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The Endgame in Syria
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  • Fat_Man

    Obama will not rest until he figures out how to betray the Kurds, the US’s last unbetrayed friends.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Our only hope is that he is so incompetent that he screws up his betrayals

      • Andrew Allison

        Unfortunately, betrayal seems to be the one thing he’s good at.

        • Fat_Man

          It is too late for us. We are here:

          “Per me si va ne la citta dolente,
          per me si va ne l’etterno dolore,
          per me si va tra la perduta gente.
          Giustizia mosse il mio alto fattore;
          fecemi la divina podestate,
          la somma sapienza e ‘l primo amore.
          Dinanzi a me non fuor cose create
          se non etterne, e io etterno duro.
          Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.”

          “Through me the way to the city of woe,
          through me the way to everlasting pain,
          through me the way among the lost.
          Justice moved my maker on high.
          Divine power made me,
          wisdom supreme, and primal love.
          Before me nothing was but things eternal,
          and eternal I endure.
          Abandon all hope, you who enter here.”

          http://etcweb.princeton.edu/dante/pdp/
          Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri,
          Book Inferno, Canto III: 1-9

        • f1b0nacc1

          Sadly, I must agree…

  • adk

    ” White House has not yet come to grips with what engagement will actually take.”
    No, it’s you, the TAI writers, who have to come to grips with the Administration’s two main actual goals, then you wouldn’t have to scratch your heads every time Obama does something you can’t comprehend. So there: goal #1: push through the Iran deal, and #2: do not get involved on the ground near the actual fighting.

    Corollary to #1 is to not upset Iranian mullahs in any way; Assad is Iran’s client, thus he’s not to be molested by US. Hence, fight ISIS (or ISIL) who are Assad’s and Iran’s enemy, but (see #2) in such a way that no American soldier gets in the harm’s way. Erdogan (formerly known as Obama’s best ME friend) and his needs now don’t really count (see #1,2 again) unless, of course, it’s Israel that upsets Erdogan once again.

  • Ellen

    I will never figure out, for the life of me, why Obama stuck with Kerry as his SOS, after his 2 ignominious peace process failures with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Syrian civil war. This reminds me of one of those idiotic 1960’s slogans, “What if they gave a war and no one came?” How about, “What if they gave a peace process in Geneva, and no one serious showed up except John Kerry?”

    Well, that’s pretty much what happened in both cases, and Kerry offered to resign, if anyone bothers to remember that detail. Obama insisted that he stay on to push through the negotiated deal, or as the other commentators have pointed out – the negotiated betrayal with Iran. Did Obama really think Kerry was up to negotiating with the Persians? Was he even paying attention to what happened in the other two scenarios? Or did he sabotage his own negotiation process, for some inexplicable reason, by putting the dumbest possible person to negotiate with the world’s best hagglers?

    I’ll never figure that out, but frankly Obama is on his way out and is not even worth psychoanalyzing anymore.

    The good news is that Grace Meng – a Democratic Congresswoman from Queens, and the first Asian American to get elected to the Congress from NY State, has just announced she will vote against the Iran deal in September. This is an act of bravery for a 2d term Congresswoman from NYC. Please pay attention to the fact that her gerry-mandered district includes part of Chuck Schumer’s old district (and Anthony Weiner’s). I have a sneaking suspicion that Schumer is using her as his canary in the coal mine, of a sort. She may be only the first of many Democrats to vote against the Iran deal, and she is a useful way to start off this particular episode of betrayal, because she is Chinese and therefore not one of the usual suspects from NY. Good for her, and bad for Obama. And I bet that tells us something about how Schumer is going to vote on this issue.

    • Andrew Allison

      Um, isn’t it obvious that Kerry is still around because he does as he’s told?

      • Ellen

        I don’t believe that. From what I understand, Kerry was given a long rope to do as he pleased on the first 2 peace processes. Maybe on Iran, he was given more direction, but he was the one who took the initiative on the other failures. On Iran, I agree, he was just carrying out orders to capitulate on all issues.

    • adk

      What really matters to Obama is absolute loyalty to him personally; competence counts for little, brain and independence are disqualifying factors, see,e.g, Kathleen Sebelius, Obamacare roll-out; cf.Chuck Hagel — not very bright(OK), but also not loyal enough(deadly).

      • Ellen

        I think you’re right. He consistently picks dunces for all his cabinet positions because they will be loyal to him; who else would give any of these people those positions of significance?

        There are a few exceptions. Hillary Clinton who is smart, was allowed to be SOS only because she was stripped of any power to do anything other than travel the world and produce soundbites promoting his policies, on which she had no influence. The other exception is Treasury Sec. Jacob Lew who is a religious Jew and is there for window dressing, to cover Obama’s hideous policies regarding Israel.

  • Anthony

    See Charlie Rose 7-29-15: Syria, Turkey, Kurds (Iraqi, Syrian, and Turkish).

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