Political posturing and sound-bites do not a policy make, but that’s all we are given by America’s leaders when they are not willing to lead. This world has yet to develop effective mechanisms for managing its myriad crises without America’s leadership. So, on we stumble onto another period of mayhem in so many parts of the world, with Syria becoming one of the main victims to be sacrificed on the altar of indifference. Nothing personal though, it’s just bad timing, luck, karma, what-have-you.
My take on the Great Debate as it pertains to Syria:
On Syria, close observers felt neither candidate presented a serious plan toward resolving the bloody civil war that threatens to destabilize the entire Middle East. “In Obama’s case, this is quite disheartening because he’s been following the situation and been involved in it from the beginning,” said Ammar Abdulhamid, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “It’s as if he’s putting together a eulogy rather than a policy.” While Mr. Abdulhamid credited Mr. Romney with doing “some good posturing” on Syria policy, he added that it was “not clear if Romney is going to bring a coherent policy other than saying we’ll throw some weapons at the problem and hopefully it will solve itself.”
The fact that the two candidates’ views on Syria were so much alike was also noted by Max Fischer:
Just how similar were the two candidates’ statements on Syria? Here are some of their comments side-by-side to give you a sense. The remarkable overlap, sometimes word-for-word, is a reminder of both Syria’s urgency and its difficulty. Tellingly, Romney strained to portray the crisis there as a failure by the Obama administration, but seemed unable to articulate a different approach.
In Moadamiah, Damascus City, children are among the victims of a new massacre http://youtu.be/_7DO44nAOvY , http://youtu.be/YhlAyp5Nu4Y , http://youtu.be/-CFPWPmYMxQ , http://youtu.be/NxPCLf-KDtQ , http://youtu.be/Ikq7ZCrwOTk More victims http://youtu.be/44x4BGEaKEE
Tanks taking part in the pounding of neighborhoods in Damascus City & Suburbs: Qaboun http://youtu.be/Yh_aO2tezlo Zamalka http://youtu.be/cM3R_j1wonA In nearby Douma, rescuers come under fire as they try to pick up the wounded http://youtu.be/cIgj7jhosSE Nearby Harasta is pounded as well http://youtu.be/yAFURdOW65U MiGs take part in the pounding of Saqba http://youtu.be/_uewWmYeQRs
Massaken Hanano, Aleppo City: a massacre at the bakery http://youtu.be/8lKYOs049jY , http://youtu.be/ZUlwfbk7WDg The jet that carried out the raid http://youtu.be/kKm1r9LFzEs
In Aleppo City, local rebels used improvised missiles in their attack on loyalist headquarters http://youtu.be/HjLn99pAnDE Elsewhere in the city, MiGs continue to pound restive neighborhoods http://youtu.be/T8OGAoH_hgA
A new massacre in Alboukamal, Deir Ezzor Province http://youtu.be/_40xx4muX0E
A unit affiliated with the secular-leaning National Unity Brigades takes control of the Research Center on the western outskirts of Damascus City http://youtu.be/DTn0nKzwYGc
MiGs continue their pounding of Ma’arrat Al-Nouman, Idlib Province http://youtu.be/E4lZyofuG7w , http://youtu.be/Cw4bAZcBWqw
In Homs City, targeting mosques and minarets remain part of the modus operandi of pro-Assad militias http://youtu.be/nlfIE8nVC8Q Warplanes pound nearby town of Al-Qusair http://youtu.be/t2lEMfPN544 , http://youtu.be/OoFRn2TtdKM The pounding of Rastan continues as well http://youtu.be/w6RfjwuWjII , http://youtu.be/fkEsbfzphZ0 In Tadmor/Palmyra, a group of defectors declare the formation of a Revolutionary Military Council http://youtu.be/h1IPNJNEVvo
Local rebels in Anadan, Idlib Province, members of a unit named after Late Lebanese PM, Rafic Al-Hariri, among other fighting units, repel an attack fro pro-Assad militias coming from the Shiite villages of Zahrah and Nabbol http://youtu.be/amSgDCj3ka8 , http://youtu.be/MUj7Sy5MkaY , http://youtu.be/gJpGfm4mAgA Meanwhile, a group of lawyers, doctors, engineers and intellectuals forma local ruling council http://youtu.be/uXVPJZueL7Y
Leaked video shows the pounding of Kafar Shams, Daraa Province http://youtu.be/kwOTAty_65U