Conservative champions of an assertive and forward-leaning U.S. foreign policy have been looking for a reason to support Obama’s quest for military intervention in Syria. We recognize that Assad is a steadfast Iranian ally who is doing Tehran’s bidding.
We realize that the U.S. has vital national security interests at stake in the Middle East; and that the Iranian-Syrian axis of evil has American blood on its hands.
Unfortunately, with tonight’s speech, any hope that Obama might have had to earn the support of hawkish, Jacksonian Republicans such as myself may have been lost. The speech was an exercise in strategic incoherence, tactical confusion, and geopolitical weakness.
Indeed, let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall shun any price, shirk any burden, dodge any hardship, betray any friend, appease any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of “nation-building at home.”
What a terrible message Obama has sent to oppressed peoples the world over, and especially in the Middle East: We sympathize with you, but we won’t do anything for you other than make grand and empty pronouncements. Sorry, Ahmed, but you’re on your own. Good luck.
That, in essence, is what Obama has said to the brave men in the Free Syrian Army, who are courageously fighting Assad. And, in so doing, he has denied us the chance to deliver a crippling blow to a dangerous American enemy in the heart of the Middle East.
Assad is rejoicing; al-Qaeda is celebrating; and the Mullahs in Iran are planning their next move.