President Barack Obama may think that wars “must” end and that he “ended” the war in Iraq to America’s satisfaction, erased a “red line” in Syria, had Hillary “re-set” our relations with Russia and will “end” the war in Afghanistan with his “date certain” withdrawal in 2014.
But the fact is that it takes two to tango and end wars unless one side wins. America under Commander-in-Chief George W. Bush had won in Iraq with the surge and in our homeland with zero attacks after 9/11 on his watch. Obama walked away from Iraq with nary a footprint left (save for the goodwill Bush wrought with purple finger-elections) and has seen terrorists succeed against his PC Police at Fort Hood and the Boston Marathon, with close calls in Times Square and an Underwear-clad would-be bomber over Detroit.
President Obama went on an apology tour, traded allies for terrorists in Libya and Egypt and presently appeases Russia and Iran and their allies and/or proxies in Syria and Lebanon. Witness the latest in a nation where one of the last large Christian communities in the Middle East is being wiped out along with Muslims yearning to breathe free (video further below):
A powerful car bomb exploded in central Beirut [Lebanon] on Friday, killing a prominent politician and adviser to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as well as at least five other people.
Mohamad Chatah served as finance minister, Lebanese ambassador to the U.S. and representative to International Monetary Fund, and was an opponent of Shiite militant group Hezbollah. He was considered a moderate politician who advocated openly for a United Nations special tribunal investigation into the 2005 assassination of Mr. Hariri’s father, former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. No group claimed responsibility for Friday’s bombing. The Lebanese Red Cross said five people were killed and at least 15 were critically injured…
Friday’s bomb carried echoes of a long, intense spate of political assassinations that occurred between 2006 and 2008 that was blamed on Syria and its ally, Hezbollah. Syria had a military presence in Lebanon for 29 years until 2005, with heavy-handed control over the country’s politics and economy. Although those assassinations were never solved, they primarily targeted the rivals of Hezbollah and Syria. The U.N. tribunal investigating Mr. Hariri’s assassination has indicted several Hezbollah members as perpetrators but the party has denied the allegations and refused to cooperate with the court. The tribunal is set to start on Jan. 16 after years of political wrangling between Hezbollah and the March 14 pro-Western and predominantly Sunni political party. Mr. Chatah had been instrumental in convincing the U.N. to carry out the tribunal.
“Those who assassinated Mohamad Chatah are the ones who assassinated Rafik Hariri, and who want to assassinate Lebanon and humiliate and weaken the state,” said a statement from Mr. Hariri, the son, who is now living in exile in Paris.
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson