With 60,000 dead in Syria, Obama over-rules the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the National Security Advisor as Obama decides not to back Syrian resistance prior to the U.S. election.
This week of Congressional hearings brought hoards of testimony that damns the President and highlighted the hypocrisy of American liberals who cannot see this President other than through a distorted lens. One of several outrageous revelations was that the President rejected the advice of his entire senior security apparatus and decided not to provide aid to rebels in Syria. Apparently he and David Axelrod found this to be too risky politically prior to the election.
I envision the slaughter taking place in Syria. Thousands of children killed and tortured, thousands of women raped and murdered, and wonder if in the days before their death these poor fellow human beings held hope that America would come to their aid and deliver them. In principle, they should have. In reality, knowing this President, they were wasting their thoughts.
This from a man who, prior to our intervention in Libya, made the following statement: “To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and — more profoundly — our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are.”
I do not deny that these are very difficult decisions. But it is clear that a no-fly zone, arming certain rebel organizations, and creating “safe zones” for civilians could have saved thousands– probably tens of thousands– of lives in Syria.
The President, 6 months later and re-elected, now seems open to these options to protect civilians in Syria. He sends his regrets to those who are dead, and explains “I had an election to win”. It was, in the President’s own words, “a betrayal to who we are”, but not, it seems, to who he is.