Aleppo, Syria is (or was) the rebel stronghold in the Syrian civil war to oust strongman leader Bashar al Assad from power. It was until yesterday when the city fell to Assad forces, Russian and Iranian fighters helping in the struggle for the Assad regime. So, why “Thanks, Obama”?
Well, it’s simple. Bobo Obama’s abortion of a foreign policy, which never really caught on anywhere, and was at best extremely far from successful, was simply allow the chips to fall where they may. He couldn’t see past his nose on anything that involved sending troops into battle. He said going into office that he wasn’t a warrior president, he was a peaceful president, yet he has had a solid eight years of being a war-time president. And he, like all Democrats going back to the days of JFK, was terrible at it.
Obama had several problems in prosecuting war. In Syria, he made threats thinking that tough talk was all it would take in the Middle East to get those guys to shape up. But what he failed to understand was that his diplomacy was as feckless as his Secretaries of State who did absolutely nothing to help the world in eight years in office. It started with the Arab Spring in Egypt when Mubarak was overthrown. It took Obama eons to decide which side he was on. And then he chose the Muslim Brotherhood, which was a terrible choice, and he switched horses in the middle of the stream. Then you had the terribly thought out overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya. He should have learned the lesson that when you overthrow a government, you need to have a competent leader ready to step in. He failed there. These are things the Middle East leaders saw, and were taking notes on.
So, when Obama had the “red line in the sand” speech on December 3, 2012, where he told Syria not to use chemical weapons against their own people, they laughed at him. When the Russians decided to prop up their client, Assad, because of the weak leadership coming from America, Vladimir Putin laughed at Obama and knew that there would be no reprisal coming for his actions. Then he signaled the ayatollahs in Iran to send troops in, because Obama was in the middle of his signature foreign policy achievement, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and wasn’t going to scrap that for Syria. And the ayatollahs laughed at him, because they knew he wasn’t going to do anything.
And when ISIS decided to base themselves in Syria, they didn’t do it because of advice from their travel agent. They knew that US soldiers, the only units they would really be afraid to fight, weren’t going to be there en-masse and fight them, they laughed, and set up their caliphate in Syria. Who could blame them.
So now Aleppo has fallen, and though Obama wasn’t anywhere to be seen, his inaction was the cause of the incident. After a half million Syrians have perished needlessly in their civil war, the rebel capital is overthrown. The fight is not over…yet. But the Americans in charge (that would be Obama) should be ashamed of themselves for turning a blind eye to the cry for help. Obama…their blood is on your hands. And THAT is a lot of blood. Thanks, Obama!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!