October 5, 2016

Obama: Syrian Droughts Contributed to Civil War

Uh, no sir, you did, as Robert Cornwell at the UK Independent demonstrated in February:

… I’ve been living in the US for 25 years, arriving just as the first President Bush was staging a stunning projection of American power and leadership in the first Gulf War. A quarter of a century on, the ghastly war in Syria has left Barack Obama looking weaker and less effectual on the world stage than any of his predecessors since Jimmy Carter.

… US policy over Syria has been a terrible failure. The blame extends to the West as a whole, but it is the US, the leader of the West to whom the world instinctively looks at such moments, that must bear the brunt of it.

… Obama has been America’s leader since the Syrian crisis began in 2011, and since then it has been much talk but little action. The Assad regime, we were told, must fall, and would do so quickly. Yet the US did not give aid to rebel groups that might have made this happen, nor did it set up a safe area for civilians in northern Syria, protected by a US-enforced no-fly zone, as many were urging at the time.

Then came Obama’s infamous declaration about Bashar al-Assad crossing “a red line” if he used chemical weapons against civilians. The regime did use them, but Obama blinked and did nothing – other than allow Russia, protector power of Assad, to take the initiative in negotiating a deal to get rid of those weapons.

… Cool, detached and supremely rational, he believes that others will act rationally and decently as well. In Syria, tragically, they have not, and America has been humbled. Clinton has been haunted by his failure to stop the slaughter in Rwanda. Syria may well be the nightmare that haunts Obama.

The death toll in Syria is now 300,000 to 470,000. Syria is Obama’s Rwanda. As Clinton did with Rwanda, Obama will likely escape accountability during his lifetime. The history books won’t be as kind.

The Syrian debacle has led to the “migrant” crisis in Europe, and given perfect cover to terrorists whose mission in life is to target infidels for mayhem. Cynics can be excused for believing that Obama doesn’t mind what’s happening in Europe all that much.

Never absorbing any blame himself, now is partially blaming the Syrian debacle on climate change:

There’s already some really interesting work — not definitive, but powerful — showing that the droughts that happened in Syria contributed to the unrest and the Syrian civil war. Well, if you start magnifying that across a lot of states, a lot of nation states that already contain a lot of poor people who are just right at the margins of survival, this becomes a national security issue.

And that’s why, even as we have members of Congress who scoff at climate change at the same time as they are saluting and wearing flag pins and extolling their patriotism, they’re not paying attention to our Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Pentagon who are saying that this is one of the most significant national security threats that we face over the next 50 years.

Well, that’s because if they don’t say that, they won’t stay on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Stevie Wonder has a great song about a guy who was determined to avoid accountability for his actions (“Blame It on the Sun”):


1 Comment

  1. The 470,000 figure was quoted by the NYT several months back and that was a dramatic jump that even shocked me. The NYT would as a matter of protecting Obama low ball the estimated death toll. Since then another documented 7,500 have died.


    But let’s not get lost in the weeds since clearly Obama and Clinton don’t seem to care how many people are dead. The denial by Obama via the claim it was Climate Change is woefully lame given that to this day, Obama continues to authorize, fund and support the “rebels” fighting against Assad in Syria. Why else does Kerry continue to insist that Russia stop bombing them and just focus on ISIS? The ceasefire was strictly about giving relief to the rebels, the civilians are incidental.

    The tragedy of Aleppo is of Obama’s doing. Today, Obama could issue an executive order to cease all support of the rebels and also tell Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stop their support as well. He could and he won’t. Why? His ego is more important than the hundreds of thousands of lives already lost and will be lost.

    Barack Obama with Hillary Clinton’s support said Assad must go and they acted on that foreign policy ever since. Hillary Clinton is equally to blame for this horrific situation. And what would she do differently from Obama, given his foreign policy was designed and implemented by her. Only the incompetent refuse to take responsibility for their consequences.

    Comment by dscott — October 5, 2016 @ 11:31 am

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