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Obama Said Criticism Of His Syria Policy Is ‘Horsesh*t’

From the Daily Beast:

Exclusive: Obama Told Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ‘Horsesh*t’

By Josh Rogin | August 11, 2014

President Obama got angry at lawmakers who suggested in a private meeting that he should have armed the Syrian rebels, calling the criticism “horseshit.” …

Just before the Congressional recess, President Obama invited over a dozen Senate and House leaders from both parties to the White House to talk about foreign policy. According to two lawmakers inside the meeting, Obama became visibly agitated when confronted by bipartisan criticism of the White House’s policy of slow-rolling moderate Syrian rebels’ repeated requests for arms to fight the Assad regime and ISIS.

According to one of the lawmakers, Sen. Bob Corker asked the President a long question that included sharp criticisms of President Obama’s handling of a number of foreign policy issues—including Syria, ISIS, Russia, and Ukraine. Obama answered Corker at length. Then, the president defended his administration’s actions on Syria, saying that the notion that many have put forth regarding arming the rebels earlier would have led to better outcomes in Syria was “horseshit.”

So Obama is now saying it would have been useless to arm the Syrian rebels. But everybody seems to forget that Obama did eventually arm the rebels — just last year. (See the two articles below.)

Of course, Obama waited until it was too late for any ‘moderate’ rebels to do anything. And so late it was certain the arms would go to ISIS. Who then turned them on Iraq. So we got the worst of all possible outcomes.

From the Associated Press:

Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels

By JULIE PACE and LOLITA C. BALDOR | June 14, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.

As we said at the time, if they aid the rebels, they will be putting weapons in the hands of the ‘extremists.’ And we were right.

U.S. officials confirmed Obama’s authorization Thursday after the White House announced it had conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime used chemical weapons against opposition forces…

In fact, Obama didn’t base this decision on the determination that Assad was using chemical weapons. He had already decided to arm the rebels (at this point ISIS) weeks earlier.

From the Washington Post:

Decision to arm Syrian rebels was reached weeks ago, U.S. officials say

By Karen DeYoung, Anne Gearan and Scott Wilson | June 14, 2013

President Obama’s decision to begin arming the Syrian rebels followed more than a year of internal debate over whether it was worth the dual risks of involving the United States in another war and seeing U.S. weapons fall into the hands of extremist groups among the rebels.

The White House said the final push came this week after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded with “high certainty” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons against the rebels. But U.S. officials said that the determination to send weapons had been made weeks ago and that the chemical weapons finding provided fresh justification to act…

As we have noted, a year ago Iraq was begging for US airstrikes against ISIS while they were still concentrated in staging areas around Iraq. Which could have gone a long way towards wiping them out. But instead, Obama was arming ISIS in Syria. Giving them weapons that they soon pointed at Iraq.

On top of that, Obama was refusing to help Iraq until they forced their democratically installed Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to resign. That is to say, Obama was demanding regime change in ‘sovereign Iraq.’

Mind you, this is the same Maliki that Obama now says wouldn’t let him keep troops in Iraq. And Obama says he dared not oppose him. But now he has helped to depose him.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Said Criticism Of His Syria Policy Is ‘Horsesh*t’”

  1. captstubby says:

    i heard the proposed theme for the Obama library is Horsesh*t.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Of course, Obama waited until it was too late for any ‘moderate’ rebels to do anything. And so late it was certain the arms would go to ISIS. Who then turned them on Iraq. So we got the worst of all possible outcomes.”

    Complete and utter incompetence or brilliant manipulation?

    A distinction without a difference?

    “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity”.

    So I have to go with incompetence. Rush did a piece today that the low information types don’t know they’re incompetent because they lack the basic mental skills to realize it.

    Thus, it’s entirely possible that these uber-geniuses in government, with sheepskins that paper their walls many times over, are so incredibly naive, unaware, detached and aloof that they actually believe the world will cooperate with their theories, suppositions and postulations.

    Of course, this is not true, nor will it ever be.

    But you have to be a special kind of stupid to let your own ego have you believe you are flawless, impervious, made of Kryptonite and (as Travis Tritt sang), “Ten feet tall and bullet proof.”.

    I have watched hundreds of movies and TV shows where the so-called genius is characteristically flawed to the point of self-destruction. Isn’t it amazing that with such readily available and very watched stories our government actually believes it’s not about them in that regard?

    They really don’t see it. How can they not? (rhetorical)

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