Pusillanimous presidency: Obama’s “red line” in Syria spills into Europe

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Pusillanimous presidency: Obama's "red line" in Syria spills into Europe

By John Ruberry

The clear­est exam­ple of Pres­i­dent Obama’s pusil­lan­i­mous pres­i­dency is his approach to the con­tin­u­ing cri­sis in Syria.

Three years ago Obama warned Syria’s dic­ta­tor, Bashar al-​Assad, that if chem­i­cal weapons were used by the brute’s forces in his nation’s civil war, it would cross “a red line.”

Assad’s thugs responded by using chem­i­cal weapons in fatal attacks–and Obama did nothing.

A year ear­lier Obama declared, “The time has come for Pres­i­dent Assad to step aside.”

Assad is still in office and it appears likely that the despot will still head Syria’s gov­ern­ment after Obama returns to Chicago in six­teen months.

In 2013 France was within hours of lead­ing a mil­i­tary strike against Syria – but Obama backed off when he told his French coun­ter­part that he wanted to get con­gres­sional approval before per­mit­ting Amer­i­can par­tic­i­pa­tion. Obama knew what he was doing – no pres­i­dent can get autho­riza­tion from Con­gress for a mil­i­tary attack in a few hours unless there is an amphibi­ous assault on our east­ern seaboard.

Oddly enough Obama did not request approval from Con­gress for Amer­i­can forces to par­tic­i­pate in multi-​national attack on Muam­mar Gaddafi’s Libya.

Where are we three years after Assad crossed Obama’s red line?

At least 300,000 Syr­i­ans have been killed in the civil war and over four mil­lion refugees have left Syria. Over 12 mil­lion Syr­i­ans need human­i­tar­ian help and over seven mil­lion Syr­i­ans have been uprooted but remain in that unhappy nation. These are huge num­bers – and keep in mind that there are only 17 mil­lion Syrians.

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The Syr­ian cri­sis has spread beyond the Mid­dle East. Scenes of Syr­i­ans camp­ing out in Hun­gary and Aus­tria are a pre­lude of what will soon be com­mon through­out the Euro­pean Union. The ulti­mate goal of many Syr­ian refugees is not Mus­lim Turkey or Ara­bic Jor­dan or Lebanon, but the social wel­fare ben­e­fits of the most gen­er­ous EU states such as Swe­den and Germany.

Will the Syr­ian influx snap the Euro­pean Union safety net?

We will find out – but by then Obama won’t be pres­i­dent and that red line might have arrived on America’s shores.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

By John Ruberry

The clearest example of President Obama’s pusillanimous presidency is his approach to the continuing crisis in Syria.

Three years ago Obama warned Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad, that if chemical weapons were used by the brute’s forces in his nation’s civil war, it would cross “a red line.”

Assad’s thugs responded by using chemical weapons in fatal attacks–and Obama did nothing.

A year earlier Obama declared, “The time has come for President Assad to step aside.”

Assad is still in office and it appears likely that the despot will still head Syria’s government after Obama returns to Chicago in sixteen months.

In 2013 France was within hours of leading a military strike against Syria–but Obama backed off when he told his French counterpart that he wanted to get congressional approval before permitting American participation. Obama knew what he was doing–no president can get authorization from Congress for a military attack in a few hours unless there is an amphibious assault on our eastern seaboard.

Oddly enough Obama did not request approval from Congress for American forces to participate in multi-national attack on Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya.

Where are we three years after Assad crossed Obama’s red line?

At least 300,000 Syrians have been killed in the civil war and over four million refugees have left Syria. Over 12 million Syrians need humanitarian help and over seven million Syrians have been uprooted but remain in that unhappy nation. These are huge numbers–and keep in mind that there are only 17 million Syrians.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

The Syrian crisis has spread beyond the Middle East. Scenes of Syrians camping out in Hungary and Austria are a prelude of what will soon be common throughout the European Union. The ultimate goal of many Syrian refugees is not Muslim Turkey or Arabic Jordan or Lebanon, but the social welfare benefits of the most generous EU states such as Sweden and Germany.

Will the Syrian influx snap the European Union safety net?

We will find out–but by then Obama won’t be president and that red line might have arrived on America’s shores.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.