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Hillary Distances Herself from Obama in Middle East
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  • lukelea

    Hillary says, “…if we were to carefully vet, train, and equip early on a core group of the developing Free Syrian Army . . .”

    Of course the vetting is the hard part. In fact it is well nigh impossible for us as outsiders, as our experience in both Iraq and Afghanistan has demonstrated. We don’t have to capacity to tell who is a friend and who is only pretending to be a friend. Why should we think we will be any better at it in the future than we have in the past? Seems like wishful thinking to me.

    • f1b0nacc1

      While I entirely agree with your post (and this should be in fact the stake through the heart of the argument that we should involve ourselves at all in Syria), let me add a small amplification.
      Even if we COULD magically ascertain who our friends are, arming them would still likely be dangerous. After all, what we have seen in Syria (and through much of the Middle East) is that however much it may pain us, the Islamists tend to be better fighters than the so-called ‘moderates’. Hence anything we provide to our friends in the way of support would likely fall into the hands of our enemies over time.

  • Breif2

    “With the chances looking less and less that President Obama will be followed by a foreign policy soulmate when his term ends, foreigners are going to increasingly look past him as they try to understand where U.S. policy is headed in the medium term.”

    Or they might decide that it’s more trouble than it’s worth tying themselves to a nation subject to such mood swings.

    • FriendlyGoat

      A “mood swing” is Ted Cruz. We’re thankfully not there yet—-by a long shot.

  • Bruce

    It does not matter what HRC is saying about Obama. Our allies and enemies are smart enough to form their own judgments without being told what to think by her. They know that Obama is hapless and far left. American voters aren’t engaged enough to differentiate between HRC’s foreign policy and Obama’s. What percentage of the population reads “The Atlantic”? 1%? Of that 1%, probably 75% are in New York.

    • Curious Mayhem

      Atlantic is the high-brow stuff, agreed. But it does filter out. Eventually, more and more voters pick up on big, basic things like this — if they detach themselves from the ridiculous broadcast TV news.

  • rheddles

    Lot of this going on as the rubes who voted for this charlatan twice self identify.

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