Written by Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
By Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.), Right Side News
“Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” [Referring to ‘Innocence of Muslims’ video that Obama claimed caused Benghazi attack.] ~ September 20, 2011
"Yes, the tide of war is receding" ~ January 5, 2012
"We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation." ~ August 20, 2012
“Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat” ~ October 18, 2012
“First of all, I didn’t set a red line . . . Point number two, my credibility’s not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line, and America and Congress’ credibility is on the line . . . .” ~ September 4, 2013
There is a great deal of concern expressed by the nation’s punditry about America’s and Obama’s credibility if Congress rejects Obama’s request for authorization to initiate military action against Syria. However, in reality there is no cause for concern because the nation’s and Obama’s credibilities are two completely different things. Obama himself stated as much. Obama disavowed his responsibility for America’s credibility when he denied he drew a red line. Such would be an impossible situation to imagine for any president except Obama. But Obama’s disavowal of his responsibility for America’s credibility, his international apology tours, and his obsequious bowing to foreign leaders clearly differentiated him from previous presidents and disassociated him from traditional America.
On the other hand, America’s credibility continues in tact because allies and enemies realize that Obama is a feckless anomaly as a United States’ president. Responsible people in America and overseas are counting the days until January 20, 2017 and the departure of Obama. Of course, the crucial question on the minds of serious people is how much more damage can Obama do to United States’ national interests between now and then.
Under normal circumstances with rational leadership, the credibility of a nation-state is determined according to national moral resolve and its economic and military capabilities. No foreign official, friend or foe, doubts that these measures of national power still exist in abundance in America. The issue is when will they be responsibly exercised again?
Obama’s pronouncements that “the tide of war is receding,” “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” “Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat,” “I didn’t set a red line . . . my credibility’s not on the line. . . America and Congress’ credibility is on the line, ” and his insistence on clinging to his lie that the obscure anti-Muslim video was the cause of the Benghazi jihadist murders as late as two weeks after the September 11th attack, all point to a liar who is actively deceiving the U.S. public, while attempting to deny responsibility for his deceit. A deliberate dissembler like Obama deserves no credibility.
Obama has sent to Congress a totally inadequate plan to fire “a shot across the bow” of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and the Syrian Army. Leaving aside the question of whether or not Assad is even responsible for the chemical weapons-caused murders, an issue in dispute by intelligence professionals, the idea that limited punitive military action is going to maintain or restore any credibility is absurd. The insufficient and incompetent attack plan sponsored by the Obama regime is standard operating procedure in order to divert the public’s attention from the real issue.
Actually, rejection of Obama’s request for congressional authorization to make a useless gesture of warfare in Syria would enhance America’s standing in the world by demonstrating that the people and their representatives are not as stupid as Obama’s war plan would indicate.
The real issue is that Obama is deceiving the American people that the existential enemy attacking American is not Islam. But it is Islam, and Obama’s dissimulation regarding the jihadist threat of Islam, for whatever reason, is the cause why the United States Government has no viable war strategy to counter Bashar al-Assad, chemical weapons in Syria, al Qaeda in the Middle East and Africa, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, or the Iranian mullahs’ nuclear weapons development program and terrorist aggression.
Obama’s credibility problem is much larger than just what to do about the chemical weapons in Syria. Obama’s credibility problem is that he is lying to the American people about the dangerous, hostile threat found in the very essence of Islam’s Quran and Sharia. As long as Obama is permitted by the media and public to continue his Islamic deception, we are going to be faced with many more crises like we presently face in Syria.
Col. Thomas Snodgrass, USAF (retired) served over a year in Peshawar, Pakistan, working with Pakistani military intelligence. During his year in Vietnam he daily scheduled 130 U.S. Army and Air Force intelligence collection aircraft. In his final overseas tour he was the U.S. Air Attaché behind the Iron Curtain in Warsaw, Poland. In total, Col. Snodgrass was variously an Intelligence Officer or an International Politico-Military Affairs Officer serving duty tours in seven foreign countries, as well as teaching military history and strategy at the Air War College, US Air Force Academy, and USAF Special Operations School during a thirty-year military career. Following the Air Force, Col. Snodgrass was an adjunct professor of military history for ten years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona.