Thursday, December 30, 2010
President Obama now has a record among US presidents for recess appointments..and that's with a veto-proof Democrat majority. Please tell me some more fairy stories about Bush being arrogant and 'obstructionist Republicans'!
Among today's appointments were four US Ambassadors, most of whom have been held up in the Senate because they were simply political hacks and high level Democrat donors and there were questions about their qualifications. But one in particular is a cause for concern because of where he's being posted.
Robert Ford is a career diplomat and a classic State Department Arabist,whose last posting was in Algeria.Obama has named him as the first US envoy to Syria since 2005.
The Bush Administration withdrew our ambassador to Syria because of their widespread support for terrorism and their willingness to act as a conduit for arms and jihadis en route to war against our troops in Iraq. In fact, Syria is still an officially designated state sponsor of terrorism by the US State Department.
No matter...Obama plans to 'engage' with Syria, so Ambassador Ford was appointed despite Congressional opposition.
"Making undeserved concessions to Syria tells the regime in Damascus that it can continue to pursue its dangerous agenda and not face any consequences from the US," Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the incoming chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. "That is the wrong message to be sending to a regime which continues to harm and threaten US interests and those of such critical allies as Israel."
And that doesn't even mention the message it sends to our other Arab allies like Jordan and Lebanon, where it's widely known that Syria and its proxy Hezbollah were behind the assassination of Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, among many others.In the Middle East, sending a high level diplomat to an enemy is regarded as a sign of weakness and conciliation. This will be seen as a US concession and endorsement of the Assad regime, and by extension, its ally Iran.
Smartest, most intellectual president evah...