The ‘No Strategy’ Strategy

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— Erick

President Obama addressed the nation this past Wednesday night to outline his strategy for combating ISIS. Having declared the War on Terror over, he referred to “terror” in various forms eighteen times in his speech.

The problem is that so many real world facts directly contract what President Obama said in his speech. A man who claims often to not know certain facts because he has not seen the news has clearly not been reading the paper. In his speech, the President said, “It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so that they can’t pose a threat to the Syrian people or the world again.” Notice the weasel word “declared.”

After his speech about Syria in September 2013, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry boldly declared Syria had given up all its chemical weapons. Now he is resorting to “declared” chemical weapons. Why the weasel word?

On September 4, the New York Times reported that “the United States expressed concern … that Syria’s government might be harboring undeclared chemical weapons, hidden from the internationally led operation to purge them.” On September 9, the day before the President addressed the nation last week, the New York Times reported, “a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used as a weapon to attack Syrian villages in April, an international watchdog agency confirmed on Wednesday.”

On October 7, 2013, Secretary Kerry told reporters in Indonesia, “I think it’s extremely significant that yesterday, Sunday, within a week of the (UN) resolution being passed, some chemical weapons were being destroyed.” On February 10, 2014, the BBC breathlessly reported “a third shipment of chemical weapons materials has left Syria, with some destroyed inside the country.”

Conservatives who doubted Syria would give up its chemical weapons were pilloried in the press as being so partisan they could not even give Barack Obama credit for doing such a good deed. Now reality dawns.

This then gets to the problem with Barack Obama’s strategy. A year ago Congress rejected authorizing action in Syria largely because we did not know who these rebels are. …read more    

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