Ever get the feeling @BarackObama does not want the #Syria resolution passed?

Posted by: Phineas on September 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I mean, why else would you include in your “full-court press” of members of Congress a known liar (1) like Susan Rice?

From John Fund:

Up until now, the White House lobbying effort has been dismal. In an astonishing display of either ignorance or brazenness, the White House will mark the first anniversary of the Benghazi terrorist attack this Wednesday by sending National Security Adviser Susan Rice to Capitol Hill to argue the administration’s case for military force in Syria. Rice infamously delivered false talking points on national television, blaming the Benghazi attacks on a spontaneous demonstration against an anti-Islam YouTube video. Sending Rice to Congress to brief members on Syria is like sending Typhoid Mary to lecture on public health. Her credibility is, to use a diplomatic term, limited. 

Okay, okay. Maybe I was being harsh on Rice. She *may* not have known she was lying. I don’t believe it, myself, but it is possible. In which case, the administration is instead sending a clueless tool rather than a brazen liar.

That’s an improvement?

Read the rest. There are more examples of the administration bungling its congressional “diplomacy” vis-a-vis Syria; this is just the most egregious.

But this is also what they get for doing everything but build relations with Congress over the past five years. President “I won”is now learning that, supine as Congress often is, there are still times when presidents will need them, and doing the necessary work to make sure members are on your side before you need them is part of the president’s job.

You’d think the guy widely proclaimed (by his own side) to be the smartest president ever would have known that, no?

Unless, maybe, he really just wants them to save him from his own red-line gaffe and make it go away by voting no.

(1) Yeah, Maureen Dowd. But, read her quotes from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME, and not known as a conservative hardliner) about Rice. Between the lines, they’re devastating and demonstrate just why Rice is such a poor choice for “reach out” work.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “Ever get the feeling @BarackObama does not want the #Syria resolution passed?”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    The country has reached some sort of low point when the average citizen apprehensively opens the morning paper or tunes in the TV news anxious about in which way the president screwed up today. In all the published reports the outcomes of an attack on Syria are all negatives (Assad remains in power, his prestige or thug “street cred” is enhanced, etc.)

    And why was France the only ally we could cultivate? Did they have possibly the ulterior motive that their mandate under the Treaty of San Remo (1920) could be reasserted in that area?

    The three basic components of war are missing in this ill-advised venture. The element of surprise has been compromised, the attack is a pinprick instead of an all-out assault, and there is no clearly defined and achievable objective.

    “When [men] go to war, what they want is to impose on their enemies the victor’s will and call it peace.”–Saint Augustine

  2. Tlaloc says:

    probably. Look at it this way, Obama knows perfectly well that he can rely on reublicans to say no to anything he suggests, so why not use that reflex to his own advantage (conversely maybe this demonstrates to some on the right why reflexive negation is a dumb thing to do).

    Obama gets to back away from an unpopular position while simultaneously being able to point the finger at republicans for any future atrocities. Meanwhile the house is set to cave on both the CR and the Debt Ceiling and benghazi has been off the radar for months.

    Say what you want about his priorities the man is very good at playing the right like an instrument…

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    Rice knew. It’s impossible that she could not have known at the time that her “YouTube video” story was old and busted. She went ahead anyway, blandly served up what everyone, including her own side, knew was a deliberate falsehood.

    Hell, Hillary knew when she stood in front of the four flag draped coffins and solemnly promised to bring the video producer to justice.

    And by now we all know that within two hours of the attack the entire administration knew we were dealing with a terrorist attack and not an overly enthusiastic film review.

    Rice is the perfect figurehead for this stunt. She exemplifies the Obama administration. She’s a soulless lying hack.