We all know the President is a good speaker and we all know the President has a cult-like following. To emphasize the latter, I was having dinner with some friends a week ago and they told me how some of the younger generation, they work with at the office, is complaining about the new additional payroll taxes some has to pay, yet in the same breath, the same complainers laudÂ Obama.Â To me, this sounds like a cult.
But what we did not know is how simple arithmetic to add the numbers of Jihadists who made Syria their home today can faze his mind and cloud his judgment. The President still thinks the solution is to negotiate with Iran. Four years into negotiations everyone knows will lead to nowhere and our President has not learned his lesson. Meanwhile, the number of dead Syrians and Jihadists keep rising in Syria.
No wonder Assad remains defiant. His best friend in the West just became the next Secretary of State.
Even this Washington Post latest editorial on Syria is beginning to question Obama’s judgment.
Assad and the U.S. are blind to reality in Syria
SYRIAN PRESIDENTÂ Bashar al-AssadÂ delivered a speech Sunday that had the virtue, at least, of offering clarity. No, he insisted, he would not step down. He would not negotiate with the rebels who control much of the countryside and parts of major cities. He would not consider the compromise “transition” proposal being pedaled by a U.N. envoy with the backing of his ally Russia, as well as the United States. Instead, he said, he would fight to the end against “enemies of God and puppets of the West.”
The State Department offered aÂ succinct judgmentÂ on Mr. Assad”™s hour-long speech, his first in six months: “His initiative is detached from reality, undermines the efforts of [U.N.] Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people.” After 22 months of protests and civil war in which his regime has steadily lost ground, Mr. Assad is offering the same hollow political formulas and slogans about terrorists that he has clung to all along.