By Ron Howard
Red Lines, Folly, Lies, Weakness and Strength: Part I
With Syria being in the news and Trump’s action there, it is long past time to review the decisions that Barrack Obama and John Kerry made on Syria, which they have lied about to the American people for years.
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Let’s have a little fun. Go back and take a look at what really took place in Syria during Obama’s presidency and Kerry’s stewardship at our State Department.
In 2013 John Kerry made an astonishing diplomatic blunder at a conference about Syrian chemical weapons in Geneva. Without much thought, Kerry made an off the cuff remark about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov, maybe after sip or two of an adult beverage.
He suggested that if Assad took it upon himself to turn over his complete stockpile of chemical weapons in the next week, he could avoid an attack by Obama (an attack by Obama, what a joke). Wow, in other words, our then Secretary of State suggested to the Russian Foreign Minister he was happy to have Assad take the responsibility for the removal of Assad’s chemical weapons from Assad’s Syria, with Vladimir Putin as the guarantor of that solution.
Well why not? Obama’s first Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, told us Assad was a “Reformer” during her term as Secretary of State.
Within hours, after getting spanked by the State Department and members of Congress, Kerry tried to retract his foolish words by saying they were just a “rhetorical statement” and not a valid proposal. He then added that Assad “cannot be trusted to take such action”; how about our Secretary of State cannot be trusted not to open mouth and insert foot.
Of course Assad and his buddy Putin barged right through Kerry’s open door. The next day Assad, Putin and Minister Lavrov caught everyone off guard by gleefully accepting our diplomatically challenged Secretary of State’s foolish offer. Putin and Assad said it was actually workable, of course it was for them — it put those two bad actors right in the wheelhouse that gave them the freedom to steer their chemical weapons removal into whatever hidden grotto they saw fit. But as we will see, Obama couldn’t turn them down.
Members of the Senate blasted Kerry’s faux pas, calling the deal “morally and strategically indefensible.” “It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley. The Senators went on to say, the Obama administration is being led into that blind alley by Bashar Assad and Vladimir Putin.” We have unfortunately seen how right those Senators were.
After Obama’s “Don’t cross my Red Line or there will be enormous consequences” and, “If you cross my Red Line that would change my calculus” boasting, and then when Assad blew that Red Line up with more chemical attacks, Obama was between a rock and a hard place. Who really believed Obama had the intention of doing anything in the way of a military attack if he could possibly get out of doing it.
Obama, by that time, knew he had let his alligator mouth overload his humming bird ass. After Obama pulled all American troops out of Iraq, his political base would have gone bat spit if their messiah started any military involvement in Syria. The U.S. Congress never would have wanted to let this amateur “tough guy” be in a position to put us into that conflict anyway.
As we saw during the rest of Obama’s failed presidency, he had no idea how to accomplish anything of military importance or value. But Obama demonstrated such overweening hubris about military matters that he paid little attention to his military commanders advice and made foolish decisions and statements about military issues (i.e. he told the Talban, “I will have all our troops out of Afghanistan in 2014”, the Talban said thank you – “ISIS is the J.V. team, nothing to worry about” –“I do not have a strategy to defeat ISIS”, he never did – etc.).
Obama bragged, “I don’t have to go to Congress for permission for an attack on Syria,” and then when it appeared, Assad didn’t care about Obama’s attack threats, and Assad used chemical weapons once more. Suddenly Obama realized he might have to back up his swaggering attack words with an actual attack. He then hurriedly reversed himself and basically told the world, “I have to get permission from Congress to attack Syria.” President Obama had no passion for any military action anywhere. He was desperately hoping Congress would not give him permission for an attack (they wouldn’t have), but he wasn’t quite sure about that and then Kerry made his diplomatic goof.
Obama grabbed Kerry’s diplomatic blunder and Putin and Assad’s deceitful agreement with that blunder, like a drowning man grabbing a life preserver; and the subversion began.
The Obama/Kerry, Assad/Putin deal was ridiculous on its face. The first part of the deal was that Syria renders a full accounting of all its chemical weapons. Syria was being torn apart in a vicious civil war. Assad’s Syria was no longer in control of many areas of Syria. There were many groups, including radical Islamists, fighting Assad. It was known that some of Assad’s enemies might have chemical weapons. Syria was expected to provide:
- A comprehensive listing, including names, types and quantities of its chemical weapons agents, types of munitions, and location and form of storage, production and research and development of facilities.
- The time table for all of that accounting was ONE WEEK!
- If Assad had actually gotten rid of his chemical weapons, that would have meant his Syrian enemies might still have some. There was no deal on the table for them. Assad and Putin never intended to fulfill the Obama/Kerry deal.
It was in the kingdom of fantasyland any of that could be accomplished in that time frame, and it never was intended to happen.
But Obama and Kerry were more than relieved to turn the responsibility for the removal of Assad’s chemical weapons over to Putin, Assad and the United Nations; it threw away that rock and removed that hard place. Putin, Assad and the U.N.–my goodness, what a collection of honest brokers.
Were some of those chemical weapons destroyed or removed from Syria because of that agreement? Of course they were. Were they all destroyed or removed from Syria? Hell no they weren’t. Putin and Assad weren’t stupid; they fully understood they were in the primary power position to remove, destroy or conceal any chemical weapons in Syria. Obama and Kerry weren’t stupid either, just as usual being cunning, scheming and unscrupulous to look good. Obama and Kerry knew they had no ability to confirm the destruction and removal of all of those weapons. But it gave them a platform to tell the American public how brilliant they were. The lies and deceit began once more on Syria.
Obama and Kerry gladly surrendered the responsibility to insure the chemical weapons removal was given to Putin and Assad. Obama and Kerry couldn’t stand the political heat they knew was coming, they absolutely knew Assad would continue to launch chemical weapons attacks and any further “Red Lines” from Obama would have been tied around his neck. The Obama administration then eagerly turned its back on what was happening in Syria. What a betrayal, politically, morally and for humanity.
To put this in a little perspective, can you imagine if it had been Trump that had put Putin and Assad in charge of that chemical weapons removal in Syria? OMG.
The sideshow with the U.N. and a few U.S. observers to monitor and insure the chemical weapons removal was claptrap, Putin and Assad totally concealed whatever amount of chemical weapons they decided were required for their purposes (it is now estimated in 2017 there are still over 3 tons of chemical weapons in Syria).
Now listen once more to the bloviating lies from speeches by Obama, Kerry and Rice promising due to their political expertise, chemical weapons were no longer in Syria and they had accomplished that great deed without any military conflict. But we now know Obama did nothing to validate those promises, and Kerry lied some more. As we shall see, their lies and cowardly withdrawal have led to many more cruel and dreadful deaths for the people of Syria.
Then we have had the burden of listening to the disgusting spectacle of Obama, Kerry and their liar in chief, Susan Rice, telling all that due to their expert and decisive accomplishments, there were no chemical weapons in Assad’s Syria . Their zero veracity lectures droned on to make sure we understood, due to their dazzling diplomacy, they accomplished everything without any need for military action. Honest folks, those chemical weapons were all gone; just more misinformation, disinformation, half-truths and dammed lies from Obama and his puppets. Is everyone as tired of listening to their bullspit as I am?
And as we have seen again recently, they have once more blatantly attempted to sustain their smoke and mirrors porkies concerning their facts (lies) about Syria’s chemical weapons removal. If we had honest and patriotic media, information subversion at this level could never take place; it is obvious we do not. Our corporately controlled corrupt media has an enormous amount of chicanery to answer for. I live in hope that someday soon they will be compelled to do just that.
From 2012 thru 2017 there have been many chemical weapons attacks in Syria. All of those chemical weapons attacks, except the April 2017 attack, occurred during Barrack Obama’s presidency. Not all of them we were done by Assad, some were done by other radical Islamists fighting Assad. However without any doubt, the great majority were Assad’s barbarous decisions. Obama ignored his responsibility as President of the United States and did nothing of significance to stop those attacks. As you read on remember that lack of responsibility.
On 4 April 2017 Bashar al-Assad conducted another chemical weapons attack on his Syrian population. To Assad, it was of no consequence that Sarin gas attacks had been internationally outlawed for decades; Assad knew that Russian President Putin would back him in the April attack as he had backed him in the far too many gas attacks Assad had perpetrated on people who were against his corrupt and brutal government. Just another atrocity ho- hum.
After Obama’s embarrassing crumple on his “Red Line” threats, Putin and Assad had lost any fear of a critical U.S. response. Assad with Putin’s backing continued the use of gas weapons against Assad’s people with the United States doing nothing to stop them under the Obama presidency. The United States had no influence on their deadly attack plans. Under President Obama, “Our friendship was not valued and our enmity was not feared.”
Come back tomorrow for Part II, where Donald Trump Rescues America from the Obama Legacy.