Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads; Update: Kerry making the full Ginsburg

posted at 8:01 am on September 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

If Syria got short shrift in last week’s Sunday talkfests, it’s occupying nearly every square inch of the territory this week.  So far, only Fox News Sunday seems to be giving any ground on other issues, with a tête à tête between Rep. Pete King and former CIA covert agent Mike Baker on intelligence leaks and the developments this week on the Edward Snowden case. CNN’s State of the Union will have a roundtable discussion on whether Bill Clinton can save ObamaCare, for some reason. Otherwise, it’s all Syria all morning long with both featured guests and roundtables.  The most potent combination to watch will probably be Senators Jack Reed and Jim Inhofe on Fox, but Bob Menendez vs Rand Paul on Meet the Press might have some fireworks, too.

By the way, look at the list below and see how many White House figures or current DoD officials are making the rounds.  That number would be zero, barring any last-minute changes.  Very odd, considering the proximity of military action in a brand-new theater for American troops. John Podhoretz called this a classic Labor Day pre-tape problem:

It would still have been a good platform to make their case to the American people. The shows seem to have no problem getting others in Washington to talk about the issue, pre-taped or not.  And Jim Geraghty has a fine suggestion for an admin official:

Update, 9/1: In a late change to all of the listings below, Yahoo says John Kerry will make the full Ginsburg today.

  • ABC’s This Week: Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chair Gen. James Cartwright USMC (Ret.), Vali Nasr, Terry Moran, Martha Raddatz on Syria; roundtable with James Carville and Mary Matalin, Peggy Noonan, and Tavis Smiley.
  • CBS’ Face The Nation: Sen. John McCain, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Tim Kaine, Anthony Cordesman
  • CNN’s State of the Union: Reps. Eliot Engel, Scott Rigell, Chris Murphy; Gen. Anthony Zinni (ret); roundtable with Donna Brazil, David Frum, Cornel Belcher and Ross Douthat (via Politico)
  • Fox News Sunday: Sen Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sen James Inhofe (R-OK); Rep. Pete King and former CIA Covert Operations Officer Mike Baker; roundtable with Gen. Jack Keane, former Senator Joe Lieberman, Jennifer Rubin, Charles Lane
  • NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Robert Menendez, Sen. Rand Paul; Ann Curry; roundtable with William Kristol, Gwen Ifill, Eugene Robinson, BBC News anchor Katty Kay.

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Too close

davidk on September 1, 2013 at 3:59 PM

POTUS POS too busy congratulating the Islamic Society in North America to do or even say anything about church burnings in the ME.

Akzed on September 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

0bama’s gotta’ be two-packing those Newports these days. Bet he wishes he hadn’t given up the crack pot pipe…

OmahaConservative on September 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Has the ‘Cuda made a statement yet?

BobMbx on September 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Update: Kerry making the full Ginsburg

Let me see now, who did the last “Full Ginsburg”? Oh yes, that was lying Susan Rice where she lied her lying head off saying Benghazi was just a demo over some insults to the prophet obscure video. And now we are to believe a single thing this latest Lying liar from the Lying Obama says?

VorDaj on September 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

THESE Rebels are who Obama wants American soldiers to die to protect??????

http://youtu.be/LEZUraRor1o

Share on every platform you can think of.

PappyD61 on September 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Has the ‘Cuda made a statement yet?

BobMbx on September 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Yes, she has.

Some highlights:

“So we’re bombing Syria because Syria is bombing Syria? And I’m the idiot?”

-snip-

“We didn’t intervene when over 100,000 Syrians were tragically slaughtered by various means, but we’ll now intervene to avenge the tragic deaths of over 1,000 Syrians killed by chemical weapons, though according to the White House we’re not actually planning to take out the chemical weapons because doing so would require ‘too much of a commitment.’”

-snip-

“President Obama wants to do what, exactly? Punish evil acts in the form of a telegraphed air strike on Syria to serve as a deterrent? If our invasion of Iraq wasn’t enough of a deterrent to stop evil men from using chemical weapons on their own people, why do we think this will be?… Do we really think our actions help either side or stop them from hurting more civilians?”

Worth reading the entire piece, just for the bitter snark on display by the “writer” (this is the La-La Times, after all!)

Oh, and the comments…

Del Dolemonte on September 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

With Killary’s death toll in Benghazi, Barky’s betrayal of ally Mubarak in Egypt, our rodeo clown’s ambassadors Dennis Rodman in North Korea and Barbara Walters in Syria… with “winter soldier” Lurch the traitor wishing he were jjjj-Ghengis Khan of the Middle East it’s no wonder our foreign policy looks like a headless chicken darting about the barnyard.

viking01 on September 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Worth reading the entire piece, just for the bitter snark on display by the “writer” (this is the La-La Times, after all!)

Oh, and the comments…

Del Dolemonte on September 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Thanks Del.

Sarah once again proves a Palin administration was a better choice.

You know is just has to gall The Won every time he does something and Palin takes him to school over it.

BobMbx on September 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

With Killary’s death toll in Benghazi, Barky’s betrayal of ally Mubarak in Egypt, our rodeo clown’s ambassadors Dennis Rodman in North Korea and Barbara Walters in Syria… with “winter soldier” Lurch the traitor wishing he were jjjj-Ghengis Khan of the Middle East it’s no wonder our foreign policy looks like a headless chicken darting about the barnyard.

viking01 on September 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Why a nervous Hillary Clinton is remarkably silent on Syria

Fourthly, Clinton’s own track record on Syria has hardly been stellar. Before Syria descended into war, Clinton was a strong backer of engagement with Syria, greatly underestimating the nature of the Baathist regime, famously referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a “reformer” in April 2011. In addition, as Washington’s most senior foreign policy official, Clinton did little to stand up to Moscow’s aggressive support for the Syrians, eager to appease the Russians through the controversial “reset” strategy, which was her own brainchild. In addition, the Secretary of State was weak in the face of Iran, whose military and financial backing for the Assad regime has been vital to its survival.

Del Dolemonte on September 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Worth a read to understand how the “rebels” are our enemy and an enemy to the Syrian people.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/citizen-warrior/2013/aug/30/syrians-al-qaeda-hijacked-revolution-civil-war/

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Obama has gotten the scandals off the front page for a while, but at what price? We need independent counsels appointed to investigate Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS, and NSA, so that the investigations go forward regardless of the latest shiny object to attract public attention.

claudius on September 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Kerry! The hair, that smooth face, those eyes!

claudius on September 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Why does he look like he’s going to tip over?

kim roy on September 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

We know this..we know that…blood and hair samples… the cheeeelldren…the cheeeeelldren…we know… Blah! Blah! Blah! What about Benghazi?? What do you know about that you muzzie sympathizers?? America won’t fight on the al quaida side!! Quit trying! We have you figured out now!!BTW, the guns you smuggled into Mexico have probably killed as many people as Assasd’s gas attack!!

Marco on September 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Why does he look like he’s going to tip over?

kim roy on September 1, 2013 at 6:17 PM

He has been to Guam?

He has spent so much time windsurfing that his legs are now not of equal length?

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2013 at 6:38 PM

You would think that Obysmal and crew had learned useful lessons from the Libyan debacle. Qaddafi warned that eastern Libya (the Behghazi area) was riddled with jihadist training camps and that he was killing those who threatened the stability of Libya.

Assad has kept the lid on the jihadists. In fact, the WashTimes article that I linked claimed that the MoBros had been driven out of Syria years ago.

Is the Obysmal foreign policy one where he stands with his (Muslim) brothers?

Kerry offers absolutely NO evidence of who made the assorted chemical attacks. The “rebels” are well-funded, and Zawahiri is recruiting more jihadis by the day to add to their ranks.

onlineanalyst on September 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Last time I saw bags under someone’s eyes like those Killary and Incompetano were standing next to Bill.

viking01 on September 1, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I’m so amused at the absolute panic and angst of the liberals over Obama losing his “credibility!” They are shocked that this pathological liar is about to be noticed as a complete dunce, liar, and fraud! Shocked, I’m telling you! Shocked! They are shocked! How could this be!!

Marco on September 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM

When you have Obama, Kerry and Hagel (previously known as Larry, Curley and Moe) running the show what else could one expect.

rplat on September 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

When you have Obama, Kerry and Hagel (previously known as Larry, Curley and Moe) running the show what else could one expect.

rplat on September 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Shemp and Joe?

And a support team led by Groucho, Harpo, Zeppo, Chico and Gummo…

dogsoldier on September 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

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