Hillary to speak on Syria today

posted at 9:21 am on September 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Until now, Hillary Clinton has remained mighty quiet on Syria.  As Secretary of State, she described Bashar al-Assad as a “reformer,” but now her successor has begun comparing Assad to Adolf Hitler.  That silence will apparently end today, if Politico’s sources within Hillary’s camp are accurate:

Hillary Clinton will make her first public remarks about Syria on Monday when she makes a visit to the White House for an unrelated event, a Clinton aide told POLITICO.

The comments, the first since an unidentified aide said last week that the former Secretary of State supports President Obama in going before Congress to get support for a limited strike against Syria, will come after she meets privately with Obama at the White House, the aide said.

She will then appear at an event related to wildlife preservation at the White House, an event where her daughter, Chelsea, is part of the program. Clinton is expected to address Syria at the beginning of the event, in fairly brief remarks, the aide said.

She’s expected to make longer remarks generally, but to stick with her Monday comments on Syria, the following evening, when she gives a speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be honoring her.

Her speech, however, is not expected to be a dissertation on Syria. Nor will it be so about the NSA, which had been expected to be the original topic. The speech is likely to be a mixture of themes.

This looks like such a loser that it’s amazing to see Hillary making any statement at all — on Syria or the NSA. If she’s speaking from the White House, that means Hillary will come down all in on the side of American intervention, which is deeply unpopular across all political aggregations.  That will raise a lot of questions about Hillary’s own stewardship of American diplomacy during the “Assad the Reformer” period in which the US refused to demand Assad’s resignation for months while he conducted military attacks on demonstrators — after demanding Hosni Mubarak’s after just eight days of mostly peaceful protests in Tahrir Square.

The calculus must be that by openly declaring support for Obama’s position, she will be demonstrating leadership and pushing Capitol Hill to back intervention.  However, leadership on starting another war hardly helps the Democratic brand.  Having the Clintons behind the plan may make it even more difficult to get Republicans on board, especially in the House, where Obama has his biggest obstacle.  For Hillary, it saddles her with all of the baggage of being attached to the biggest cowboy unilateralist evah with no upside for winning the strategy, but all of the downside when it turns out like Libya, or worse.

Speaking of Libya, this public stand comes on the anniversary of Benghazi, a topic that Hillary has successfully avoided since leaving Foggy Bottom.  How smart for Hillary to jump in now — and how smart is it for the White House to invite those comparisons, which even ABC isn’t hesitating to make, implicitly at least?


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rogerb on September 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Killary: “Let’s save some animals that are to stupid to make it on their own, but not our ambassadors under completely predictable attack by jihadists!”

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Bravo!

scalleywag on September 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Werk Hillary, werk!
 
libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

rogerb on September 9, 2013 at 10:54 AM

OT…In other News…The return of the hanging chad….

Elections Board Rings In the Old, as Lever Machines Replace Scanners

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/nyregion/lever-machines-briefly-replace-paper-ballots-and-optical-scanners.html?_r=1&

workingclass artist on September 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Well I for one am tired of hearing only the narrow viewpoints expressed by the Rodeo Clown and his posse.
It will be good to hear the more global outlook of a filthy lying witch.
Especially if she’s half in bag when she expresses it. Hiccup

justltl on September 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

tWerk Hillary, twerk!

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

I would love to see a timeline detailing Hillary’s comfy talks with Assad juxtaposed alongside Assad’s attacks on his own citizens. I’ll bet she was schmoozing him while he was killing his people… which should tell you all you need to know about her character and discernment.

dominigan on September 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

She would not or could not talk about Libya without implicating herself, so whatever she has to say about Syria will be a waste of time listening to. This woman like Susan Rice, is a truely great liar.

savage24 on September 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Hillary will explain, in her sub-text, why she is the natural choice as Obama’s successor. The rest of it will be fakery as usual.

virgo on September 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Hillory, responsible for and accessory to the deaths of 4 people (including the US ambassador) in Libya, should just go in hiding and stay there.

TerryW on September 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

For Hillary, it saddles her with all of the baggage of being attached to the biggest cowboy unilateralist evah

Remember when we were supposed to be afraid of Romney being trigger happy?!

HellCat on September 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Now there’s a mental image I could have lived without. O. M. G.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Hillory, responsible for and accessory to the deaths of 4 people (including the US ambassador) in Libya, should just go in hiding and stay there.

TerryW on September 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

To be fair, she may have been following orders from Valerie.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

To be fair, she may have been following orders from Valerie.

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Or just sauced.

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

What difference can she possibly make, this Hillary, at this point in time???

ted c on September 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Obama’s enabler & whatever she has to say is just an echo of him. So sick of hearing lies and more lies.

bluefox on September 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

tWerk Hillary, twerk!

libfreeordie on June 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

For the love of all that is holy, NO

NoFanofLibs on September 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Or just sauced.

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Yeah, that too.

For the love of all that is holy, NO

NoFanofLibs on September 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Yeah bad enough seeing Miley do that…

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

No win. She will not look presidential backing obummer’s quest to save face at the expense of the lives of our troops and the Syrian people.

jake49 on September 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

What difference can she possibly make, this Hillary, at this point in time???

ted c on September 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

None now. Kerry and the Russians put Zero in a box:

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/09/09/did-kerry-blink-in-syria-standoff/

dogsoldier on September 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The cow and scumhag has blood on her hands, soul and all over her parachute-body.

She should be in a hole, cowering in shame. obama/Hillary are culpable for Benghazi, the entire ‘Arab Spring’, Middle East and foreign debacles, all of them.

She owns it as much as he did. obama, the pupil, let her do whatever she wanted. Her entire foreign policy is a debacle.

Yes, the buck stops with him too, but it stops with both.

Schadenfreude on September 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

‘Unbelievably small’?

Like the Obama administration’s competence.

What difference, at this point, will an ‘unbelievably small’ airstrike make?

Resist We Much on September 9, 2013 at 9:44 AM

This is the Syria Resolution that the Senate passed. Doesn’t read “small” to me.

http://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DAV13973.pdf

Nothing worse than an ignorant arrogant tool.

bluefox on September 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

O/T somewhat..

Beck just said that Boehner is advising Obama on how to win over Republicans on the Syria strike.

I wish the House had the courage to revolt against Boehner!!!

bluefox on September 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Uh, Hillary…..we are still awaiting the truth on Benghazi!!!!!

phoebe1 on September 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Bmore, I missed you the other day. What you got?

Schadenfreude on September 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Oh Great…the woman who hired Al Qaeda to protect Ambassador Stevens – the 1st US Ambassador to be murdered in 30+ years, to refuse to provide adequate security to 4 Americans even after 2 previous terrorist attacks/Al Qaeda flags flying over new Libyan govt buildings/10 new terrorist taining camps were opened up in Benghazi, & while 2 Americans were abandoned to die by her State Department / the Obama administration who allowed 4 Americans to die in order to try to cover up Obama’s CIA-to-Syrian-Jihadist gun-running operation IS going to speak today on how we HAVE to aid Al Qaeda / Hezbollah Jihadists overthrow Assad (and get their hands on all Syria’s chemical weapons…or to at least strike Syria to help Obama ‘Save Face’.

Kerry, the NEW Secretary of State just ‘doubled-down’ by – before we have even made the decision on whether to attack or not – just created a NEW ‘red line’, by giving Assad 1 week to hand over all of his chemical weapons or we will strike!

+ Is this a bit of foreshadowing, some inner-circle ‘Intel’ letting us know no matter what Congress says Obama plans to strike anyway?

+ Of course, the State department – in an attempt to cover Kerry’s incredibly stupid ultimatum declared his remarks were NOT an ‘ultimatum’ but a ‘rhetorical argument’! What the…? At least they didn’t follow Obama’s lead and declare KERRY did not issue that ‘ultimatum’ but that it was the WORLD that issued it! LOL!

easyt65 on September 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

when she gives a speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, where former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be honoring her.

WTF?

Honoring her for what?

BacaDog on September 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

easyt65 on September 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Pitiful isn’t it? A nice layout of facts tho.

Here’s some better news even tho O/T. Twitchy has made Drudge; D.C. DC denies permit for 9/11 bikers; Planners move ahead anyway

http://twitchy.com/2013/09/08/report-dc-denies-permit-for-911-bikers-planners-move-ahead-anyway/

bluefox on September 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM

These people are all willing to talk BEFORE something happens, but try to get the information after it has been done, is impossible.

barnone on September 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

You both it sound like these are two totally independent events. I think they are chapters of single story.

teejk on September 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Of course they are. Benghazi was about the weapons and AQ fighters for Syria, and the CIA’s involvement with both. I’m sure TedC is aware of that as well.

That’s why it’s such a bad joke when Kerry or Barky speculate about maybe starting to give the Syrian rebels some rifles or other small arms. “Starting”?? It’s been going on for at least a year, probably more. And not just small stuff. The MANPADs are bad enough, but it’s not unlikely that some chemicals might also have been provided. To them. By us.

bofh on September 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Clinton is expected to address Syria at the beginning of the event, in fairly brief remarks, the aide said.

“Syria? Never been there. Don’t know anyone there.”

GarandFan on September 9, 2013 at 1:23 PM

She will then appear at an event related to wildlife preservation at the White House, an event where her daughter, Chelsea, is part of the program.

Chelsea IS the wildlife being preserved?

steebo77 on September 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

LOL!

txhsmom on September 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Simple, Obama made her an offer she couldn’t refuse…

“Support me on Syria, or I stop stonewalling for you on Benghazi.”

But, I am surprised she didn’t make an offer Obama could not refuse in return.

drunyan8315 on September 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Rule 1 in understanding politics: Follow the money.
King Putt has been campaigning constantly since 2006 and raising money since he established himself in Thugland, Illinois.
Anyone have an estimate on how much money he is sitting on? My guess is that he can toss millions around easier than George Soros. And he has the IRS in his pocket so financing laws don’g apply. So, he asked Killery to be his stalking horse for his upcoming ‘monumental’ speech on Tuesday. (Last I heard she was still $5 or so million in the hole from 2008)
Ah that speech. Think about it (my sister pondered this scenario) … Prezie Choombro is giving his speech prior to what? Remember international date lines and time zones. It will be the wee hours in Syria of (you guessed it) September 11. And the booming begins while Dear Liar is generating his ‘must do this’ speech before the Country and the World. He gets a pass cause he was giving a speech not doing his CIC thing. Right?
And if the aftermath is a clusterfark (which I predict it WILL BE), no problemo … he can then blame the fallout on the Stupid Party.

Missilengr on September 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Can’t wait to her and what pants suit she will where. But I guess at this point what difference does it make now

jaywemm on September 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Because as Secretary of State…..uh…..she proved what an expert she was on foreign affairs?

kjatexas on September 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Is she the one that’s married to that guy who used to date Monica Lewinsky?

Galtian on September 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Anybody hear any screeching yet?
Cackling?

justltl on September 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Why this women is in a government job is frightening. “What difference does it make” ?

mixplix on September 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

So a deal was cut, and somehow Hillary wants to get some credit for her 2016 campaign.

Seems her last offical act was lying about benghazi, saying

sniffles1999 on September 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

sO HILLARY of benghazi wants credit for the syria Russia deal

MS WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE on her abandonment of our 4 people to be murdered by terrorists in benghazi.

sniffles1999 on September 10, 2013 at 1:14 PM

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