Syrian situation reveals Obama's hypocrisy

Sept. 19, 2013 at 4:19 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

President Obama's inept handling of the Syrian civil war has showcased the hypocrisy that has marked him and his administration from its inception. A prudent people would hold him accountable for that hypocrisy.

He effectively drew a red line in the Syrian sand and spins that as a line drawn by the international community.

Syrian civil war deaths prior to use of chemical weapons is known to be 100,000 or more. Obama says 1,429 were killed by sarin gas. I am adamantly opposed to any United States military intervention into Syria.

But for Obama and his elite supporters who demand a punishment for those 1,429 deaths, where was the outrage over the other 100,000 already dead? Are these deaths somehow seen as more merciful and acceptable?

Since the red line was crossed, Obama was compelled to act. He proposed missile strikes into Assad's military structure. Seeking support from any corner of the world, he was met with resounding rejection. He was all alone except for his power elite and poised to strike, already having announced enough details to compromise any mission's effectiveness.

He turned to Congress to save face and deflect responsibility, declaring "I believe our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress." The same Congress he eschews in passing the health care monstrosity, the same Congress he eschews in advancing gun control. The hypocrisy is stunning. All along, he has been willing to rely on puppets Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, weakening and dividing the country as none before him have. But now that his face needs saving, he invokes the will of the people through their elected representatives. Where before was this reaching out to make the nation stronger?

American territory and people were not threatened by Assad and his sarin gas. But American territory in Benghazi was overrun, and our own people killed. Obama and his administration obfuscated and did nothing. He stonewalled Congress, with whom now all of a sudden he curries favor. Benghazi will not be mentioned in the Obama "legacy."

In future elections, beware of smooth-talking socialist community organizers.

Steve Fiedler, Victoria



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