Backtracking Much? Now Obama Says He Was ‘Skeptical’ of Syria Rebel Boondoggle from the Start

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Editor’s Note: Because, when I’m skeptical from the start, I always spend $500 million dollars on something. Yeah right.

P.S. – When did he suddenly become skeptical again??

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The failed $500 million program to set up a proxy army in Syria was a test, US President Barack Obama told ’60 Minutes’, adding that he had doubts about the project from the start. He also ruled out sending US troops to Syria.

“I’ve been skeptical from the get-go about the notion that we were going to effectively create this proxy army inside of Syria,”Obama said in the interview. “My goal has been to try to test the proposition, can we be able to train and equip a moderate opposition that’s willing to fight ISIL?”

Broadcast Sunday night, Obama’s interview with CBS correspondent Steve Kroft was recorded last Tuesday, days before the administration announced it would stop attempting to train a force of ‘moderate’ militants in Syria.

After spending hundreds of millions of dollars, Washington had only “four or five” fighters to show for the effort. Most of the equipment ended up in jihadist hands as US-trained rebels were captured or deserted without ever facing Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) in battle.

Asked why he went through with the program he doubted, Obama responded that part of what he has to do “is to try different things,” adding another reason was “because we also have partners on the ground that are invested and interested in seeing some sort of resolution to this problem.”

“And they wanted you to do it,” Kroft asked.

“Well, no. That’s not what I said,” Obama replied.

Obama’s efforts to reframe almost every question and at times change the subject appeared to irk Kroft, who at one point remarked, “I feel like I’m being filibustered, Mr. President.”

The White House said last Friday it was dropping the training program because it had not lived up to expectations, but said it would continue providing weapons to the ‘moderate’ Syrian militants.

“Look, there’s no doubt that it did not work,” Obama said of the program, but argued that there was no “silver bullet” approach to solving the Syrian problem. Washington would continue to support the ‘moderate’ opposition in Syria in hopes of seeing regime change in Damascus, but “what we are not going to do is to try to reinsert ourselves in a military campaign inside of Syria,” Obama said.

“What we have not been able to do so far, and I’m the first to acknowledge this, is to change the dynamic inside of Syria,”Obama said. According to him, victory over Islamic State will depend on the Sunni population in Syria and Iraq “working in a concerted way” with the US-backed coalition.

The president stuck close to the official US line, blaming the government of President Bashar Assad for the failure of US-backed rebels to fight against Islamic State forces. As long as Assad remains in power, getting “those folks” to focus on IS was difficult, Obama argued.

It will be this “community of nations” to eventually defeat Islamic State, Obama said, dismissing the Russian air campaign as nothing more than a desperate effort to save Assad.

Since September 30, Russian aircraft have struck over 100 terrorist targets inside Syria, from artillery positions to command centers and ammunition depots. Hundreds of militants have deserted and fled the country, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

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  • What exactly is the Syrian problem? They said no to a pipeline?

    • bill lopez

      A problem with needed to throw 500 million at to fix, which didn’t work so we’ll need to throw some more money at it to get us back on track and fix it once and for all, so we’ll NEVER have to throw money at it again.

      Until the next time.

      • Albert Griggs

        $500 MILLION was JUST for the great rebels we trained & armed …. and they promptly turned their weapons over to ISIS and QUIT.
        —————————
        TREASON —– TREASON by the Pentagon and NEOCON-Politicians working for Israel.
        This IS a war on Christianity.
        RUSSIA and CHINA are the Last Hope for Western CHRISTIAN Democratic Civilization. Putin SAW the TREASONOUS support “our” politicians and pentagon were giving ISIS(rael) and recognized the INVASION they were creating will swamp Europe and America. —————-
        Over a YEAR, 6700 bombing missions, and 100s of MILLION$ of our taxes squandered so the terrorists could create the INVASION of “refugees” ……. 6700 X $20,000 (MINIMUM) per mission = $134,000,000 NOT counting bombs dropped in the sand at $100,000 each.
        72 HOURS and 60 MISSIONS of RUSSIANS actually DOING something and LOOK, “450 militants turn themselves in to Syrian authorities”http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b71_1443926523#zxl9DUdpBBc5DhDu.99
        There are MORE ACTIVE terrorist supporters in the PENTAGON and the halls of “government” providing MATERIAL AID and SUPPORT ………… then ever were in Guantanamo.

        • Bruce Prentis

          There’s a whole lot more to this story than what the thieves and crooks in DC are admitting to. If they’re saying 500 million, I would venture to say it’s more like the $2.3 trillion they’re missing that was just announced. I would love to see a true accounting of the cost to the Amerikan serf this fight “against” Isis and attempt to force a regime change in Syria cost us.

          The mere fact that the USSA government is complicit in the creation, funding, training, and arming/supplying ISIS and “moderate rebels” is enough for a revolution and assist these mother fuc kers get to their final destination… HELL.

      • Bruce Prentis

        And all the while the MIC gets wealthier and wealthier.

    • arahn

      A pipeline to supply natural gas to Europe since they currently are getting that from Russia and we’re trying to keep Europe from becoming too friendly with Russia and we have so much gas to supply from the client states (Iraq recently added to that list) in the Middle East. OH! This isn’t going well for the Zionist west.

    • Someguy

      They attacked Israel after Israel attacked them first 30+ years ago. Luckily the US was there then to screw the syrians out of what is theirs. At least threats of nuking each other when russia tried to get involved hasn’t happened.

    • Razedbywolvs

      it’s much bigger than just that.
      No GMO’s in Syria
      No debt to the IMF or Rothschild currency.
      Also there was a large oil reserve found in Syera’s coastline off the city of Latakia. That city does not get attacked or bombed by any side.
      Wen you see large populous of refugees that have no women.. there in Latakia.
      Я0llyJ0g3r probably all ready knows this but others are reading this and don’t. 🙂

  • Loisteehee

    Hey, Obama, why do the taxpayers of the US have to pay 500million dollars—–you pay it, you SOB—–out of your paycheck and out of the paychecks and retirement of congress. Piss on all of you.

    • bill lopez

      He needed to try some things out, you know? Gotta pay to play.

  • mirageseekr

    No silver bullet? Wow then how did Russia cause about 40% damage in a week?

  • Albert Griggs

    TREASON —– TREASON by the Pentagon and NEOCON-Politicians working for Israel.
    This IS a war on Christianity.
    RUSSIA and CHINA are the Last Hope for Western CHRISTIAN Democratic Civilization. Putin SAW the TREASONOUS support “our” politicians and pentagon were giving ISIS(rael) and recognized the INVASION they were creating will swamp Europe and America. —————-
    Over a YEAR, 6700 bombing missions, and 100s of MILLION$ of our taxes squandered so the terrorists could create the INVASION of “refugees” ……. 6700 X $20,000 (MINIMUM) per mission = $134,000,000 NOT counting bombs dropped in the sand at $100,000 each.
    72 HOURS and 60 MISSIONS of RUSSIANS actually DOING something and LOOK, “450 militants turn themselves in to Syrian authorities”http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b71_1443926523#zxl9DUdpBBc5DhDu.99
    There are MORE ACTIVE terrorist supporters in the PENTAGON and the halls of “government” providing MATERIAL AID and SUPPORT ………… then ever were in Guantanamo.
    The COURTS MARTIAL need to be prepared IMMEDIATELY.
    Why is KUWAIT not taking ALL the refugees ……. We GAVE them their country back ….. they OWE us AND their semitic “brothers”……. and they are very very rich.

    • Razedbywolvs

      China is not the friend of Christianity.

      But i would not say they are specificity targeting Christianity because there not harvesting the organs out of your living body without anaesthesia at any were near the rate they did to suspected Falun Gong practitioners. 2.2 million of them are gone missing since 2010.

      • I feel for and think about those people and what they have endured.

  • Someguy

    Isn’t trying to overthrow a foreign govt thru military aid and social means against US and UN law?

    • Albert Griggs

      Welcome to MAD MAXville. There is no “rule of law” or Hillary would be in prison.

    • Razedbywolvs

      That would make the entire UN pointless.

  • ChuckInBama

    He’ll be blaming Killary next…..

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Wait, wait! We can still defeat them with ideas…..Yeah-walk softly and carry a big idea…

  • SovereignPatriot88

    Obama said that he’s the first one to acknowledge that we haven’t been able to change the dynamic in Syria. Really? Nobody else saw all the time, money and lives wasted trying to take out Assad? They’ve been screwing around over there for years and accomplished nothing. Is this administration on drugs? Russia warned these jack-offs that he wouldn’t allow the U.S. to take out Assad or Iran because they are Russian allies. And now Obama says that he’s the first to acknowledge that we’ve been unsuccessful. I could have told you that we wouldn’t be successful years ago when Putin said that he would protect his allies. The only way to take out Syria’s government and Iran now is to go to war with Russia and probably China.
    Leave it to the MSM to rewrite past events to fit the narrative that the Obama administration is somehow not as grossly incompetent as they appear.

    • Maddog

      Yep.

  • Maddog

    The liar and chief spent 500 mil to create isis 2 years ago because the sheeple said no when him and McLaim wanted to bomb Syria, I remember it well. At the time Putin came in at the last minute to save the world from war and saved Ocommie’s ass by making a deal for Basher to give his WMD to Russia, which he did. So Obama created icicle and armed them through Bengasi to take out Syria and then killed the Ambassador to cover their tracks. Looks to me the only dickheads not keeping their word and lighting the middle east on fire is the United States. And now I have to listen to the LSM continually condemn Putin for doing what Ocommie said we were supposed to be doing, killing isis. WTF this is not MY America. I miss my America.

  • Robert Raulerson

    Obama is an incompetent idiot ,the sooner he leaves office the better.

  • Dwimby

    A shameless fraud is in the Oval Office and we put him there twice. Woe be to us. It will take 25 years to correct the evil this horrid man has infused into the workings of the USA. He revels in what he is doing. This was always his mission and we know it, yet there he sits unchallenged doing more damage every damn day. What has happened to the USA?