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Perhaps you've heard of the excessive violence that took place in Syria over the Easter weekend as government forces killed hundreds. What you haven't heard, of course, is any outright condemnation and demand for action against such atrocities coming from the Obama Administration.
I guess we're to assume the vaunted "Responsibility to Protect" (given the very hip logo R2P by the very hip Obama team) ends at the border of Syria? That was the question Richard Baehr was pondering:
Recall that Hillary Clinton, a few weeks back, said Assad was a reformer, and the Administration encouraged him to continue with his reforms. This does not seem to be advice that is being heeded. The Assad regime seems to prefer blowing people's brains out, and submission.
It would be hard to argue that Libya has more strategic importance to the West and the U.S. than Syria, which has funneled weapons to Hezb'allah and Hamas, interfered for years in Lebanon, and aligned itself politically with Iran, despite decades of U.S. engagement. Our troops are engaged in three wars, unemployment remains close to 9%, the economy is slowing (projected growth rates have been adjusted lower by many economists in recent weeks), gas prices are at an all time high, and yet, the President had a good week.
Or to put it more precisely, he had a good fundraising week. It is 19 months before the election, and the President is doing what he does best: campaign and fundraise for the one job that really matters to him.
In case you were moved by Obama's most compassionate call to protect innocent Libyans from the atrocities of their leaders, perhaps you'd like to view what the great "reformers" in Syria are up to? If so, find it here.
I previously asked the question how someone who found action in Iraq unjustifiable could possibly intervene in Libya. Baehr now asks an equally important and unanswered question: how can someone who finds action in Libya justified not do the same in Syria?
Obama can't answer these questions because Obama isn't a leader. He's an agitating, fund-raising community organizer...period.