Obama under stressThe Obama administration’s plan to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels is off to a swell start, if you define “swell” as “absolutely horrible.”

The Washington Post reported Nov. 2:

BEIRUT — The Obama administration’s Syria strategy suffered a major setback Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda routed U.S.-backed rebels from their main northern strongholds, capturing significant quantities of weaponry, triggering widespread defections and ending hopes that Washington will readily find Syrian partners in its war against the Islamic State.

Moderate rebels who had been armed and trained by the United States either surrendered or defected to the extremists as the Jabhat al-Nusra group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through the towns and villages the moderates controlled in the northern province of Idlib, in what appeared to be a concerted push to vanquish the moderate Free Syrian Army, according to rebel commanders, activists and analysts.

Every time the Western world tries to “negotiate” with Taliban leaders, it ends badly. Every time the U.S. tries to arm “moderate” Islamic fighters somewhere, it ends badly. You can not negotiate with people who inherently believe that you are evil and need to die. Likewise, those who hold the “moderate” version of such a belief system (i.e., “I think you should die, but I’m willing to shift the execution date for some cash and weapons,”) should not be armed and then left to their own devices.

This is common sense, and yet over and over again the masterminds in Washington, D.C. think that if only they are put in charge — if only they are sitting at the negotiation table — things will be different. The outcome never changes because the groups who seek to establish a world-wide Islamic caliphate will never deviate from their ultimate goal, even if they have to use deception to make it happen.

The only way to seriously change conditions on the ground is to be fully invested in the outcome. President Obama quite clearly wants as little to do with the Middle East as possible, despite naming the U.S.-led mission “Operation Inherent Resolve,” and the results will continue to favor the Islamic State group until a sitting U.S. president gets serious about the situation.

As has been said on this blog before, the president is so unwilling to accurately define America’s enemies that has gone on national television and said with a straight face that the Islamic State group is not Islamic. If a U.S. president fundamentally does not understand the nation’s enemies and does not have the stomach for a fight with them — let alone the strength needed to rally the American people in support of the cause — there should be no question as to which side will transform the world in its favor.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

4 comments

  1. There comes a time as a leader that you have to make the tough choices, it seems our president has issues with that. When you spend years preaching your views and it all comes down you have to dust yourself off and change the plan. It seems that we have a leader that would rather sink than change course.

    For a guy that preached about change he seems to lack the ability to change his plan or alter his views when they are proven to be wrong.

    1. It’s weird because in some sense he has changed. Unfortunately, things had to completely spiral out of control to the point where he’ll give a half-hearted attempt to set things straight. The problem with the Middle East is that if you go half-hearted, then you’re only going to make the situation worse.

      Say what you want about Bush, but through his resolve as president (and the blood of many U.S. troops), Iraq got to a pseudo-stable place. It was in an incredibly fragile state, but it was a far cry from what it has become today. Mr. Obama cut and run for the hills at the first opportunity at a time when doing so spelled disaster. He took short-term political gain in exchange for long-term global chaos.

    2. “He took short-term political gain in exchange for long-term global chaos.”

      He also exchanged our safety as well. I do not know how one can say they feel more safe not than they did before.

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