Foreign and Defense Policy, Middle East and North Africa

Syria and the cold indifference of team Obama

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The Syria peace conference now taking place in Montreux, Switzerland is reportedly not going well. As this is news to precisely no one, let us for a moment pass — from the debacle of a Syrian “peace process” that presumes the abdication of a dictator who is winning on the ground — to the Obama administration. The indifference of Barack Obama and his senior foreign policy team is well-established. This is, more or less, the group that has sought no justice for the murder of a US ambassador in Benghazi, done nothing for the human rights of the people of Iran, nothing for the rights of persecuted minorities in post-Mubarak Egypt (women, Christians, secularists, anyone?), and stood by observing Russia’s regression to dictatorship, Ukraine’s suppression, Venezuela’s human disaster… aw, why go on? So, to be fair, the Syrian people and their tortured children, their hundred-plus thousand dead, and all those plaintiffs should get in line. While we all scoffed (rightly) at Sarah Palin’s foolish recommendation to let “Allah sort it out,” the former VP candidate actually summarized de facto Obama administration policy.

Not fair, you claim! Look at the peace process. Better still, look away. You’ll only feel embarrassment at the Obama administration’s pretense that it could provide a solution for a war that has spiraled into an almost insoluble human catastrophe. Our charge is to remember the names of the people that couldn’t be bothered to help in Syria, not then, not now, not ever. Moralists like Samantha Power, who lambasted Susan Rice for her own complicity in the Rwandan genocide and now sits by doing nothing. Rice herself, who despite protestations to the contrary, is reliving Rwanda. Kerry, who believes his highest calling is to rekindle the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians and concede a managed nuclear capability to Iran. And Obama, who leads them all, and is reportedly the leeriest of any forward-leaning foreign policy.

Doubtless all of them are already prepping memoirs that detail their private anguish in the face of the immensely powerful and grand Bashar el Assad. Samantha Power has already shared her own deep, but apparently bearable pain. But just as so many asked Bob Gates earlier this month in the face of his own revelations of unhappiness with the Obama team, we will have to ask these indifferent souls why they stood by if indeed they cared so much. Of course, we know the answer.

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5 thoughts on “Syria and the cold indifference of team Obama

  1. US efforts in the Mideast have been counterproductive and fantastically expensive.
    Human or women’s rights in Iraq or Afghanistan? They execute apostates in Afghanistan. Women had it better under Saddam than the Shias.
    Sarah Palin’s comment was glib…but she always hits some germ of truth in her commentary…why throw money at intractable Mideast religious disputes?

  2. After Assad used chemical weapons, the President was gung-ho to bomb Syria. It was the Congress who pushed back, and we ended up with Kerry’s accidental diplomacy.
    The indifference comes from Congress not the executive.

  3. You neo-conservatives need to just stop. Most of us are tired of your hypocrisy and naivety.

    Barack has been a disappointment for a number of good (domestic) reasons, failure to focus on the economy and jobs, choosing to spend his political capital on a health care law that has only made health care more complicated and expensive, failure to encourage the energy revolution in this country (passing keystone and putting pressure on democrats in states like NY to allow fracking), reform our regulatory and tax systems to promote economic growth and business start ups.

    These are his failings.

    It’s not the job of the President of the United States, to make the lives of people in Iran, Syria, etc, better. Unless the security of the United States is threatened, we shouldn’t be spending billions of dollars attempting to build other nations and policing the world. WE DON’T HAVE THE MONEY.

    Sarah Palin was absolutely right. When republicans get back in power, there is a young generation of us who will fight to insure you neocons don’t get your way.

  4. But for the nuclear threat posed by Iran, the mideast turmoil would result in a new Ottoman world that was destroyed and artificially reconstructed after WWI. Another point, Israel must be accepted as a legitimate state by all Arab states but that will not happen as long as the Arab world continues to play the “blame game” for all their shortcomings and quasi-religious issues. I fear for Israel who stands alone and strong amidst all this chaos. I also fear for our country being led by a feckless, clueless and disdainful excuse for a President who is a disgraceful and shameful example of progressive liberalism and the sordid emptiness it exemplifies.

    • I agree our country has definitely been run by a “feckless, clueless and disdainful excuse for a President”, but fortunately ‘W’ can’t run again.

      Why does Israel have to be officially accepted as legitimate by all Arab states. It would be nice, but it is sitting there with the bomb, and mostly not being bothered by any of them–while at the same time murdering Iranian scientists, Turkish protesters, and mostly impotent Palestinians.
      Taiwan does fine, and no state of any consequence recognizes it.

      Real Question: how can we have an America with capitalism and freedom, but without “sordid emptiness”. Some of our freedoms are just going to result in that sort of thing as a by-product. I think people have to choose meaningfulness. And then there is the argument as to what is meaningful, and what is emptiness.

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