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Here’s How Kerry, Hillary and Obama Let Assad Get Away with Murder

Kerry shuttled to Syria to “engage” Assad in 2006. Clinton called him a “reformer” after protests started. Obama gave Assad the gift of diplomatic ties while he was stockpiling chemical weapons. Assad fooled them all.

Israeli postal workers distributed gas masks to residents of Jerusalem on August 7 ,2012, due to recent warnings from Iran and Syria. Iran's president and other leaders have repeatedly threatened the State of Israel with violence and destruction.

An Israeli official says that the US will give the country only "hours" advanced notice of an attack on Syria. In picture: a woman tried on a gas mask.
Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

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Syrian President Bassar al-Assad has fooled everyone for years except himself and Pulitzer Prize journalist Joel Brinkley, who saw the handwriting on the wall two years ago and described him as “the most dangerous man in the world.”

But John Kerry both as Senator during the Bush administration and now as Secretary of State, and Hillary Clinton and President Obama knew better. All you have to do is “engage” the ruthless dictator and he will love you.

That is the way it works in the Middle East 101 at  Foggy Bottom University, but that is not the way it works in the real Middle East.

How did the world get in this mess of a dictator murdering men, women and child before everyone’s eyes while no one does anything about it?

All of the reasons boil down to the fact that no one, including some Israeli officials, can see the Middle East without blinders that reflect wishful thinking.

In 2006,  Kerry was head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and conducted a “fact-finding “ tour at the same time that it was clear that the Syrian regime was involved in the assassination of nationalists in the government of Lebanon, where Syria had been pulling the strings for years and developed its alliance with Hezbollah.

The Bush administration was not thrilled with Kerry’s imitative but could not openly oppose it. “The administration has their position, and it’s not my job at this point – from here particularly – to make comments about their policy,” Kerry said at the time. “They have their position as the executive branch and we have our position as a separate, co-equal branch of government.”

Even seven years ago Kerry knew better than President Bush’s advisers and stated that the Bush administration’s refusal to talk to Syria and Iran was “a mistake” and “the kind of policy that’s got us into trouble” in the region.

Anyone living in the Middle East knows that once a leading senator comes for friendly talks with one of the wicked men on earth, that means the United States does not have a strong will to isolate and weaken him.

That became even clearer after Obama was elected. The Bush administration had withdrawn its ambassador from Damascus when it was clear that Assad was trying to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes.

The Obama administration wore special glasses.

A reporter covering the State Dept. asked in 2010, “Why are you are reversing the status of diplomacy in Damascus, raising it to full ambassador” at a time when Syria was not cooperating with the IAEA? “Why this holding out of hands to Syria which is equally in contravention of the IAEA, and getting more tough on Iran?”

The State Dept. explained, “Given the issues in the region, we thought it was appropriate to have a representative there full time, to be able to have the kind of discussion and dialogue with Syria that we need, to encourage them where we think they’re taking steps that are positive, and also to continue very direct dialogue…. We clearly want to see comprehensive peace and that would involve progress on the Syrian-Israeli track as well as the other tracks.”

Got it? Israel is the key. Make peace with Israel, and the world will be dandy.

Forcing Israel to surrender land, in this case the strategic Golan Heights, was far more important to the Obama administration than less important things, like  nukes and chemical weapons.

But the State Dept. has an answer for everything.

“We remain concerned about Syria’s nuclear activity,” Crowley said. “They have not explained what was happening at the Al-Kibar reactor. It’s refused to cooperate with the IAEA or account for chemically processed uranium found at two sites. We’re not putting an ambassador into Damascus as a favor to Syria; we’re putting an ambassador in Damascus so we can have the kind of direct conversation and engagement that we think is necessary in the region in the 21st century.

“We are going to have an ambassador there who will engage Syria on the full range of issues, those areas where we think there’s opportunity for cooperation and those areas where we have concerns about Syria’s ongoing activity, whether it’s unexplained nuclear activity, whether it’s support of terrorism, whether it’s the presence of extremist groups in Damascus, whether it’s unhelpful activity that Syria is engaged in with respect to Iraq.”

Cooperation was less than zero. Assad, as Mr. Hyde, brought in weapons from Russia and Iran and stockpiled poison gas while as Dr. Jekyll, he turned on his charm for visiting dignitaries.

In 2011, Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State until this past January, uttered her infamous “Assad is a reformer” statement three months after the Arab Spring protests began.

After “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer noted that Assad’s father had killed 25,000 people during an uprising, Clinton opined that his son was a “different leader.”

After she was criticized for her stupidly naïve remarks, she continued to show her ignorance of the Middle East. “We’re also going to continue to urge that the promise of reform, which has been made over and over again and which you reported on just a few months ago – I’m a reformer, I’m going to reform, and I’ve talked to members of Congress and others about that, that we hear from the highest levels of leadership in Syria – will actually be turned into reality.”

The “reality” show for Syria has been tens and tens of thousands, probably closer to 200,000, tortured, starved, murdered and now gassed.

The Washington Post reported two years ago that President Obama believed that “a peace deal between Israel and Syria would help stabilize the region, [and] over congressional opposition, he returned the ambassador to Damascus.”

Kerry, as head of the Senate Foreign  Relations Committee, showed his credentials to become Secretary of State by having stated, “My judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it.”

Washington simply could not see Syria’s close ties with Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah. All it could see was the vision of peace with Israel.

Shortly after the “Assad is a reformer” episode, Joel Brinkley wrote for Tribune Media Services that Assad is a “duplicitous dictator…has duped presidents and prime ministers into believing he is their indispensable friend – even as he facilitates the killing of American troops, collects weapons of mass destruction and serves as the supply master for terrorist groups.”

Brinkley said the Obama administration’s views of Assad are “delusional” when considering that “since the Iraq war’s beginning, [Assad] has been the best friend of Islamic extremists transiting into Iraq. They’ve crossed the Syrian border by the busload, in full view of U.S. spy satellites.

“He sells missiles to Hezbollah, the terrorist group in southern Lebanon that is the avowed enemy of Israel and the United States.’

And chemical weapons were not a secret.

Brinkley wrote, “American intelligence shows that Syria has a vast store of chemical weapons.”

The headlines today are as if something new has happened. All of a sudden everyone is an expert on Assad, but everyone has been wrong .

Ehud Barak, as Defense Minister in the Olmert government, was sure that Assad’s days were numbered.

Everyone has said that it is only a matter of time before the rebels beat him down.

The Obama administration blindly let Assad turn into a Frankenstein.

But no matter what happens, President Barack Obama can fall back on the “peace process” to solve the problems of the Middle East.

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About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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27 Responses to “Here’s How Kerry, Hillary and Obama Let Assad Get Away with Murder”

  1. The three horsemen of the acopalypse: Obama H. Clinton and Kerry.

  2. carimachet says:

    TurtleWoman777 perthtones and the isreali state what about their genocide – aparthied > since how many years before 1948 ??

  3. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones yes,everything points2Israel not #PplOfIsrael butGovtAgain #ConflictOfInterest #RulesTheWorld or should i say Still?

  4. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones ever since Sarah got #Jealous! Over Hagar thousands of years ago..holding grudge agaist her step child. #LongStory

  5. perthtones says:

    TurtleWoman777 Yep, families… what do you do ;o) carimachet

  6. carimachet says:

    TurtleWoman777 perthtones i was watching PBSMediaShift about the life of muhammad the other day yup going on a long time > same issue

  7. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift i learned about Muhammad working on PhD n TranspersonalPyschology .. beautiful stories made me cry :)

  8. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift mom was #Christian + StepDad was #Muslim #Coexist fine as they #Both #LoveJesus many don’t know that.

  9. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift they accepted #MultiCultural #Diversity w #Respect for #Dignity and #Freedom we all know what’s #Good

  10. carimachet says:

    TurtleWoman777 perthtones PBSMediaShift wish more people knew what you know > he did a lot of work on social justice

  11. carimachet says:

    TurtleWoman777 perthtones PBSMediaShift ppl think only muslims live in the “middle east”

  12. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift hahahaha! and people think you might be a terrorist if your a muslim!! That’s an OutRAGE!

  13. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift hahaha! and #FreedomOfReligion only if your #MyReligion haha! That’s terrible! :((

  14. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift hahaha! and #FreedomOfReligion only if your #MyReligion haha! That’s terrible! :((

  15. TurtleWoman777 says:

    carimachet perthtones PBSMediaShift i laugh at the ignorance+cry at #IslamPhobia based on #fear! i say #EducateYourselfB4makingJudgements

  16. carimachet says:

    TurtleWoman777 perthtones PBSMediaShift AGREED and thanks for being smart

  17. Cody Flecker says:

    The war in Syria appears to be going to the side of Assad, to Liberals, this is the optimum play. to maintain the overall peace in the Middle East. The best thing that could happen is to have a magic fairy come down and wipe away all of the rulers, despots, kings and dictators in the Middle East, and replace these terrible leaders with true Democracy advocates. We know that this is fanciful, as these men will stay in power no matter what comes their way. Replacing Assad for the Al Queda types would really be a tragic mistake. Just look at Afghanistan if you do not believe me.

  18. A voice of reason is never listened to – especially by solipsistic leaders such as Obama that hasn't a clue on worldly matters, let alone regional conflicts. Obama will do down in history as one of the worst presidents ever – however, it is us today that have to live through the hell he is creating both nationally and world wide. Shalom to a great nation.

  19. There are four horsemen of the acopalypse: Carter., Obama, H. Clinton and Kerry.

  20. CosmUnity says:

    cossa68 FloridaJayhawk I Know That U are Right !

  21. The question is asked "How did the world get in this mess of a dictator murdering men, women and child before everyone’s eyes while no one does anything about it?" Technology may allow for instant coverage in our global village but how is this dictator different than Hitler and his systematic annihilation of men, women and children? When news began to leak from Europe about gas chambers and killing fields did the President of US (FDR) or the State Dept bomb the railway lines or camps? The answer is a resounding NO. They even sent innocent people on the Saint Lewis back to Germany where death awaited them. I don't see the current US administration as being different from FDR & his cronies except that the Syrians are not killing Jews they are killing their own population.

  22. God will repay whoever touches His people.

  23. Miguel Alicea Florida says:

    This is why we need to stay out of the middle east. We do not understand their ways.. We tend to give someone power and then take power away. What makes the USA so Godly only he give and takes away. Imagine if the USA stayed out of any world conflicts for a year, what would happen? I have no idea but its worth a try, I think..

  24. Miguel Alicea Florida says:

    This is why we need to stay out of the middle east. We do not understand their ways.. We tend to give someone power and then take power away. What makes the USA so Godly only he give and takes away. Imagine if the USA stayed out of any world conflicts for a year, what would happen? I have no idea but its worth a try, I think..

  25. Yechiel Baum says:

    so did Bill and Clinton and Bush.

  26. Karen Parchem Corbman says:

    I stopped reading this nonsense when the author spoke of Kerry, as chair of the SRFC in 2006 headed an investigation. In fact, the Republicans controlled the Senate – Lugar was chair and Kerry was the FOURTH ranking Democrat – behind Biden, Sarbanes and Dodd! This is very easy to check — and show the author is just making things up.

  27. Karen Parchem Corbman says:

    I stopped reading this nonsense when the author spoke of Kerry, as chair of the SRFC in 2006 headed an investigation. In fact, the Republicans controlled the Senate – Lugar was chair and Kerry was the FOURTH ranking Democrat – behind Biden, Sarbanes and Dodd! This is very easy to check — and show the author is just making things up.

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