Despicable attempts to dodge Obama’s responsibility for Syria ‘red line’ default
Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, unleashed a scathing attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies on Tuesday.Power slammed her Syrian, Iranian and Russian counterparts for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Aleppo, in a speech at a UN Security Council Emergency Briefing on Syria."To the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran -- three Member States behind the conquest of and carnage in Aleppo -- you bear responsibility for these atrocities. By rejecting UN-ICRC evacuation efforts, you are signaling to those militia who are massacring innocents to keep doing what they are doing," Power said.
Aleppo’s Destroyers: Assad, Putin, Iran
Watching the fall of the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo has been excruciating. Civilians who survived weeks of intense shelling have reportedly been slaughtered by the forces of the Assad government as they have fled the battle zone, some shot in house-to-house searches. Thousands more are trapped with no food, water or shelter. “This is a message from someone saying farewell and who could face death or arrest at any time,” a medic wrote on a messaging service. The United Nations called the catastrophe a “complete meltdown of humanity.”
After calling on Mr. Assad to “step aside” in 2011, Mr. Obama was never able to make it happen, and it may never have been in his power to make it happen, at least at a cost acceptable to the American people or to Congress, which has refused to authorize military action against the Assad government. Mr. Obama, reluctant to approve direct military intervention, was restrained in supporting the rebels and struggled to mold them into an effective fighting front. (emphasis added)Mr. Obama worked with Russia to remove most of Mr. Assad’s chemical weapons from Syria. But other attempts at cooperation — especially the search for a political deal that would end the civil war and enable a unified focus on fighting ISIS — all failed. There is little doubt that Mr. Putin used diplomacy as a feint to enable Mr. Assad’s military victory.