Obama sending Ford back to Syria?

posted at 11:46 am on December 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the Obama administration responded to Middle East dictators that massacred demonstrators by bombing them, and those that didn’t by demanding their resignation?  Good times, good times.  Once again, despite the fact that the Bashar Assad regime has killed hundreds and perhaps thousands of demonstrators, Barack Obama will send Ambassador Robert Ford back to our embassy in Damascus for more “engagement“:

U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford is set to return to Syria on Tuesday, even as the Associated Press reports an “insane escalation” in violence around the city of Homs. The new round of violence, in which 34 bodies were reportedly dumped in the streets of Homs, appears to be sectarian in nature, pitting Syria’s majority Sunnis against “President Bashar Assad’s minority Alawite sect.” Homs-based activist Mohammed Saleh told the AP, “It was an insane escalation … There were kidnappings and killings in a mad way. People are afraid to go out of their homes.”

Ford got pulled out of Damascus two months ago, thanks to threats on his life.  Give Ford full marks for courage, but Obama a big, fat F for consistency.  Recall his words in mid-March, as he justified his bombing campaign against the forces of Moammar Qaddafi:

Now, here’s why this matters to us. Left unchecked, we have every reason to believe that Qadhafi would commit atrocities against his people. Many thousands could die. A humanitarian crisis would ensue.

The entire region could be destabilized, endangering many of our allies and partners.

The calls of the Libyan people for help would go unanswered. The democratic values that we stand for would be overrun.

Moreover, the words of the international community would be rendered hollow.

Indeed they could, and in fact, the continued “engagement” policy with the so-called “reformer” Assad has already rendered them hollow.  Thanks to our Libyan adventure and our intervention to push Mubarak out of power in Egypt, we are already seeing destabilization in North Africa as Islamists come to power, although that outcome would have been difficult to avoid in the long run with or without our intervention.  The calls of the Syrian people are still going unanswered, democratic values are being overrun, and the humanitarian crisis arrived in Syria months ago, as well as murders by the hundreds conducted by this regime.

We should be sending an envoy to a Syrian expatriates looking to form a government in exile in support of the rebels.  Instead, we’re re-engaging with the dictator conducting the brutal oppression, a rather clear contrast to our policies with nominal ally Mubarak and EU trading partner Qaddafi.  The lesson from the Obama administration in the region is that it is better for dictators to align themselves with Iran rather than the US and Europe when democracy threatens a regime.

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Only if Chuck Norris is his body guard.

John the Libertarian on December 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

If he gets 4 more years, who knows how many more countries he will lead to destabilization, including our own.

Kissmygrits on December 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM

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J_Crater on December 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM

The lesson from the Obama administration in the region is that it is better for dictators to align themselves with Iran rather than the US and Europe when democracy threatens a regime.

It’s almost as if we elected a guy who wants to see the Cliphate finally established.

Mord on December 6, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I feel like a bullet in the gun of Robert Ford

http://youtu.be/OvAhRvpd_00

William Amos on December 6, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Ford got pulled out of Damascus two months ago, thanks to threats on his life.

If he dies, Obama should be prosecuted.

MadisonConservative on December 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

If he dies, Obama should be prosecuted.

MadisonConservative on December 6, 2011 at 11:58 AM

VegasRick on December 6, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Obama should send Pelosi to Syria, She has experience, she has been there before.

Skandia Recluse on December 6, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Obowma just wants someone on the ground taking notes in preparation for Election 2012…

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Seven Percent Solution on December 6, 2011 at 12:13 PM

It’s almost like they are throwing him back there to be kidnapping bait.

MayBee on December 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will begin considering how countries treat gay and lesbian citizens when making decisions about allocating foreign aid, an official familiar with the decision says.

OTOH, if handled correctly (hahaha) think about the main targets of this effort…

WitchDoctor on December 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM

I’m of the opinion that we should support whomever is in our best interests as a nation. If the Sunnis come to power and elect an anti-Western leadership, and devolve further into an unmanageable terror sponsor, than supporting them seems self-defeating. Just like supporting the Egyptians and Libyan “rebels” is turning out to be. Conversely, Assad was exporting terror as a proxy of Iran.

Syria is a real conundrum. Maybe the correct path would have been to not support an uprising in the most volatile region of the world outside of our own specific interests in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know foreign policy is tricky, but this Arab Spring crap all came to fruition entirely under the Obama Administration timeline and is not the offspring of the middle east wars.

If the Taliban agrees to throw down their weapons against NATO, but rises up against Karzai under the guise of repression and civil rights, would we support that action?

BKeyser on December 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

The calls of the Syrian people are still going unanswered, democratic values are being overrun,

And what do the Syrian people want? The Sunnis want to destroy Assads Alawite tyranny. That will mean killing lots of Kulacks to reach that moment of “freedom”. In the end they are still all Muslim and will insist on an Islamic solution. And the same sh*thole “nation” has a new coat of dung.

Let them destroy themselves without our help. It is getting rather lame to think the “rebels” are struggling for democracy and western style freedom. Isn’t it?

BL@KBIRD on December 6, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Drudge says Barbara Walters to interview Assad – ‘developing’. Hilary to meet with Syrian dissidents and Ford sent over to be taken hostage. ‘Smart Power’ to the rescue!

Bob in VA on December 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Offering an unclenched fist is important when dealing with sociopathic dictators or mullahs. It worked in Egypt and Iran.

a capella on December 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

When it comes to Syria, what good choices do we have?
On the one hand we have Assad…and if we don’t prop him up we end up with Islamists and then the Christians in Syria become targets for the Islamists just as they have in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt.

OxyCon on December 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

When the Mideast only thinks America is run by idiots, it’s always better to do something to let them know for sure!!

/sarc>

landlines on December 7, 2011 at 12:10 AM