Col. Bob Pappas, USMC (ret)
September 10, 2013
For more than two weeks Americans have been observing, listening and reading a flood of information about the Syrian chemical weapons attack, the resulting back and forth between Russia and the US, the Assad interview in which he denies the use of such weapons, the litany of arguments both for and against a US military strike against the Assad regime and amateur hour at the White House. If there is anyone with any brains in the Obama Administration it would be helpful if they would step up and take control. It is obvious that President Obama is so far over his head that at any moment there could be an announcement of his death by incompetence. Likewise for all his National Security Team...such as that is.
To General Dempsey's credit, he argued against a strike in Syria...but that matters not one iota in an Administration where the President changes Major Commanders like a daily change of soiled underwear. Some certainly deserve to be, but others who actually care about the US Constitution and their role in its defense are professionally emasculated or terminated with impunity. It is an indication of just how corrupt the federal government has become when one watches aghast at the breathtaking behavior of the current Administration, beginning at the top. But is it incompetence or intentional?
Assessed by traditional standards, one must conclude that Mr. Obama is incompetent. But that was obvious before the election and has been borne out as predicted. Yet, by contemporary standards, even traditionalists in the media, with notable exceptions, will not admit, despite an overwhelming mound of evidence that Mr. Obama was from the outset determined to cut the US down to size. So, a rational conclusion is that the Administration is a mix of both incompetence and anti-traditional US bias held by Mr. Obama, and that his efforts are playing out on the world stage to the detriment of the United States. Duplicitous rhetoric, constant doublespeak, personal malice shown through his general obfuscation when during a news conference in Sweden Obama asserted that the Red line is not his:
"...my credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line. And America and Congress' credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important... "
Adding to the Kabuki, in a pathetically comical statement made during a joint press conference in London, Secretary of State Kerry stated,
"We will be able to hold Bashar Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war. That is exactly what we're talking about doing – unbelievably small, limited kind of effort."
And through his own feckless statement, Secretary Kerry advances an apt description and analysis of himself and President Obama.
If I were planning to travel outside the US, I would cancel...not out of fear, but of shame.
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