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Syria Hawks Get Louder

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MITT ROMNEY’S ADVISER on foreign policy Dan Senor spoke with Andrea Mitchell today and was giving his best pitch for intervening in the Syrian bloodshed. It was a flashback to the bad old neoconservative days of Cheney and Wolfowitz, where Mitt Romney has come down on foreign policy, with the hawk wing of the conservative right given full voice through Senor. Ambassador Susan Rice was also on with Mitchell, giving the Administration’s position. Both videos give you the outline of the debate today.

The hawks are getting louder because Iran is involved and they see an axis of evil whenever the Iranians are present, as well as an opportunity that shouldn’t be wasted. It’s not like the human rights violations inside Syria aren’t real and very serious, but it gets down to what you consider of strategic interest to America.

Over a dozen Western countries have expelled Syrian diplomats, with special envoy to Syria Kofi Annan having met with Bashir Assad, and remaining in the region today.

Russia’s leaders began signaling that they were growing weary of Bashar Assad’s escalating violence after the massacre over the weekend. However, they remain unmovable on international intervention, so it all seems like lip service.

An interesting piece over at the Daily Beast had one paragraph that is particularly interesting, especially for the many people who don’t have a clue what’s going on in Syria and don’t understand the quickly escalating conversation.

Another bellwether of the Kremlin’s commitment to Assad is the coverage of the conflict by the Russian media. Russian television, which is mostly state controlled, has largely parroted the regime’s line that the insurgency is the work of al Qaeda terrorists. Ongoing violence and anarchy in Libya and Iraq is another recurring theme, emphasizing the Kremlin’s message that pro-democracy revolutions only bring chaos.

The article today on Foreign Policy by Christian Caryl on dictators is as a blast of cold water to the face. Someone should fax it to Mr. Annan, whose diplomatic mission seems to me to have been a futile effort by design and implementation.

Bashar Assad is a butcher, and he should be charged with war crimes now and let that headline ring out. Assad knows very well that the regional challenges are far more complex than the mission the U.S. engaged in over Libya that ousted Gaddafi. He seems willing to take the gamble he’ll surive as long as Russian stands firm.

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6 Responses to Syria Hawks Get Louder

  1. Ga6thDem May 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Dan Senor made me want to barf. It sounded like Iraq all over again. There are thousands of people dying at the hands of a brutal dictator. Yes, this is absolutely awful but again every time we have gotten involved in the middle east it has not worked out in our best interest going back all the way to the CIA training OBL. Or you could go even further back with Eisenhower and Iran. Why can’t the middle east handle it’s own problems? The Sauds are willing to give money but do nothing as usual.

  2. noalternative May 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    The foreign policy article is only cold water in how much it throws lies at us, particularly on Chavez.

    The neocon media in Venezuela are overwhelmingly opposed to him, and were responsible for the coup against him. People vote for him despite them, but Chavez is a dictator because he helps the poor! Given the neocon manipulation of the media, this is called smearing your opponant with your own sins.

    no way will I trust these neocon bullshitters again. I am glad the Russians are telling those assholes and hysterics to shove it!

  3. Cujo359 May 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    However, [the Russians] remain unmovable on international intervention, so it all seems like lip service.

    The Russsians are one of very few remaining allies for Assad. Time will tell.

  4. fairmindedindependent May 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Romney can talk all he wants, but none of his kids as far as I know was ever in the military, yes its always easier to send other peoples kids to fight. Why won’t they do what former President Bill Clinton did and enact a no-fly zone in Syria. Take out their military bases and tanks and air defenses, Israel has done this from time to time. It would reduce the killings, then go from that on what to do. But to invade is another story. We have already spent up to 10 years in Afganistan and a few in Iraq. Why don’t the Arab League do something. Its in their back yard and their people. I do feel sorry for the people in Syria and do hope that their dictator is brought to justice, but from what I am hearing from some military experts that they think that Assad might be given assilem if he gives up power and leaves. Its hard to tell whats going to happen. But Romney and others like to talk the talk but they never walked the walked when it comes to being in the military and knowing matters in foreign affairs.

    • RAJensen May 31, 2012 at 7:03 am #

      Romney is the classic chicken hawk. He was draft eligible during the Vietnam War but invoked a draft exemption as a lay Mormon minister and sat out the Vietnam War in France proselytizing for the Mormon Church.

      He has five strapping sons and during the 2008 Republican primary against John McCain a reprter in Iowa asked Romney why none of his five strapping sons volunteered to serve after 9/11. Romney replied. ‘My sons are serving their country by campaigning for me’.

      You can’t make this stuff up.

  5. fangio May 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Anyone with a face and a voice like Assad’s should be dragged out of the palace and shot in the head.

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