And now we can add Syria and the Central African Republic to the mix
He broke his promise on Darfur. He broke his promise on the Armenian Genocide. He broke the promise he made while president to uphold a certain redline in Syria. In fact, he remained quite indifferent to the unfolding genocide there waxing philosophical at one point and saying:
“And how do I weigh tens of thousands who’ve been killed in Syria versus the tens of thousands who are currently being killed in the Congo?”
Reading this statement one would get the impression that it was the killing in Congo that was ongoing, and that the genocide in Syria has somehow stopped. This comes as a further evidence of how Obama was trying to manipulate public opinion in this regard. Examining Obama’s track record on this issue, one is forced to conclude that letting the conflict in Syria festers was a calculated move on Obama’s part, for which he did everything he could to obfuscate and buy time.
Chaos and its consequences are the very challenges with which we have to deal now and for years, if not decades to come.
Whether he thought that Iran’s involvement in a protracted bloody conflict in Syria would combine with the sanctions already in place to create additional pressure on her to compromise regarding the nuclear program, or whether he had some other equally moronic motivation, is clearly irrelevant at this stage. The current proposed deal with Iran clearly shows that he ended up making more compromises than Iran on this matter.
The trail of broken promises and foreign policy failures that Obama is leaving behind points either to a highly delusional man who has managed to repeatedly outfox himself, or to a man engaged in large-scale social engineering, a man who believes that chaos in the middle East and beyond is actually good. In the first scenario, Obama is simply unaware of his delusional views and motives, while in the other, he is simply a true believer, that is, a man who ended up embracing his own delusions.
Whatever the case maybe, chaos and its consequences are the very challenges with which we have to deal now and for years, if not decades to come: in Syria, the Middle East, Central Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere. The die has been cast.
But, perhaps if we managed to make the Obama Administration the first American administration to suffer politically for remaining indifferent to genocide, old and current, we might be able to make it more difficult for future administrations to follow suit, and we might be able yet to prevent the complete obliteration of the Responsibility to Protect. But since Obama has no more elections to run, the only way this could be achieved is turning Obama’s failures and obfuscations into a major issue in the upcoming presidential elections, and by using it as a measuring stick for his foreign policy “achievements.” Obama’s indifference and vacillations on humanitarian intervention, which paved the way for the Syrian genocide, is not something that should ever be forgotten or morally forgiven.