Moderate Muslims rarer than WMD

Syria: Obama chases mirages of moderates in Syria.
In the Bush years we chased the trail of WMD.

If the Bush administration was in search of WMDs, the Obama regime is in a perpetual search for “Muslim moderates”. In the end, neither may find the holy grail, as both are kept well-hidden and at least under tight control. I’m not going to bother stating which one there is more evidence of, but the use of WMDs was confirmed in Syria. Moderate Muslims are proving far more illusive every day.

September 5, 2013

    (Reuters) – Secretary of State John Kerry’s public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.

    General Martin Dempsey, warned: “Syria is not about choosing between two sides but rather about choosing one among many sides. [if you like playing the odds]

    “It is my belief that the side we choose must be ready to promote their interests and ours when the balance shifts in their favor,” Dempsey wrote. “Today they are not.”

The Blaze 9/27/13

The Raqqah Revolutionaries Brigade and the God’s Victory Brigade abandoned their secular command and pledged loyalty to the Al Nusrah last week, Reuters reported.

The Raqqah Revolutionaries Brigade is believed to have more than 700 fighters in its ranks. According to the Long War Journal, the “size of the God’s Victory Brigade, which announced its merger with the Al Nusrah Front on Facebook, was not disclosed, but it is said to have 15 battalions.” Those battalions can have dozens to hundreds of fighters, according to the website.

By Greg Miller, Published: October 2 ] Wash Post

    The CIA is expanding a clandestine effort to train opposition fighters in Syria amid concern that moderate, U.S.-backed militias are rapidly losing ground in the country’s civil war, U.S. officials said.

    But the CIA program is so minuscule that it is expected to produce only a few hundred trained fighters each month even after it is enlarged, a level that officials said will do little to bolster rebel forces that are being eclipsed by radical Islamists in the fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Both Obama and Kerry are playing a dangerous game where an optimal goal is a stalemate with the Islamists, rather than defeat of them. Its a losing proposition.

Moderates today… Islamic extremists tomorrow. Odds on finding then confirming WMD are much better.

Related: https://rightring.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/al-qaeda-seized-weapons-for-syria-rebels/

Putin and Obama: role play

I feel like I awoke from a nap in an alternative universe, where everything is backwards or reversed from the norm. I’ve already seen the ‘right is wrong – wrong is right’ kind of thing before, so that doesn’t shock me but everything else does.

Here is Obama the non-interventionist, anti-war candidate now being lectured by Putin on his third intervention. MaObama is now being upstaged by the pacifist Putin. Could it be more surreal than that?

Obama

“Indeed, I’d ask every member of Congress, and those of you watching at home tonight, to view those videos of the attack, and then ask: What kind of world will we live in if the United States of America sees a dictator brazenly violate international law with poison gas, and we choose to look the other way?”

Putin op-ed:

“If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.”

Obama:

“America is not the world’s policeman. Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own children safer over the long run, I believe we should act. That’s what makes America different. That’s what makes us exceptional.”

Putin:

“And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy.
Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”

Here we are with Obama trying to apply, and define, American exceptionalism — after campaigning against it — to make his case. And Putin is lecturing the anti-American exceptionalism candidate about equality and the declaration of independence.

Neither is being true to themselves. But it does make for a great exhibition. Maybe Obama can instruct Putin on how to put the Soviet Union back together? That is sort of the equivalent. Only Putin’s message can find resonance with Obama’s supporters, who he is aiming it at.

It’s almost as laughable as Abbott and Costello’s performance of “who’s on first?”. It couldn’t be more absurdly surreal. They could almost take this act on the road.

Red Line

Obama’s Meaningless ‘Red Line’?

8:55 PM, Apr 25, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
 

The Obama administration now believes that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad may have used chemical weapons. Today the White House released a letter explaining that the American “intelligence community does assess with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specially the chemical agent sarin.”

 

Now that Assad has crossed an Obama redline, will the administration’s Syria policy get tougher? Don’t count on it. Obama announced last summer that the use of chemical weapons “would change my calculations significantly.” Britain, France and Israel have all reported within the last two weeks that Assad used chemical weapons as recently as March and likely more than once. But the administration still wanted more proof.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-s-meaningless-red-line_719144.html

CBS news:

The White House said the evidence of Syrian chemical weapons attacks is still too thin and President Obama’s red line has not been crossed, and that means military intervention by the United States in the Syrian civil war is not imminent and not guaranteed but more study and investigation is needed.

When Obama said WMD would be “a Gamechanger” he meant it starts a new game.

A little trouble in the communications dep….