rebel smuggled the video out because he was disgusted that the rebels are now using the same tactics as the enemy.
The rebels are comprised of the ‘good’ rebels with a loose command structure and the more organized radical Islamists. In the outlying areas, the rebels have disintegrated into criminal elements.
There is a criminal environment in much of Syria which is ‘populated by gangs of highwaymen, kidnappers and killers,’ according to the NY Times.
Mr. Kerry said only 10% to 20% of the opposition forces are al Qaeda. Rep. McCaul said they comprise 50% of the forces.
The Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria comprise some of the opposition and are firmly in command in parts of Aleppo and Idlib Provinces and in the northern provincial capital of Raqqa and in Deir al-Zour. They cut into the border with Turkey.
The Islamists have cooperated with the good rebels but, as McCain indicated, they are focused more on ‘establishing a zone of influence spanning Iraq’s Anbar Province and the desert eastern areas of Syria, and eventually establishing an Islamic territory under their administration.’
Many areas, especially around Damascus, are under the control of ‘good’ rebels – secular forces.
Who do we believe? McCain? McCaul? Mr. Obama? Mr. Kerry, the former Hanoi John?
We managed to turn Libya into a failing state. Will we do it again?
Here is a brief refresher course with a few of the Obama lies:
Benghazi was over a video, the IRS doesn’t target anyone, the DOJ doesn’t spy on journalists, the NSA isn’t spying on American citizens, you can keep your doctor and your insurance plan, Fast & Furious was caused by some underlings and the administration knew nothing, Obama never drew a red line, Obama is not going to destroy the coal industry and he will build nuclear power plants, Obama‘s the DC outsider who will change Washington and there won’t be any lobbyists in his government, he won’t spend the money Bush spent it and will cut the deficit in half – then he said he did cut the deficit in half, he loves public education, Obamacare is a tax and it’s not a tax, he will eliminate the income tax for seniors who make less than $50,000, he had little involvement with ACORN, the public will have five days to look at every bill, the border fence is all but 5% complete, and nine times SCOTUS found his actions unconstitutional – he is a constitutional lawyer.
NY Times has the details of the story and the horrific video.