The Heat Can Get Pretty Intense Even For A Leader From Behind

I bet our amateur President is wishing he had never gotten into the business of drawing red lines in the sands of the Middle East. Tricky business that. No doubt, Mr. Obama had convinced himself that no one would dare cross his red lines. And, despite what he is telling us and Congress there are claims out there that it was the rebels who are trying to remove Bashar al Assad from power in Syria and they may have had some help from the CIA or others. Weasel Zippers, for example, reminds us that in May ,  a UN Commission Of Inquiry found strong evidence that the “rebels” had used sarin gas.

Via RT:

Turkish security forces found a 2kg cylinder with sarin gas after searching the homes of Syrian militants from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front who were previously detained, Turkish media reports. The gas was reportedly going to be used in a bomb.

The sarin gas was found in the homes of suspected Syrian Islamists detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersia following a search by Turkish police on Wednesday, reports say. The gas was allegedly going to be used to carry out an attack in the southern Turkish city of Adana.

On Monday, Turkish special anti-terror forces arrested 12 suspected members of the Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group which has been dubbed “the most aggressive and successful arm” of the Syrian rebels. The group was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in December.

Keep reading…

But, our Leader From Behind was sticking to his story. He had to show Assad and I suppose Iran that there are consequences to crossing his red lines. Obama told us and the world that he didn’t need the approval of the United Nations (How’s that for a pivot?). American and its closest allies, UK and France, would teach Mr. Assad a lesson he wouldn’t soon forget.

Well, the Leader From Behind found himself with egg all over his face when the British Parliament told Cameron to take his plans to attack Syria and  stuff it where the sun doesn’t shine. So, our Fearless Leader, whose every action must first be weighed on the delicate scales of politics, decided to pass the buck to Congress while making it “perfectly clear” that he really doesn’t need their approval. This, I am sure, he sees as a win-win for the Leader From Behind. If Congress says no, anything and everything that happens in Syria will be blamed on the Congress. If Congress approves his attack plan and there is any negative fallout, he will point out that Congress was in agreement with what he did.

It seems, however, that both friend and foe are displeased with this leadership from behind. According to Isreal Matzav our friends, the Saudis’ and other Sunni Arab countries are exasperated by the West’s inaction on Syria.

Representing Saudi opinion, Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg, writing in the Saudi Arab News on Sunday, urged the international community to act against Syrian President Bashar Assad: “But is it really true that there is nothing else that can be done? Are we really that paralyzed? Or could the international community act, legitimately and legally, to protect civilians in Syria…”

Could the international community act? Why don’t the Saudis and the Qataris act? They are pouring billions of dollars into arming the Sunni fighters against Assad; so why don’t they put all that military aid, including F-16 fighter jets, to the test? Noooo! They want the US and NATO to do the fighting for them and our Leader From Behind is more than willing to “bow” to their wishes.

Representing Saudi opinion, Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg, writing in the Saudi Arab News on Sunday, urged the international community to act against Syrian President Bashar Assad: “But is it really true that there is nothing else that can be done? Are we really that paralyzed? Or could the international community act, legitimately and legally, to protect civilians in Syria…”

What about Russian President Putin? Well, he has been making a fool out our Leader From Behind since the first day he set foot in the Oval Office. And now, on Syria, Putin thinks he has the moral high ground over our hapless President. From CNBC we learn:

Buoyed by growing pressure on the U.S., French and British leaders over Syria, the former KGB spy has also now hit back in comments referring ironically to Obama as a Nobel Peace laureate and portraying U.S. global policy as a failure.

“We need to remember what’s happened in the last decade, the number of times the United States has initiated armed conflicts in various parts of the world. Has it solved a single problem?” Putin asked reporters on Saturday in the city of Vladivostok.

“Afghanistan, as I said, Iraq … After all, there is no peace there, no democracy, which our partners allegedly sought,” he said during a tour of Russia’s far east.


“From Russian officials and certainly the Russian media, there continue to be allegations that the United States has an agenda focused on regime change (in Syria), that the United States is driving tumult in the Middle East for its own ends,” a senior U.S. administration official in Washington said.

“There is also a cynical element where anti-Americanism has been successful to rally public opinion.”

Like Rodney Dangerfield, poor Barry “can’t get no respect”!

We should all be concerned about what our brave men and women in uniform think about the Leader From Behind’s plans for sending them into harms way. According to this source, there were some members of our military on the Angel Clark show the other day and they were  carrying some signs:

I didn’t join the Navy to fight for al Qaeda in Syria Civil War!


I did not join the military to get involved in other countries’ civil wars. Stay out of Syria!


Obama, I will not deploy to fight for your Al Qaeda rebels in Syria – Wake up People!

Are you feeling the heat, Mr. President? I bet you never thought leading from behind could be so hard.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


20 thoughts on “The Heat Can Get Pretty Intense Even For A Leader From Behind

  1. This is what you get for kissing up to enemies of our nation. Getting in bed with both ( or more) sides of conflict in order to make yourself look like some sort of great messiah….at the same time having no allegiance to to US…this guy is a dangerous traitor. It’s worse than leading from behind. It’s treason.

  2. God bless Carla del Ponte for speaking out earlier this year on the use of Sarin by the opposition. This is a massive disinformation campaign being rolled out by the interventionist lobby (with the senile McCain and the hapless Graham in the lead) to convince everybody that the humane thing is to let the US bomb the Syrians for their own good. And thanks for the excellent information you’ve brought together. Where our the GOP anti-war leaders? Other than Rand Paul, who else is showing any common sense? The Republican Party is going to be badly defeated in 2014 if they don’t take a strong stand against this incessant brutality against everybody we deem to be “bad.”

  3. Back in May, 2010 I did a post “Obama insults Cameron before he is even installed.” Essentially:

    New Statesman: Barack Obama was unimpressed by his encounter with David Cameron earlier this year and commented: “What a lightweight!”

    According to James Macintyre’s report, Cameron’s attempt to stress his pro-American and Eurosceptic credentials did not meet with Obama’s approval. According to Macintyre’s diplomatic sources, the Democratic candidate was “distinctly unimpressed” and labelled Cameron a lightweight.

    He has insulted Putin as well “ridiculing Putin as having the look of a slacker” and saying his body language often made him look “like the bored kid in the back of the classroom.”

    Chickens coming home to roost. This is not how one builds alliances and I bet the British are about as sick of him as we are.

  4. Yes, he is in deep water, now. You cannot keep backstabbing people and expect them to back you up. This Administration is a joke and the world can see it, but Obama still cannot. He thinks he has control of things and he is sadly mistaken. He thinks he is so smart with the way he maneuvers situations. I hate the thought that our military has to do his bidding, so many lives will be lost and for what??? To save face? What a poor excuse for a human being we have in OUR HOUSE. The dislike for this man (term used lightly) is starting to show in places we have not seen it before, he will start reacting to it, so we should have a good show. Like a child, he needs to be told “NO” a few times, bet he never heard that growing up.

  5. Great post Jim! Obama felt he could lead from behind and this would insulate him from criticism if things went bad, the problem is that when everyone else bails out you are now leading from the front. Because he doesn’t want to take the fall if his policy goes bad he is now looking to lead from behind by getting the Congress on board so that he can hide behind that body. And this is leadership? The man has been played for the fool he is and now he has been fully exposed.

  6. In my impetuous youth my mouth would occasionally write a check my ass could not cash. There was usually alcohol involved, and friends would make sure I didn’t pounded to dust, which I usually deserved. It was good that I did not drink alone.

    Barack Obama has no excuse for letting his mouth put the nation at risk. The arrogant little wannabe has a habit of using the first person, singular, when making his baseless threats. The world has figured him out. Still, there is a great danger for such a doofus to have access to the world’s greatest military machine. The damage he can do is untold.

    By the way, has anybody figured out where all that sarin gas comes from? It seems that everybody in that fight has some.

  7. This explains why Israelis watched in awe and even ridicule this week as the US congressional foreign affairs committees discussed whether to approve or disapprove granting the administration permission to launch an assault on Syria. Israelis are stunned to see the debates conducted on TV, before the nation and the world. They don’t understand who these people are, or who gave anyone the opportunity to come in and watch them debate the finer nuances of an attack on Syria in a discussion which, according to the Israeli approach, should have been held only behind closed doors.

  8. The congressional debate on whether to approve a Syria attack begins today. A series of tallies shows the Obama administration faces an uphill battle in its bid for authorization. According to USA Today, just 44 of 533 congressmembers have pledged to vote in favor of military action.

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