September 9, 2013

Jaw-Dropper of the Day (Update: Susan Rice Gets to Make the Case)

Link (Delayed HT: frequent commenter dscott):

Congress Members Who Have Seen Classified Evidence About Syria Say It Fails to Prove Anything
Classified Syria Intelligence Fails to Prove Assad Used Chemical Weapons

The administration’s public case for chemical weapons use by the Syrian government is extremely weak, and former high-level intelligence officers say that publicly-available information proves that the Syrian government likely did not carry out the chemical weapons attacks.

Further:

… the Daily Caller reports:

The Obama administration has selectively used intelligence to justify military strikes on Syria, former military officers with access to the original intelligence reports say, in a manner that goes far beyond what critics charged the Bush administration of doing in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war.

The once “unthinkable” (except by a very few of us who have thought this for at least five years) — that, in Instapundit’s words, Obama might be “Wrecking our foreign policy on purpose” — now has to be considered plausible. Norman Podhoretz at the Wall Street Journal certainly believes that it is:

Obama’s Successful Foreign Failure
The president may look incompetent on Syria. But his behavior fits his strategy to weaken America abroad.

My take last week (BizzyBlog mirror) on why Obama decided to go to Congress for an unnecessary authorization vote fits that template.

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UPDATE: Also consistent

How Not to Win Over Congress
Sending Susan Rice, on the Benghazi anniversary, to argue for Syria is one of many missteps.

So the person who serially lied about the relevance of a previously virtually unknown anti-Muslim film as what caused the Benghazi terrorist attack is now the face of the administration before Congress.

If Obama really cared about winning over Congress, he’d send someone else. Instead, in-your-face defiance and one-upping his perceived enemies is more important.

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2 Comments

  1. I’ll see your jaw dropper with eyes popping out:

    U.S. Gave Syria Over A Billion Dollars In Humanitarian Aid Last Year, Most Going To Areas Controlled By Assad

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/09/u-s-gave-syria-over-a-billion-dollars-in-humanitarian-aid-last-year-most-going-to-areas-controlled-by-assad/

    Humanitarian workers in Syria like Ghassan Hitto, the chief coordinator for the Western-backed Syrian national coalition, say they are frustrated with the poorly-run relief efforts.

    “We believe we are owed an explanation over where this money is going, but every time we ask, we can’t get an answer.”

    Sounds like a typical Obama response doesn’t it?

    Comment by dscott — September 9, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  2. Lurch: Attack On Syria Would Be “Unbelievably Small”…

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/09/lurch-attack-on-syria-would-be-unbelievably-small/

    “That is exactly what we are talking about doing – unbelievably small, limited kind of effort,” Kerry said

    In other words, the entire commotion is about a hand slap. Which again makes absolutely no sense IF Assad did something so outrageously wrong as to evoke a military response. As the FSA commander pretty much said under doing a response is far worse than doing nothing at all.

    Message to Assad: I don’t have all the facts but you acted stupidly and so I admonish you by pissing in the wind.

    Attention all desert dwellers, watch out for incoming missiles to strike aimlessly. /sarc/

    Comment by dscott — September 9, 2013 @ 11:49 am

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