Ron Paul Institute: Foiled in Crimea, Is Obama Eyeing Syria Strike?Submitted by Apple on Wed, 03/19/2014 - 10:52
There is danger in making dramatic but idle threats. President Obama and his administration have been given to extremely muscular rhetoric to warn adversaries away from certain actions only to back down when their warnings are not heeded.
The neocons pounce on such unwise habits, attempting to trap the administration by its own rhetoric into fulfilling its wildest threats. It is a lose-lose with the administration but for some reason they keep it up.
With Crimea, Kerry made threats of a "huge price to pay" for Russia not heeding US demands to recognize and make peace with a government in Ukraine put in power by a US-backed coup. Obama warned "there will be costs" to Russia's actions in Ukraine and Crimea.
In the end, Crimea is now gone from Ukraine and thus far the US response has been rather less than advertised. A few Russian lawmakers are under US sanctions, including, strangely, Yelena Mizulina, who had little to do with Crimea and Ukraine but found herself on Washington's "hate list" for drafting the infamous law to ban homosexual propaganda to minors in Russia. Perhaps Crimea gave Washington the opportunity to settle old scores as well.
"Defeated" in Crimea, it seems the administration might again be turning its sights to Syria. The past 24 hours saw a flurry of activity suggesting that a US administration chastened by the Crimea result may take out its frustration on a Syria that had been put on the back burner since the US bombing backdown in the summer.
Appointed just days ago, new US Special Envoy to Syria Daniel Rubenstein has hit the ground running. He has upped the anti-Assad rhetoric several notches and has announced concrete steps suggesting the US will be entering a more active phase.
For example, today Rubenstein announced that the US would be shutting down any remaining Syrian diplomatic activity in the US.