09.10.2013 0

The ‘unbelievably small’ president

John-Kerry-Unbelievably-Small-Syria-ResponseBy Rick Manning

There are times that I wish I wrote for Comedy Central or Saturday Night Live, sadly this is one of those because Obama and his foreign policy team have proven to be the butt of many jokes, and that makes America less safe.

After these past few weeks you can just envision Assad, North Korea’s Kim Il Jung and the Iranian mullahs quaking in their boots, not to mention Putin and the Chinese.

As someone who doesn’t believe that it is in our nation’s interest to kill Syrians in retaliation for either the Assad state terrorist regime or the bloodthirsty Al Qaida rebels using chemical weapons to kill Syrians, it is impossible to dismiss the subsequent Obama Administration statements defending action as dangerously naïve.

Not completely surprising as the entire justification for action is that the whole crisis came about due to a bumbling Obama trying to talk tough by drawing of a red line for U.S. intervention that he never thought he’d have to defend.

Sometimes sound bites come back to bite you in the donkey.

Now America and the world are being exposed to the Obama foreign policy dream team and old-time television’s Ted Mack would not have been able to find a less prepared crew.

Samantha Powers is the new Ambassador to the United Nations.  Promoted after a long, anonymous stint in the White House advising the President on foreign policy, Powers explained to Obama’s Center for American Progress progeny that,

“We worked with the UN to create a group of inspectors and then worked for more than six months to get them access to the country on the logic that perhaps the presence of an investigative team in the country might deter future attacks.

 “Or, if not, at a minimum, we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein’s monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing it’s people.”

You read it right.  Our ivory tower U.N. ambassador freely admits that she thought KGB born and bred Vladimir Putin would be swayed by the gassing of civilians in a civil war, and that the Iranian mullahs who cling to power through state terrorism would suddenly see the light if only exposed to her brilliance.

Instead, they ran circles around the fresh faced Obama academics who have jumped into a shark tank armed with a nerf gun and good intentions.

Not to be outdone, the pompous man who would have been president, no not the anti-industrial age climate warrior, but John Kerry our newly minted Secretary of State, incredibly promised that the war against Syria would be “unbelievably small.”

Suddenly, our nation’s moral outrage will be met with an “unbelievably small” response.  Now that will get the bad guys attention.  Kerry’s argument is that Congress should vote to bomb Syria but we promise that the million dollar tomahawk missiles won’t do much damage.

Perhaps he should send a note to Assad specifying the times and locations of the strikes to insure that nothing more than a milk factory gets annihilated?

Finally, you have Obama, the emperor with no clothes himself, who speaking at a press conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, boldly proclaimed that when House members and Senators, “… go through the classified briefings, they feel pretty confident that, in fact, chemical weapons were used and that the Assad regime used them.”

“Pretty confident” is hardly a stirring endorsement of the evidence by a president who is putting his entire regime’s credibility on the line based upon it.

In short, we have discovered what the red line in the sand actually is, if someone like Syria’s dictator does something we don’t like in a civil war against a band of proven terrorist thugs, then America should shoot off a few missiles and kill a few of the right Syrians to show how much we care about the world’s children.

It is times like this that America can be thankful that we have the first prospective Nobel Peace Prize winner sitting in the White House.  Otherwise, no one would believe the theatre of the absurd that is Obama’s foreign policy.

Rick Manning (@rmanning957) is the Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for Americans for Limited Government

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