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Obama: ‘I Look at Syria’s Children and I See My Own’

“I see my daughters, and my nieces, and my nephews”

Breitbart reporting: President Obama made a touching comment about his feeling towards the victims of the Syrian war during his speech today, even as he touted his decision not to intervene to stop it with military force.

“In Syria, the suffering in the civil war has been heartbreaking,” he said. “To see a nation shattered and hundreds of thousands killed, and millions driven from their homes.”

“It is gut-wrenching,” he admitted. “As a father, I look at Syria’s children and I see my own.”

In his speech, Obama addressed the criticism of his foreign policy decisions as president before the United States Air Force Academy.

It should be stated that it’s not the first time that Obama has seen the faces of his own children in suffering minorities.

“I see my daughters, and my nieces, and my nephews,” Obama said during the 2012 presidential campaign, referring to illegal immigrants who he argued deserved amnesty.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in March 2012 referring to the death of the young man Trayvon Martin that sparked protests across the United States.

In the same speech, Obama reiterated that the U.S. could not diminish it’s global responsibilities.

“We can’t be isolationists. It’s not possible in this globalized interconnected world,” he said. “In these uncertain times, it’s tempting sometimes to pull back and try to wash our hands of conflicts that seem intractable, let other countries fend for themselves.”

Obama also took the opportunity to mock Russia and Iran for getting “sucked into a quagmire” by spending their resources to back the Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad.

“As president of the United States, I’ve made a different choice,” Obama said, “The only real solution to the Syrian conflict is a political solution including a transition away from Assad and that takes diplomacy.”

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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