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Friday, September 2, 2011

EU increases pressure on Assad: First Step to taking down the Assad Regime

Its clear that Assad Regime in Syria has lost all credibility as far as governing Syria except for some loyalists that remain in Syria to the Assad Regime. Thats what happens when you murder people as the Assad Security Forces have for holding protests and demonstrations in Syria. Fighting for their freedom and for the most part these demonstrators have been peaceful. Its also clear at least up till now that President Brashir Assad of Syria is not going to step down peacefully or go down quietly. That he'll probably have to be removed from power, whether its looks like what happened to President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. When his Security Forces refused to take down the protestors there and he stepped down from power as a consequence. Or it looks like what happened Moammar Gaddhafi of Libya where he was forcefully removed from office. And the question is how does this come about, I believe the Arab League shouldn't step aside and let their fellow arabs be murdered. I also don't believe that the European Union an organization thats Pro Democracy and fights for it, as well as the United States the same thing. Should sit aside and watch people get murdered and do nothing about it. So the question to me is how do we bring this about, how to we force President Assad out of power. There are several steps that can take place a four step plan, where hopefully all four steps don't have to come about. Hopefully President Assad would recognize that its time for him to step down from power and turn his country over to the opposition. Or at least to an Interim Government that would run the country until Syria holds General Elections which is what is happening in Egypt right now. Which is different from what's happening in Libya right now, where the Gaddafi Opposition is now running the country instead of Moammar Gaddafi.

So in this four step process that I see it, first what I believe the United States, European Union, Arab League and United Nations should do jointly. One call for President Assad to step down from power and hand the government over to the Syrian Opposition or an Interim Government. Two put in Economic Sanctions on Syria, don't let money enter or leave Syria and only let in resources in or out of the country. That would be managed by Syrian Opposition, things like food, water, Medical Supplies Human Resources. As well as freeze all Foreign Assets that the Assad Regime has outside of Syria. Three if necessary arm the Syrian Rebels with money, resources and even weapons if they need them. To defend themselves against the Assad Military Forces. Including things like bringing in any Assad Defectors into the Syrian Opposition. Four and hopefully it doesn't get to this, establish a No Fly Zone over Syria and this is where NATO would be needed. Turkey and Egypt could play a big role here, to protect the Syrian Rebels and the Syrian People from their own government essentially. As well as Ground Forces if necessary from Turkey, Egypt and the Arab League to protect the Syrian Rebels and the Syrian People.

This is not something that the United States can run or managed but we can help by sending in supplies and with sanctions. Because we are already overcommitted around the World. But where the Arab League, European Union, NATO can play a big role and lead the way. Back the Syrian Rebels and knock another Middle Eastern Authoritarian Regime out of power.

Click on the link of the blog to see a video from Euro News about Syria

Glenn Beck : Michael Reagan Interview: The New Reagan Revolution

The Ronald Reagan that I most respected, was the Ron Reagan before he became President. Even though he did some good things as President as well. Like ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union and getting the economy going again after inheriting an awful economy from the Carter Administration. He of course didn’t do that alone, no President or government can of course. But the Ron Reagan that I respect most, was anti-Washington, anti-big government, pro-individual freedom. Believed in things like keeping government out of our wallets and bedrooms, he was even pro-gay rights.

Reagan pro-gay was rights after he became President in 1981. Pro-strong military, but only use when it was in our National Interest. He wasn’t a Neoconservative which is something else I respect about Ron Reagan. But as much as Reagan spoke out against big government, he expanded the Federal Government almost as much as President. And not just in the Defense Department, but he expanded the War on Drugs, more Americans than ever were in prison during his administration. A big reason for that to do with his expansion of the War on Drugs. And of course the record debt and deficit he piled up as President, because of his defense spending and his unpaid for tax cuts were a big part of that as well.

Ron Reagan was a classical Conservative, (just not fiscally conservative) perhaps even a small libertarian even when he was running for President. But as President even though he kept some of those principles, he was more of a pragmatist than anything else. “What do I have to do to get the job done, what do we have to negotiate. He had a Democratic House the whole eight years as President. Democrats had a large Minority in the Senate for six years and controlled the Senate the last two years. I give President Reagan credit for ending the Cold War and turning the economy around. But we paid a heavy price for it in debt, deficit, high interest rates and inflation in the early 1990s.

If you look at President Reagan’s accomplishments as President, the economy, the Cold War, getting three Conservatives on the Supreme Court. Sandra O’Connor, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy. As well as appointing a Conservative to Chief Justice in William Renquist. All this alone makes Ronald Reagan one of the most successful conservative president’s we’ve ever had politically. As well as winning the presidency in a landslide, being reelected in a landslide, his Vice President George HW Bush succeeding him. Actually I don’t know of a more successful Conservative President than Ronald Reagan politically. Dwight Eisenhower would be then only other one I would consider. As far as being able to get his policy’s put in place and having a positive record to show for them.

George W. Bush wasn’t a Classical Conservative, but a Neoconservative as President. With his borrow and spend fiscal policy and neoconservative foreign policy. To call Ronald Reagan perfect as President, you have to be either the president of his fan club and vowed to never say anything negative about him, or not have been alive during his presidency and never read, or seen anything about his presidency. Ronald Reagan was the most successful Republican President of the 20th Century, with only President Eisenhower would be someone I would consider. And that’s all the credit I’ll give him.