Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is condemning President Obama’s decision to wage war in Syria, despite White House claims of documented proof President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.
Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, unloads on Obama in a Facebook post titled: “Let Allah sort it out.”
“Bottom line is that this is about President Obama saving political face because of his ‘red line’ promise regarding chemical weapons,” Palin wrote.
Palin argues the U.S. has “no clear mission in Syria” and Obama has not yet laid out a persuasive case for American military intervention amid a “centuries-old internal struggle between violent radical Islamists and a murderous dictatorial regime.”
“If our invasion of Iraq wasn’t enough of a deterrent to stop evil men from using chemical weapons on their own people, why do we think this will be?” asked Palin.
She blasts Obama’s plan to “punish evil acts in the form of a telegraphed air strike’ and says the president’s war plan “has given Assad enough of a heads-up that he’s reportedly already placing human shields at targeted sites.”
Palin also questions what the ultimate American goal in Syria would be.
“So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?” Palin asked. “President Obama wants America involved in Syria’s civil war pitting the antagonistic Assad regime against equally antagonistic Al Qaeda affiliated rebels. But he’s not quite sure which side is doing what, what the ultimate end game is, or even whose side we should be on.”
Thousands of Palin’s Facebook followers weighed in on her comments. Among the responses:
- “Why does it look like Obama is always on the side of the radical Islamist?”
- “She lives in America, and she is free to speak, even if Ozombies don’t like it!”
- “Right on! The slaughter is horrific, but it is not our civil war.”
- “There is no one in the political arena that is as real and as dead on as Sarah Palin. I love Ted Cruz, but he can’t reach those that Sarah Palin can. She ‘IS’ America. I love this woman like I loved Reagan.”
Palin’s Facebook posts were published prior to Obama’s Rose Garden speech Saturday afternoon in which he announced he will wait for congressional authorization to punish Syria for a chemical-weapons attack, even though he has decided a military strike is needed.
“I’m confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out,” said Obama.
The president also announced U.S. military forces are positioned in the region to strike at his command.
Soon after the president made those remarks, House Republican leaders announced that they would take up Obama’s request after returning to Washington Sept. 9.
Senate Democrats say they will begin to hold hearings and ask for more briefings from the administration this week, with an eye to holding a final vote sometime next week. That puts the House and Senate on the same timetable.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said prospects for approval in the Democrat-controlled Senate were good, but that there was a better-than-even chance the Republican-led House of Representatives would say no.
“I think all of the bad things you can imagine are all more likely if we get involved in the Syrian civil war,” Paul said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., said he doesn’t think Congress would approve such an authorization.
“I don’t think they will,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It may sound real easy when people like Secretary Kerry say that it’s going to be quick and we’re going to go in and send a few cruise missiles, wash our hands and go home. It doesn’t work that way.”
After he concluded his remarks Saturday, Obama ignored a question from the press about whether he would move forward if Congress did not authorize a strike.
“As I said before,” Palin concluded, “if we are dangerously uncertain of the outcome and are led into war by a Commander-in-chief who can’t recognize that this conflict is pitting Islamic extremists against an authoritarian regime with both sides shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ at each other, then let Allah sort it out.”