Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: There are “dozens” of countries who’ll help us in Syria, but I’m not allowed to tell you which ones

posted at 11:21 am on September 3, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Corner. Dozens, eh? Even if you define “military” support generously to include weapons shipments to the rebels rather than direct application of a nation’s military assets to the conflict, how many countries could we be talking about here realistically? Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan — all of Iran’s Sunni enemies, basically — plus the intervention-happy French. Who else? Maybe O will lean on traditional U.S. allies to chip in a few MANPADs or RPGs each just so that he can claim that we have their “support” too. After 10 years of leftist sneering at Bush’s “coalition of the willing” in Iraq, Obama’s own feeble variation would be the perfect ending to Democrats’ change of heart on smashing Baathist regimes that use gas as their weapon of choice.

Speaking of MANPADs, McCain’s being cryptic about what Obama promised him yesterday but I don’t like the idea of “more advanced” weapons floating around in jihadi-controlled rebel areas of Syria:

In a private meeting at the White House on Monday with Sen. John McCain, President Obama said he plans to give Syrian rebels more advanced weapons, according to McCain. If this happens, it would mark an expansion of Obama’s latest Syria strategy of possibly mounting a military response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

“He said that he was willing to upgrade the capabilities of the Free Syrian Army,” McCain said in an interview with The Daily Beast, referring to the largest of the rebel groups. “This was a shift in the president’s thought and actions from before.”…

Obama didn’t say which weapons he would give the rebels, but McCain said the Free Syrian Army needs antiarmor and antiaircraft weapons to shift the momentum on the ground to its side. He said if the administration gives him enough specifics about the new arms pledges, he’ll vote to authorize military action.

One of the great fears of western intel in deposing Qaddafi was that his supply of anti-aircraft weapons would end up confiscated by jihadis and then used against western passenger jets. (Collecting MANPADs may — may — have been what the CIA was up to in Benghazi.) Presumably O has something different in mind for the anti-aircraft weapons we’ll be sending our new allies. Maybe something with a shorter range? As goofy and counterproductive as this Syrian adventure is, I can’t quite believe the White House would be so incompetent as to introduce jet-killing weapons into the maelstrom. But then, I’ve been on vacation and haven’t been watching this clusterfark moment by moment. It’s been one amateurish embarrassment after another on Syria — first O blathering about a “red line” that he apparently had no real interest in enforcing, then vowing to arm the rebels while quietly withholding armaments, then rattling his saber about an impending attack before crawling to Congress to bail him out when even the British wouldn’t join the new mission. Why wouldn’t he conclude that, sure, we can somehow guarantee that only the “good” rebels get to use our MANPADs? He’s made bigger mistakes than that in all this.

Anyway. Help me get caught up on the news. Has anyone explained yet why preparations for an attack were leaked days, if not weeks, before O was ready to pull the trigger?


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Man that woman can lie.

gophergirl on September 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Welcome back AP!!!

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

…and, the check’s in the mail.

Welcome back, AP!

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Wasser is still wet.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

You lie!!

TarheelBen on September 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

[Comment deleted.]

coldwarrior on September 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I like watching them flounder. They literally have no idea what they are doing when it comes to foreign policy; they were hoping that history would stop for the great Barack Obama.

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Is it’s called Fantasyland.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Typical Debbie. Claiming something she knows people outside of the white house cannot verify. Sorry, you are full of it Debbie.

jake49 on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Wasser is still wet.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

TMI

NoFanofLibs on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

0 has been had. Funny 0 was the one to do it.

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

AP,

Please post the Fox and Friends McCain interview.

Thanks,

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Vote to go to war with a secret army… yea, this is America 2.0

elfman on September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

P.S. Allah, you were missed. ; )

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Funny, its an artillery battle.

Assad has rarely used his air assets because he knows that a lot of MANPADs are held by AQ in Syria.

The ‘rebels’ don’t need ‘advanced weaponry’ to win an artillery battle.

Bicycles, maybe, yes.

Advanced weapons, no.

ajacksonian on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Also known as the coalition of the non-existent.

Sammo21 on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Breaking Politics ✔ @breakingpol

Speaker Boehner on Syria: ‘I’m going to support the president’s call for action’ – @guypbenson, @frankthorpNBC

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Allah is in the house.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

[Comment deleted.]

coldwarrior on September 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

for real or is this just a joke? cause i’ve never seen a comment deleted on this site. yeah, i know some have been banned but the comment has remained.

chasdal on September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

If those nations aren’t big and important then they don’t matter, at least that was the leftist line from Dubya’s tenure.

So who are they?

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

The party line is that it was all a very, very clever plan to build support in Congress and among the American people. Apparently both of them were just to stupid to understand its deeper significance and jump on the bandwagon.

Fred 2 on September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

According to Rufus T. Firefly, we have the support of both Freedonia AND Sylvania…

Khun Joe on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Why am I not surpriced.

The leader of the Vichy Republicans.

I am going to go hurl and weep for our country…not necessarily in that order.

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Our good spy, behave yourself :)

We need your wisdom. Cheers!

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

She is including cards and letters of support and well-wishes.

RSbrewer on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Has the GOP lost their mind? This moves the needle closer to a 3rd party, if it’s true.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Hope you had a good vacation AP.

Bet you didn’t think they could screw this thing up even more while you were gone.

WisRich on September 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Welcome back Allah! We missed you.

Hope you enjoyed your time off.

countrybumpkin on September 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

AP is in the house! :)

22044 on September 3, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I like watching them flounder. They literally have no idea what they are doing when it comes to foreign policy; they were hoping that history would stop for the great Barack Obama.

thebrokenrattle on September 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Not an effing clue, but they do play foreign policy experts on TV quite regularly.

antipc on September 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Does anyone know the brand of mayonnaise Debbie Wasserman Schultz uses in her hair?

BJ* on September 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

If those nations aren’t big and important then they don’t matter, at least that was the leftist line from Dubya’s tenure.

So who are they?

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Ummmmm, Well, you have the Maldives…..and Sri Lanka….

..and Licktenstein….and a few Goats from Neew Zealand….

ToddPA on September 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Speaker Boehner on Syria: ‘I’m going to support the president’s call for action’ – @guypbenson, @frankthorpNBC

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

“Then I’m going to give him a nice massage, peel a few grapes for his snack, and put on something sexy.”

-Boehner

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Looks like the R Party leadership wants to go the way of the Whigs.

ajacksonian on September 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

DWS is perhaps the closest thing we’ve ever had to Goebbels. Can anyone think of anyone worse than DWS, in her position as mouthpiece, in American history?

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

“There are dozens of people more stupid and partisan than me, but I am not going to tell you who they are.”

DWS

cat-scratch on September 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Speaker Boehner on Syria: ‘I’m going to support the president’s call for action’ – @guypbenson, @frankthorpNBC

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Let’s see what that really means in the details. But I don’t have a good feeling that Boehner will finally become a man instead of a worthless RINO dish rag.

Happy Nomad on September 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM

P.S. Allah, you were missed. ; )

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Yes.

Burke on September 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Cow Debbie, regurgitate this…some ‘friends’ you are.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:38 AM

yo Deb…. Honey…..Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant scrunts.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Democrats, War & Revisionist History

Very good article here:

The Arab Spasm

Resist We Much on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

DWS is perhaps the closest thing we’ve ever had to Goebbels. Can anyone think of anyone worse than DWS, in her position as mouthpiece, in American history?

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Bernays and Creel in Wilson’s Committee for Public Information comes close… but they weren’t in Congress. DWS stands alone amongst mouthpieces.

ajacksonian on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

“Right now the number is zero” says Debbie Dumbkopf “but soon we’ll have 100 times that number.”

MaiDee on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

I’ve been wondering why McLame has been rattling his walker so loudly over Syria. I hate to speculate (cause everyone knows commenters on blogs never speculate) but what if McLame was in on the weapons running in Libya? What if he is also knew about what was happening in Benghazi and kept his mouth shut? What if all this support of the Syrian rebels is to cover his knowledge of and, dare I say it culpability for US MANPADS already on the ground in Syria? It would at least give an explanation other than advanced dementia. We wonders, yes Precious we wonders…

cornbred on September 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Finally! Welcome back AP. You picked quite a week to go on vacation. You were missed.

conservative pilgrim on September 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Given the room temp IQ of their audience, she could make up names for scores of non existent countries and no one would even know the difference.

Jomama on September 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Oh, and in other news Debbie Downer is still an idiot.

cornbred on September 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Eric Cantor: “”I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria.”

http://majorityleader.gov/blog/2013/09/leader-cantor-statement-on-syria-and-regional-conflict.html

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Now Cantor says he will support the war. Good Grief Charlie Brown.

Oil Can on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Boehner caves

Squishy GOP
Lsm loving it

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Chief among the supporters that ol’ Frizzy can’t reveal is Victor Von Doom, the President of Latveria.

Shhh. Don’t tell anybody.

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Wonder if Freedonia and Parador are among them.

chewmeister on September 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

“Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It’s just not really widely reported.” – Debbie St. Hubbins

Doughboy on September 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

The Vichy Republicans never disappoint, do they?

Schmucks.

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

AP asks: Anyway. Help me get caught up on the news. Has anyone explained yet why preparations for an attack were leaked days, if not weeks, before O was ready to pull the trigger?

Just a guess:
Because appearances, and the formation of public opinion, trump all other considerations?
(They won’t actually say that though)

Paul-Cincy on September 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

How much is this gonna cost?

Deafdog on September 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I too have dozens of dates with supermodels, but of course I cannot comment on which ones.

OliverB on September 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

i’m guessing boehner/cantor figure the type of weak school girl slap fight an 0bama attack will end being is worth allowing to show how pathetic dems are at foreing policy?? and it keeps 0bama from blaming them if he doesnt attack. not sure this is the wisest course of action but there do seem to be some angles that arent bad.

chasdal on September 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

The best way to begin genuine bipartisanship to make America stronger is to work together on the real crises facing our country, not to manufacture an artificial crisis to serve a special interest agenda out of touch with the needs of Americans.
– John F. Kerry, 2011

H/t Happy Nomad

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Eric Cantor: “”I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria.”

http://majorityleader.gov/blog/2013/09/leader-cantor-statement-on-syria-and-regional-conflict.html

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Cantor and Boehner are fighting over which one gets to wear the Gimp suit for Dog Eater.

And to think Cantor was once considered a conservative contender.

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

This may be one of the New Nations Wasser refers to. She isn’t exactly clear.

Bmore on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Actually, it came from me this morning.:)

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Wait until Ace picks this apart the way Ace does on Twitter.

mwbri on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

H/t Happy Nomad kingsjester

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

DWS is perhaps the closest thing we’ve ever had to Goebbels. Can anyone think of anyone worse than DWS, in her position as mouthpiece, in American history?

NotCoach on September 3, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Kinda like Baghdad Bob with a poodle on his head.

chewmeister on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Canada is sending over a fry cook.

mwbri on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I too have dozens of dates with supermodels, but of course I cannot comment on which ones.

OliverB on September 3, 2013 at 11:46 AM

THREAD WINNAH!

SHUT ER DOWN!!!

ToddPA on September 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Obama’s war

Do not blame us libs

No blaming Bush

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Have heard the same thing regarding Insurance Companies willing to join the Obamacare mandated Healthcare Exchanges– designed to destroy insurance companies.

socalcon on September 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Speaking of MANPADs, McCain’s being cryptic about what Obama promised him yesterday but I don’t like the idea of “more advanced” weapons floating around in jihadi-controlled rebel areas of Syria:

Well, Boehner has sounded the war trumpet and backed Obama. Great. I’ll be making calls to my reps today. It’s quite amusing to see the Democrats become hawks just to save Obama’s pride. The debt ceiling talks are a foregone conclusion, huh? So much for a real battle over the budget. This debacle is too important not to fund!!! They’ll find some money. Or keep printing more. Recovery!

On a side note—While I believe in property rights and protection against nuts who trespass on one’s domicile, the new anti-war/hawk flip-flopper Sec. Kerry, et. al. vs. principled anti-war left is Schaudenfreudilicious.

conservative pilgrim on September 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Sum Ting Wong

BobMbx on September 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Wait until Ace picks this apart the way Ace does on Twitter.

mwbri on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Those rants have been epic. My favorite was the last one with Chuck Todd and Ben Smith.

conservative pilgrim on September 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

I only want to drop in and say that Debbie Wasserman is an annoying, dumb windbag. /comment

ZachV on September 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

As predicted, the rat’s in.

NO Hastert rule to follow.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Bush: Coalition of the willing.

Obama: Coalition of the only-if-you-make-me?
Coalition of the dragged-kicking-and-screaming?
Coalition of the anonymous?
???

taznar on September 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I only want to drop in and say that Debbie Wasserman is an annoying, dumb windbag. /comment

ZachV on September 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

You’re stating the obvious.

chewmeister on September 3, 2013 at 11:56 AM

She learned this technique of “floating” bullsh*t from the master, Harry Reid…

This is classic Reid…

Tim Zank on September 3, 2013 at 11:57 AM

So Boehner is caving… Big surprise there… He can take a winning stand and deny backing or a losing one and choose to back. Guess which one he chose…. And when the shit hits the fan, and we know it will, we get the blame… Brilliant!

sandee on September 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Drudge: Boehner supports Obama Syria strike…

I’m done with the GOP if this passes…

PatriotRider on September 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

She is such a liar. She just makes me sick and we can’t seem to get rid of her in Broward County, FL.

Delsa on September 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I can think of dozens of reasons not to believe a single utterance from this ramen-haired, lying trout face. But I can’t tell you any of them.

ghostwalker1 on September 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Has anyone explained yet why preparations for an attack were leaked days, if not weeks, before O was ready to pull the trigger?

We have been explaining it all along: narcissistic idiot. There’s a lot of syllables there, but it’s only two words.

GWB on September 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Unstinkingbelievable
Squishy gop disappoint once again

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

On a side note—While I believe in property rights and protection against nuts who trespass on one’s domicile, the new anti-war/hawk flip-flopper Sec. Kerry, et. al. vs. principled anti-war left is Schaudenfreudilicious.

conservative pilgrim on September 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Obama’s potentially starting WWlll and even the anti-war left can’t/won’t help, (or are on the “other side”) Schaudenfreudilicious indeed!

Rovin on September 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Obama’s war!!!!

cmsinaz on September 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

As for Boehner, he is falling into the roll of Obama lap dog quite nicely.
Obama say’s, “shot across the bow”.
My father is not here and I am glad. As USN Ret. Capt. he would hate the fact Obama would use the navel term for MISS!
A shot across the bow is a miss to warn the other guy not to go any closer.
What is our target if we are supposed to “miss”?
Just sayin…..

Delsa on September 3, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Actually, it came from me this morning.:)

kingsjester on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I did post the correction, before I even saw this. I was reading last night’s comments…backwards. Sincere apologies.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Amateur hour. Brought to you by the folks who advocated “Smart Diplomacy”.

GarandFan on September 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Boehner will lose the speakership to Nancy. He doesn’t deserve the honor, and doesn’t care.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Boehner will NOT invoke the Hasters rule…just watch.

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

They need only one air asset—one to tug a banner of DWS’s face for a low fly by….that will settle the entire region quickly…

hillsoftx on September 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Speaker Boehner on Syria: ‘I’m going to support the president’s call for action’ – @guypbenson, @frankthorpNBC

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Then it is time for John Boehner to go…

JohnGalt23 on September 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Eric Cantor: “”I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria.”

http://majorityleader.gov/blog/2013/09/leader-cantor-statement-on-syria-and-regional-conflict.html

sentinelrules on September 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Cantor and Boehner are fighting over which one gets to wear the Gimp suit for Dog Eater.

And to think Cantor was once considered a conservative contender.

Bishop on September 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Power corrupts, and all that…this country needs a do-over, with respect to its government people.

ellifint on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I never thought America would fall so quickly. It’s just so hard to believe what we’ve turned into in just my lifetime.

KMC1 on September 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Well if we’re gonna do this, let’s name that war!

Preezy’s Purple Line of Kinetic Military Action – a handy internet acronym:

People, Kiss My Azz.

Key West Reader on September 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Operation Egofark

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:14 PM

O blathering about a “red line” that he apparently had no real interest in enforcing

Roosevelt: speak softly and carry a big stick.

Obama: bluster loudly and hope nobody calls the bluff.

taznar on September 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on September 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

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