December 13, 2005


A hungry eye for Damascus? (H.D.S. Greenway, December 13, 2005, Boston Globe)

MY HEART SANK when I read that Syrian exile Farid Ghadry met recently with Ahmed Chalabi, Iraq's deputy prime minister, in a Washington suburb. Ghadry heads something called the Syrian Reform Party. The party was formed three years ago, and is made up almost entirely of exiles, such as Ghadry, who left Syria when he was 10. ''Ahmed paved the way in Iraq for what we want to do in Syria," Ghadry told The Wall Street Journal.

The real heart-sinker was that the two met in the living room of Richard Pearl, whom George Packer, author of ''The Assassins' Gate," calls the ''impresario of the neo-cons." Pearl was among the leading intellectual lights urging forceful regime change in Iraq.

Pearl told the Journal that ''there's no reason to think engagement with Syria will bring about any change," and he is worried that the conquistador zeal to spread democracy is diminishing within the Bush administration. Syria's strongman Bashir Assad ''has never been weaker, and we should take advantage of that," according to Pearl.
Which is more amusing (or pitiful) here, that they can't even get Richard Perle's name right or that Mr. Greenway is depressed by the idea of Syrians wanting to be free of a brutal Ba'athist dictatorship?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 13, 2005 9:25 AM

With Fidel's days growing shorter, there will soon be an opening for the title of Most Revered Totalitarian Leader By the Left. But despite his advantage of being close by U.S. forces in Iraq, Baby Assad will have to toughen up considerably to wrest the title of heir apparent away from frontrunners Hugo Chavez and Kim Il Jong.

Posted by: John at December 13, 2005 9:44 AM

Eh, that'd be Richard Perle...

Posted by: M. Murcek at December 13, 2005 10:02 AM


Heard a native Venezuelan (now here) say on the radio the other day that Hugo has two jobs. One is the Presidente of Venezuela and the other is The First Lady of Cuba. He thought that was hysterical as do I.

Posted by: Rick T. at December 13, 2005 2:12 PM

He sounds upset that another fascist dictator will be gone soon. I know Tom Friedman would be, his rolodex would need such an updating...

Does anybody edit these guys?

Posted by: Mikey at December 14, 2005 8:16 AM
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