Video: Useful idiot shills for Assad on Syrian TV

posted at 4:45 pm on June 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

He’s done this before. Remember when he turned up there in September 2007 to mumble about Halliburton on the very day David Petraeus was showing off graphics to Congress about jihadis flowing into Iraq from Syria? As usual, his timing is exquisite: According to Lebanese media, the UN’s tribunal just handed down indictments in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri against four of Assad’s pals in Hezbollah. That means new, possibly violent sectarian agony for Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon and, if Assad is desperate enough, maybe some sort of pretext for war with Israel to divert the energies of Syrian protesters. Way to pick ‘em, Kooky.

The Daily Caller has a full transcript and video, but the last two minutes have most of what you need to say. Lowlights:

“What I learned from my meeting with President Assad is that he does care about what’s happening, that he wants to respond, that he’s thinking about the different ways that would be the best way to address the needs of the people,” Kucinich said in the interview, video of which was provided to TheDC by The Middle East Media Research Institute. “And that’s what he’s talking about. He’s talking about the people. He’s very engaged in that kind of a discussion. And frankly, that’s a positive development.”

Kucinich does note that there is a democratic movement afoot in Syria, but says that the government is responding appropriately.

“There are great democratic aspirations for freedom. And it’s part of this desire for freedom which is really sweeping the region and the world. And that the government is listening to the people,” Kucinich said. “But you’re at the point right now where it must, from what I’ve seen, the government shows a willingness to listen, shows a desire to help the people, work with the people to bring about change.”

His office notes that he also condemned the violence, which is sporting of him: The death toll of civilians killed by Assad’s forced stands at 1,500 and counting since the protests first began, with 10,000 more people safely locked away in regime prisons. What’s especially stupid about this is that Kucinich had a moment of traction in Congress a few weeks ago when his Libya resolution drew bipartisan support. This performance will end that, I hope. Note to the GOP: Do what you want on Libya, but stay away from bills with this tool’s fingerprints on them.

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Earth to Dennis…

pain train on June 30, 2011 at 4:48 PM

His wife has a tongue stud. He can’t be bothered with the trivialities of the world when his wife has a tongue stud.

NotCoach on June 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM

When is he going to Libya to help Ghadaffi ?

The American left loves dictators that hate America and kill their own people. But if you are a dictator that deals with America then they need to be removed for the greater good.

William Amos on June 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Please eliminate this idiot’s district ASAP. I’m sure the martians will be along shortly to take him home.

Doughboy on June 30, 2011 at 4:51 PM

“What I learned from my meeting with President Assad is that he does care about what’s happening staying in power

It really is amazing that some people are really this stupid.

search4truth on June 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM

I know Jane Fonda, Dennis, and you sir are no Jane Fonda. We’ll, maybe on the inside.

Limerick on June 30, 2011 at 4:52 PM

His wife has a tongue stud. He can’t be bothered with the trivialities of the world when his wife has a tongue stud.

NotCoach on June 30, 2011 at 4:50 PM

She won him as a prize in one of those county fair digging machines.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Can’t Pelosi get invited to any talks anymore? O, how the mighty have fallen.

Christien on June 30, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Who is the bigger fool? The fool or those who follow the fool?

As batshit crazy as he is, he is an elected member of congress. Don’t blame him. Blame the morons who keep electing him to represent their interests.

angryed on June 30, 2011 at 5:01 PM


… he’s thinking about the different ways that would be the best way to address the needs of the people,”

Kucinich

And by “needs” he meant – a bullet in the back of the head.

Liberals … they sure do love DICKtators, don’t they?

Tony737 on June 30, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Ahhh.. my old Congressman. Enjoy your last year as an Ohio Congressman Dennis.

KeepOhioRed on June 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM

O/T….what;s up with Cuomo in NY? He’s cut spending, taken on the unions and now he wants to lift the ban on frakking.

Aside from the gay marriage thing (which I couldn’t really care any less about) this guy’s acting like a conservative Republican, not the typical Northeastern leftard Dem.

angryed on June 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

President Assad … does care about what’s happening, that he wants to respond, that he’s thinking about the different ways that would be the best way to address the needs of the people

Is that tanks vs AK-47s?

A$$hat.

ProfessorMiao on June 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

angryed on June 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Even a blind nut occasionally finds a squirrel?

NotCoach on June 30, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Useful idiots are idiotically useful to someone.

Count to 10 on June 30, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I’m actually surprised to find a longtime elected official who is more clueless than the president.

aunursa on June 30, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Thank you Cleveland!!

Caper29 on June 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Bah, everything that can be said about that goob Kucinich has already been said. Allah, can we get a post on this foreign policy address on the “Arab Spring” by Allen West? (its a comments goldmine):

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/06/30/rep_allen_west_first_principles_for_national_security.html

Lawdawg86 on June 30, 2011 at 5:48 PM

As batshit crazy as he is, he is an elected member of congress. Don’t blame him. Blame the morons who keep electing him to represent their interests.

angryed on June 30, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Don’t blame me. I voted for the other guy.

If Dennis gets re-districted outta here, we’ll probably get Marcia Fudge as our rep.

Lucky, lucky us.

GrannyDee on June 30, 2011 at 5:49 PM

His office notes that he also condemned the violence, which is sporting of him: The death toll of civilians killed by Assad’s forced stands at 1,500 and counting since the protests first began, with 10,000 more people safely locked away in regime prisons. (Emphasis added.)

I’m very much with you on the actual point of your post. Based on the evidence you present, it does seem that Kucinich is a tyrant’s tool.

My further comment will probably seem quibbling at first, but I ask you to bear with me. Please don’t use regime to mean “a government I don’t like,” as you seem to have done here. In the study of politics, we use it to mean “a political order” or “the form of a given political order,” and we use it, really, because there’s no surviving, single-word, Anglo-Saxon equivalent. We’ve borrowed similar words, as well, such as constitution and polity but, in practice at least, they have somewhat different usages. We consider it important to recover regime from the negative connotation it’s somehow acquired.

Kralizec on June 30, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Traitor

Flyboy on June 30, 2011 at 6:15 PM

And they fricking want to move this moron to my state to run for a seat. GAH! We already have baghdad jim. Sometimes I hate this state.

WitchDoctor on June 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Assad speaks fluent English and probably follows American news. Doesn’t he know anything about Kucinich? If he doesn’t, he’s in for a surprise = the congressman lacks the ability to influence Washington, or much of anyone.

KillerKane on June 30, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Assad speaks fluent English and probably follows American news. Doesn’t he know anything about Kucinich? If he doesn’t, he’s in for a surprise = the congressman lacks the ability to influence Washington, or much of anyone.

KillerKane on June 30, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Asshat knows that, he is not doing this for us. He does this to demoralize those in Syria that want to overthrow him. Some of those in the streets probably hold out the hope that the President of the US will support them, like the Iranian protesters did before they were murdered. They see Asshat on TV with an American Congressman, hugging and kissing, and they will know that there’s no hopey changey left for them.

slickwillie2001 on June 30, 2011 at 7:10 PM

This is something other than useful idiot. Idiocy for sure, but also willfully complicit as well. He is completely oblivious to the legitimacy he lends, even if it’s his brand of low-grade simpleton congressman-level legitimacy. Could part of it be that he knows this may be the last time he’ll be treated like royalty on such a junket? I don’t see how these kinds of creatures can get elected even in a city machine district. It’s discouraging that there are entire swaths of the country so completely bereft of sense and decency.

curved space on June 30, 2011 at 7:14 PM

That’s democrat presidential candidate, to you. Shilling for dictators. Not too surprising.

lorien1973 on June 30, 2011 at 7:24 PM