Ineptitude bordering on gross incompetence has been the hallmark of the Obama Administration on all levels ever since he took office, except in areas where he co-opted Bush policies in matters of national policy etc. In other words, anything new brought to the plate has been a total disaster and abject failure on both the domestic front and in international arena. read what Rubin has to say about the latter. KGS
How Obama Administration’s Ideological Obsessions Trash U.S. Interests
By Barry Rubin
It’s amazing how an entire foreign policy philosophy can be contained in so few words, as in this short paragraph:
“`It’s not going to be any news if the United States says Assad needs to go,’” Mrs. Clinton said at the National Defense University. `O.K., fine, what’s next? If Turkey says it, if King Abdullah says it, if other people say it, there is no way the Assad regime can ignore it.’”
Ladies and gentlemen I ask you to explore with me how the downfall of a great power is encapsulated in this passage. See, too, how history is totally garbled, the lives of thousands are shortened, and millions subjected to tyranny.
And that’s an understatement.
First, of course it would be news—-big news—-if the United States government calls for the overthrow of Syrian dictator-president Bashar al-Assad. People have been waiting for months to hear these words uttered and implemented. One reason it would be big news is that for the last 2.5 years the Obama Administration—as bizarre as that might seem—has become the virtual sponsor of that anti-American dictatorship, a tyranny fawned over by the likes of Senator John Kerry and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Syria’s government arms, finances, trains, and assists terrorists to kill Americans and Iraqis in Iraq. It does the same for terrorists in Lebanon, a country which it has now once again turned into a satellite. It does the same for terrorists attacking Israel which, last time I checked, was still a U.S. ally. And it even does so, albeit only occasionally, in Jordan. The Saudis have been trying to contain Syria’s subversion for years, without U.S. help. Syria is an ally and client of Iran and tried to develop its own nuclear weapons in partnership with Iran and North Korea.