Waffles meets with Assad in Damascus

posted at 12:38 pm on December 20, 2006 by Allahpundit

You know I’m only posting this as a “second-order distraction” to avoid writing about how horrible conditions are in Iraq, right? I mean, if you’d asked me yesterday whether Kerry chatting with the leader of an insurgent launching pad in contravention of Bush’s foreign policy had news value, I’d have told you yes; but then I read Opinion Journal this morning and realized that’s only because I can’t face the truth.

Presumably that goes double for the thousand items Opinion Journal editor James Taranto has written about the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat who by the way served in Vietnam. Perhaps he’ll also have had an awakening by the time BOTW comes out later today.

So here it is. Don’t think of Iraq!

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He had no comment after the meeting.

If you want something to think about, think about the irony of a news report exposing a secret administration plan to pressure Assad while acknowledging that the success of the plan depends upon its secrecy.

The Bush Administration has been quietly nurturing individuals and parties opposed to the Syrian government in an effort to undermine the regime of President Bashar Assad. Parts of the scheme are outlined in a classified, two-page document which says that the U.S. already is “supporting regular meetings of internal and diaspora Syrian activists” in Europe. The document bluntly expresses the hope that “these meetings will facilitate a more coherent strategy and plan of actions for all anti-Assad activists.”

The document says that Syria’s legislative elections, scheduled for March 2007, “provide a potentially galvanizing issue for… critics of the Assad regime.” To capitalize on that opportunity, the document proposes a secret “election monitoring” scheme, in which “internet accessible materials will be available for printing and dissemination by activists inside the country [Syria] and neighboring countries.” The proposal also calls for surreptitiously giving money to at least one Syrian politician who, according to the document, intends to run in the election. The effort would also include “voter education campaigns” and public opinion polling, with the first poll “tentatively scheduled in early 2007.”…

However, in order to make the “election monitoring” plan for Syria effective, the proposal makes clear that the U.S. effort will have to be concealed: “Any information regarding funding for domestic [Syrian] politicians for elections monitoring would have to be protected from public dissemination,” the document says. But American experts on “democracy promotion” consulted by TIME say it would be unwise to give financial support to a specific candidate in the election, because of the perceived conflict of interest. More ominously, an official familiar with the document explained that secrecy is necessary in part because Syria’s government might retaliate against anyone inside the country who was seen as supporting the U.S.-backed election effort.

Time predicts that “some in Congress would undoubtedly raise objections” to the plan. I wonder who they have in mind.


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Kerry needs as much press time as possible to nail the lid shut on his fantasy ’08 run. And can we get a quote or two from the Ketchup Queen?

windbag on December 20, 2006 at 12:45 PM

Another prime example of why she should examine all presidential candidates background. Kerry has a strong affinity with France based on his family ties and the many summers he spent there as a “yoot.” His behavior has always gone beyond that of the average democrat leftard.

EF on December 20, 2006 at 12:46 PM

The first image from kerry’s 2008 presidential run. “I have met with foreign leaders that want me to win, I just can’t tell you their names.”

Vote Kerry: I’ve never met an American enemy too evil to meet with during wartime. By the way did you know I served in Vietnam?

still468 on December 20, 2006 at 12:49 PM

so it was the corrected version? Hey, do you think if they did a story on how successful Bush’s economy is, but made a mistake, they’d re-run the whole story? How convenient that WaPo had to re-run a story detailing how Iraq is a lost cause.

dalewalt on December 20, 2006 at 12:52 PM

That’s been Kerry’s job for years . . . pandering to our enemies. Or, pehaps Assad has a new lead on the whereabouts of his magic hat. This jerk needs to go home with the ketchup lady and stay out of our faces.

rplat on December 20, 2006 at 12:58 PM

Another prime example of why we should examine . . .

EF on December 20, 2006 at 12:58 PM

Another portrait to be hung in the war time museum of one of our enemies. Did they get your good side Mr. Kerry, or should they just get a re-print from the Vietnames?

PinkyBigglesworth on December 20, 2006 at 1:04 PM

nuance? more like nuisance

liberrocky on December 20, 2006 at 1:05 PM

mmmmmm, treason. It kinda tastes like ketsup.

natesnake on December 20, 2006 at 1:10 PM

Why do I get the feeling that as soon as Lurch left the room, his new Syrian “buddys” started laughing hysterically?

natesnake on December 20, 2006 at 1:12 PM

yay for giving away more of our efforts to stabilize things in the middle east. GO MEDIA!!!

One Angry Christian on December 20, 2006 at 1:14 PM

He seems to enjoy being used as a tool by insane evil doers.
But his wife already knows this.

bbz123 on December 20, 2006 at 1:16 PM

Watched the Presidents Press conference today, and he seemed really wimpy on the leakers.

We need to clean house, this is ridiculous.

Romeo13 on December 20, 2006 at 1:19 PM

The Rear Admiral had this to say after his meeting;

And I say, “Hey, Assad, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any Middle East deal, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

there it is on December 20, 2006 at 1:20 PM

mmmmmm, treason. It kinda tastes like ketsup.

Catchup or ketchup?

I have no more words for Kerry… My vocabulary is all tapped out.

x95b10 on December 20, 2006 at 1:23 PM

I saw this posted on the Illinois Review and I thought it would be good to post it here.

“From Don Castella via the Illinois Review”.

As Cicero (d. 43 BC) so aptly stated, “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.”

BobK on December 20, 2006 at 1:39 PM

Upstaging Madeleine Albright’s gift-giving to Kim Jong Il, Kerry gave Assad a basketball autographed by Manny Ortiz.

fogw on December 20, 2006 at 1:47 PM

Kerry gave Assad a basketball autographed by Manny Ortiz

We have a winner!

natesnake on December 20, 2006 at 1:51 PM

Nuanced dialogue with the chinless opthamologist. Oh, how the haughty have fallen.

JammieWearingFool on December 20, 2006 at 2:00 PM

CONGRATS, TIME! You may have just signed the death sentence for the political opponent we were supporting. But then Syria wouldn’t actually MURDER someone for political purposes, that’s a BushCo tactic, right? And if they ever did do something so heinous, the libtard left would RISE UP IN OPPOSITION TO SUCH TACTICS, right? Right? Wrong? Hmmmmm.

Seriously, WHERE THE HELL IS THE DOJ ON THESE DAMN LEAKS? We are freaking prosecuting Scooter Libby for doing NOTHING, Fitzgerald KNEW he wasn’t responsible, yet Fitzgerald isn’t being brought up on charges…so what if he paperbombed the white house over nothing while we were at war when he knew fromthe beginning there was nothing there? (Thanks, Powell, you traitor…)

But then Fitzgerald is personally responsible for falling down on the job time after time after time. http://www.abledangerblog.com/2006/11/how-patrick-fitzgerald-failed-to-stop.html If things were turned around, and Fitzgerald was trying to prosecute a DEMOCRAT, or if a dem was in the white house, Fitz himself would be in jail by now, or at least indicted/shamed/disgraced and no longer able to do any more damage. But the media LOVES him, because he is a cog with power in losing the war on terror, and the MSM wants us to lose so bad…I just DON’T get it.

What the hell is it going to take to WAKE this country up? We are rife with traitors and appeasers, and it’s going to ruin our way of life.

JustTruth101 on December 20, 2006 at 2:03 PM

It is well past time to cut this clown off at the knees.In addition to publicly humiliating and destroying him,I am sure that there would be more than enough to go after him legally.
That is, if anyone in this administration had the guts to do so.

tomk59 on December 20, 2006 at 2:19 PM

French-looking Massachusetts Democrat who by the way served in Vietnam.

Are you kidding? John Kerry served in Vietnam? How in the world do you know that? Next thing, I guess, we’ll find out that he saw some real action and won a couple of Purple Hearts.

Seriously tho’, this bastard should be arrested as soon as he sets foot back in the USA and tried as a traitor. What is wrong with this White House that refuses to punish the leakers, the traitors, the illegal immigrants, the bribe takers, etc., etc., etc.?

OBX Pete on December 20, 2006 at 2:26 PM

Let’s give Sen. Kerry the benefit of the doubt, maybe he’s over there gathering intel and getting coordinates for our JDAMs! Ya think? Maybe? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? *crickets* hhhhmmmmm I guess not.

Hey X95, you could always use “shut your man-pleaser” again!

Tony737 on December 20, 2006 at 2:39 PM

When John Kerry dies (hopefully sooner rather then later), I promise to get a flight to wherever it is he is buried (probably somewhere in Paris) and dance on his grave. This pompous, stupid, a-hole fits the definition of domestic enemy to the United States of America better then anyone I have ever seen (Clinton and Teddy “Kopechney” Kennedy are close seconds). Other then that I have no strong feelings on the matter.

Zetterson on December 20, 2006 at 2:41 PM

Notice the difference in posture: The tyrants sit up straight with their hands in their laps; they know how to behave at a tea party. Kerry slouches back, flops his arms across the armrests, and opens his legs wide, as if to keep his crotch well-ventilated. Goober.

Kralizec on December 20, 2006 at 2:46 PM

I certainly hope that Kerry and Dodd went on their pathetic “middle east tour” on their own dime. to think that the American taxpayer would fund such treasonous acts (consorting with the enemy) makes me throw up a little (a lot) in my mouth.

pullingmyhairout on December 20, 2006 at 2:48 PM

Syrian-U.S. relations have been strained for several years. Washington accuses Syria of aiding terrorism because of its support for radical Palestinian groups based in Damascus and the Hezbollah party.

AP

How very picayunish of Washington. Nice to see the distinguished Senators rise above all that, and sit down for a refreshing arak with President Bastard Asshat, son of TheFez Asshat.

Jaibones on December 20, 2006 at 2:48 PM

So, like did he hold a press conference yet? I’m waiting to see if he tells the young people in Syria that they had better study hard or they’ll end up members of Hezbollah and be stuck in Lebanon. No? I guess it just ain’t gonna’ happen, is it? I’m disappointed. How foolish of me to expect “fair and balanced” behavior from Senator Flip-Flop.

/snark

CyberCipher on December 20, 2006 at 3:35 PM

It is well past time to cut this clown off at the knees.In addition to publicly humiliating and destroying him,I am sure that there would be more than enough to go after him legally.
That is, if anyone in this administration had the guts to do so.

tomk59 on December 20, 2006 at 2:19 PM

Unfortunately, they don’t. It’s painfully evident. New tone and all.

thirteen28 on December 20, 2006 at 3:43 PM

…think about the irony of a news report exposing a secret administration plan to pressure Assad while acknowledging that the success of the plan depends upon its secrecy.

I don’t think it’s ironic, it’s outright subversive.

CP on December 20, 2006 at 4:29 PM

So, has Kerry been reduced to carrying Rockefeller’s water?

JM Hanes on December 20, 2006 at 8:32 PM

…I’m waiting to see if he tells the young people in Syria that they had better study hard or they’ll end up members of Hezbollah and be stuck in Lebanon…
CyberCipher on December 20, 2006 at 3:35 PM

The last couple of days have been some of the best posts. It must be Christmas. If only someone would ask this as a question in a press conference.

right2bright on December 20, 2006 at 11:35 PM

The world laughs at us.
Tomato Head Waffles has gone too far. You brought all of us into the humiliation as the world laughs, but not just at you sir, a traitor, but at America and it’s government.
Stay there Johnnie boy, where people believe what you say, and soak up their lies as well, as I’m sure you will.

Catsup. How many spellings are there?

shooter on December 21, 2006 at 12:21 PM

That came out weird….kinda insane, like a breakdown of sorts…hehehe

shooter on December 21, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Catsup. How many spellings are there?

shooter on December 21, 2006 at 12:21 PM

Two, FDA regs. Standards of Identity only lists two ways to spell: Catsup, and Ketchup. Any other spelling has to include something like the word “sauce” in the name.

right2bright on December 21, 2006 at 1:30 PM