Assad a reformer? Says who?

by Datechguy | March 28th, 2011

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Assad a reformer? Says who?

Says Mrs. Clin­ton. Michael Tot­ten who appar­ently knows more about Syria than any­one in the admin­is­tra­tion is pick­ing his jaw up from the floor:

He’s actu­ally a total­i­tar­ian state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism with Amer­i­can, Israeli, Lebanese, Iraqi, and Syr­ian blood on his hands. And some of that Syr­ian blood is still warm on the streets.

and as Gate­way pun­dit reminds us:

And, don’t for­get that for years this “reformer” Assad allowed ter­ror­ists on his soil who had been mov­ing, arm­ing, and fund­ing for­eign jihadists trav­el­ing through Syria into Iraq in coop­er­a­tion with al-​Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

The actual dif­fer­ence is that one is an Iran­ian satel­lite who’s opposed us in Iraq and the other gave in to us when it came to WMD after Iraq fell.

Of course as Israel matzav writes it could be a ques­tion of fear:

Though no one is yet talk­ing about a no-​fly zone over Syria, Obama admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials acknowl­edge the par­al­lels to Col. Muam­mar el-​Qaddafi. Some ana­lysts pre­dicted the admin­is­tra­tion will be cau­tious in press­ing Mr. Assad, not because of any alle­giance to him but out of a fear of what could fol­low him — a Sunni-​led gov­ern­ment poten­tially more rad­i­cal and Islamist than his Alaw­ite minor­ity government.

Frankly we aren’t in a posi­tion to inter­vene in Syria even if we want to, but why not sim­ply be ambigu­ous? Just say: “All options are on the table.” Make Syria and Iran sweat? Make Assard think he has to give concessions?

This is what comes of judg­ing based on what oth­ers want than our own national inter­est. 2012 can’t come fast enough.

Says Mrs. Clinton. Michael Totten who apparently knows more about Syria than anyone in the administration is picking his jaw up from the floor:

He’s actually a totalitarian state sponsor of terrorism with American, Israeli, Lebanese, Iraqi, and Syrian blood on his hands. And some of that Syrian blood is still warm on the streets.

and as Gateway pundit reminds us:

And, don’t forget that for years this “reformer” Assad allowed terrorists on his soil who had been moving, arming, and funding foreign jihadists traveling through Syria into Iraq in cooperation with al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

The actual difference is that one is an Iranian satellite who’s opposed us in Iraq and the other gave in to us when it came to WMD after Iraq fell.

Of course as Israel matzav writes it could be a question of fear:

Though no one is yet talking about a no-fly zone over Syria, Obama administration officials acknowledge the parallels to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Some analysts predicted the administration will be cautious in pressing Mr. Assad, not because of any allegiance to him but out of a fear of what could follow him — a Sunni-led government potentially more radical and Islamist than his Alawite minority government.

Frankly we aren’t in a position to intervene in Syria even if we want to, but why not simply be ambiguous? Just say: “All options are on the table.” Make Syria and Iran sweat? Make Assard think he has to give concessions?

This is what comes of judging based on what others want than our own national interest. 2012 can’t come fast enough.

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