Oh Goodie – Kerry Announces Yet More Negotiations

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So we not only have to potentially contend with a poorly negotiated and subsequent bad deal which will do nothing but appease Iran – but now, if John Kerry has his way, we will end up negotiating with Iran’s wicked stepchild Syria.

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Let’s Negotiate Over Dinner – Shall We?

Mail Online reported that Kerry told CBS News regarding Syria that “We have to negotiate in the end.”

Of course you do John, because that’s all you know how to do. You suck at it, but that’s all you know. However, diplomacy without strength doesn’t work. Certainly diplomacy with an enemy doesn’t work, has never worked and will never work without one important ingredient. Funny thing about an enemy – you need first to beat them into submission so that they will then submit to negotiation.

The only other way to negotiate absent actual armed conflict is for the other party to think that if they don’t negotiate, you will in fact beat them into submission. Neither the Mullahs in Iran nor Assad in Syria believe this to be the case, and for good reason. I’m certain they both know they’re dealing or would be dealing with a couple of paper tigers in Obama and Kerry.

“What we’re pushing for is to get him (Assad) to come and do that, and it may require that there be increased pressure on him of various kinds in order to do that,” Kerry stated. read more

ISIS Must Be Exterminated

by: the Common Constitutionalist

So much for the Islamic creed of dealing with a conquered people. It used to be that the conquered had three choices – convert to Islam, pay a hefty tribute and live as a second-class citizen, or die.

Now it seems, at least for the Islamic State, the second option is off the table, which leaves two bad choices – convert or die. Not much of a choice, because conversion means not only Islam as your chosen faith, but radicalized Islam and Sharia law.

But that’s the fate of the Yazidis. When their villages were overrun by ISIS barbarians, those who couldn’t or didn’t escape have been forced to surrender to the Caliphate and presented with the choice of convert or die.

The Islamic State released a video showing hundreds of Yazidi men taking part in a forced “conversion” ceremony.

MailOnline reports that one of the ISIS fighters said: “What has been said is the opposite of reality”, meaning the Yazidis weren’t forced to convert and they haven’t been abused. He (the fighter) claims that, “Men, women and children had converted and I was with them and they are happy with their conversions. We advise the Yazidis to come down from the mountain and convert.”

Yes, I’m sure the Yazidi men are saying to one another, “Wow – this is great. Why didn’t we do this long ago? Wait… where did all our women go? Oh that’s right – they were all taken to serve as concubines for our new benevolent rulers. We’re cool with that.” read more

The Syrian Mess

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s beginning to look like we’re going to war with Syria. The president said so, repeatedly, in so many words. I heard him when he said the use of chemical weapons is the red line that can’t be crossed. Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes stated: “The president has been clear that the use of chemical weapons or the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist groups is a red line for the United States.”

He continued saying that Obama (he said “we” but he means Obama) will make decisions on his/our own timeline but that they will be nice enough to keep Congress and the “international community” in the loop and would consult with them. Wow! Mighty decent of him/them.

So the president is heading out of the country to meet with the G-8 nations. How convenient all this seems, don’t you think? I’m sure this is merely coincidental that Syria after all this time is taking center stage. It appears that the other scandals have been supplanted by this latest news.

It’s like it has stolen most of the media coverage from the IRS, NSA and Benghazi scandals.

And now our leader has to jet off to another country. I guess I have to temper my conspiracy theories lest people get the idea that I think our president is a conniving mob boss. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Speaking of red lines. Haven’t chemical weapons been used at least a few times, according to reports, going back about a month or more ago? So again I ask, why now?

There is another thing I’ve noticed about the apparent use of chemical weapons. We here the red line has been crossed. We’ve heard they’ve been used and I have been listening but haven’t heard our administration say that Assad has used them on his own people, the way we heard Hussein used them on the Kurds. We’ve only heard that they were used.

I’m not saying that this is the case, but terrorist groups like Hezbollah use this tactic all the time against Israel. They fake the aftermath of a rocket attack and blame it on the Israelis to curry favor from gullible dolts like us.

Now it seems we are considering arming the rebels/freedom fighters/terrorists/Al Qaeda. Great plan but have we not already been doing that? Have we forgotten Benghazi? Others and I have contended for months that ambassador Stevens had been running guns from Libya through Turkey into Syria. He and others were killed over it.

So we will continue to arm the people that want to kill Americans. How stupid are we? And we will send advisers, if they are not already there, to coordinate the gangs.

Want more good news? Rumors are that a large U.S. Marine force has been deployed to the Jordanian border with Syria. Will American soldiers actually die for this joke of a cause?

How about some more good news? The Syrian rebel al Nusra leader has already pledged his allegiance to Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahri, the new Al Qaeda leader.

And to top it off, our administration brainiacs are considering bringing thousands upon thousands of Syrian “refugees” to America to settle in our cities. But fear not. There won’t be any terrorists among the refugees, I’m sure. Just keeps getting better, doesn’t it.

As bad as Assad is, and he is bad, if he is toppled, things for the Syrians, the Israelis and us will be much worse.

The whole Syrian situation is a mess and I feel for the innocent citizens of the country. But this is not our fight and we have absolutely no national interest in the outcome. I think, however, the die has been cast and with Russia and maybe China getting involved, it will probably get ugly.

Assad will Not Step Down

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Friday that Arab and international efforts to end the conflict in Syria have moved away from demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad steps down and now appear focused on achieving political dialogue.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a key Assad ally, said that rebels who have fought a year-long campaign to oust Assad were incapable of toppling him and that the option of foreign military intervention in Syria was a “closed subject.”

Hezbollah has relied on Syria as a main political backer and is also accused of using the country as a transit point for arms sent from its main bankroller, Iran.

The group has backed Assad’s crackdown on a mostly Sunni-lead uprising, which both blame on foreign-backed militants.

“Some people talked about the political option,” Nasrallah said, “but with conditions that equalled the fall of the regime, for example for President Assad to step down. I think the international and regional political climate today has passed this phase.”

Arab states, split over how to deal with the crisis in Syria that threatens to inflame the region’s sectarian faultlines, appear to have backed off their demand that Assad step aside.

The rebels also appear to have lost ground in the past month to Assad’s forces, who have crushed several opposition strongholds through sustained shelling campaigns.

“The armed opposition is incapable of toppling the regime,” Nasrallah said. “Therefore betting on military efforts to topple the regime is a losing gamble and the burden is too great: more bloodshed and loss of life and property, to no avail.”

More than 9,000 people have been killed by Assad’s forces, according to the United Nations, while Damascus says it has lost around 3,000 police and security forces.

Syria’s uprising, which began as peaceful protests, has grown increasingly bloody in recent months as armed civilians and army defectors began to bring the fight to Assad’s forces. But they are heavily outgunned by Assad’s military machine.

Nasrallah said some Arab efforts, led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to demand Assad’s ouster appear to have been dropped.

He pointed to the backing by an Arab summit on Thursday for a peace plan by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan calling for a political solution to the crisis. Assad has said he accepts the plan but stipulates that the rebels must stop fighting.

Annan’s spokesman stressed on Friday that Assad’s forces should be the first to withdraw their troops and tanks, saying “the deadline is now”, but fighting continued.

Attribution: Jerusalem Post