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Syria, Aleppo, is President Obama's Legacy

Updated on December 14, 2016

Four years ago, the Assad regime was on the verge of defeat by the Free Syrian Army and others, who had decimated the Syrian Army. That left Assad with only one or two loyal divisions of troops that were under paid, lacked basic necessities, and with high desertions. Many would jump sides to help the Free Syrian Army. But, President Obama had the failed wisdom to avoid anything and then refused to act when his own Red Line was breached by Assad, who used chemical weapons. As time was went on, no-fly zones were rejected when presented by members of the U.S. Congress, Turkey refused to do anything unless NATO provided the air cover. President Obama vetoed all and any proposals because he was afraid to act.

With no action by NATO or USA (the West), Russia and Iran slowly injected themselves into the mix until they were the ones in control and openly supported President Assad of Syria against American wishes. Putin knew Obama was weak and would only impose economic sanctions, something Putin was fine with as he funneled weapons, troops, into Damascus to bolster and save Assad.

Four years ago, Damascus was like the city of Aleppo and was threatened. It was then that Obama could have made decisive action to topple Assad. Today, the situation is reversed. The last stronghold of the Free Syrian Army, Aleppo, is being decimated into ruin by ruthless Russian and Syrian artillery and air attacks. The civilian population is facing destruction. Syrian troops enter homes and fire, killing all they encounter. Women are raped with a brutality not seen since WW2. The city has been reduced to rubble with no services and hospitals are being targeted.

Because Obama failed to act years ago, the blood on his hands comes to 500,000. The genocide continues because the world is doing nothing. This ravage is what happened in the Serb area during the mid-90's until the USA entered and halted it. Then, President Clinton, was not afraid to stop the genocide Serb soldiers conducted by executing women and children. Today, most of the Syrian Army backed by Russia and Iran are Sunni. Most of the Free Syrian fighters are Shiite. In the current fighting, about 50,000 civilians have been caught in the fighting with bodies strewn all over the city. When the siege began, there were 250,000. There are less than 30 doctors in the zone and most hospitals can hardly be called that. They are more like clinics, and of those, there are less than six.

The fall of Aleppo will not end the war. It is not the pivotal battle but it will give Syria's largest city to Assad. Millions of Syrians are displaced to U.N. camps in Jordan and Turkey. All this killing might have been avoided had President Obama acted as many wanted. His reluctance has, in part, created this killing field and the blood is on his hands.

That said, what will President Trump do? While it is undetermined, he has said we have no business in Syria and will demolish ISIS. This seems to indicate what Russia wants. America will destroy ISIS, while Russia and Iran, will crush opposition to Assad in Aleppo and elsewhere. Remember, four years ago, the US position was to remove Assad and have Syria have Democratic elections. But, Obama veered way off this course by being afraid. The worse thing to fear is fear itself. Obama's inaction clearly shows the result.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      perrya: I always appreciate your work. One point: President Obama was elected with a mandate to bring our troops home. Short of sending thousands back to the middle east, this tragic situation begs the question, what more could the U.S. have done? While the deaths in that war torn region are devastating, at least they are not our soldiers and marines.

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      perrya 4 months ago

      As many would agree with me, when Obama backed away from the redline he drew that Syrians could not cross, but did, it was a lack of will on his part. Mandate or not, this is what happens when the USA does not lead in a situation. Even Hilary Clinton supported the no-fly zone to protect fleeing Syrians and the Turkish army who would have created the buffer zone. Why have a military if the president is so afraid to use it?

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      Mike Russo 4 months ago from Placentia California

      Perrya: You have to understand, there is a a three way civil war going on in the mid-east. Of the Syrian population, 74% were Sunnis (including Sufis), whereas 13% were Shias (including 8.0% Alawites from which about 2% are called Mershdis and they are the followers of Sulayman al-Murshid, 3% Twelvers , or 1% Ismailis ), 3% were Druze, while the remaining 10% were Christians. Not all of the Sunnis are Arabs. Bashar al Assad is an Alawite. There is very little difference in all the sects, but to Islam it is a big deal.

      Obama did not want to get in the middle of their civil war and commit troops. We have lost enough blood and treasure already. As sad as it is, the non Alawite Shia have paid the price for their difference in their sect. The mains stream media called all the other sects that are fighting Assad, the Rebel Forces.

      The other factors are, Obama did not want to go to war with Putin; he did not want to mess up the negotiations with Iran, and he wanted to focus on ISIS, who are mainly Sunni. However, Saudi Arabia are mostly Sunni. The Kurds are also in the mix and Turkey's President hates the PKK Kurss who are on our side. The Kurds are sitting on an oil reach territory that borders Turkey. Russia and Assad are probably going after the Kurd's oil. That is probably why Putin entered the fray. It is a real soup sandwich and I think Obama did the right thing, by staying out of the mix.

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      perrya 4 months ago

      I think history will have differing opinions on this. Things might have turned not so bad had Obama allowed the no-fly zone near the border and allowed Turkey to enter.

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      Mike Russo 4 months ago from Placentia California

      Perrya: What would happen if the no fly zone was violated? What would be our recourse, shoot down Russia aircraft? I hate to imagine what that would lead to , perhaps the start of WWIII? Turkey did enter Syria. They were supposed to help take out ISIS. Instead, they attacked the Kurdish PKK, who are our allies fighting against ISIS.

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      perrya 4 months ago

      four years ago, I am not sure Russia had their forces to dispute the zone, If syria, shoot them down. I think the coming of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will cause even more chaos and terrorism from the Hamas.

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We did not have the resources to commit troops then or now. We can't be at war non-stop, not without more beans, boots and bullets. Not without Americans being willing to pony up - not just make demands. Yesterday President Obama commented on this situation at his press conference and basically said our only option was to send massive numbers of soldiers into another battle with no end in sight. Have we not learned anything in a decade and a half?

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      perrya 4 months ago

      The resources were there to create the no-fly zone but Obama lacked the will to do it. Allowing Turkey to occupy the border area into Syria to create a buffer was easy to do, but, Obama stopped Turkey by not providing air cover. US troops would not be used then, Turkish troops would have been. The worst thing in life is to fear itself, it stops a person or a country from goals. Obama is just trying to wipe off the blood on his hands for inaction and his fear of the situation.

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