[Marxism] O'Donnell's good question and Obama's bad answer

Clay Claiborne clayclai at gmail.com
Sun Jun 22 15:11:55 MDT 2014

>From Linux Beach:

      O'Donnell's good question and Obama's bad answer

> "/CBS This Morning" /host Norah O'Donnell asked
> <http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-notion-that-syrian-opposition-could-overthrow-assad-a-fantasy/>
> President Obama a very good question when she interviewed him about
> the growth of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or ISIS and its
> dramatic return to Iraq after a year of growth in Syria:
>     /Would that vacuum exist had we backed the moderate forces in Syria?/
> President Barack Obama responded:
>     /"Yes, I think this notion that somehow there was this ready-made
>     moderate Syrian force that was able to defeat [Syrian President
>     Bashar] Assad is simply not true, and, you know, we have spent a
>     lot of time trying to work with a moderate opposition in Syria.
>     "But, as I said yesterday, when you get farmers, dentists and
>     folks who have never fought before going up against a ruthless
>     opposition in Assad, the notion that they were in a position to
>     suddenly overturn not only Assad but also ruthless, highly trained
>     jihadists if we just sent a few arms is a fantasy. And I think
>     it's very important for the American people - but maybe more
>     importantly, Washington and the press corps - to understand that."/
> The correct answer is No, ISIS would probably not be leading the
> uprising in Iraq if Obama had backed the moderate forces in Syria.
> President Obama is just wrong when he implies that the Syrian
> opposition had to battle both the Assad regime and the hard-line
> Islamic jihadists from the beginning and he is wrong when he says his
> administration did all it could to help them when it /"spent a lot of
> time trying to work with"/ some of the opposition forces. The struggle
> against Assad had gone on for almost a year before these jihadists
> became a significant factor.


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