Delusional: Obama admin thought they could convince Iran to abandon #Syria

Posted by: Phineas on September 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Top Obama foreign policy adviser

Top Obama foreign policy adviser

I think this is final proof that The One and his band of happy progressives have been into the wrong mushrooms.

According to Samantha Power, our UN Ambassador and key mind behind the fatuous “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine of humanitarian intervention (1), thought that a UN report on Syria’s use of chemical weapons could convince Iran (and Russia) to abandon Bashar Assad:

Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators — many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders — could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest of the United States.

“We worked with the UN to create a group of inspectors and then worked for more than six months to get them access to the country on the logic that perhaps the presence of an investigative team in the country might deter future attacks,” Power said at the Center for American Progress as she made the case for intervening in Syria.

“Or, if not, at a minimum, we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein’s monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing it’s people,” she said.

This isn’t merely “detached from reality,” this is foreign policy as a psychotic break. Where do I begin? Iran? Syria is their key client in the region, essential to their influence along the Eastern Mediterranean and a vital conduit to their “foreign legion,” Hizbullah. When the protests first started a couple of years ago, they loaned Assad snipers for use against the demonstrators, a tactic they employed in their own country. They’ve even dispatched their elite troops, the Revolutionary Guard, to help Assad because, let me say this again, Syria is vital to them.

The idea that Iran, which is seeking nuclear weapons to fulfill their fondest dream of wiping Israel from the map and bringing about the Islamic “end times,” would be intimidated by a report from the United Nations is beyond laughable.

And Russia? That same Russia run by Vladimir “I leveled Grozny” Putin, who’s publicly slapping Obama, taking his lunch money, and is happily planning to supplant the US in the Middle East? That Russia? The one that blocked us at the Security Council? They’re going to say “Oh, well. A UN report. That’s different!”?

I think I’ve figured it out. “Smart Power” was one big joke all along. On us.

I’m with Victor Davis Hanson: Obama’s naive blundering is reminiscent of JFK’s mishandling of the Vienna summit, which lead Khrushchev to think he could get away with putting nuclear missiles in Cuba, which in turn almost resulted in World War III. It worries me that , with more than three years left to go, one of our major foes is going to think he can similarly test Obama.

Oh. Hi, China!

via Twitchy

(1) That worked so well in Libya.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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13 Responses to “Delusional: Obama admin thought they could convince Iran to abandon #Syria”


  1. Who the hell does this foreign policy team think they are? Honestly. Do they not even know the difference between rape and intercourse is salesmanship? It is a safe assumption that they have been into the “wacky terbacky”.

    “In all toil there is profit,
    But mere talk tends only to want.”–Proverbs 14:23

  2. ALman says:

    Is she a student and disciple of historical revisionism? If so, this might explain, in part, some of the fanciful, muddle-headed thinking?

  3. Libertarian Advocate says:

    Wow, just WOW! This woman and her awful husband should raise serious doubts in prospective students (and their soon to be impoverished parents) about the value of a Harvard education.

  4. Carlos says:

    They. Don’t. Have. A. Clue.

    And the really sad part is, their foreign policy is better than their domestic policies, especially their domestic economic policies.

  5. Lorica says:

    It’s like watching a drunken, blindfolded, Jimmy Carter administration attempting to figure out what to do next.

    How stupid are these people? Not everything is rainbows and unicorns. This the same sort of BS that got us into Kosovo. Which 15 years later we are still looking for mass graves there. “25,000 killed by the murderer Miloshivek”, they screamed…. Ohhh yeah show us the graves? They still can’t. 300,000 dead in Iraq, and they answer, “Who cares, there were no WMDs”. There logic is just completely without thought.

    Let’s find out who gassed whom. I don’t in anyway believe that Assad did this. I think it was done by the rebels. I think the moment the President opened his mouth about a red line 6 months ago, the rebels started to hatch a plan.

    Ohhh and to answer the question about the value of a Harvard education….. as long as these idiot types of libturds are running it, I put no value in that education. There are far more important things to me than the money I would make by selling my soul to that devil. – Lorica

  6. ALman says:

    Request: Could we find a different image when representing the current administration’s foreign policy, or any policy for that matter? The one you used looks like we all would get some laughs. However, there’s nothing funny about any of the policies of this administration.

    And, if you can’t do it for me, do it for the children. After all, we don’t want them to have nightmares about clowns.

  7. Drew the Infidel says:

    You never heard of John Wayne Gacy?

  8. Good grief… Powers et al are as bad as I could have feared.

    If the consequences were limited to the ME, that would be bad enough. But as you note, Chinese hawks are getting even more aggressive, and they’re watching the U.S. closely. As the article you link to states, some of them have concluded that we are bluffing. The consequences of this conclusion is that they’ll get even more aggressive, and sooner or later they will meet a president who won’t back down over a red line. And then there will a war. Thanks, Obama!

  9. ALman says:


    To name a few: Clarabell, Weary Willie (Emmett Kelly), Bozo the Clown. Never heard of the one you mentioned.

  10. Drew the Infidel says:

    @ALman–He was a serial homosexual rapist and murderer known as the “Killer Clown” since he sometimes dressed as “Pogo the Clown” for various events.

  11. Carlos says:

    Back in the Dark Ages (you know, when they had what is now called “golden oldies” playing on the radio instead of meatheads, mealy-mouths and airbags) there was a popular song entitled “Bring in the Clowns.”

    Please, someone lead them out! They have done enough to destroy our country, and made a shambles of the normal three-ring circus known as “Inside the Beltway.”

  12. ALman says:

    That’s simply horrific. Hopefully, they shot him out of a cannon into a brick wall.