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Sowell: Syria and Obama
Creators Syndicate ^ | September 10, 2013 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 09/09/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT by jazusamo

I cannot see why even a single American, a single Israeli or a single Syrian civilian should be killed as a result of a token U.S. military action, undertaken simply to spare Barack Obama the embarrassment of doing nothing, after his ill-advised public ultimatum to the Syrian government to not use chemical weapons was ignored.

Some people say that some military response is necessary, not to spare Obama a personal humiliation, but to spare the American presidency from losing all credibility — and therefore losing the ability to deter future threats to the United States without bloodshed.

There is no question that the credibility of the presidency — regardless of who holds that office — is a major asset of this country. Another way of saying the same thing is that Barack Obama has recklessly risked the credibility of future presidents, and the future safety of this country, by his glib words and weak actions.

Some people who disagree with Obama's issuance of a public ultimatum to the Assad regime in the first place, and who also disagree with his recent threat of military action against Syria, nevertheless say that we must back up that threat now, simply to forestall future dangers from a loss of American credibility in the eyes of other countries, including both our enemies and our allies.

But will a transparently token military action preserve American credibility? And dare we risk an unintended escalation, such as began both World Wars in the 20th century?

Since so little real history is taught in even our prestigious colleges and universities, it may be worth noting how World War II — the most catastrophic war in human history — began.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: foreignrelations; israel; obama; phonypresident; russia; sowell; syria; thomassowell; unitedkingdom; waronterror
Syria and Obama: Part II
1 posted on 09/09/2013 1:33:08 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 09/09/2013 1:34:49 PM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type)
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To: patriot08

Al Qaeda in Syria isn’t our ally.

Don’t become their air force!


3 posted on 09/09/2013 1:37:33 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Are Marines required to salute Al Qaeda yet?)
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4 posted on 09/09/2013 1:39:37 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
Nor is it at all clear that his previous policies and actions in the Middle East were well thought out, unless he was deliberately trying to weaken the position of the Western world, including Israel.

Whatever the Obama rhetoric, the reality is that his policies in Egypt and Libya have led to replacing stable regimes, at peace with Israel and the West, and tolerant of their own Christian minorities, with chaotic regimes in which fanatical anti-Western terrorists have played a large and growing role, with hostility to Israel and murderous attacks on Christians in their own country.

5 posted on 09/09/2013 1:39:40 PM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: jazusamo

Heck, we have no idea who all the players are and who might be even “the marginally less-bad guys”.


6 posted on 09/09/2013 1:42:01 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: jazusamo
A wise commentary. One may only hope that it will be widely circulated.

William Flax

7 posted on 09/09/2013 1:47:41 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping jaz. Another great post by Dr. Sowell.

I can’t help but notice, as I would hope all FReepers would the International reaction to Obama regarding this Syrian Issue. The lack of support tells us one thing, but the support, and by whom tells us another doesn’t it. It shows us who isn’t on the team that pushed Obama down our throats, as well shows us who is quite willing to use us, and who it is that Obama bows to.


8 posted on 09/09/2013 2:06:01 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo

The Current Occupant of the White Hut is embarrassed?

How can you tell? His whole life has been an embarrassment, to socialism, to Islam, to community organizing, to any international forum on which he may appear. Incompetence shows at every pore of his being, as he was deliberately miseducated, always gaining placement in schools because of affirmative action, and his recorded grades concealed because of scholastic inadequacies. His very parentage is in question, being really too “white” for the racial minority of African descent that makes up some 13%. He actually falls in that much smaller category of “racially mixed”. He has few if any roots in the indigenous population of descendants of former slaves, a fact reflected upon by Jesse Jackson and others, and lacks the street cred to be “down for the struggle”.

His ties to the history of the United States and its foundation were never very well established, as his early mentors, including his one “parent” (Stanley Ann Dunham was more likely his half-sister, rather than his birth mother) and Frank Davis Marshall, both committed socialists. His youth spent in Indonesia did nothing to instill any love of the ideal that is America in his mind, and he was a lackadaisical scholar by any estimate. Sure, he “came to love” the sound of the call to evening prayer at the mosque in Indonesia, where he was given the religious training as a youth, but he is at best only a sunshine Muslim, if he professes to any religion at all. His credentials as a Christian are even more suspect, and any “conversion” to Christianity was superficial at best.

Accursed post turtle.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 2:08:10 PM PDT by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: Rummyfan
Whatever the Obama rhetoric, the reality is that his policies in Egypt and Libya have led to replacing stable regimes, at peace with Israel and the West, and tolerant of their own Christian minorities, with chaotic regimes in which fanatical anti-Western terrorists have played a large and growing role, with hostility to Israel and murderous attacks on Christians in their own country.

Obama is a war criminal. His egotistical incompetence have done more damage than most dictators. Hundreds of thousands of people killed, millions displaced from their homes, huge economic loses, all because we have a sociopath in the White House.

10 posted on 09/09/2013 2:08:20 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: rockinqsranch

Well said...He’s basically the laughing stock of the International Community, adversaries and supposed allies alike and has no one to blame but himself.


11 posted on 09/09/2013 2:11:42 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: alloysteel
His whole life has been an embarrassment

An excellent post and every word true, his life has basically been a lie.

12 posted on 09/09/2013 2:15:48 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
But will a transparently token military action preserve American credibility?

It will not. Reason enough to resist it.

13 posted on 09/09/2013 2:38:48 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: jazusamo
As someone said, long ago, once the shooting starts all plans go out the window.

Helmuth Von Moltke the elder, who ought to know.

Whatever the Obama rhetoric, the reality is that his policies in Egypt and Libya have led to replacing stable regimes, at peace with Israel and the West, and tolerant of their own Christian minorities, with chaotic regimes in which fanatical anti-Western terrorists have played a large and growing role, with hostility to Israel and murderous attacks on Christians in their own country.

How colossally incompetent would we have to believe 0bama to be to even suspect that it wasn't deliberate? Plenty of my fellow FReepers aren't buying it and I'm not sure I want to try selling it. Either way, this administration makes Carter's look competent, and that's saying something.

14 posted on 09/09/2013 2:41:46 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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Yep, I believe it’s deliberate either on his part or his handlers. I believe that because at times Obummer seems so inept and incompetent it doesn’t seem he has the brains to carry out a plan like this.

You’re dead on the mark about this administration versus Carter’s and I never thought that Carter’s would be replaced as the worst ever.


15 posted on 09/09/2013 2:51:22 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo
There is no doubt America and yes our presidency will survive ‘after the Obama’.

The problem is “do the American people learn anything” from how he got elected twice?

If not, then America and the presidency does not deserve ‘surviving’. Harsh, I know, please don't blame me.

16 posted on 09/09/2013 2:52:02 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: jazusamo
The only thing that would improve my opinion of Obama is his resignation.
17 posted on 09/09/2013 3:17:32 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: jazusamo

Dr. Sowell hits another home run. Why can’t He be a presidents adviser? If I were president, he’d be the first person I would call.


18 posted on 09/09/2013 3:27:34 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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You bet, I’ve wondered that very same thing. In all honesty he probably would not be interested if he had to live in Washington DC.


19 posted on 09/09/2013 3:36:32 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you for the ping, Jaz.

Here’s hoping that we can bootstrap ourselves out of this horrible mess when the current term of office is over, assuming the occupant does not run for a third term.


20 posted on 09/09/2013 4:30:27 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

I hear you, my FRiend and that’s not out of the realm of possibility.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 4:46:05 PM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: jazusamo

It’s sad, but I agree. He just might pull that off, since everybody in the government who is supposed to be on “our” side is apparently too cowardly to stand up to him, or rather to the people who tell the mannikin what to do.


22 posted on 09/09/2013 4:54:32 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Mister Da

“The only thing that would improve my opinion of Obama is his resignation.”

He won’t do it as long as he and the wookie can live extravagantly off the tax payers.


23 posted on 09/09/2013 4:57:05 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Uncle Miltie
Al Qaeda in Syria isn’t our ally.

Don’t become their air force!

Looks like Obama and Kerry are operating by the old Muslim proverb: The enemy of my enemy is my ally.

24 posted on 09/09/2013 5:40:27 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: jazusamo

BTTT.


25 posted on 09/09/2013 8:35:15 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media. No Blood For Ego!)
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To: jazusamo

“There is no question that the credibility of the presidency — regardless of who holds that office — is a major asset of this country.”

I have to respectfully disagree with Dr Sowell. The repudiation of Obama by congress and the american people would not weaken the presidency beyond Obama, any more than a weak Carter weakened Reagan. Iran saw the light rather quickly once Reagan was inaugurated, as did the USSR.


26 posted on 09/09/2013 10:44:12 PM PDT by aquila48
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>> but to spare the American presidency from losing all credibility

That happened long ago. And to kill for credibility is simply sick and idiotic.


27 posted on 09/10/2013 1:38:38 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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