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  • Obama Stifled Hillary’s Syria Plans and Ignored Her Iraq Warnings for Years

    08/15/2014 6:40:06 AM PDT · by wdk535 · 32 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/14/14 | Josh Rogin
    ...But the warnings, which also came from other senior officials—including then-CIA chief David Petraeus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta—fell on deaf ears...
  • Obama reportedly says Hillary's criticism of Syria policy is ["horse manure"]

    08/12/2014 10:37:08 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | 8/12/14 | The Week
    <p>During a private meeting, President Obama reportedly called criticisms of his Syria policy "horsesh-t."</p> <p>Hillary Clinton and a number of members of Congress have said Obama could have done more to help Syrian rebels, including giving them weapons. The Daily Beast reports that Obama responded to the bipartisan criticism, arguing the notion that providing weapons to rebels sooner would have helped Syria is complete "horsesh-t."</p>
  • Obama Seeks Approval by Congress for Strike in Syria (Flashback: US as ISIS's Air Force?)

    08/08/2014 9:05:38 AM PDT · by Uncle Miltie · 9 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | August 31, 2013 | By PETER BAKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON — President Obama abruptly changed course on Saturday and postponed a military strike against the Syrian government in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack so he could seek authorization first from a deeply skeptical Congress. (Snip)
  • Three Reasons Obama might bomb Syria

    05/19/2014 4:58:42 AM PDT · by mgist · 28 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 5/19/2014 | Tom Rogan
    American, British and French Intelligence services are convinced that Assad continues to use chemical weapons against his people. As I’ve previously noted, for the Obama Administration, this is a triple disaster: strategic (the Russian-brokered WMD deal has been rendered a tragic farce), political (domestic perceptions of Obama’s leadership have suffered), and humanitarian (Syrians continue to choke to death). Still, for three reasons, I believe Obama might soon enforce his ‘‘red line’’ with US military force. 1) Obama doesn’t need Congress to approve military action. Nor would America have to act alone. Since September 2013, when Obama withdrew his Syria authorisation...
  • Top intelligence chiefs warn Syria could become base for attacks against US

    02/04/2014 7:23:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Fox News, ^ | 2/4/14 | Jennifer Griffin
    For the second time in a week, the nation´s top intelligence chiefs Tuesday issued a scathing assessment of the global threats facing the United States, warning that Syria is becoming a base from which extremist, Al Qaeda-linked groups could attack the U.S. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad,” said CIA Director John Brennan at a hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • Kerry tells Capitol Hill that Obama’s Syria policies have failed

    02/03/2014 1:09:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Josh Rogin gets this bombshell from two of the Senators in the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefed them and thirteen other members of Congress on progress in Syria. In short, it doesn’t exist. The chemical-weapons inspection regime set up by Russia to protect Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a joke, and the peace talks are going exactly where everyone else knew they would … nowhere. Kerry told his former colleagues that he has lost faith in Obama’s policies, and now the US must intervene to stop Syria from being taken over by radical Sunni...
  • Media SHREDDED Bush Over Saddam's Missing WMD- What About Obama's Blatant False Pretense in Syria?

    01/21/2014 7:59:51 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 16 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    As has become standard in this Twilight-Zone-episode-of-a-presidency, you've got to look to the foreign press -UK, Australia, Canada, or Germany (ironically)- to get the full story these days... same as volk seeking the truth were forced to in Nazi Germany... This is due of course to the de facto takeover of the American MSM we've been forced to witness over the last five years. Most of these hacks have bet the farm on this administration and are still showing no signs of shame- so expect them to protect him to the bitter end.  And it's not just petty scandals or bizarre nominees/appointees they're hiding anymore- since...
  • Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, ‘cherry-picked’ intelligence: report

    12/09/2013 8:43:41 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 12/9/13 | Guy Taylor
    The Obama administration quashed intelligence reports that suggested an al Qaeda-linked group could have been responsible for the sarin gas attack carried out in Syria last August, according to a news report published in London on Sunday. In threatening a U.S. military strike on Syria during the weeks that followed after the Aug. 21 chemical attack, President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry cited “definitive” evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad had been responsible for the incident. What they kept secret, according to an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, was the belief of U.S. spy...
  • President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria

    06/14/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 6-14-2013 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. - Opinion/Editorial
    June 14, 2013 President Obama OKs Shipment of Arms to Al-Qaeda in Syria Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. ..... As The New American has chronicled since it was first proposed, the National Defense Authorization Act purportedly authorizes the president of the United States to deploy the armed forces to apprehend and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of providing support to terrorists. Section 1021 of the NDAA reads in relevant part:Congress affirms that the authority of the President to use all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C.1541 note) includes the authority...
  • Obama OKs Chemical Weapons Aid to Syria (waives ITAR)

    09/18/2013 2:55:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/16/2013 | Devin Dwyer
    President Obama has formally authorized American shipments to Syria of non-lethal equipment and supplies specifically aimed at countering the threat of Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons as the world waits for them to be neutralized. In a signed order, Obama today waived prohibitions of such shipments by the Arms Export Control Act, determining that the assistance is “essential to the national security interests of the United States.” The materials — including chemical weapons-related personal protective gear and medical supplies — will be sent to “vetted” members of the Syrian opposition, international aid groups inside Syria, and any other organizations working to...
  • US ready for Syria military strike if talks fail: Obama

    09/14/2013 4:47:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    AFP News ^ | September 14, 2013
    President Barack Obama said on Saturday he was willing to give a chance to diplomacy to help resolve the Syrian crisis, but warned the military option was still on the table. "Since this plan emerged only with a credible threat of US military action, we will maintain our military posture in the region to keep the pressure on the Assad regime," Obama said in his weekly address.
  • What Conservative Foreign Policy Looks Like (Andrew McCarthy)

    09/14/2013 6:13:21 AM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | Andrew C McCarthy
    In the Syrian rubble of Barack Obama’s foreign policy lies a moment of opportunity for conservatives. It is a moment for building a muscular foreign policy based on a recognition of good and evil; on an unapologetic conviction that the United States stands firmly on the right side of that ledger because it stands for the liberty and equal dignity of every human being; and, therefore, on an unwavering commitment to have our interventions guided solely by American national interests. It is a Ronald Reagan moment. Now, all we need is a Ronald Reagan. For now, we have only pretenders,...
  • Obama Is Lost in the Mideast Bazaar

    09/13/2013 10:22:06 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 14 replies
    Hoover Institution ^ | September 12, 2013 | Fouad Ajami
    There is a trick in the great labyrinthine bazaars of the Middle East: petty hucksters luring the vacationing franjis into the market maze and then getting paid to lead them out. As dusk looms, the unnerved outsider is always glad to be steered to familiar surroundings. In the matter of Syria, and America's staggeringly inept diplomacy, Vladimir Putin is the clever trickster who has seized upon an unsuspecting prey. The Russian strongman now proposes a way out for an American leader desperately searching for deliverance. For the full length of this relentless Syrian rebellion, the Russian autocracy aided and abetted...
  • Obama’s Jim Crow Foreign Policy? Segregated Syria War Meeting at White House with Cong. Black Caucus

    09/09/2013 5:04:59 PM PDT · by kristinn · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Monday, September 9, 2013 | Kristinn Taylor
    President Barack Obama and his National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who like Obama is Black, are holding a classified meeting on Syria at the White House with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) , according to reporter April Ryan, the White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks. While there are times that a meeting with the group that is a repugnant remnant of racial divisions in America might make sense — such as how to get Black unemployment down from the double-digit Depression era levels it has been since Obama took office — it is hard to see...
  • Obama Rescues Assad {Wall St. J. Editorial: "What A Fiasco"]

    09/10/2013 5:46:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 10, 2013 | Editorial
    September 10, 2013 Obama Rescues Assad The President lets Putin outmaneuver him on Syrian chemical arms. What could be worse for America's standing in the world than a Congress refusing to support a President's proposal for military action against a rogue regime that used WMD? Here's one idea: A U.S. President letting that rogue be rescued from military punishment by the country that has protected the rogue all along. That's where President Obama now finds himself on Syria after he embraced Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to take custody of Bashar Assad's chemical weapons. The move may rescue Mr. Obama...

    09/13/2013 3:01:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | 9/12/2013 | Paul Mirengoff
    President Obama’s speech regarding Syria on Tuesday is best viewed as an attempt at political damage control. Obama hoped to stem the growing (and correct) public perception that he blundered badly at one or more stage of this crisis. His target audience was the only cohort to which he might provide reassurance — those who haven’t been paying close attention.I thought that Obama had pulled off this limited feat, and that, absent a U.S. attack on Syria or the further use of chemical weapons by Assad, Obama would not suffer much additional political damage because of this matter.Last night on...
  • Uncle Vladimir

    09/13/2013 3:14:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | September 13, 2013 | David Stokes
    Vladimir Putin is currently cashing in on an ill-advised promise made when two presidents thought no one was listening. You may recall President Obama’s whispered assurance, back in March of 2012, to then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev: “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” We are now witnessing that promised flexibility. America’s foreign policy is becoming a caricature—international affairs according to Gumby. Russian President Vladimir Putin is a mix of Joseph Stalin and Lavrenty Beria---an experienced strongman and savvy intelligence officer. He is hardly someone to be impressed by “flexibility.” Vladimir is all about power...
  • The fruits of epic incompetence

    09/13/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Charles Krauthammer
    The president of the United States takes to the airwaves to urgently persuade the nation to pause before doing something it has no desire to do in the first place. Strange. And it gets stranger still. That “strike Syria, maybe” speech begins with a heart-rending account of children consigned to a terrible death by a monster dropping poison gas. It proceeds to explain why such behavior must be punished. It culminates with the argument that the proper response — the most effective way to uphold fundamental norms, indeed human decency — is a flea bite: something “limited,” “targeted” or, as...
  • Decisiveness Overrated? White House Thinks Yes

    09/13/2013 5:23:10 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9-12-2013 | Steven T. Dennis
    President Barack Obama’s Syria strategy may not have been particularly decisive, but that’s not a bad thing, according to the White House. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended his boss Thursday after a blistering few weeks of criticism in Congress and elsewhere over his handling of the Syria crisis. Carney said the American people “appreciate a president who doesn’t celebrate decisiveness for decisiveness’ sake.” He also said Americans like that Obama is open to “new information” and adjusts his course accordingly. Carney said that in the end, the president will deserve credit if the diplomatic initiative with Russia to...
  • White House responds to Putin's NYT op-ed [ Obama hands Security of the US to Russia ]

    09/12/2013 5:06:30 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept ,12,2013 | Jake Tapper
    On the eve of an all-important pow-wow in Geneva, where Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart will talk over a plan for stripping Syria of chemical weapons, The New York Times published a stern, and at times standoffish op-ed from their brand new contributor: Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Putin is now fully invested in Syria’s CW (chemical weapons) disarmament,” a senior White House official told CNN's Jake Tapper, when asked to respond to Putin’s op-ed. In that opinion piece, Putin speaks directly to the American people and says, among many things, that there is "every reason to...
  • A Rare Public View of Obama’s Pivots on Policy in Syria Confrontation

    09/12/2013 2:03:53 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 12, 2013 | By PETER BAKER
    ...Over the last three weeks, the nation has witnessed a highly unusual series of pivots as a president changed course virtually in real time and on live television. Mr. Obama’s handling of his confrontation with Syria over a chemical weapons attack on civilians has been the rare instance of a commander in chief seemingly thinking out loud and changing his mind on the fly. To aides and allies, Mr. Obama’s willingness to hit the pause button twice on his decision to launch airstrikes to punish Syria for using chemical weapons on its own people reflects a refreshing open-mindedness and a...
  • Second City Mocks Liberals Supporting War: ‘Americans For Whatever Barack Obama Wants’(w/Video)

    09/11/2013 12:12:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 10, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    The folks at Second City on Monday released an absolutely hysterical video depicting the absurdity of mindless Obama automatons supporting war just because the man they voted for says it’s a good idea. In it, four classic Obamabots of varied backgrounds representing the organization “Americans for Whatever Barack Obama Wants, Did You Know He’s Friends With Jay-Z?” try to raise $1.6 trillion to fund World War III (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): (VIDEO-AT-LINK)“Our president can’t launch into another war without you. And remember: when we voted for him in 2008 and 2012, we promised to support him no...
  • "This Has Been one of the Most Humiliating Episodes in Presidential History"

    09/12/2013 7:54:33 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 39 replies ^ | 9/11/2013 | Guy Benson
    National Journal's Ron Fournier, a veteran DC journo who calls 'em like he sees 'em, hasn't been terribly impressed with President Obama's careening and incomprehensible handling of the crisis in Syria. In an unsparing review, Fournier concludes that Obama has demonstrated himself to be naive and isolated. Behold what 'smart power' hath wrought: Naive about the levers of power: Where to start? Obama reversed course on congressional authorization at the last minute, after a private chat with his chief of staff, and to the surprise of his national security team--all in violation of presidential best practices. He then left the...
  • Obama and Syria: Stumbling Toward Damascus

    09/12/2013 4:35:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    TIME ^ | February 11, 2013 | By Joe Klein
    ... On Syria: when you explore the possibilities for intervention, any vaguely plausible action quickly reaches a dead end. The President knows this, which makes his words and gestures during the weeks leading up to his Syria speech all the more perplexing. He willingly jumped into a bear trap of his own creation. In the process, he has damaged his presidency and weakened the nation’s standing in the world. It has been one of the more stunning and inexplicable displays of presidential incompetence that I’ve ever witnessed. The failure cuts straight to the heart of a perpetual criticism of the...
  • Reuters Exclusive: USS Nimitz Carrier Group Rerouted for Possible Help With Syria

    09/01/2013 4:19:40 PM PDT · by kristinn · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, September 1, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday.The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked. It was not immediately clear when the ships would enter the Red Sea, but they had not arrived by Sunday evening, said one official."It's about...
  • Frustrated Obama: I won't be ‘paralyzed’ on Syria

    08/30/2013 1:49:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies
    Frustrated Obama: I won't be ‘paralyzed’ on Syria Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News 1 hour ago PoliticsBarack ObamaSyriaJohn KerryChemical weapon President Barack Obama vowed Friday to undertake a “limited, narrow” response to Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack and warned he would not be “paralyzed” by his desire to rally elusive international support. Obama’s remarks came after Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the most detailed U.S. case yet that Bashar Assad’s regime massacred more than 1,400 people last week with chemical weapons. “We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act,” the president said as he hosted Baltic...
  • Video: White House “highly skeptical” of UN’s finding that Syrian rebels, not Assad, used ...

    05/06/2013 8:18:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4:41 pm on May 6, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via Greg Hengler. Like former NYT chief Bill Keller, I can’t see any pitfalls ahead from the White House being at odds with the UN on WMD while it plans war against a Middle Eastern regime. Further to Ed’s post this morning, here’s a crafty theory I saw floated somewhere on Twitter last night to possibly explain why the rebels, rather than Assad, are suddenly tossing chemical weapons at their enemies: What if an Assad ally, like Iran or Russia, gave it to them? The longer the war drags on, the greater the risk of western intervention; if, like Moscow...