Obama on Syria: “It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events”

posted at 8:50 pm on February 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

A little deja vu for you as the week winds down, with O calling on an Arab tyrant to start “transitioning” for the third time in the past 13 months. Today was the big “Friends of Syria” summit in Tunisia between western powers and the Arab League. Resolved: Something needs to be done. They’re just … not sure what.

The united denunciation of Assad masked disagreement in the closed-door conference on whether to arm opposition forces. Asked whether he favored weapons supplies to the Free Syrian Army composed primarily of military defectors, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, said “I think it’s an excellent idea.” He spoke to reporters as he entered a private meeting with Clinton.

But Tunisian foreign minister Rafik Abdessalem, the conference host, noted that the final conference communiqué included no mention of military aid or outside intervention…

Obama administration officials described the tougher language used by Clinton in recent days as useful to increase pressure on Assad. But they also made clear that steps toward arming the opposition were likely to become a reality they would not oppose if the Syrian leaders does not yield

Reassurances to Syria’s military and civil service were also part of the conference agreement, as the administration and others seek to convince Assad’s supporters and institutions inside Syria that they are on the losing side and should quickly part company with him.

No surprise that the Saudis were the most aggressive in wanting to oust Iran’s pal Assad. The sooner he’s gone, the sooner there’ll be a new Sunni-dominated power on the doorstep of Iraq and Iran. If you believe some Syrian opposition sources, in fact, arms have already begun to trickle into the country for rebel use. Supposedly Syrian exiles are buying light weapons and communications equipment abroad while western powers look the other way and then sending them over the border. The next step will be to procure heavier weapons like anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles. As for who’s receiving these weapons — secularists? Islamists? Al Qaeda? — no one really knows. Al Qaeda is there, though, with the blessing of the new top dog. That’s another reason why the Saudis are eager to intervene: The more eyes and ears the “Friends of Syria” have inside the country, the better they’ll be able to control where the weapons go. Needless to say, bumping off Assad and creating a power vacuum that’s filled by AQ a la Anbar province circa 2006 would be a pyrrhic victory.

And it’s not just conventional weapons they’re worried about:

The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria’s neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad’s extensive WMD assets if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned…

Syria is believed to have a substantial chemical weapons program, which includes mustard gas as well as sophisticated nerve agents, such as sarin gas, as well as biological weapons. Syria has also refused IAEA requests to make available facilities that were part of its nuclear weapons program and may still be in operation…

“We have ideas as to the quantity and we have ideas as to where they are,” Countryman said. “We wish some of the neighbors of Syria to be on the lookout… When you get a change of regime in Syria, it matters what are the conditions — chaotic or orderly.”

Anything could happen: The army could collapse, leaving WMD depots unguarded; Assad, in desperation, could start handing them out to Hezbollah or lord knows who else; or of course he might make some sort of insane last stand by launching them at rebel outposts, Israel, or Turkey. According to one Syrian defector, nerve gas has already been used in Homs — under the supervision of Iranian and Russian personnel — but I haven’t seen that corroborated anywhere. It’s probably propaganda. For now.

Here’s O in the Oval Office running through the now familiar Mubarak/Qaddafi/Assad script. If you thought Libya’s new government was fractious and disorganized, read this NYT piece about the opposition Syrian National Council. Not only are secular and Islamist factions predictably suspicious of each other, but some important minorities like the Alawites aren’t even represented — and in fact, this isn’t the only council of dissidents that purports to speak for the Syrian public. What could go wrong? Exit quotation: “In a CNN/ORC/International poll released Tuesday, 73% of Americans said the U.S. has no obligation to respond to the ongoing unrest, while 25% agreed with the notion.”



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How’s JugEars going to screw this up? Ready. set, go!

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The Saudi’s want regime change? Then let them send their soldiers.

GarandFan on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Wait, wait, wait. You mean we can’t vote present?

Waggoner on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

My friendzsh

–John McCain, Maverick-AZ

james23 on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

WAR MONGER !!!!

Quick somebody call Cindy Sheehan……..

RealMc on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Man oh man has Barack Obama ever screwed up that part of the world. The messes this guy is leaving to clean up make Friday night on fraternity row look like a teen slumber party.

Rational Thought on February 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Punish Americans, help Mohameddians.

This is your democrat president you ignoramuses.

tom daschle concerned on February 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

How’s JugEars going to screw this up? Ready. set, go!
KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Yup, with him the screw-up not a matter of “if” but “how”.

whatcat on February 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

My Muslim faith….

idesign on February 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I think I’ve seen this movie before…

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Yes, If Christians want refuge, we should. Let the others fight it out on their own there. Arab Spring and Arab Winter are an Arab disaster.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

WAR MONGER !!!!

Quick somebody call Cindy Sheehan……..

RealMc on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Beat me to it!

VikingGoneWild on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Well, Hillary! has gotten approval from Obama’s benefactors, the Saudis. Now all that Obama has to do is check in with the Muslim Brotherhoods’ advice. Success!

Seriously (Syri-ously?), why are we being ensnarled in this civil uprising? Are we ready to take on Russia and China, too?

onlineanalyst on February 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Report: State Department Warning Region About Danger Of Syria’s Vast WMD Stockpile Once Regime Crumbles…

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/02/24/report-state-department-warning-region-about-danger-of-syrias-vast-wmd-stockpile-once-regime-crumbles/

Zcat on February 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I think a new movie in the making:

“Drag the Dog” …

ProfShadow on February 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Zcat on February 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Were these Saddam’s stockpiles that were spirited out of Iraq before we engaged?

onlineanalyst on February 24, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Did anyone double check his Teleprompter?????

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

War Number 5. Jesus.

Nobel Peace Prize!

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Its too late you dingbat.

Assad has held on long enough that if he’s removed now a hyper fundamental Islamic state will be the result.

Because our current reincarnation of Karl Marx in the Whitehouse didn’t have the stones to begin with any intervention now guarantees an even worse anti-American totalitarian regime.

Speakup on February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I think a new movie in the making:

“Drag the Dog” …

ProfShadow on February 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Ok. THAT was fantastic.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

If I tell Obungler to F-off, does that make me a bad person?

Thomas More on February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Quick somebody call Cindy Sheehan……..

RealMc on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

She is busy NOT paying her back taxes because she wants her son back !!

burrata on February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Obama turned away during the Iranian protests and focused instead on backing Zelaya’s attempted coup d’etat in Honduras. And now he’s going to help take on Iran’s client state in Damascus.

Christien on February 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Obama on Syria: “It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events

…any more. It’s been more than a year since Syria has been mowing down it’s own people. Time to act! I’ll make a speech.”

itsnotaboutme on February 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM
Yes, If Christians want refuge, we should. Let the others fight it out on their own there. Arab Spring and Arab Winter are an Arab disaster.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Running out of places to go.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Dear O:

You have the power to ruin everything you touch. Can you please move to Iran and then Russia?

nobar on February 24, 2012 at 9:14 PM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I think that’s a brilliant idea. Christianity may mean being a witness in a dangerous place, even losing one’s life, but it is not a @#$&ing suicide pact.

There are times when it is totally appropriate to get the hell out of Dodge and this is one of them. Whatever bunch of camel-boinking savages ‘wins’ in the end is irrelevant, and there isn’t going to be any Western nation coming to the rescue this time.

MelonCollie on February 24, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Running out of places to go.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Europe needs immigrants. I’m sure they’d welcome immigrants who don’t riot and burn their cities.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Europe needs immigrants. I’m sure they’d welcome immigrants who don’t riot and burn their cities.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I’d love to see the wording of that selective law.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Obama has expanded the war in Afghanistan, started bombing Libya, Yemen, Pakistan…. and could start new wars in Syria and Iran. He would go down in history as the biggest war monger (along with biggest spender) in US history.

Where is the anti-war movement?

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Europe needs immigrants. I’m sure they’d welcome immigrants who don’t riot and burn their cities.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 9:15 PM

And I have family there. They feel they are “enlightened”.

They will be.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

mmmmmmmmm….can you smell what the Won is cooking?!

thedevilinside on February 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I’d love to see the wording of that selective law.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

It’s refugees from persecution. Don’t we have international laws concerning this already?

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Obama on Syria: “It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events
…any more. It’s been more than a year since Syria has been mowing down it’s own people. Time to act! I’ll make a speech.”

itsnotaboutme on February 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

In his actions, JugEars patterns his foreign policies, in the same manner as his domestic policies.

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Where is the anti-war movement?

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Code Pink? Crickets.

Cindy Sheehan? Crickets.

Alan Colmes? No crickets, just a lot of bull.

predator on February 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

It’s refugees from persecution. Don’t we have international laws concerning this already?

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

It is amazing to me to see how few international “protections” apply to christendom.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Report: State Department Warning Region About Danger Of Syria’s Vast WMD Stockpile Once Regime Crumbles…

http://weaselzippers.us/2012/02/24/report-state-department-warning-region-about-danger-of-syrias-vast-wmd-stockpile-once-regime-crumbles/

Zcat on February 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM


Obama Administration Says Syria Has WMD!

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I don’t know about this. Part of me agrees but I have a stumbling block in that if they aren’t US Citizens then moving people just because they are a religious minority opens a whole lot of doors that will never be closed.

It’d be better if the Christian churches gathered the money from donations to help with relocation as it is both those of fellowship showing support and it keeps precedent from being set. The less the US government has to do with religion the better off all religious people regardless of belief (or non belief) are.

Betenoire on February 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Huh……who’s side is he for?? I haven’t figured that out yet.

Mimzey on February 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

the Muslim Brotherhood is at the forefront of this movement, al-qaeda as well but al-qaeda is simply an offshoot of the brotherhood, if Obama wants to arm and help the rebels, which is what his benefactors in saudia arabia and egypt seem keen to do, then he will do it, time and time again we have seen him coddle, appease and ingrate himself before Islamists who wish to kill jews, murder christians and subjugate non-muslims to islamic law. The fact that he had a Islamic upbringing and is steeped in the muslim world, with his various Muslim Brotherhood advisors in the white house and his close friendship in chicago with Islamic reactionaries, is just part and parcel of what shapes his character.

What Obama is doing in aiding the rise of Islamic theocrats is stunning, never has a sitting president been such a willing abettor to an enemy power.

golembythehudson on February 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Assad has held on long enough that if he’s removed now a hyper fundamental Islamic state will be the result.

Speakup on February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Apparently that’s a feature, not a bug, of Dear Leader’s Middle East policy.

Syzygy on February 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

King Putt has given up on overthrowing nations in favor of overthrowing entire regions.

Isn’t their a muddi or Immommy or something supposed to rise up from the East Could King Putt be that dude?

ConcealedKerry on February 24, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Obama Administration Says Syria Has WMD!

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hillary said Iraq did too right before she said they didn’t.

These people lie repeatedly with impunity and poorly!

ConcealedKerry on February 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Even after the iranian Revolutionary Guard murdered Neda Agha-Soltan along with a large number of other iranian youth…Obama says we can’t meddle.

But meddling in Tunisia, Libya or Egypt was perfectly OK…so long as AQ-Africa and the Ikhwan were facilitated in taking over these nations.

Now, today, with Syria…only after thousands have been killed…nearly a year into this thing…he says something profound like we can’t be bystanders?

But we can’t really actually intervene…maybe send some drones over to take pictures of what we are already getting from a lot of brave people who are on the ground taking pictures. Send a few strongly worded letters. Ask the Assad family to give it up and run off to Gstaad.

Nice strong moral compass ya got there Prezdit Skippy.

Don’t you dare put a single US service member out there, in the air or on the ground…don’t even think about it. Each is worth a hell of a lot more than being used for your personal validation.

The 2009 Cairo Speech thingie ya gave certainly made a huge difference

How about stepping aside and allowing real adults to run things?

Putz.

coldwarrior on February 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Obama on Syria: “It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events”

….and if the Congress will not authorize our troops to be shipped to Syria to be killed by muslims in foreign lands, I WILL

burrata on February 24, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Code Pink? Crickets

Code Pink is drinking their SkinnyGirl margaritas content to know there is a guy in the White House with a (D) by his name. It was never an “anti-war” movement. It was an “I hate all Republicans” movement.

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Yes, If Christians want refuge, we should. Let the others fight it out on their own there. Arab Spring and Arab Winter are an Arab disaster.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

I didn’t think about the Christians. I was going to say that the more they kill each other, the less we have to worry about later. I don’t want to lift a finger to help these ungrateful savages anymore.

Night Owl on February 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Wait, wait, wait. You mean we can’t vote present?

Waggoner on February 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

You might wan to ask Gaddafi and Osama Bin Laden about Obama voting Present

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

You might wan to ask Gaddafi and Osama Bin Laden about Obama voting Present

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

You give him way more credit than he deserves. So you are okay with yet another escapade by this hideous moron?

Night Owl on February 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Should i just stay drunk for the next 20 yrs

lisa fox on February 24, 2012 at 9:56 PM

coldwarrior on February 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Best post ever. Of course, happy hour was long with salty fish sticks.

This is the same week our media allowed him to take credit for all the oil drilling which was approved by the Bush administration and is going on now.

Then this comment from our leader.

And Mr. Soros thinks Fox is talking all the smack?

IlikedAUH2O on February 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Maybe Syria’s WMD’s are actually those that used to be Iraq’s before the invasion. The problem with telling a country you are going to invade it because it has WMDs for six months before actually invading it is that it gives them plenty of time to get rid of their WMDs.

http://prairiepundit.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-evidence-of-iraq-wmd-in-syria.html

kclibby on February 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I don’t know about this. Part of me agrees but I have a stumbling block in that if they aren’t US Citizens then moving people just because they are a religious minority opens a whole lot of doors that will never be closed.

It’d be better if the Christian churches gathered the money from donations to help with relocation as it is both those of fellowship showing support and it keeps precedent from being set. The less the US government has to do with religion the better off all religious people regardless of belief (or non belief) are.

Betenoire on February 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Isn’t there already a program for refugees that can credibly claim religious persecution?

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Neda says “thank you”…….oh wait, she can’t.

Nothing will stand in the way of this Aministration rebuilding the Caliphate.

Not Hosni, not Muhammar, not Bashir, no one.

PappyD61 on February 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Yep, -Drudge headline: “WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, TAKE TWO”

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Because Egypt turned out so well.

And Libya.

And Tunisia.

Barack Muslim Brotherhood Obama.

Cos it’s one of the prettiest sounds on earth.

profitsbeard on February 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM

The Lord is my strength, whom shall I fear?!!!!

lisa fox on February 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Yes, If Christians want refuge, we should. Let the others fight it out on their own there. Arab Spring and Arab Winter are an Arab disaster.

hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Christ himself said when he sent out the 12: “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off of your feet when you leave that home or that town. I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town”

Later in Acts, the apostles did exactly that when they were driven from a town where the people would not even hear them out. When you look at what Iran has done to that pastor, and the other islamic societies that not only reject, but persecute Christians, in some instances it may be time for the remaining believers to shake the dust from their feet as they leave. However, in other cases, there are converts being won in those countries, so there is a receptive audience in some places. Think about the freedom that Christianity offers those suffering under the tyranny of a works-righteousness law-based religion. That would be a real loss to those in those countries.

AZfederalist on February 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM

It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events

Slightly off thread: This quote struck me between the eyes.
We are watching the most incompetent or malevolent dictator/President attempt to destroy the foundations of our wonderful country. We must not stand by and let him have another term and ruin everything our forefathers have stood for. They say the Tea Party is irrelevant. Let’s show them otherwise. It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events!

Christian Conservative on February 24, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Obama has expanded lost the war in Afghanistan, started bombing Libya, Yemen, Pakistan…. and could start new wars in Syria and Iran. He would go down in history as the biggest war monger (along with biggest spender) in US history.

Where is the anti-war movement?

ModerateMan on February 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

…you didn’t get the memo????

…………..according to liberals…..War is great as long as a democrat is running the war machine.

Baxter Greene on February 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM

You might wan to ask Gaddafi and Osama Bin Laden about Obama voting Present

liberal4life on February 24, 2012 at 9:49 PM

…..OHHHHHHHH

………and what has Obama got to show for this genius.

Libya is now in the hands of the jihadist including al-qaeda after Obama’s war without Congressional approval….
…………and…..
…………………Obama got Osama but lost the Afghan war.

Could your dumb a$$ set the bar any lower?????

Baxter Greene on February 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Because our current reincarnation of Karl HARPO Marx in the Whitehouse didn’t have the stones to begin with any intervention now guarantees an even worse anti-American totalitarian regime.

Speakup on February 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

FIFY

mdenis39 on February 24, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Obama on Syria: “It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events”

………but when Iran was slaughtering it’s people in the streets…..the same terrorist regime that is on the brink of a nuclear bomb and responsible for thousands of American deaths……

Obama had this to say:

Obama:

We do not interfere in Iran’s internal affairs. We have condemned terrorist attacks against Iran. We have recognized Iran’s international right to peaceful nuclear power. We have demonstrated our willingness to take confidence-building steps along with others in the international community. We have accepted a proposal by the International Atomic Energy Agency to meet Iran’s request for assistance in meeting the medical needs of its people. We have made clear that if Iran lives up to the obligations that every nation has, it will have a path to a more prosperous and productive relationship with the international community.

..is it any wonder why Obama’s foreign policy has been such a disaster when he is all over the map like this.

Obama gets a stabilized Iraq on a silver platter when he comes into office only to turn it over to Iran.

Obama promises that he has a “smarter plan” to win the war in Afghanistan only to retreat within a few years….leaving it more armed and dangerous than when we came in after 9/11.

Obama backed the overthrow of Mubarak only to watch the jihadist Muslim Brotherhood and Salfist take over.

Obama launches a war in Libya,without Congressional approval,against an oil rich country that did not attack us and posed no imminent threat, only to watch the jihadist and al-qaeda fill the power vacuum left behind.

Obama supported the overthrow of the Yemen leadership with al-qaeda and other jihadist groups waiting in the wings to assume control.

Now he wants to intervene in Syria.

Unbelievable.

Capitulate to Iran….retreat in Afghanistan….turn Iraq over to Iran so that he can take out Libya and Syria,then watch it be taken over by the jihadist.

You just can’t fix stupid.

Baxter Greene on February 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM

— “It’s important that we not be bystanders during these extraordinary events …”

Yes, kids, this man has no shame.

minnesoter on February 25, 2012 at 12:38 AM

I made comments at American Thinker a few days ago about this. I’m suprised it’s as far as it is, but I expected nothing to happen because there is no op-for to back; and if there was, there is no way of differentiating peoples. This would be worst since Somalia, with reprecussions to the future. Just curious what the UN result will be from this. Peacekeepers —> Peacebringers? Finally an army?

I knew Libya would happen, absolutely perfect opponent: long coast, population centers along coast, low pop nation, universally unliked, chance to prove Obama is tough and that the globalism works (thru their pov). Again, this part of the world is testosterone, either alpha-dog, a follower, or run over. Accept stability, and leave peoples to their convictions.

John Kettlewell on February 25, 2012 at 3:28 AM

Daddy Assad started in on the WMD building, way back when. He left a large infrastructure for his son which is based on the phosphate deposits in Syria. Add to that the weapon technology purchased from NoKo and later Iran and you get a fun set of places making lots of chemical weapons.

The best part is that there may be an underground bio-weapons research group as Syria started importing manufacturing equipment to make pharmaceuticals and then, once the dual-use equipment was delivered, decided that they really didn’t have that as a goal… but thanks for selling them the equipment!

Finally, the ultra-special best part, is that those very same phosphate deposits have a small amount of uranium in them: they are then refined into yellowcake. The regime over father and son have been trying to get a refining system up and running (which they also purchased on a dual-use basis) and then start getting down to manufacturing nuclear weapons components. With the help of NoKo. Israel bombed that first attempt a few years ago, but if the precision manufacturing is still left in place, then they form the final part of the Iranian scheme necessary to produce nuclear weapons. I estimated they could get enough uranium that, when refined and the radioactive portions sorted out, could make about 6 small nuclear devices a year. Those plans are on the black market due to AQ Khan’s work…

The knowns in Syria are bad enough.

The known unknowns are horrifically frightening.

ajacksonian on February 25, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Oh Yeah…. Right Sport

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mZlSkAuHnY&feature=related&skipcontrinter=1

donabernathy on February 25, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Obama and all politicians have perfected lying and deceitfulness to the level of a specialized professon. Surely we need to make such essential skill devewlopment a required course in all public education.

What’s that you say…they’re already doing it?

Oh, just teaching the receiving skills for now…

Well better that learning critical thinking -that’s dangerous in a fundamentally changed America.

Don L on February 25, 2012 at 7:36 AM

War number 5, or is number 6….wait a minute……

LizardLips on February 25, 2012 at 9:10 AM

War number 5, or is it number 6….wait a minute……

LizardLips on February 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

“In a CNN/ORC/International poll released Tuesday, 73% of Americans said the U.S. has no obligation to respond to the ongoing unrest, while 25% agreed with the notion.”

I’d wager that the 25% in favor have no idea what’s going on and how intervention would NOT be in America’s best interests.
The only thing to be gained from coordinating with the Syrian opposition is for them to lead us to where Baby Eye Doc Assad has cached Saddam Hussein’s WMDs.
Otherwise, it’s NONE of OUR business. What happens when you swat at a hornet’s nest?
Take the hint, Slappy.

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Karl Magnus on February 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Wow! We got a lot of religious extremists in here. Hey Christians, the US is NOT a Christian nation and we are not at war with the Muslim world. Arab Christians are Arab first, they care about their countries and they are not going to leave anytime soon.

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.

philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

There no such thing as “persecuted Christians” in the middle east. Except maybe in Israel and Iraq. There maybe some incidents here and there in some countries but it’s definitely not an organized thing.
The irony is that most Arab Christians are Orthodox Christians, the same Orthodox Christians who tried to ethnic clean the Muslim minorities in their countries; like Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya.

Salahuddin on February 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Re: Re-settling Christians in America, Catholic Social Services has been doing that for decades. After the United States unceremoniously abandoned our partners in Southeast Asia, the Hmong and Montagnards (ferocious fighters, btw), the Catholic Church took on the task of re-settlement. Hmong shrimpers were (are still?) persecuted by TEXANS.

Maybe they could be re-settled to CA’s Central Valley, thus removing the incentive for illegal Mess’kan labor. Oh wait – Barry has to turn the water back on first.
Never Mind

BTW … Michigan has a rather large contingent of Chaldean and Coptic refugees who are quite resourceful; small family business owners for the most part.

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Karl Magnus on February 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

There no such thing as “persecuted Christians” in the middle east. Except maybe in Israel and Iraq. There maybe some incidents here and there in some countries but it’s definitely not an organized thing.
The irony is that most Arab Christians are Orthodox Christians, the same Orthodox Christians who tried to ethnic clean the Muslim minorities in their countries; like Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya.

Salahuddin on February 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Huh?
Facts are pesky things, eh? You blatantly omitted the worst offenders in that region (Egypt among them). But, given your nom de plume, I’m not surprised. Try to keep up with world events instead of Islamic propaganda.

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Karl Magnus on February 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Oh, and btw Clinton’s Balkan War was ginned up to give the appearance of assisting MUSLIMS (which they promptly and conveniently forgot), all the while our Christian brothers were trying to staunch the northward migration of murderous Muslims and Sharia Law into Europe proper.
There was no “genocide”. It was a clear case of self-defense for which we should have been grateful. Why do Democrats choose the wrong side?
Gobsmackingly stupid.

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Karl Magnus on February 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

We should offer to move all the persecuted Christians out of the Middle East and then just leave the rest to their thing.
philoquin on February 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM
Yes, If Christians want refuge, we should. Let the others fight it out on their own there. Arab Spring and Arab Winter are an Arab disaster.
hawkdriver on February 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM
Running out of places to go.
WryTrvllr on February 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

That’s for sure and our commies still mindlessly , actually quite mindfully, pollute our society with these subhumans

Time to take what they are incapable of running

Sonosam on February 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

This must be his foreign policy. Getting our skin in the game and helping the Arab spring get sprung. He said the same thing about Libya. Gaddafi and his supporters fought back for too long so we had to start bombing them. Egypt fell too fast before we could get into position. Syria is taking to long so we have to help the people there.

Kissmygrits on February 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Obama has a problem because his model of perfect government is communism. That doesn’t really fly with the Arabs because they are more into family-run tryannies, supported by a state-run religious terror.

So, he doesn’t have much to say here. He is a bystander, witness Hillary’s comments about being “a betting person” (not a betting man, of course). Only if you are an opportunist do you bet on another’s misfortune.

He’s just waiting for the fallen carcasse of Assad, so he can take credit and make a deal with the next tyrant.

virgo on February 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM