The Syrian Gambit: Critical Mass in the Middle East

The Patriot Post –

“There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.” –George Washington (1793)

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After five years of Barack Hussein Obama’scolossal cluster of foreign policy FUBAR, the Middle East is steadily progressing toward a critical mass meltdown, and our “foreign policy” has become the laughingstock of the entire world — particularly in Tehran, Moscow, Beijing and Pyongyang.

Taking a cue from Bill Clinton’s impotent missile attacks against Osama bin Laden’s al-Qa’ida training camps, Obama wants to launch a hundred million dollars worth of cruise missiles at what may or may not be strategic targets in Syria, ostensibly to eradicate Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapon stores as punishment for using those weapons on Syrian civilians. Assuming Assad himself actually ordered the chemical attacks rather than Islamist insurgents using those weapons to bait a U.S. military strike, we should have no illusion that the consequences of attacking Syria are, at best, unpredictable, and may far exceed the limited damages inflicted on Assad’s capabilities.

On the eve of another 9/11 anniversary in remembrance of the tragic consequences of Clinton’s “foreign policy,” the “Arab Spring” Obama was touting a couple years ago is looking more like an “Arab Fall,” and making good on his “red line” rhetoric could accelerate the regional meltdown.

A year ago, amid all his other Middle East bluster, and just weeks ahead of the 9/11 Benghazi attack, Obama issued this declaration in regard to Syrian chemical weapons: “A red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus.”

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