You have got to be... kidding me.
There’s a battle raging inside the Obama administration about whether the United States ought to push away from its goal of toppling Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and into a de facto alliance with the Damascus regime to fight ISIS and other Sunni extremists in the region.
As President Obama slowly but surely increases the U.S. military presence on the ground in Iraq, his administration is grappling with the immediate need to stop the ISIS advance and push for a political solution in Baghdad. The 3 1/2-year grinding civil war is Syria has been put on a back burner for now. Some officials inside the administration are proposing that the drive to remove Assad from power, which Obama announced as U.S. policy in 2012, be set aside, too. The focus, these officials argue, should instead be on the region’s security and stability. Governments fighting for survival against extremists should be shored up, not undermined.
...You know, if any 'official inside the administration' had gone up to George W Bush and told him Mr. President, we should ally with that evil regime that used chlorine gas on its own people earlier this year George W Bush would have responded by ejecting that official from the White House forthwith. And when I say 'ejected' I explicitly mean that the former official would have been last seen smashing through a window, with the mark of George W Bush's Texas boot still visible on the luckless former official's... rear. What kind of shop is President Obama running over there? The Syria regime is using... cursed chlorine gas. This is a known thing.
We are supposed to destroy people who do that ...thing. That is why the United States of America exists. That this administration is instead even thinking of rewarding the Syrian regime is... something that I should [not] say in public.
Via Hot Air.
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PS: The language in the first draft was considerably more profane.