NEW YORK – Leftist political activist and University of Chicago professor Bill Ayers has turned on Barack Obama, characterizing the president’s determination to launch a military attack on the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria as a “dumb war.”
In a series of posts on his Internet website over the past few days, Ayers has come out swinging, attacking the presidential candidate he backed in 2004 for trying to justify a U.S. strike on Syria.
In what appears to be satire aimed at mocking President Obama, Ayers posted Sunday, Sept. 8, a diatribe suggesting Assad has already authorized launch missile strikes against the United States.
Ayers wrote: “President Assad of Syria announced yesterday that he had authorized limited missile strikes against the United States of America. ‘The United States has consistently violated international law and civilized standards of behavior,’ he said. ‘It has gathered the greatest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction ever assembled, and it is in fact the only country that has ever used nuclear weapons. It has unleashed drone strikes against at least seven other nations, murdering thousands – it has even used drones to kill its own people. And the U.S. has routinely employed torture, a practice that has been condemned and outlawed for decades – it has even tortured its own citizens” [italics in original].
The giveaway that the piece is intended at biting humor is Ayers’ next paragraph, in which he mocks the language Obama has used to explain the planned military strike is limited in nature, language Secretary of State John Kerry seconded in his testimony before Congress last week.
Ayers wrote: “[Assad] explained that Syria had no territorial ambitions, that there would be no Syrian boots on the ground, and that his goals did not include regime change.”
In a post on Aug. 31, Ayers harkened back to speech Obama gave in Chicago opposing the Iraq war in 2002.
Ayers wrote: “‘I don’t oppose all wars,’ said State Senator Barack Obama from the speaker’s platform at an antiwar rally in downtown Chicago in October 2002. ‘What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.’
“Dumb and rash,” Ayers continued, “that pretty much sums up the threatened U.S. bombing of Syria.”
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also suffers the sting of Ayers’ wit.
As his “Rules of Engagement” No. 2, Ayers specified that McCain should be appointed the “official barometer regarding the use of U.S. military force” because “McCain has been wrong on every major U.S. foreign policy initiative for half a century.”
Anti-Israel Ayers supported “Gaza Flotilla” in 2010
One of the “foreign policy initiatives” Ayers has repeatedly criticized is U.S. support for Israel.
In 2010, WND reported the group behind the six-ship Gaza flotilla that had engaged at that time in deadly clashes with Israeli commandos counted among its top supporters the friends and associates of President Barack Obama, namely the founders of the Weather Underground terrorist organization, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.
On May 31, 2010, Israeli navy commandos raided the six-ship flotilla, encountering heavy resistance and live fire from the activists. Several activists were killed and dozens of others were reportedly injured, as were several of the Israeli commandos.
The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in various attempts to run a blockade that had been imposed at that time by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink led several Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dohrn was reported in the Middle East in April 2010 on behalf of the Free Gaza Movement.