Obama’s ‘Leading From Behind,’ Diddling, And Incompetence, Created Syrian ‘Mess’
So Syria’s Tyrannical President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people this week, killing at least 85, including 20 children. And why wouldn’t he? He had done it before and, although there had been the bluster of Obama’s hollow words of warning about a mythical “red line,” there were still no real repercussions from the feckless Obama administration, or anyone else in the world. After all, Obama’s standard foreign policy procedure was to “lead from behind,” meaning to follow or hide.
Now, this insidious form of inherent weakness which permeated everything Obama did, was a whole new direction for United States foreign policy, formerly regarded by all to be the “leader of the free world” and the sole superpower on the planet. Then, enter Obama, stumbling, bumbling, bowing, apologizing, and in general, projecting the most pathetic of profiles possible. All of this while at the same time drastically disassembling and diminishing our military capabilities, and dissembling patriotism all the way.
Repercussions Few And Far Between
Yet, the truth was belied by the actual actions of Obama’s foreign policy, in which he made a habit of offending our greatest allies, but going out of his way to bend over backwards for our worst enemies. Russia? Cuba? Iran? No despotic regime was too depraved for Obama not to appease and capitulate to their every desire, all for virtually nothing of any tangible value in return. In fact, he would cede entire countries or even huge fortunes on the down low.
Which brings us back to Syria and its dictator Assad, who is propped up and funded by both Russia and Iran, fresh off their huge financial windfall of U.S. tax dollars, courtesy of Barack Obama and the democrat party. With these two feral forces behind him, and a non-existent American opposition up until now, Assad has had little to worry about. He has killed thousands upon thousands of his own people in his quest to remain in power. The repercussions for his nefarious deeds have been few and far between.
‘Prepared To Do More’
Until Thursday, when President Trump sent 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles raining down upon the Syrian government airbase where the chemical weapons had been launched from. The U.S. Naval operation was a resounding success, with only one missile missing its mark. But, it was a very measured attack, meant only as a warning of what could possibly happen if Assad were to continue committing crimes against humanity. The strike was limited to just one of Syria’s air force bases, they have six more operational bases. Still, Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, gave fair warning after the attack, that the United States “is prepared to do more,” should Assad make the mistake of using chemical weapons again.
‘A Total Mess – No Good Answer’
One of the most measured of voices in the aftermath of the carnage and the punishing response from the Trump administration, has actually been that of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Appearing on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” with Shannon Bream, Cruz explained how President Trump has inherited “a total mess” in Syria after the disastrous Obama/Clinton/Kerry incompetence.
“The honest answer is there’s no good answer to Syria right now after eight years of Obama’s broken red lines and weakness. We’ve seen Syria turned into a war zone that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of refugees [and] chemical weapons [use],” said Cruz. He also made it absolutely clear that he believes President Trump was completely justified in making the attack: “It’s long been recognized that the Commander-in-Chief, exigent circumstances, can respond to immediate threats. There’s a difference between that, between a single strike in an exigent circumstance, verses engaging in a prolonged military conflict.”
A ‘Monster’ Puppet
“Some have called for maintaining a no-fly zone.” He continued, “I think that can be very dangerous, I think that invites conflicts with other nations. Assad and Syria are puppets of Russia and Iran.” And, while admitting that Assad is “a monster,” Cruz urged caution with regard to any attempt at regime change and the subsequent vacuum in power it may create, and called for President Trump to seek the support of Congress for any further military pursuits in Syria.
“It would be even worse if those chemical weapons fall into the hands of radical Islamic terrorists, if they fall into the hands of ISIS, or al-Qaeda, or al-Nusra. And that’s one of the really important reasons why Congress has the authority over declarations of war, to ask these questions, to make sure military actions should be directly tied to the national security interests of America,” he stated.
‘Putin Has Reason To Fear’
When Bream asks the question of where we might be headed in dealing with Russia now, Cruz replies: “I think Putin and, for that matter, bad actors across the globe, the only thing they respect is strength. With eight years of Barack Obama as president, what we saw was a weak president who’s word didn’t mean anything, and our friends didn’t trust us, and our enemies didn’t fear us. I will say I’m encouraged in the opening months of the Trump administration, about foreign policy and national security. And I think, for dealing with Russia and Putin, having a strong President who Putin has reason to fear, I think that’s a step in the right direction.”
A thoughtful, sensible, logical response to our current situation with regard to Syria and the Middle East, and the barbarity and terror that lie within. And, in case you didn’t notice, high praise of President Trump, sincerely expressed from one of his formerly greatest critics.
‘America Is Back’
In addition to Ted Cruz opining upon the successful Tomahawk cruise missile strike against Syria and what that portends for the future, the panel on Special Report with Bret Baier was extra colorful after the Naval mission, including Dr. Charles Krauthammer who says that in making the counterattack in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons, President Trump effectively exclaimed to the world, “America is back!”