Posted by Michael Kennedy on September 14th, 2013 (All posts by Michael Kennedy)
I read left wing blogs most days to see what the other side thinks. I used to comment but the comments were usually deleted, often without notice, so the nasty responses to my comments would be there the next day but the offending comments would not appear.
The Huffington Post has become a very successful left wing site that advertises itself as moderate. I skim it most days and occasionally comment although my comments are all moderated and I can’t tell if they are deleted or not. I have a few followers so some must appear. Today I went there to see what the left thinks of the Syrian fiasco. The headline was not reassuring. That may change soon but it says “We Have a Deal !” The story follows with a rather naive heading.
The story has over 14 thousand comments, double the number when I read the story earlier this morning. The story is bad enough.
A diplomatic breakthrough Saturday on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action for the moment and could swing momentum toward ending a horrific civil war.
Marathon negotiations between U.S. and Russian diplomats at a Geneva hotel produced a sweeping agreement that will require one of the most ambitious arms-control efforts in history.
The deal involves making an inventory and seizing all components of Syria’s chemical weapons program and imposing penalties if President Bashar Assad’s government fails to comply will the terms.
After days of intense day-and-night negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their teams, the two powers announced they had a framework for ridding the world of Syria’s chemicals weapons.
Apparently the Sec State resisted urges to go wind surfing (summer is over at Cape Cod) and the tone of the article is apparent from the short clip above. The comments are worse. Does anyone who reads this blog think there will be any solution to the Syrian situation accomplished by this “negotiation?” To its credit, The New Republic, a traditional Democratic publication does not. That article has a lead titled “Amateur Hour.” It says, “, This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone a sense that, perhaps, this is the light at the end of the indecision tunnel.
Speaking in London next to British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that perhaps the military strike around which the administration has been painfully circling for weeks could be avoided if Bashar al-Assad can “turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that.”
The fact that Kerry immediately followed with, “But he isn’t about to do it, and it can’t be done, obviously,” didn’t seem to bother anyone. (Probably because they were focusing on his other slip-up: calling the promised strikes “unbelievably small.”)
It concludes, Meanwhile, the president is supposed to address the nation tonight. He was supposed to make the case for military action, but his advisors spent Monday night frantically reworking the speech. What will he say? What can he say?
The readers of the Huffington Post, at least those not on moderation, are enthusiastic about the president’s “breakthrough.”
” ItWasntMeReally 3 hours ago ( 1:13 PM)
Next on the list: Not only work to peacefully and through the real “international community” remove Assad’s regime from power, but to ensure none of the rebels routinely massacring civilians gets any funding, any weapons, any help from the U.S. because those people are even worse and once they come to power they will turn that country into a base for their extremist jihadi activities that Salafis openly …”
I think it was F Scott Fitzgerald who said, “Only an artist can keep two contradictory thoughts at the same time and still function.” At least they can write comments.
The rest of the comments, with a few exceptions, are worse, if possible. The next one:
“HUFFPOST SUPER USER
27 seconds ago ( 3:50 PM)
There is one thing that Obama knows to be an absolute, proven fact. The GOP has never and will never vote for anything that the president wants, no matter what the consequences. Did the president get what he wanted in this case? Yes. Did he play the GOP? You betcha! Are he and Putin using each other? Without a doubt. It’s the difference between checkers and chess.”
After reading this post and others like it, I am convinced we are lost. That Obama is so obviously incompetent is bad enough but he has thousands of enthusiastic fans who are immune to logic, even from their own side. God help us ! Sorry Lex.