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A scathing critique of President Obama's Syria policy

WASHINGTON POST columnist Jackson Diehl - not necessarily a knee-jerk critic of President Obama (although Diehl did favor President George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq) - pens a harsh critique of President Obama's approach to Syria.

What Diehl doesn't completely cover is that although Bashar al-Assad may be in Iran's orbit, some of the anti-Assad forces appear to include al-Qaeda and other Islamists. That, plus overall war fatigue - I think - accounts for some of the Obama Administration's hesitancy about intervening further. That said, Diehl argues U.S. inaction is turning potential allies within the anti-Assad movement against us. However, he ignores reports about President Obama directing the C.I.A. to channel aid to the non-Islamist, anti-Assad rebels across the Turkish--Syrian frontier...

Anyway, here's Diehl's piece from The WASHINGTON POST...


Posted at 7:20am on October 15, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 9:36am
Hopefully in Syria the "aid" from our CIA is truly getting to the right people...had Obama acted at the beginning of this uprising it would have been much easier to supply the "good guys" fighting Assad instead of the the "bad guys" fighting Assad.

Benghazi was attacked by some of these same "bad guys" with weapons supplied by our country to defeat Khadafi.(shoulder-fired missiles and heavy weapons)

Syria could be much worse than Benghazi since Syria has chemical weapons that could fall into the hands of the "bad guys".

Allan Loudell
Mon, Oct 15, 2012 9:49am
From The NEW YORK TIMES just today:


"Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle-Eastern diplomats.

That conclusion, of which President Obama and other senior officials are aware from classified assessments of the Syrian conflict that has now claimed more than 25,000 lives, casts into doubt whether the White House's strategy of minimal and indirect intervention in the Syrian conflict is accomplishing its intended purpose of helping a democratic-minded opposition topple an oppressive government, or is instead sowing the seeds of future insurgencies hostile to the United States..."

Allan Loudell

Mon, Oct 15, 2012 12:36pm
Our intervention in Libya was strictly payback. Khadafi had a great deal of American blood on his hands. Syria is no different. If we are so morally driven to stop the killing in Syria, why do we not care about Somalia, and many other Third World countries whose leaders control with terror and kill large segments of the population at will? We delude ourselves. Once we leave Afghanistan, nothing will have changed, as it did not change with the Soviet occupation. What of Iraq? Is it really better off? The "Arab Spring" is not a breath of fresh air, but rather akin to the Russian revolution, and the ovethrow of the Tsar. One oppressive regime replaced by another.

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 1:39am
tonyi brings up a valid point. Every engagement we take on is money we can't use one day for something else.

Also, if we are not going in,... we need to send a clear signal of that. If someone is pounding you and you don't give in because you think help will come if you just hang on a little longer, bottom line it means you will be pounded a few extra times unnecessarily. You would have quit, when you originally got beat.

Romney is actually doing a disservice to rebel Syrians when he uses them to try and discredit Obama, by offering them hope, in a hopeless situation. Dying for a cause is worthy; dying for no cause, is worthless......

Syria is no Libya and the primary difference can be expressed in one word........ Russians.

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