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Obama dithers while Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah bolster Assad.
NRO ^ | June 6, 2013 8:00 PM | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 06/15/2013 6:13:25 AM PDT by nikos1121

On Wednesday, Qusair fell to the Bashar Assad regime in Syria. Qusair is a strategic town that connects Damascus with Assad’s Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean, with its ports and Russian naval base. It’s a major strategic shift. Assad’s forces can now advance on rebel-dominated areas in central and northern Syria, including Aleppo.

For the rebels, it’s a devastating loss of territory, morale, and their supply corridor to Lebanon. No one knows if this reversal of fortune will be the last, but everyone knows that Assad now has the upper hand. In 1958, President Eisenhower — venerated by today’s fashionable “realists” for his strategic restraint — landed Marines in Lebanon to protect the pro-American government from threats from Syria and Egypt.

In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Russia threatened to send troops on behalf of the Egyptian army. President Nixon threatened a U.S. counteraction, reinforced the Sixth Fleet, and raised the U.S. worldwide military alert level to DEFCON 3. Russia stood down.

That’s how the region works. Power deterring power. Obama deals instead in empty abstractions — such as “international legitimacy” — and useless conclaves, such as “Friends of Syria” conferences.

Assad, in contrast, has a real friend. Putin knows Obama. Having watched Obama’s retreat in Eastern Europe, his passivity at Russian obstructionism on Iran, his abject bended-knee “reset” policy, Putin knows he has nothing to fear from the American president.

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I know this has been posted before, but it bears repeating because in just one week, Obama has openly said he will send arms to the rebels, then he backs down.

I think Putin sent him a clear message that if you arm the rebels be prepared, as we will destroy them openly.

What does this all mean? It means that we have a weak cowardly president who in a very short period of time, probably days, will be challenging Obama openly in the press on the battle field.

Obama will not fight, he will back down...as he's trying to do now. Putin will push the envelope. Obama will then try some covert maneuver and be squashed.

It could be a real game changer. Bottom line..Assad remains in power...Hezbollah strengthened and the threat of war with Isreal.

Meantime Iran pursuex their nuclear weapons, and we're mired in Afghanistan.

1 posted on 06/15/2013 6:13:25 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

It means that we have a weak cowardly president who in a very short period of time, probably days, will be challenged openly in the press on the battle field by Putin.

Sorry for the mis speak.


2 posted on 06/15/2013 6:15:02 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121
Ben Rhodes was behind the Benghazi "talking points" and Mohammed video lie. Now he's telling us about Syrian Sarin. I would not believe him if he said the sky was blue.


3 posted on 06/15/2013 6:15:13 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: nikos1121

Obama has sided with Al Qaeda


4 posted on 06/15/2013 6:17:28 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nikos1121

At the same time, the US and Russia each arming a side in Syria could be the start of a World War 3, since there is already turmoil in much of the Middle East.


5 posted on 06/15/2013 6:19:30 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: nikos1121
A brutal sectarian dictatorship bolstered by one terrorist group involved in a proxy war versus a brutal terrorist uprising aimed at replacing the first dictator ship with an equally evil one. Either way, Israel has similar enemies.

There is no moral position than could draw us into this.

6 posted on 06/15/2013 6:20:02 AM PDT by johniegrad
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To: GeronL

So, apparently, has much of the DC elite.


7 posted on 06/15/2013 6:26:27 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy

Because the people running this country are all crazy


8 posted on 06/15/2013 6:27:57 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nikos1121

This is what happens when people vote incompetents into office with the hopes that they’ll loot the public treasury for them.


9 posted on 06/15/2013 6:29:12 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: nikos1121

Things have changed a bit since this was written by CK. He is getting his wish. We will help Al Qaeda.


10 posted on 06/15/2013 6:29:44 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: nikos1121

Good. Assad as bad as he is beats Al-Qaeda 7 days a week.


11 posted on 06/15/2013 6:33:11 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nikos1121

The answer to your quandry is in the headline. You don’t REALLY expect him to REALLY do anything to oppose his own team, do you? 1st clue: He has muzzie brotherhood people on his team right IN the White Hut. I can’t wait to see what kind of phoney-baloney “opposition” he sends over there; and how many pretzels the media twist themselves into, trying to make Obunga look good, and make the “aid” he sends look like it amounts to a fart in a tornado!


12 posted on 06/15/2013 6:34:58 AM PDT by Tucker39
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To: nikos1121

we want Assad in power, with his secular government.

We do not want the Islamists in power, although obama might


13 posted on 06/15/2013 6:34:59 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: PghBaldy

Not that ‘0’ cares about the law...but it is against the law for him to support terrorists and or their organizations.

Unfortunately the terrorists are “madly” trying to obtain WMD’s in Syria..and apparently have done so to some extent...or being supplied with them.

Once WMDS are used, no matter who is responsible...something has to stop the use.....


14 posted on 06/15/2013 6:41:31 AM PDT by caww
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To: nikos1121
*** "Hezbollah strengthened and the threat of war with Isreal." ***

So what?

15 posted on 06/15/2013 6:47:12 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: nikos1121

FTR Charles is for domestic disarmament of Americans and he is pro-armament of radical muslims. Freaking evil


16 posted on 06/15/2013 6:50:20 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: yldstrk

Last night I spent a great deal of time listening to Assads speeches from the beginning of this war to recent. He gave exclusive interviews in various countries....and he never blinked. Stayed calm and completely confident of what he was saying.

Assad said right from the beginning that terroists had come in and were causing much of the killing and various other happenings. He also said, early on that outside governments were equipping them...with instances mentioned.

This is not a mad man...IMO...but a leader who is watching his country being taken over by those with an agenda to take him down. Just as they did Liya, Egypt and any other leader who is not on board the Global Agenda.

I am under the impression nothing will stop Assad from protecting his country from being taken over...and he will use whatever means he has to to prevent it.....we would do the same were another President in charge of our nation instead of the one we have.


17 posted on 06/15/2013 6:50:44 AM PDT by caww
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To: nikos1121

And so, we, the USA, are going head-to-head with Russia and China over the Syrian civil war. What’s wrong with this picture.

What does the US gain? Both sides are declared enemies of the US. I don’t give a tinkersdamn about Russia or China, but to butt heads with them over Syria is just plain stupid!!

Did the Muslim Brotherhood (CAIR) dictate this move to Obama’s regime to arm the AQ rebels and more? as they now appear to be dictating to the FBI and CIA on investigations?? (thinking of Mueller’s testimony in Congress Thursday)


18 posted on 06/15/2013 6:53:04 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Travis McGee
I'd like one big graphic of the entire tangled web they weave when always they endeavor to deceive.
19 posted on 06/15/2013 6:57:09 AM PDT by Excellence (9/11 was an act of faith.)
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To: nikos1121; annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; ...
I hope obama dithers until he turns into molasses.

Anyone wanting on or off this ping list, please advise.


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20 posted on 06/15/2013 7:12:31 AM PDT by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: nikos1121
At the same time Obama wants to arm AlQaida in Syria and they've as often murdered Christians there as they have attacked Syrian army units.

Seriously, unless sombody has a plan to protect the Christians there's nothing of interest there for us.

Maybe we should send McCain ~

21 posted on 06/15/2013 7:14:01 AM PDT by muawiyah
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22 posted on 06/15/2013 7:16:09 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: johniegrad

So true. We need to sit this one out. A secular Assad is better than an islamist Muslim Brotherhood.


23 posted on 06/15/2013 7:19:54 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: caww
You are right on, from the start Russia has supplied their top special forces units to help coordinate. Heck their defense minister was there in the beginning. They do not want a gas pipeline running right down the middle of Syria and will do what ever it takes to stop it.
24 posted on 06/15/2013 7:31:46 AM PDT by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: nikos1121

The king of neocon commentary wants us in a pointless war?

Forget it.


25 posted on 06/15/2013 7:49:58 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: nikos1121

Putin (Russians), the Chinese, The Iranians have defeated the USA and Obama. It is as simple as that!!! The Russians possess deadly anti-aircraft weapons that are effective and accurate. Should Obama move to a “no-fly-zone” policy, we will lose many American planes and fighter pilots. If Obama moves to arm the rebels (our terrorist enemies) in Syria, the Russians will support Assad in destroying the existing rebels. Face it folks.....Obama has lost the entire Middle East. Iraq is imploding, Afghanistan is lost, Libya, the love of Obama, is sending terrorists into Syria by the hundreds, if not, thousands. IMHO, which is probably right, Obama is supporting his Muslum Brotherhood brethren, more then he is protecting the USA!!! Just one man’s opinion. Fact: Russia has kicked out butt out of the Middle East, for all practical purposes. How’s tha “hope & change” working for you now, Americans???


26 posted on 06/15/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: caww

We should have kept Gaddafi too and the Egyptian president. These Islamists that have taken over are driving their countries backwards just like in Iran, Afghanistan. I am rooting outright for Assad and think John McCain is an evil old lunatic.


27 posted on 06/15/2013 7:58:35 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: MestaMachine; SE Mom; penelopesire

During Iran contra had a friend who suggested we arm both sides and encourage them to wipe themselves out.
I’d vote for that as long as our troops are not involved.


28 posted on 06/15/2013 8:04:23 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then!)
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To: Travis McGee

I guess they didn’t hire any NBC relatives because that network is already totally in the can.


29 posted on 06/15/2013 8:05:54 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: tbw2

Putin knows that OBama will stand down. YOu know he will taunt Obama. It will be the ultimate pay back, and make him the leader of the third world, people there who only respect power.

And Obama will stand down...if not...if not you’re right it could be WWIII.

Russia would nothing more than to stuff it in our face the way we’ve done before calling their bluff.

Putin will stand down, if an American president stands up to him....he must because he doesn’t have the military to back him up... but he knows this president will back down....

Obama is backed us into a corner...And you have silly ass McCain trying to get us involved in the 4th quarter of the game....


30 posted on 06/15/2013 8:08:37 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

Putin has a lot more to lose in Syria than we do. We should back out now.


31 posted on 06/15/2013 8:10:32 AM PDT by gotribe (Limit The Government's Right To Bear Arms)
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To: PghBaldy

No...it appears that Obama has not announced clearly his intentions. Rather, he’s backing down. We will see in the coming days.

Are we arming the rebels yes or no? Right now he’s saying only small arms. In essence nothing.


32 posted on 06/15/2013 8:10:34 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: gotribe

I don’t see us at this point able to factor into the outcome. Unless there is a concerted agreement among NATO to get involved, it seems like the best course is to back off, and let them shoot the hell out of each other.


33 posted on 06/15/2013 8:11:49 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: nikos1121

So why don’t you be a brave patriot and go join the al queda rebels to send a message to Putin?


34 posted on 06/15/2013 8:11:51 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

You’re right. He’s backed us into a corner. All Putin needs is an excuse. McCain is calling for a no fly zone...Who is going to inforce that? And how without us losing pilots?


35 posted on 06/15/2013 8:13:52 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: GlockThe Vote

Why would I want to do that?


36 posted on 06/15/2013 8:15:54 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks nikos1121.
In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Russia threatened to send troops on behalf of the Egyptian army. President Nixon threatened a U.S. counteraction, reinforced the Sixth Fleet, and raised the U.S. worldwide military alert level to DEFCON 3. Russia stood down. That’s how the region works. Power deterring power. Obama deals instead in empty abstractions...

37 posted on 06/15/2013 8:19:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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38 posted on 06/15/2013 8:26:32 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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39 posted on 06/15/2013 8:26:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Getting involved in Syria is sheer madness.

This is all to advance the MB, Al Queada, and advance global Islamism.

Any of you stupid morons think its more important to teach putin a lesson here should send your own kids or yourselves to the front line w the jihadis and walk the walk.


40 posted on 06/15/2013 8:32:18 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: nikos1121

Putin is supporting the side that is against al-Qaeda. Meanwhile, Obama and Charles Krauthammer are supporting al-Qaeda.


41 posted on 06/15/2013 9:04:07 AM PDT by istandwithsarah (Game on!)
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To: caww

“Once WMDS are used, no matter who is responsible...something has to stop the use.....”

Why? WMDs or mortar barrages - same end result. Why should WMDs constitute an arbitary, contrived, sacrosanct line in the sand? The Bush neocons and obamabots use this excuse to involve the U.S. in conflicts inimical to our national interests, as though we are the world’s policemen.


42 posted on 06/15/2013 11:21:51 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: nikos1121

Bttt!!!


43 posted on 06/15/2013 2:49:17 PM PDT by Pagey (HELL is The 2nd Term of a POTUS who uses the terms “social justice” and “fair distribution".)
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To: nikos1121

Who cares what the President wants. It appears that John McCain and Bill Clinton are controlling US foreign policy now.


44 posted on 06/15/2013 4:13:04 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: nikos1121
Obama dithers while Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah bolster Assad.

What a sad statement it is when Russia, Iran and Hezbollah are right, and the POTUS is wrong.

45 posted on 06/15/2013 4:14:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BlatherNaut

If you can’t see the difference of our nation being attacked on it’s own land...9/11..under the Bush Administration.....

....and the dingbat we have now going into countries we are not at war with.... Then how do you expect to understand anything about the situation now..and or later?


46 posted on 06/15/2013 5:07:21 PM PDT by caww
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To: baddog 219

That photo expresses it perfectly! Wow! Good job there!


47 posted on 06/15/2013 5:29:54 PM PDT by caww
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To: baddog 219

That photo expresses it perfectly! Wow! Good job there!


48 posted on 06/15/2013 5:29:54 PM PDT by caww
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To: crosslink
Assad understands the mindset of the people he is dealing with...and the nations surrounding him....he could not have stayed in power with the approval he has had without the peoples support...they do not hate him...the original protesters simply wanted the reforms begun to move faster and others to be implemented....

....Assad met with the people frequently, he sis not ignore them and while these talks were occurring the terrorists moved in right from the beginning. He informed everyone of the reports about this...

Now he certainly wasn't a perfect leader and admits so...but compared to what we have in ‘0’? I think Assad would indeed be considered a moderate....though like Putin we do know who they are even if from time to time they say something sensible.

49 posted on 06/15/2013 5:41:25 PM PDT by caww
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“If you can’t see the difference of our nation being attacked on it’s own land...9/11..under the Bush Administration.....

....and the dingbat we have now going into countries we are not at war with.... Then how do you expect to understand anything about the situation now..and or later?”

I understand the situation perfectly. It could be argued that our initial response in Afghanistan was justified. However, since we have no vital interest in Afghanistan and have announced that we’re leaving in 2014, the continued loss of American lives is pointless.

Attacking Iraq over WMD that were not used against us and have never been found is highly questionable.

Regarding Syria, the only thing that is clear is that all players in the conflict are bad guys. Sending arms to the Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels that may in future be used against us as a response to alleged WMD use is foolish, particularly when siding with the rebels puts us in conflict with Russia and China. There are other responses (e.g. economic sanctions, pressure on trading partners,etc.).

The main point of my previous post was that the use of WMD is an excuse for Obama to get involved in the “Arab Spring” of yet another country. I mentioned Bush because he also used the same questionable excuse to invade Iraq.


50 posted on 06/15/2013 6:48:14 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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