PRESIDENT OBAMA had done everything possible to stay well away from the civil war in Syria, but on what the Administration judges is very high probability that President Bashar Assad has unleashed chemical weapons on his people, he judged the U.S. could no longer remain outside the action.
Speaking at a so-called faith conference, Sarah Palin revealed the right’s problem on Syria.
“Until we have a commander in chief who knows what he is doing….let Allah sort it out!” – Sarah Palin
Today’s Republicans have absolutely no credibility on national security or any deep understanding about the Middle East.
A no-fly zone has been rejected by the Obama administration, which Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, delivered to the media, saying on Friday it was no “silver bullet.” A political settlement is still the only real solution, with negotiations continuing with the Russians who reject the U.S. demand that Bashar al Assad must leave power.
The Russians, who did not participate in the Friday videoconference, said a no-fly zone violates international law.
You don’t need polls to understand why most Americans have been against intervention in Syria, which got former President Bill Clinton embroiled in a media volleyball match on statements he made to Senator John McCain.
What do polls say about it all now that chemical weapons are involved?
According to an average of the three surveys in the PollingReport.com database that asked, 58 percent of adults said they would support military intervention if it were confirmed that the Assad regime had used chemical weapons either on antigovernment forces or on civilians. – Nate Silver
The Administration has decided to send small arms, ammunition and perhaps anti-tank weapons to Syria’s rebels, with Ben Rhodes saying, “I can’t give you a specific timeline or itemized list of what that assistance is.”
The CIA will take the lead in providing the weapons to the rebels, according to CNN’s Jessica Yellin.
“What we need, really, is weapons and ammunition, and especially anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles,” Gen. Salim Idriss of the rebel Free Syrian Army told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Friday.
The Administration has shown the evidence of Syria’s use of chemical weapons to the Russians, who are not convinced.
This is a no win position for President Obama. It all hinges on the strength of the evidence of chemical weapons. Considering the Administration bombed Libya on less, the carnage unfolding, the torture and refugee crisis Syria’s civil war is causing, which includes unrest in the region with Hezbollah and Iran plotting mischief, it’s unsurprising that the politics of intervening has overtaken the realist ambivalence President Obama had shown from the start.
You’ll get no piling on from me on Mr. Obama’s latest decision to arm the Syrian rebels, though I’ll need a lot more evidence of chemical weapons being used before any full-throated support will come from these pages. I’m also very skeptical that the limited assistance will matter at all.
What exactly is the U.S. goal in Syria?
The strategy so far seems, at best, very sketchy.
Ratcheting up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, the United States will keep American warplanes and antimissile batteries in Jordan, officials said Saturday.
The decision, which came at the request of Jordan, means that a detachment of American F-16 warplanes and Patriot missile-defense systems would remain in Jordan after a military exercise there concludes next week. …