A prepared letter for the weary in the Obama administration

Some place, or maybe many places, in the administration’s national security apparatus must be competent people of good will who are appalled by the administration’s egregious and repeated errors. They, I would like to think, are contemplating whether to be party to this cavalcade of shame. So I’ve taken the liberty of drafting a letter interested persons might use.

President Obama speaks during a press conference. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)
President Obama speaks during a press conference. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

As you can see, I’ve crossed out more blunt language or language I imagine doesn’t pass the smell test, which they might think best not to include.

Dear Mr. President:

It has been a tremendous great high honor to serve in your administration the country. However, I can no long serve on your incoherent and incompetent foreign policy team. My conscience and the country’s well-being demand that I make a meaningful gesture not like your meaningless attempt to save face in Syria to bring to the country’s attention the urgency of a complete reversal in policy.

I have tried valiantly frequently to bring to your attention the flaws in our policy. Although you have always been too busy to listen  been out on the golf course heard me out, this has been to no avail.

I believe a listing of the complete and voluminous errors in our Syria policy alone would be impossible is in order. I will do my best. You from the get-go ignored the nature of Bashar al-Assad and instead sent envoys like John Kerry, who feels miserable no doubt, to grovel  to engage with the serial human rights abuser in the inane belief we could do business with him and separate him from Iran. This never succeeded, and in fact Assad appeared in public embracing the then-president of Iran. When demonstrations mounted against Assad, whom the Bush administration had long ago figured out was evil, we were mute. When the protests increased we were silent. When the body count rose we issued empty rhetoric. We delayed so long that jihadists flooded into the country and tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children died.

We behaved so ineptly that Iran and Russia seized the opportunity to bolster its ally and humiliate you our country. When word first got out informing us that chemical weapons were used, you said and did nothing. Then you beat your chest during a photo op with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu necessitated by the fraying of that relationship declared in Jerusalem that use of chemical weapons would be a “red line” never expecting you’d actually have to back up those words and next proceeded to deny we had full verification even as our allies did so. After some time you promised aid to the rebels. But to date they have received next to nothing. You sent your lapdog Gen. Martin Dempsey to work up a memo making clear that military action would be impossible even as outside experts and lawmakers labeled it hogwash. Then word came of massive chemical weapons strikes. Again you dithered denied reality delayed until even the New York Times couldn’t take it.

Your administration even refused to give the rebels and those in areas under their control gas masks. I don’t know if you are aware of this and there’s no excuse if you weren’t. Of all the errors in the Syria policy, this is the one that really makes me ill think about what we were doing all along.

You gave one TV interview with a lot of double-talk. Early this week in a desperate attempt to get you to act irresponsible leaks suggested we would take action. You then set about drafting a long and detailed speech on Martin Luther King Jr. and spent time agonizing over how to stick it the Republicans. But nothing came from you. Our best ally, Britain, voted down a war resolution leaving us humiliated and isolated. You can blame George W. Bush, although that is beyond lame but there is nothing like presidential leadership. On Friday before a long-weekend when we do our bad-news dumps you sent poor Kerry out there to give a rationale for military action. But now I hear the actual military response will be a meaningless and embarrassing nothing burger minimal. This makes us look even more ridiculous unserious to the rest of the world.

I believe you just don’t care or are incapable of acting have views radically different from mine  or anyone else who’s been paying the least bit of attention. You have filled with incompetent cronies in key positions at the National Security Agency and the Defense Department while you sent the well-meaning but terribly naïve Samantha Power to the United Nations, whom the country and you must rely on. But as for me, I must leave your administration so  I can look myself in the mirror I can speak more freely and pursue new opportunities to hopefully  eradicate this entire experience from my mind. From the bottom of my heart, I say good riddance best of luck.

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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