Holocaust Museum Pulls Study Absolving Obama Administration For Inaction In Face of Syrian Genocide

A major United States Holocaust Memorial Museum study of the Obama Administration’s Syria policy was put on hold last night after portions of the study given to Tablet were greeted with shock and harsh criticism by prominent Jewish communal leaders and thinkers.

According to a publicity email sent by the Museum, the study was set to be launched at an event at the US Institute for Peace in Washington, DC on September 11th and was overseen by a former US intelligence and national security official under Obama, Cameron Hudson, now director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. The paper argued that “a variety of factors, which were more or less fixed, made it very difficult from the beginning for the US government to take effective action to prevent atrocities in Syria, even compared with other challenging policy contexts.” Using computational modeling and game theory methods, as well as interviews with experts and policymakers, the report asserted that greater support for the anti-Assad rebels and US strikes on the Assad regime after the August 2013 Ghouta chemical weapons attack would not have reduced atrocities in the country, and might conceivably have contributed to them.

  • I’d say that Obama and his little “red line” helped.

  • Ho Hum

    “The intervention of the Holocaust Museum in a hot-button political dispute—and the apparent excuse of official US government inaction in the face of large-scale mass murder, complete with the gassing of civilians and government-run crematoria—alarmed many Jewish communal figures. ”

    So it appears that the objection of the Museum is that Obama didn’t do enough to stop Assad who gets blamed for all the atrocities created by Western & Gulf State backed jihadists (they repeat the lies of the neocons about Assad gassing of civilians and “government-run crematoria”). It wasn’t US government “inaction” that created the atrocities in Syria – the atrocities are the direct result of the actions of the US government and the actions of it’s allies in the region who tried to overthrow Assad by backing Jihadist proxy armies.

  • MatterEater

    Well, there was that time that Obama committed genocide in Somalia by blocking food aid to civilian politicians, as done by the secretary of state, Hilary Clinton. Which is also a war crime. You might remember it from when all the charities claimed they were then fundraising to send food there…but the people were already dead…it was a cash grab. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-january-18-2016-1.3408273/somalia-2011-famine-was-a-u-s-created-war-crime-says-journalist-alex-perry-1.3408302