February 12, 2008


Obama Adviser Leads Delegation to Damascus (ELI LAKE, February 12, 2008, NY Sun)

A foreign policy adviser to Senator Obama is scheduled to arrive in Syria today as the leader of a RAND Corp. delegation.

Zbigniew Brzezinski will travel to Damascus for meetings as part of a trip Syria's official Cham News agency described as an "important sign that the end of official dialogue between Washington and Damascus has not prevented dialogue with important American intellectuals and politicians."

One would prefer that a presidential candidate be on our side.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2008 5:19 PM

Wasn't old Zbigniew Carter's Secretary of State? Boy, I would have said being in the Carter administration was a "career-ending injury" but there it is.

Posted by: Bryan at February 12, 2008 8:30 PM

Zbig was Jimmy Carter's foreign policy guy.

Need one say any more?

Posted by: Andrew X at February 12, 2008 8:34 PM

Jewish voters have a care.

Posted by: ic at February 12, 2008 11:12 PM

Brzenzski (as I recall) was Carter's NSA. He was supposed to be the bad cop to Cyrus Vance (Secy. of State). Not really a difficult job there.

What is it with these guys and Syria? Does Assad send them to some harem in Damascus that makes them crawl back for more? Even Condi and Pelosi were singing after meeting the Syrians.

Posted by: ratbert at February 13, 2008 1:08 AM

Now that it is certain that Barack (arabic name) Hussein (another arabic name) Osama (pardon, Obama) is the next POTUS, it is safe to assume that the West is done with. Spain in 2004 was not good, but the US willingly chosing surrender and defeat is fatal.

Posted by: Peter at February 13, 2008 3:29 AM

Certain? In what way is it certain?

it is safe to assume that the West is done with

Oh, in that crybaby hard right Republican "we're all doooomed!" way. The West has survived worse than grotty little terrorists and inept presidents.
Don't cry, you're supposed to be the grownup, remember?

Posted by: Bryan at February 13, 2008 8:10 AM

I'm not a crybaby hard right Republican, but let's face some facts here:

1. Obama is going to give McCain the mother of all electoral pummelings. He'll crush him in the debates, he'll have the media do the dirty work for him (McCain is old, McCain is nuts, McCain may be senile, McCain eats babies, you name it) and then he'll win 70-30 in the popular vote, with at least 35 states going for him.

2. Obama has been specific on only one point, which is the immediate and I would even say precipitous withdrawal from Iraq. Just as Zapatero in Spain immediately withdrew his troops, or Prodi in Italy, or Judd in Australia. That's the bone they have to throw to their followers.

3. Both Al Qaeda and Iran will seize the opportunity (in the Sunni and Shia parts of Iraq, respectively) to drive the Iraqi government from office and to kill everybody remotely involved with the American presence. Given the notorious Arab opportunism, all Arab countries will feel an urgent urge to support the strong horse, i.e. the islamofascist cohorts.

4. The Obama administration will emulate the Carter administration and abandon US allies one by one (or even in droves, as the case may be), anywhere in the world. President Uribe may soon find out that an Obama administration will be in bed with his foe Chavez.

5. At home, Obama will wreck the economy by taxing the so-called rich till they cry uncle, imposing draconian Kyoto regulations, reversing welfare reform and introducing the health care system from Hell (aka Canada or the UK) in the US. There's no way the Republicans in Congress will be able to stop that from happening,as they will cower in fear for the unleashed media spouting the messianic message of the Great Obama.

And that's just based on what Obama is willing to tell about his agenda. God only knows what he hides in his closet.

Posted by: Peter at February 13, 2008 9:11 AM

I'm not a crybaby hard right Republican...

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck.

Obama is going to give McCain the mother of all electoral pummelings.

That's not a fact, it's speculation. It's like saying, back in January, "The Patriots will crush the Giants! It's a fact!" It ain't over until it's over. But crybaby defeatist Republicans (I dropped the hard right part, did you notice that?) like you won't make McCain's job any easier.

Posted by: Bryan at February 13, 2008 12:07 PM

It's strange the way the far Right always thinks our enemies are so much more powerful than they are. Didn't you guys learn anything from Reagan? It's all Potemkin.

Posted by: oj at February 13, 2008 12:41 PM