Latest news reports—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #32

Latest News Reports and Opion [will update]

David Enders, “Rare inside view of Syria’s rebels finds a force vowing to fight on,” McClatchy Newspapers, April 23, 2012.

“10 killed as veteran peacekeeper heads to Damascus,” The Daily Star, April 28, 2012 (updated: April 28, 2012 01:15 PM).

Lauren Williams, “Bombings, protests rock Syria,” The Daily Star, April 28, 2012.

Syrian Arabian News Agency (SANA), “Rasmussen: No NATO Plans for Military Intervention in Syria,” April 27, 2012.

Note: The Washington Post is not even covering Syria, being content to run the AP story every day. It is certainly not the paper it used to be.

One can only wonder at the incompletence and naïveté displayed by the Obama administration, allowing (and probably prodding) the Secretary General of NATO to declare on Friday that NATO would not intervente in Syria. The message was clearly received by the official news agency in Syria, SANA.

The Observer simply cannot fathom it.

NATO members should lobby among themselves in private, not through the mouth of the Secretary General.

Obviously, the current stewards of our foreign policy have never studied Alexander George’s famous studies on “coercive diplomacy”.

Obama’s approach to the poker game of international politics seems to be like that of a poker player who places all of his cards face up, and then looks at his opponent as says, “Now, let’s bet.”

These guys can’t shoot straight.

This has obvious implications for the presidential election in November, 2012.  A sharp critique of Obama’s foreign policy could have a devastating impact. 

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