In his Thanksgiving address, President Obama once again lectured Americans about the Syrian refugees. This time, he likened them to the Pilgrims. “Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” Obama said. “What makes America America is that we offer that chance.”
Would we be put into the position to offer this chance if President Obama had been serious about enforcing red lines in Syria? Consider what historian Walter Russell Mead wrote a little over a week ago:
Obama’s own policy decisions—allowing Assad to convert peaceful demonstrations into an increasingly ugly civil war, refusing to declare safe havens and no fly zones—were instrumental in creating the Syrian refugee crisis. This crisis is in large part the direct consequence of President Obama’s decision to stand aside and watch Syria burn. For him to try and use a derisory and symbolic program to allow 10,000 refugees into the United States in order to posture as more caring than those evil Jacksonian rednecks out in the benighted sticks is one of the most cynical, cold-blooded, and nastily divisive moves an American President has made in a long time.
This is man who voted for Obama at least once. So in case you think Mead is pulling punches then read this paragraph:
For no one, other than the Butcher Assad and the unspeakable al-Baghdadi, is as responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria as is President Obama. No one has committed more sins of omission, no one has so ruthlessly sacrificed the well-being of Syria’s people for his own ends, as the man in the White House. In all the world, only President Obama had the ability to do anything significant to prevent this catastrophe; in all the world no one turned his back so coldly and resolutely on the suffering Syrians as the man who sits in the White House today—a man who is now lecturing his fellow citizens on what he insists is their moral inferiority before his own high self-esteem.
And unsurprisingly Obama continues to lecture us and will continue to lecture us not only for as long as he lives at 1600 Pennsyvlania Avenue, but for as long as he lives.
The Pilgrims came to our shores because of British tyranny. No one in Plymouth helped make that tyranny worse. The same cannot be said of President Obama.
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