April 30, 2013

Laughingstocks of the World

Traveling the world, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are faithfully representing the Obama administration foreign policy and showing it to be a collection of red lines that move, game-changers that change nothing, and empty declarations of “we’ve got your back.” In short, they're showing us to be the laughingstock of the world.

Who can forget President Obama’s red line regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria? Turns out that red line is little more than a moving goal post (see below).

For those who wonder how holocausts are allowed to occur, take a look at today's debate regarding the crisis in Syria. The U.S. administration and the rest of the world are demanding conclusive evidence as to the use of chemical weapons.

Well, the only kind of conclusive evidence one usually gets in situations like this are dead bodies. Picture, if you will, a similar debate being conducted in America (including among American Jews) during WWII, as European Jewry was being annihilated.

Israel (and other US allies) take note: When an American president talks about having your back, red lines, or game-changers, he means AFTER he's been provided with conclusive evidence of your death.

Times of Israel  |  April 30, 2013

Hagel: No Action Until Syrian Sarin attacks Fully Assessed

Days after declaring Washington believes Assad used chemical weapons, US trying to piece together details, defense secretary says

Chuck Hagel speaking with reporters after reading a statement on chemical weapon use in Syria during a press conference in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. (photo credit: AP/Jim Watson, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US and its allies are still trying to figure out details of Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday, as international officials pressed for broader access to suspected attack sites.

Speaking to Pentagon reporters, Hagel refused to discuss any military options including whether or not the US would be willing to take unilateral action against the Syrian regime or if the administration would act only in concert with allies.

The Obama administration said last week that US intelligence had concluded that Syrian government forces likely used chemical agents against rebels in two attacks, but said there were “varying degrees of confidence” about how large an attack it may have been.

Since then the administration has come under withering criticism from members of Congress demanding that the US take steps to protect the Syrian people by setting up either a safe zone or a no-fly zone over at least parts of the country.

“We are continuing to assess what happened — when, where,” said Hagel. “I think we should wait to get the facts before we make any judgments on what action, if any should be taken, and what kind of action.”

US officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have said that chemical weapons — likely the nerve agent sarin — were used on two occasions.

Syria wants any investigation limited to an incident in the Khan al-Assal village in the Aleppo province in March that reportedly killed 31 people, but UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants a broader investigation, that would include a December incident in Homs.

Britain, France, Israel and Qatar also believe chemical weapons have been used in Syria’s two-year-old civil war. President Barack Obama has said that use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad’s regime, or the transfer of those stockpiles to terrorists would cross a “red line” and have “enormous consequences.”

Original article here.


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