President Obama On Syria: Change Only the Russians Can Believe In
President Barack Obama spoke on Syria tonight from the East Room of the White House. His speech was littered with his hands banging on the podium as he dropped his arms down near the microphone throughout the speech. Perhaps he forgot that those noises radiate and are heard through the microphone. Seemingly agitated in his mannerisms and expressions, the annoying interruption persisted through the speech.
Obama reviewed the history of chemical weapons use throughout the world, going back to the early 20th century, making it clear that chemical weapons use is not the norm and is unacceptable. The gruesome explanations he gave of the victims are ones we’ve heard before, and if you have any sense of humanity your heart breaks when you see the videos.
He listed the evidence that supposedly proves that Assad’s regime launched the chemical attacks. Citing that Assad shelled the communities where the weapons attacks occurred, did it dawn on the president that perhaps he did that in order to rid the area of the terrorists (opposition) who launched the chemical weapons? He mentioned that Assad reviewed what happened in the attacks and the results, as if that would be unusual if the opposition had launched the destruction. The evidence seemed flimsy in the least.
“This is a world we should not accept,” Obama said. That is true. We should not accept the use of chemical weapons. This means that Obama must support the Bush 43 era Iraq war, and that he should have attacked Syria after the first chemical weapons attack there.
Then, when he couldn’t make a decision on his own while blaming Bush for the war-weary nation, he decided to ask Congress for approval first.
“It’s no wonder that you’re asking hard questions,” he declared. No kidding Mr. President — and for a president who isn’t used to being questioned by the left and the mainstream media, you have no idea how to respond other than to run to Congress for cover.
It is important to note that he said he would not seek a prolonged air campaign over Syria. This means he is planning on using our air force. What happens, then, if one of our brave pilots is shot down? Are we going to leave him or her to die in Syria like we left four Americans to die in Benghazi? Otherwise, he is going to have to put boots on the ground in order to rescue that likely captured pilot.
Tonight, Obama said that Syria is willing to join in an agreement to give up its chemicals weapons because of the threat of a strike. Rather, Russia’s president has found a vacuum left ripe for influence because of Obama’s policy of leading from behind. Russia will gain influence in the region if this deal works out, especially if we do not strike Syria now.
So as President Obama leaves his noise-ridden podium, we’re left with this: Obama drew a red line, he did nothing the first time, he said he was going to strike the next time, he said it was up to Congress, he said there would be no vote in Congress, and now we’ll wait around to see if Putin’s diplomacy works.
That definitely is change, Mr. President, but it’s change that only the Russians can believe in.by