An Obama Administration official finally speaks frankly about what is at stake in Syria. But, it is not what you think it is. Asked during a press conference by the crack AP reporter, Matt Lee, if Congress does not approve the use of force in Syria, State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Marie Harf responds with the following political gibber:
“What I think it would show to the rest of the world … is that America is not willing to stand by what it says. And when we say we need to take action to protect international norms that the United States’ Congress isn’t willing to stand by that.”
International norms? Since when do we go to war, or use force, to enforce international norms?
What Harf really said is that the President is not really interested in helping the people of Syria, as much as he is determined to score political points for domestic consumption by trying to box in Republicans. Why do this? To advance a globalist agenda. For now, he has failed. On all counts.
Not only has he demonstrated that he is a poor commander in chief, but he has a legislative affairs and national security team that has dropped many political balls in the process. They have embarrassed the White House and, by default, the nation.
It was the President, and the President alone, who decided to pursue uniltaral action on Syria. He could have done so without Congressional approval or votes. There are several authorities he could have invoked, taken the action, then reported to Congress.
If they manage to pull off this little Syria war, the negative repercussions will be felt for some time. They know it and they are willing to play global police even if it endangers American lives.
To provide the President some political cover, two key members of the President’s War Council — UN Ambassador Samantha Power and National Security Advisor Susan Rice — want to have Congressional cover so that when things go wrong, and they will, they can say that the President acted with Congressional approval.
As for AP Reporter Matt Lee’s line of questioning, it gives me hope for journalism. Earlier this week he asked another State Department spokesman a Syria question: “Was there some kind of, like, group spine-removal procedure at the White House over the weekend? I don’t understand. How is this courageous?” Hey Matt, I hear Jeff Bezos is a looking to revamp the Washington Post. They could really use you there.
Brietbart posted the Harf video clip. Worth a watch: