The Washington Post reported yesterday that Obama has proposed to Russia that he will “deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels.”
What part of the word “rebels” does Obama not get? The man is widely regarded as being highly intelligent, but he does not appear to understand what a “rebel” is. Further, Obama seems to think that Vladimir Putin is an idiot as well, if he thinks that Putin is going to ask Assad to quit fighting any forces that are trying to overthrow him.
The article goes on to express frustration the Putin is, indeed, not putting such pressure on Assad, which rather proves my point. What would the United States have thought if, during the Civil War, some foreign government had tried to get us to stop shelling the Confederate forces in, say, Vicksburg?
According to the Post, the Obama administration wants “the Assad regime to stop bombing certain Syrian rebel groups the United States does not consider terrorists.”
So apparently Obama does not understand what a civil war is either. Assad is not fighting terrorists, he is fighting rebels who are trying to overthrow the government of his country. He is protecting Christians and Alawites who are a major part of the Syrian population. He doesn’t care what any group of rebels call themselves, what flag they fly or to whom they claim fealty; if they are shooting at his army he is going to drop bombs and artillery on them.
And note that Obama wants Assad to stop bombing certain Syrian rebels because the United States does not consider them terrorists.
Assad is fighting for the life of his country, and he really does not care what the United States thinks. Think about the hubris of this. A nation is embroiled in a civil war, and our president has the gall to step in and tell that country how he should manage the fighting of that civil war.
We all know that power corrupts, but more subtly I think it leads to derangement.