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Bombing Or Not, We're Losing Our Credibility In Syria

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By MARK STEYN
8/30/13

I see the Obama "reset" is going so swimmingly that the president is now threatening to go to war against a dictator who gassed his own people.

Don't worry, this isn't anything like the dictator who gassed his own people that the discredited warmonger Bush spent 2002 and early 2003 staggering ever more punchily around the country inveighing against.

The 2003 dictator who gassed his own people was the leader of the Baath Party of Iraq. The 2013 dictator who gassed his own people is the leader of the Baath Party of Syria. Whole other ball of wax.

The administration's ingenious plan is to lose this war in far less time than we usually take. In the unimprovable formulation of an unnamed official speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the White House is carefully calibrating a military action "just muscular enough not to get mocked."


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That 2003 dictator is said to have gassed one million Iranians too.
 

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The administration's ingenious plan is to lose this war in far less time than we usually take. In the unimprovable formulation of an unnamed official speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the White House is carefully calibrating a military action "just muscular enough not to get mocked."
That is indeed a brilliant formulation of what passes for policy under Obama. After four and a half years of Obama it is hard to imagine the US having credibility anywhere in the world, and that may be why the US cannot find allies to actually do something effective in Syria.
 

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That is indeed a brilliant formulation of what passes for policy under Obama. After four and a half years of Obama it is hard to imagine the US having credibility anywhere in the world, and that may be why the US cannot find allies to actually do something effective in Syria.
May your light of truth shine upon those who support the Left and open their eyes.
 

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That is indeed a brilliant formulation of what passes for policy under Obama. After four and a half years of Obama it is hard to imagine the US having credibility anywhere in the world, and that may be why the US cannot find allies to actually do something effective in Syria.
The Chinese have called the US a paper tiger, the muslim terrorists have said the US is in decline. And they both are right.

White the US dickers on when to bomb Assad, Assad has had more than ample time to disperse his weapons. The only thing the US can do is bomb a few buildings which the Assad will show what the US has done to gain sympathy with the world. The bombing by the US will be ineffective and as the Chinese will say an "attempt to save face."

The US may have the weapons technology unequaled, but they are very poor strategists. And strategy is what counts. Think of what the ancient Greeks did to the Persians.
 

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The Chinese have called the US a paper tiger, the muslim terrorists have said the US is in decline. And they both are right.

White the US dickers on when to bomb Assad, Assad has had more than ample time to disperse his weapons. The only thing the US can do is bomb a few buildings which the Assad will show what the US has done to gain sympathy with the world. The bombing by the US will be ineffective and as the Chinese will say an "attempt to save face."

The US may have the weapons technology unequaled, but they are very poor strategists. And strategy is what counts. Think of what the ancient Greeks did to the Persians.
After today's demonstration of bravery on the part of Obama the Leaders of the Middle East, Europe and Asia look upon Obama as losing face and credibility. In effect making a mockery of the United States and it's power.
 

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Obama did the right thing, and even Congressional Republican leaders support this move.
 

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Obama did the right thing, and even Congressional Republican leaders support this move.
Everyone knows he finally did the right thing. This was something that should have been done months ago. Now Obama has lost credibility with his Middle Eastern supporters, China and Europe in general because of his rhetoric and sabre rattling and his sudden after thought about Congressional authorization. He embarrassed the Secretary of State too.
 

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Better we should accept some negative press rather than kill more people with a pointless missile strike. The president finally got a grip. Be glad of that.
 

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Better we should accept some negative press rather than kill more people with a pointless missile strike. The president finally got a grip. Be glad of that.
Doing the right thing is always a good thing. The question that comes to mind is when is it too late to do the right thing. It's the moral authority of the United States, Obama has announced the uncertainty of his word to the world. Shouldn't a responsible leader have his 'ducks in a row' before he issues ultimatums to belligerents? The idea of a negative press is negligible.

 

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Yes, because our credibility in Syria is very important :roll:. I have yet to hear a good reason why we should care what any of these podunk Arab countries think of us. All of them know that, if we want to, we could crush them in a matter of days. They all know that, if the kid gloves are off, we could make them a parking lot for a Disney Middle East. Who cares what they think?
 

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Doing the right thing is always a good thing. The question that comes to mind is when is it too late to do the right thing. It's the moral authority of the United States, Obama has announced the uncertainty of his word to the world. Shouldn't a responsible leader have his 'ducks in a row' before he issues ultimatums to belligerents? The idea of a negative press is negligible.

Of course and he certainly should never have threatened anybody with his red line.
 
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