In one of the most fascinating foreign policy interviews of all time, Fox News aired an unedited, lengthy and exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday. The in-depth interview focused on diplomacy, chemical weapons, the death toll from the two-year-old war, the rebels’ goals, future governing and the region’s stability. Assad appeared calm, comfortable and yet delusional, talking in almost perfect English, as he consistently labeled the rebels as “terrorists,” claiming that 80 - 90% of the opposition fighting against his military was comprised of Al Qaeda supporters and other jihadists. In talking about the origins of the conflict, Assad failed to
What was Fox thinking? This was 45 minutes of barely decipherable blather from a brutal thug who has killed 100,000 people followed by the Fox News ´panel´ conceding that every word of it was a lie. What was their point?
He may have been lying, and then he may not have been lying. (Think about the rebels shooting prisoners in the back of the head.) But he made more sense than Obama ever has. Don´t kid yourself, Assad made Kucinich look like a schoolboy and I kept thinking that FOX reporter should grill our politicians like that. We only know what the MSM (and FOX) tells us. Assad seemed more honest forthright and sincere than Hillary, Bammy, Rice, Kerry and our pathetic team. He impressed me ... And I am not alone.
I have no idea who are the good guys or bad guys in the Middle East and I don´t trust one person in our government to know either. But I do know that in French and Arabic accented English, with a slight lisp, Assad is more coherent than our pResident. He´s not to be underestimated.
He struck me as a hybrid of Obama and Jodi Arias. His description of the war in his country was like Obama´s version of what is happening with Obamacare. Nonetheless, I suspect it was something of a win for Assad because of his demeanor.
Too bad our own president doesn´t receive the same level of journalistic scrutiny. And yeah, the accent was a bit of a challenge on the ears, but Assad´s command of French and English is much better than Obama´s command of English - just English.
I don´t blame Fox News for doing this interview. It gives the public a fuller view of one of the main players in this foreign policy game Obama´s playing - even if the guy lies about as much as our pres. does.
I thought Assad did not come across as a madman, and he answered tough questions. I wish Palkot would have asked him if his chemical weapons came from Iraq. I also wish Fox would have put subtitles at the bottom of the screen because there were many times I didn´t understand what Assad was saying, due to the lisp and accent.
Overall, this will make it harder for the regime to attack Assad, and that is why Assad sat for this interview.
Sat aside the fact that the Qatar gas pipeline depends on an Assad ouster, and that the Saudis called for a Jihad against Syria for a stake in said pipeline. Also set aside that the muslim brotherhood see an opportunity to control another country with help from al qaeda. And Russia fears that pipeline will hurt their gas pipeline servicing europe.
What´s left is we have Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria on one side, and the saudis, Qatar, the muslim brotherhood and al qaeda on the other. The question is should we even take sides ?
Delusional is the wrong word. He might be lying in some parts but I suspect he believes most of it AND WE DON`T KNOW HE´S WRONG, we just think he is. For example he says 90% of the rebels are foreign terrorists. We say 25%. Nobody knows, they don´t take a census in a war. If Assad is delusional then we´re delusional too. The war in Syria is just another battle between the Shi´ites and the Sunnis, two Arab tribes. It might have started because of protest movements over living conditions, wealth distribution etc. (e.g. the Arab Spring) but it rapidly devolved into the same old tribal conflict with Assad`s forces representing the Shi´ites and the Muslim Brotherhood and their terrorist outfit al Qaeda representing the Sunnis. It was never a war for freedom and democracy, that´s our delusion. Those things are meaningless to Islamists. Both sides are evil to the core from our point of view. We will eventually have to fight the winner.
First: Assad came across as more coherent and credible than many in the Establishment elite, including the Emperor and John McCain.
Second: Whether he spoke the truth or not: the interview gave us a look into his thinking. Most of who have been branded "evil" - and I make no judgement here other than to acknowledge and mourn the 100,000 who have been killed - have rationalized that they are doing the "right thing" in their own mind. This is their delusion, and this is also the starting point where we must deal with them. Like Putin´s offer itself, it gives us moral leverage.
Third: This is simply not our fight. Assad is Putin´s client, and Putin has now assumed responsibility for any future use of these weapons by Assad. As to war crimes and punishment therefor: that is an issue for a tribunal at The Hague, not "international vigilante" justice from the US military.
Fourth: Assad, Putin, and the American People share a common enemy: radical Islamsits. While the "enemy of my enemy" is not necessarily my friend, he is definitely somebody I should try to work with. Witness Roosevelt and Stalin in WWII: for all that went wrong, they won a war that they easily could have lost. Whose side is our Emperor on, anyway?
Fifth: Our hands are not entirely "clean" in this matter. We were the ones who first armed and enabled Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, when we thought it was the "right thing to do" in order to contain Soviet expansion
Finally: Who are more "delusional" than the people who elected and continue to support Barack Hussein Obama, and others in the Establishment - of both parties - who continue to enable him and his destruction of America?
The Syrian rebels tortured soldiers, showed one eating the dead man´s heart. I would say say there are no good guys in this sectarian civil war, perhaps the rebels even worse. It would not surprise me if Assad lied. However, from those parts I saw, he certainly did not come across as delusional. Manipulative and clever yes, delusional no. I was surprised how well he spoke English and actually was more effective in making his case than Obama.
I´m late getting here, but why is Dennis Kucinich interviewing for FOX. He is an ultra leftist. Some of the points the interviewers were making haven´t been proved, merely alleged and the article wrongly states them as fact.
I´ve seen pictures in other articles of the rebels executing prisoners by shooting them through the head and I wonder why any leader would ignore that fact.
Kerry said today in an article that sarin gas was used and that had been verified by the UN. He somehow omitted they couldn´t prove which side used the gas. This is becoming a bait and switch operation to cover up scandals by the Obama Administration.
Why are we now moving a carrier into the area and sending in drones. I would trust a Bush to be circumspect in a situation like this, but if anyone trusts the people in his administration to do anything but lie, then good luck in this increasingly Nazi/Marxist nation.
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