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Friday, November 18, 2011

Hillary Clinton on Syria: Making a Horse's Posterior of Herself, Again

Hillary has always been far behind the curve. Surely, you remember Hillary's lame defense of Syria's homicidal president, Hafez al-Assad, on March 27 of this year:

"Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer."

Assad a "reformer"? Well, Hillary's back in business. In an interview yesterday with NBC News from Indonesia (http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=246121), America's secretary of state declared:

"I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors from the army."

A civil war in Syria? Oh, really? Perhaps you will recall JG, Caesarea in a blog entry entitled "Syria: The Beginning of a Savage Civil War?" (http://jgcaesarea.blogspot.com/2011/07/syria-beginning-of-savage-civil-war.html) posted on July 18, 2011:

"Assad is a member of the Alawite sect, which comprises some 12% of Syria's population. Until now Bashar al-Assad, and his father before him, maintained power by appointing Alawite officers to key positions in the Syrian army and security agencies.

Alawites have long been deemed heretics by Syria's Sunnis, who comprise some 70% of the population.

Assad is on his way out. However, it remains to be seen whether the Syrian Sunni majority will now seek revenge for years spent under the thumb of the Assads and the 1982 Hama massacre of up to 40,000 Sunnis, which has never been forgotten.

It's not going to be pretty."

In her interview with NBC News, Hillary Clinton went on to say:

"Look, Assad's going to be gone; it's just a question of time."

"Assad's going to be gone, and it's just a question of time"? Oh, really? Perhaps you will recall JG, Caesarea in a blog entry entitled "Taqiyya: When Lying Is Ordained from Above" (http://jgcaesarea.blogspot.com/2011/04/taqiyya-when-lying-is-ordained-from.html) posted on April 17, 2011 (three weeks after Hillary called Assad a "reformer"):

"Assad's security forces shot to death 12 more protesters in Homs last night. It is only a matter of time before the Syrian Ba'athist regime collapses."

Thanks, Hillary, for your insightfulness, which has enabled Obama to take US foreign policy to new heights over the past three years. Hillary has declared that she won't remain as secretary of state during a possible Obama second term, and as far as I'm concerned, she can't be gone soon enough.

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