Michael S. Rozeff
The LRC Blog 
June 14, 2013
They get Obama to make war more directly on Syria by arming the so-called rebels. The immediate reason for this is not sarin gas but that the Syrian government has won some victories on the ground. The effects of this in Syria and on Syrians are more deaths of Syrians, more refugees, prolonging the war, raising the intensity of the war, attracting more sectarian strife into Syria, raising the region’s hatreds, creating more hostility to the U.S., widening the war in that region, and causing other major governments like Russia to reassess their strategies, short-term and long. The result is not toward a peaceful world but toward a world laden with more tension, distrust and mutual suspicions. Obama’s leadership is precisely in the wrong direction morally, but it will also produce the opposite of what he expects pragmatically. At home, Obama deflects attention temporarily from the spying controversy, but he was headed in this direction even before that broke, with the appointment of Susan Rice and with his red-line policy.
Neocons are a contemptible, vile, evil and despicable lot. Obama threw in with them on Iran sanctions, on Libya, on drone warfare throughout the world, on assassination policy, on government spying, on persecution of whistleblowers, and on government secrecy. Count Obama as a neocon. He too is a contemptible lying knave, a dishonest and unscrupulous scoundrel, intent as are the necons, on expanding the American empire. This does not create a better world, I am sorry to say, but the neocons are too blind to see and understand this.
Obama’s administration provides clear evidence that where it counts and on major policies and thrusts, domestic and foreign, there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. This latest action cements the historical view of continuity of the Bush-Obama administrations. Anti-Obama leftists and progressives have no place to go, except perhaps toward the libertarian camp, and how likely is that?