When you were a kid, did you ever tell your mom or dad that Billy or Sally made you do something that ended up getting you in trouble? Have you heard that same excuse from your own kids?
That same type of excuse was made all the more popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s when comedian Flip Wilson appeared as a regular on NBC’s Laugh In comedy program. Wilson became an instant star with his famous line ‘The devil made me do it.’
Evidently, Barack Obama must have watched Laugh in and idolized Flip Wilson because in an indirect way, he regularly uses the excuse that the devil or someone else make him do something. His latest example involves the US policy concerning Syria.
A year ago I reported that Obama was pushing Congress to approve $500 million to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to help them in the war against Syria’s terrorist regime. Many in Congress were opposed to arming and training any of the rebels in Syria as all of them had some ties to Islamic extremists. The question was which rebel group to arm and train and which ones not to.
Obama continued to push and managed to get his funding. The US spent several hundred million dollars to arm and train a total of 60 Syrian rebels. That group of US trained rebels was ambushed in August by members of the Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al Qaeda. Today, there are only three to five US trained rebels remaining in Syria.
Barack Obama is starting to take a lot of criticism for his failed Syrian policy. Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) commented about Obama’s Syrian failure, saying:
“I openly and repeatedly warned that if we did not find moderate elements on the ground that we could equip and arm, that void would be filled by radical jihadists. Well, the president didn’t listen, the administration didn’t follow through and that’s exactly what happened. That is why ISIS grew.”
Two other GOP presidential hopefuls, Donald Trump and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) shared my personal views on Syria, saying:
“Syria’s a mess. Why are we fighting ISIS in Syria? Let them fight each other and pick up the remnants.” – Trump.
“Sometimes both sides of the civil war are evil, and sometimes intervention makes us less safe.” – Paul.
(I’ve always contended that we should stay out of the Middle East political issues. The many different tribes, ethnic groups and Islamic sects have been warring with each other over a thousand years. To think that the US can step in and bring peace to the region is naïve at best.)
Holding to his true nature, Obama is trying to deflect the criticism by saying that others made him do it even though he didn’t want to. In other words, ‘the devil made him do it.’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says that Obama was skeptical about arming and training Syrian rebels from the very beginning but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and congressional Republicans pushed him into taking that action.
To begin with, it was Obama who kept pushing Congress to fund his program to arm and train Syrian rebels, not the other way around. To even suggest anything to the contrary is a gross misrepresentation of what really happened.
Secondly, when have congressional Republicans forced Obama to do anything he doesn’t like? It’s always been the other way around as Obama gets his way and Republicans are the ones caving in to his demands. Obama didn’t like the budget demands made by congressional Republicans so he allowed the Sequestration shutdown of parts of the federal government to happen and then blamed Republicans for his unwillingness to compromise.
Obama is quick to take credit for the positive actions of others and quick to blame others for his mistakes. Obama is quick to veto any bill that comes across his desk that he personally doesn’t like. To suggest that others made him do what he did with arming and training Syrian rebels is nothing more than a gross lie. For once Obama needs to be a man, stand up and take the heat for making a bad decision, instead of acting like a six year old and blaming everyone else.