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Weakness invites aggressiveness (this time, it’s personal).

A few days ago I wrote this about America’s enemies:

I’m no conspiracy theorist, but if I were any of America’s enemies, I would figure that now is the best time to start getting some of my grievances off my chest because America ain’t gonna do nuthin’ about them (sic). After all, when Obama stated he didn’t want to “meddle” in the affairs of Iran to support a nascent Green Movement, he might as well put out a welcome mat for all the rogue nations to have at it and expand their influence throughout the world.

Fast forward to today, a story in the Wall Street Journal (h/t Noah Pollak) :

Syria has transferred long-range Scud missiles to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Israeli and U.S. officials alleged, in a move that threatens to alter the Middle East’s military balance and sets back a major diplomatic outreach effort to Damascus by the Obama administration.

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Tuesday publicly charged President Bashar Assad’s government with transferring Scud missiles to Hezbollah’s forces inside Lebanon. Syria and Hezbollah both denied the charges. But the allegations already are affecting U.S. foreign policy: Republicans pressed on Capitol Hill to block the appointment of a new American ambassador to Damascus, according to congressional officials. The White House said it was pressing ahead.

The Scuds are believed to have a range of more than 435 miles—placing Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israel’s nuclear installations all within range of Hezbollah’s military forces. During a monthlong war with Israel in 2006, Hezbollah used rockets with ranges of 20 to 60 miles.

Israeli officials called Scud missiles “game-changing” armaments that mark a new escalation in the Mideast conflict. They alleged that Mr. Assad is increasingly linking Syria’s military command with those of Hezbollah and Iran.

I would agree with that last point. The sick thing about all of this is that Obama still plans to send an ambassador to Syria, even after this aggressive act:

“If anything, we need (an ambassador) in Damascus full time just to ensure that reality gets its day in court now and then,” a senior administration official said…

U.S. officials stressed Tuesday that the White House wasn’t second-guessing its strategy and was pushing ahead with Mr. Ford’s nomination. “Sending an ambassador to Syria who can press the Syrian government in a firm and coordinated fashion…is part of our strategy to achieve comprehensive peace in the region,” a White House statement said.

The first quote is utterly ridiculous. If we are being “realists” about this entire thing, then the first thing we would see is that Syria is not interested in any diplomatic gestures from the U.S., that Lebanon’s Prime Minister went to Damascus to smooth relations over, Syria is becoming more bellicose with Israel openly and defiantly, Syria is strengthening its relationship with Iran, and Syria has now delivered missiles capable of hitting several Israeli cities and doing significant damage. That the “senior administration official” is not considering any of that in order to bring a dose of reality to Syria is appalling. If there is anyone who is in need of a reality check it would be Obama and his administration.

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