Alexander's Column

Spinning the Syrian Spin Again

Taking Bad and Making Worse...

By Mark Alexander · Sep. 12, 2013
“Necessity, especially in politics, often occasions false hopes, false reasonings and a system of measures, correspondently erroneous.” –Alexander Hamilton (1788)

Let it never be said that Barack Hussein Obama's “foreign policy” has devolved as far into the realm of absurdity as possible.

I thought that two weeks ago I'd said all that needed to be said about Obama's Middle East policies, in The Price of Appeasement and Tolerance, which spelled out Obama's profound policy nescience. Then again last week, I thought 'nuf said after The Syrian Gambit, a warning to Republicans that the only reason Obama was courting their approval for military strikes was to spread the blame if that attack escalated into something much larger.

But as Gomer Pyle used to exclaim, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”

In my last two columns, I argued that Obama's actions neither comport with overarching principles nor his supreme obligation to Rule of Law and his “oath” to both uphold and abide by our Constitution. Instead, for Obama and his Leftist NeoCom cadres, the only “calculus” is political, and every action is judged solely on its merit in pursuit of his statist agenda.

Obama came into this week planning a national address to convince Americans – and Congress – that the only way he, and thus the nation, could save face, in light of his errant “red line” assertion on the Syrian use of chemical weapons last year, would be to launch a military attack. (As you may recall, when still an Illinois state senator, Obama opposed attacking Saddam Hussein, who used chemical weapons to kill more than 100,000 civilians under his Kurdish genocide program.)

His speech was all ready for delivery, and then something else stupid happened before he could reach the podium on Tuesday night.

After Hillary Clinton left her spot as Team Obama's secretary of state, a position awarded her in return for her support of Obama in the '08 general election, Obama appointed John F. Kerry to that post, in return for Kerry giving Obama the 2004 keynote address slot at the Democrat National Convention – which served as a launching pad for his 2008 presidential bid.

As you know, Clinton and Kerry have a proven record of foreign policy malfeasance, especially in the Middle East. Clinton's most notable failure was the murder of Americans at Benghazi and the cover-up that followed.

Now Kerry, trying to catch up to Clinton's idiocy with an offhand remark about Syria Monday, unwittingly saved Obama from having to make good on his attack plans. Answering a question about any diplomatic alternative to military action, Kerry said that Bashar al-Assad “could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done.”

The State Department dismissed Kerry's comments as a “rhetorical argument,” but Russian President Vladimir Putin quickly seized upon it.

The brilliantly duplicitous and devious Putin, a former KGB dirty trickster who later was Director of the FSB (the KGB's successor), took Kerry's remark and converted it into a plan to save Russia's strategic naval port in the Mediterranean, located in Tartus, Syria. The future of that port has been in question since the Syrian civil war began two years ago, and should Assad lose control of Syria, the port would likely be closed. The Putin plan exonerates Assad from any punishment for using chemical weapons, and it preserves his dictatorship.

In effect, Putin threw Assad and Obama a lifeline, knowing that Obama would take his politically expedient bait after having backed himself into a corner with his now-infamous “red line” threat of military action. Who ever would have anticipated that Obama, [an ideological socialist] (http://patriotpost.us/alexander/3047), would take his cues from a former Soviet KGB/FSB thug?

The result? Putin has out-peaced the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Obama has outsourced our policy in the region to Russia, under the pretense of a “diplomatic solution.”

Two months ago Putin thumbed his nose at Obama and gave immunity to notorious traitor Edward Snowden. One month ago Obama cancelled a summit with Putin over that matter. Now Obama is kissing Putin's, uh, feet?

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Must be “Russian Reset” version 5.0.

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, explains: “Putin just put a hook and a line in the water and [Obama] grabbed it, swallowed it and now Putin is just going to sit there, play with him and jerk that around. All that is happening on the world stage and we are just looking weaker and weaker.”

Indeed, Putin jerked Obama around again, with a New York Times Op-Ed chastising him for promoting “American exceptionalism.” This propaganda piece was obviously crafted by FSB case officers on Putin’s Kremlin staff. (Putin never outfoxed George Bush, but he has slain Obama.)

Russia's proposal turns the dispute over to the UN, which means a solution will rely on UN resolutions, UN weapons inspections and UN resources for rendering Assad's weapons neutral. For the record, chemical weapon agents and munitions are easy to produce, store and deploy, but very difficult to disarm and safely destroy, especially in the midst of a civil war.

So, Obama has agreed to pass the buck to the notoriously anti-American UN – what could go wrong?

Consequently, Obama's Tuesday night address was much ado about nothing. As Ronald Reagan's former speechwriter Peggy Noonan concluded, “It was a time filler: The White House had asked for the time and had to fill it.” Fox news analyst Brit Hume described it as “a speech in search of a purpose.”

In fact, Obama's irresolute remarks amounted to a schizoid merger of two speeches, one announcing an imminent attack and another announcing a diplomatic solution. (That is Obama's MO – feign adoption of both sides of any debate so that a wider audience of low-info voters think they heard what they wanted to hear.)

Notably, Obama flatly lied when he said his “predecessor had sidelined the people's representatives from the critical decisions about when we use force.” George W. Bush sought and received resolutions from Congress on Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2002. The only president in the last decade who has launched a military assault without a resolution from Congress is Obama – when he ordered strikes against Libya.

Now, according to my morning-after White House dispatch from Obama, he's taking full credit for the diplomatic solution and Syria's “agreement” with Russia's “plan,” as if it were all part of his clever strategic blueprint.

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Obama insists that Syria agreed to the Russian plan only because of the imminent threat of subjecting Assad to a “very limited” and “unbelievably small” pinprick for his regime's murderous gassing of more than 1,000 Syrian civilians, though he had already murdered more than 100,000 Syrian civilians with conventional weapons in the last two years. Of course, Obama's assertion assumes that he was going to get a pinprick vote in the House and Senate in support of that assault, which he clearly was not.

Playing along, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, breathing a sigh of relief that her House Democrats would not have to cast a vote against their own commander in chief, claimed, “The president using the credible threat of American military action to bring diplomatic solutions back to the table demonstrates the strength of his leadership and his willingness to exhaust every remedy before the use of force.”

Kerry, also perpetuating Obama's ownership of Russia's diplomatic ruse, declared, “I had some conversations about this with my counterpart from Russia last week. We will be able to hold Bashar Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground, or any other prolonged kind of effort, in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort … an unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.”

But it's America's incredible shrinking world stature under Obama that has left us “unbelievably small.” Only twice in the last century has a world power's status collapsed so precipitously without a hot war – France's decline in 1940 and the USSR's disintegration in 1990.

With Obama and Kerry kowtowing to Putin, and now locked into his agenda with Syria, Russia sweetened the pot by announcing it would redouble the transfer of conventional weapons to Assad. Putin also announced the sale of Russia's S-300 air defense missiles to Iran. Oh, and he also affirmed that Russia would assist Iran in the construction of a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr.

What a deal!

Perhaps this falls into the “give me some space … I'll have more flexibility … after my election” file, as Obama requested from Putin protégé, then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2012. Maybe Obama has now promised to give Putin the aforementioned Peace Prize as part of the deal. After all, he's handed Putin nearly everything else.

Even Democrats are describing Obama's policy as “incompetent,” “bungling,” “amateurish” and “feckless.”

His editorial fans at The Washington Post wrote that Obama's “approach to Syria remains muddled,” because of his “stumbling, improvised and often inconsistent explanations for why military action is needed and what effect it would have. And that was before Monday's dizzying pivot toward an ad hoc diplomatic initiative to place Syria's arsenal under international supervision.”

The Post's editors lament, “When Russia seized on an offhand remark by Secretary of State John F. Kerry to launch the diplomatic plan Monday, the administration expressed deep skepticism that it was feasible. Now, having declared Bashar al-Assad's regime as criminal and the government of Vladimir Putin as obstructive, the White House appears prepared to make them its primary interlocutors in a long-shot bid to sequester the chemical agents – something that Mr. Kerry on Monday said 'can't be done.'”

Given the timeline of Obama's assertions regarding Syria, to suggest his approach is “muddled” is kind.

It's no coincidence that the Comedy Central logo is a knock off of the Demo logo!

Meanwhile, the only thing proving to be worse for America's future than Obama's foreign policy is his domestic economic and social policy. The ObamaCare nightmare, now on the eve of its rollout, may be the final nail in the coffin of the so-called “economic recovery” we're now said to be in.

And Obama's failed Middle East policies have also diverted attention from his domestic scandals: Altering the Benghazi script so as not to derail his 2012 re-election bid; targeting of conservative political groups by the IRS; the NSA domestic-surveillance programs; the undermining of the nation's fabric with his “tolerance and diversity” agenda; the gutting of our national defense capabilities with his “Republican sequester”; his “Fast and Furious” debacle and Eric Holder's perjury in regard to the same; the fomenting of racial and ethnic disunity; and the rank promotion of economic classism to further divide and conquer the nation, ad infinitum.

If there is one thing every analyst should know about the Obama administration, it is the fact that one should never assume this crew can’t take bad and make it worse.

However, despite the current degraded state of the nation under Obama, we will persevere and win the fight to preserve Essential Liberty. It is by the grace of God we were born in America, and I will never, ever take that blessing for granted!

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91 Comments

Elmer in Wisc. said:

What are the leaders of this country thinking of when they allow the CIA to deliver arms to the rebels? Aren’t they the people we are at war with, just in a different country? If anyone makes a movie of these past two years they will have a very hard time coming up with a title. I say that because “Dumb & Dumber” and “Clueless” have already been taken.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

All this time, I though this administration's main purpose in life was to get rid of guns and violence. Evidently, they meant they wanted to send the guns to Syria and the violence to the Middle East. Maybe their next diplomatic move will be to ship Detroit and Chicago to Iran?

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Bud in The D-ivided States of America said:

John Clueless Kerry ... now that's appropriate! Thank you for another excellent assessment.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

We stil have three years to go, It can, and I believe it will, get much worse. He who counts the votes wins, do you expect a free and unfettered election coming up? This criminal regime has nothing to stop it now, the Crybaby from Ohio leads a spinless group who don't know what courage is and only cover their own backsides, they have no ambition other than to stay in power at the expense of America.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Maurice Rogerson in Potlatch, ID replied:

They're not a spinless group, for sure. They can put the spin on anything. But yes, as for your intention to point out that they are spineless; yes, very much so.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Robert E. in TN said:

Are we sure Syria used chemical weapons are their citizens ???? Our own CIA is delivering "arms" to the Al-Qaeda, and Muslim Brotherhood Rebels !! Do we know they didn't provide the chemic als weapons to them ?? Maybe the "Rebels acquired it some where else ?? How do we know they aren't the ones who used it instead of Assad ??? I haven't seen any PROOF one way or the other !!! After all the Muslim Brotherhood is Obama's BEST Buddies !!! Based on his actions and his statements he's certainly NOT a Christian as he claims !!!! AND, WHERE THE HELL IS CONGRESS WHILE OBAMA SLOWLY KILLS THIS COUNTRY ????

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

notoshariah in CA replied:

When BHO speaks I just figure it is just another LIE out of this islamist
mouth --fed to him by his MBrotherhood-"buddies" that advise him along with Valerie J. in the WH. Do you not agree that he does these dastardly things on purpose to undermine and destroy our country from within? I am thankful for the whistleblowers -they showcase more of the destruction that this administration inflicts on WE THE PEOPLE.
I ask the same thing, Where is our COMPLICIT CONGRESS?
Are they under threat like the prison official in CA that died?

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Maurice Rogerson in Potlatch, ID replied:

Surefire way to tell if Obama is lying: his lips are moving.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Bob,

All good questions. With so much of what Obama does, across the wide range of domestic and foreign issues, going against us or weakening us in some way, skepticism and cynicism should be our minimum reaction.

Like I've said numerous times before, not even Jimmy Carter looked as incompetent as Obama. And in my opinion, no level of incompetence could so persistently be so detrimental to the United States. This is not incompetence.

We've got a con-man in office who persistently says one thing but does another, who supposedly 'cares' so much for America but leaves us vulnerable, and who's secret agenda is to bring this nation down to become the standard of the lowest level of nations.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Ralph in Texas said:

Really " notorious traitor Edward Snowden"? Many are now looking at him as a whistleblower. Especially as more lies by the NSA are being discovered and the amount of data they are mining increases.
That was not a well thought out comment..
Otherwise, I agree with your conclusion.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Mark Alexander in Tennessee replied:

Yes, really "notorious traitor Edward Snowden"! Snowden had PLENTY of avenues for whistle blowing that did not severely compromise critical intelligence gathering methods on adversaries. And releasing the "black budget"? The Chinese and Russians now have everything that was on Snowden's drives, and anyone who believes he is some kind of patriot is way off the reality reservation.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Hamilton in IL replied:

Mark,

I'm somewhat in agreement with Ralph in Texas. We have a genuine problem with NSA over-reach, starting with Bush's foolish guidance and continuing in spades under the all too willing helping hand of our anti-American president and his cohorts.

I personally object to how our government keeps our borders relatively porous, then turns their 'anti-terrorism' attention inward at the very people they're supposed to protect. All this instead of closing our borders and conducting regular and plentiful bombing missions on suspected terrorist targets abroad. For the consumption of the masses, they say they're looking for traitors, when in reality, they're taking steps towards our eventual subjugation, just as any good socialist, communist, or dictatorial regime would do.

Just because Snowden blew his whistle in the way he did, and damaged our security in the process, doesn't necessarily mean that he is a traitor. And to my knowledge, he hasn't admitted to being a traitor, when doing so might actually save his skin, considering his current situation in Moscow.

For the record, please list the "PLENTY of avenues" Snowden could have taken to blow his whistle WHILE STILL remaining a free man, to have his voice heard and judged, and without him being grabbed and imprisoned into some government bunker somewhere in the middle of Utah.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

Sure, Snowden had plenty of avenues that would have led him straight to the noose. Exactly who do you think can be trusted? If so, WHY do you think that ANYONE who's connected in any way with this administration can be trusted. I don't blame Snowden one bit. He exposed willful and wanton disregard for our Constitution and for the rights of American citizens. I don't believe for one second that there was anyone who he could have reported to who wouldn't have fried him in oil to hopefully save their own skins.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:31 PM

William in Whidbey, Wa. said:

I must respectfully disagree. Obama did the deed to himself. Thus to the American citizenry did he act! Is the "I" man doing this on purpose? What, indeed is the actual agenda of this pox upon our nation?

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

boilingfrog in N.C. said:

Great article Mark, this is not in my opinion off topic, my belief is for Christians, all Christians, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, Lutheran and the rest to address some of the issues that are destroying our country. I tried yesterday to speak with my Pastor about this, I came away from the conversation with the feeling that he is uneducated on most issues today. He told me that if he was to speak against the government that, that could take away our Churches tax exempt status. Seperation of Church and State. I understand this, I also understand that these issues can be addressed without speaking out directly against our government. It's called educating the Churches members to the injustice and onslaught against Christians in America today. Ministers, Pastors, Reverends and Priest are leaders of our communities, they can speak out and educate from the pulpit. They can get the word out in mass better than I can as an individual. This may or may not be a correct answer or solution, but it sure beats the other alternatives. Maybe the Christian influence of the Congregation throughout our once great Country will help open the eyes of our Church leaders. We need to say enough is enough and take a concerted stand together as Christians to win our Country back, peacefully. Thank you Patriot Post for allowing me to give voice to my concerns and a possible solution. I f we do not act soon it will be to late if not already.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Dave Bartilson in Michigan replied:

Well said Bitter Clinger! Find me a church where the pastor is aware of what's going on and I'll give my undying support!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM

boilingfrog in N.C. replied:

Dave, that's why it is up to the members of these Churches to help make the Clergy aware and that we care. If a black pastor in chicago can G D the United States of America for who knows how long true Christian Clergymen can stand up to the abuses of the powers that are eroding our Rule of Law God given rights Country. We the people of the congregation can help the clergy along, can't we, or am I just a loon that has no rational thought.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 1:05 PM

billy396 in ohio replied:

Your Pastor can't speak out against this administration, but "Rev." Wright can urge violence and anything else without any fear whatsoever. That's fairness under B. Hussein Obozo.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:33 PM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

Yo Bit,I am a lifelong Catholic Mass attendee and I have never heard a political homily regarding the USA. Never. The big thing coming regarding tax exemptions for religious orders is the homosexual marriage ordeal. It will test the First amendment religious liberty guarantee. We will see.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

BCDinNC, tell your pastor to preach anything he wants against the government. Most of the American colonial Protestant ministers were 100% behind the Revolution and encouraged their congregations to fight for it. Go ahead, the Black American churches have been allowing politicized sermons for decades and they still have their exalted tax-exempt status. If your pastor does not believe me, have him ask Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, or Mr. Obama's beloved pastor, The Rev. Wright.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Dave Mather in Troy, MI said:

Obama looks like a real idiot to Europe now. America and the media need to do the same before we end up like Germany did under Hitler. Someone needs to tell the 'emperor he has no clothes!'. He thought he was smart when he blew off Putin for the Snowden incident and now Putin is blowing him off. I believe it is quite comical and hopefully very humilliating to Obama. Similar to the way he acted when he blew off another head of state when he went on David Letterman instead! A little tit for tat for an arrogant president!

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Patrick in Houston replied:

Obamacare - $1.8 trillion dollars.
Solyndra debacle - $535 million dollars.
Useless "stimulus" program - $1.1 trillion dollars.
Watching Assad bitch-slap Obama into next week - PRICELESS!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Freedom4ever in Kansas replied:

sheethead is so clueless he doesn't even know he got bitch slapped.

Friday, September 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Dale in Idaho said:

This Administration still doesn't have undisputed facts that the Assad regime used these weapons , and could be another false flag. The so called "rebels" supposedly have them also. Interesting how this happened after some months Obama said that would be the red line. Assad is still in power, they needed an excuse to do something. Destabilize the Middle East for the oil flow control. Isn't it Assad that's allowing news crews and the UN inspectors in to Syria? Aren't they willing to talk and give interviews? What about the 100,000 that died already? How many innocents would be killed with air strikes? Don't forget to mention children. Oh, that's right, it's a secret percentage they only say behind closed doors, like people are checkers on a board. Kind of like the so called proof of use of WMD by Assad, it's a secret. Why would we believe anything this bunch of turkeys say anymore. Obama, Kerry, Jay Carney, Hillary?? You can catch the lies as they say them. We the People have had enough!! Hopefully no one forgets these lawbreakers at mid-term elections.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Dave Bartilson in Michigan said:

This says it ALL!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Earl Tilford in Tuscaloosa, AL said:

The President and Secretary Kerry made it possible for Putin to gain something tsars and commissars failed to achieve: entre in a major way to the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Russia, effectively aligned with Iran, Syria and Hezbollah can now barter the US out of the Gulf and place itself in position to control the West's access to its energy breadbasket. With the US out of the region--where we've already lost political clout--Israel's survival will rest on its nuclear deterrent. Within a year to 18 months, Iran will have its own nuclear capabilities, which will include being able to wipe Israel out with three warheads, but not before Israel retaliates by turning much of the region into a glass parking lot. The messiah of the world beyond American exceptionalism has brought us to the foyer of Armageddon.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM

LD in WInter Haven, FL said:

Perhaps, wanting to get rid of Assad and put the Muslim Brotherhood in his place, Obama made a deal with the rebels and, oops,they used the chemical weapons, surprising Obamna and putting him in a precarious position, Conspiricy theory? Perhaps, but........

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

That's what I believe. It goes back to the Benghazi situation. There is the coverup.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Thomas Quillin in Pinellas Park FL. said:

I feel that our good Presidents Muslim back-ground is beginning to notably influence his political decisions.Reigning in Assad is not Americas job,it's the job of all the Muslim countries in the middle East,including those adjoining countries with a large Muslim population.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Patriotman in Spanaway, WA said:

So, does Kerry's statement make him eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize or is it a tossup that him and Putin both receive it? Now refresh my memory, what was it exactly that the Community Organizer did to get it? I just can't recall what it was.

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Honest Abe in North Carolina replied:

Easy! Mr. Obama meets ALL the Nobel Prize requirements: (1) he was born to a Black African father, (2) he was indoctrinated as an one-world government socialist/communist, (3) he is anti-American, (4) he is anti-Christian, (5) he is pro-international environmentalism (6) he hates capitalism, (7) he is pro-big government, and (8) he can pull rabbits out of his rear end.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Patricia in Idaho said:

Give a Kid or Cat (Obama) a sand box (This nation) to play in and what do they do? They pee in it............

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM