Friday, July 29, 2016

The Syria Cover-Up

A source with access to White House officials said the administration acknowledges that partnering with Russia could worsen the dynamics on the ground, but that the president was just trying to cover his bases until he steps down in November. The source said the White House feels it cannot not be seen to be doing nothing against an Al-Qaeda affiliate at a time of heightened national security in America. Were there to be an attack in the United States that was claimed by Al-Qaeda, even if not Jabhat al-Nusra, the president's legacy would be destroyed, they explained.

And covering one’s bases at this stage seems to call for covering up Russia’s multiplying war crimes in Syria as well. This is clearly not a strategy meant to help the Syrian people, but one designed to help Obama protects his precious legacy. But no matter hard Obama tries, there’s no escaping the fact and the shame that the Syrian Genocide unfolded on his watch and due, in part, to his inability to empathize with the Syrian people. There were many moments when he could have done thing to prevent or stop this tragedy, and he did nothing. Even now, the only thing he cares about is “covering his bases.”

The only silver lining here is that Hillary seems genuinely interested in revisiting the Syria policy one in office taking note of the “murderous” nature of the Assad regime, that is, if she gets elected. Meanwhile, thousands will die with their bases uncovered.

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