Tag Archives: Syria

News & Comment

Olbermann: Donald’s Bombs Are Stunts

Enumerati

U.S. Airstrike Kills 18 Syrian Allies

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“An airstrike by the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State killed 18 Syrian fighters allied with the United States,” the New York Times reports. “The strike, on Tuesday in Tabqah, Syria, was the third time in a month that American-led airstrikes may have killed civilians or allies, and it comes even as the Pentagon is investigating two previous airstrikes that killed or wounded scores of civilians in a mosque complex in Syria and in a building in the west of Mosul, Iraq.”

Poetic Justice

Regime Change Disarrange

The Trump White House remains chaotic and strange,
A place where malevolence and incompetence interchange.
It’s a place where diplomacy
Is tinged with idiocy,
Where Tillerson and Haley can’t agree on regime change.

News & Comment

The Deeper Meaning of Sean Spicer’s Cheeseballs

The actual cheese balls in question.
The actual cheese balls in question.

This is not a story from The Onion.

What really happened, according to CNN:

In an awkward moment Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly asked that his daily on-camera press briefing be “off camera,” causing the pool camera to turn away from Spicer as he spoke. Viewers of networks carrying the briefing watched as the pool camera panned right and focused on a big container of cheese puffs that was sitting on a table.

Is it just coincidence that the prez himself is not only considered a cheeseball, but is also orange? The press secretary is as silent on the matter as those cheese flavored puffs. We think the largely symbolic and possibly diversionary recent Syrian airstrike that Spicer avoided talking about by focusing on the orange ones is the more compelling topic.

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Paul: Trump Needs Congressional Authorization for Military Action

“While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked. The President needs congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution, and I call on him to come to Congress for a proper debate. Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different.”

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by The Hill, after the U.S. launched airstrikes in Syria.

Poetic Justice

An Autocratic Hypocrite

So now Trump has attacked the chemical-bombing Syrians,
And Putin has responded by calling us international barbarians.
Really, Mr. Putin?
How’d you get so high-falutin’?
And how does your hypocrisy play among the Crimeans and Ukrainians?

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Even Dems Are Criticizing Obama Over Syria

As commander in chief, you’re accountable. You’re the one who is responsible whether the good ship of state is doing it right. The administration failed, and the president is the captain of the ship and should assume accountability.

— Former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), quoted by National Journal, on President Obama claiming the CIA had “underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”

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Kerry Responds to Sotloff’s Murder

It’s a punch to the gut.

— Secretary of State John Kerry, quoted by The Hill, on the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff by ISIS.

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Obama Responds to Murder of Steven Sotloff

Whatever these murders think they’ll achieve by killing innocent Americans like Steven, they have already failed. They failed because, like people around the world, Americans are repulsed by their barbarism. We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to fight against these terrorists and those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget and that our reach is long and that justice will be served.

— President Obama, quoted by McClatchy News Service, on the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff.

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Clinton Criticizes Obama’s Foreign Policy

Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.

— Hillary Clinton, in an interview with The Atlantic, said President Obama’s lack of assistance to Syrian rebels led to the rise of ISIS in Iraq. She also criticized the slammed Obama’s foreign-policy doctrine which he recently coined as, “Don’t do stupid shit.”