• Just Like the Continental Congress, but in Syria

    November 1, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted Wednesday that the U.S. government has been working to establish a new council to represent the Syrian opposition, to be unveiled in Qatar at a major conference next week. The previous U.S.-organized group, the Syrian National Congress (SNC) is no longer to America’s satisfaction, hence the new group. Ambassador Robert Ford, who had a hand in the Iraq debacle, is back in the saddle putting things together for the Syrians.

    “We call it a proto-parliament. One could also think of it as a continental congress,” a senior administration official told The Cable.

    After Clinton spoke, at the State Department press briefing, Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner pushed back against reporters’ assertions that the State Department was trying to choose Syrian opposition leaders for the Syrians rather than let them pick their own leaders. “We’re not giving them a list… We have recommended names and organizations that we have been working with,” Toner said.

    Mmmm yes, nation building. We’ve done so well with that in Iraq and Afghanistan, so why not Syria? Why, most countries in the world would prefer if the US simply chose, oh, sorry, recommended, their leaders for them.

    The fact that the U.S. has dictated that one group, the SNC, be dropped, and another formed on a U.S.-timetable for unveiling at a U.S. event in– where? Qatar? should not be misinterpreted as the U.S. telling anyone what to do. Indeed, it is just like the Continental Congress, where the “right” colonial Americans selected by the Spanish met in Turkey to form a new government.

    Yes, things should work out just fine here, just as they did when we last tried this: in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya.



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    • John Poole said...

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      PVB- your tone is perfect for the way our government works today. It is folly that would boggle Barbara Tuchman’s mind. She wouldn’t understand how pathologically delusional people are allowed to continue wrecking havoc in the world with the blessing of the majority of Americans.

      11/1/12 12:37 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “She wouldn’t understand how pathologically delusional people are allowed to continue wrecking havoc in the world with the blessing of the majority of Americans.”

      The majority of Americans couldn’t find Syria on a map.

      11/1/12 2:28 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer: Yes, of course but such ignorance isn’t by accident. An exceptional God favored people need only to know that lesser peoples who might pose a threat can be expediently terminated. That is what they expect from their elected representatives. They demand and deserve such protection from their leaders. That is the real interpretation of, “The people get the government they deserve.”

      11/1/12 3:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Eric Hodgdon said...

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      I’m surprised they’re not meeting in Bahrain, the jewel of the Persian Gulf.

      For those who do know where Syria is, and every other country in the World, they seem to be of little use or Respect to our society.

      For those who can read and understand the Constitution, likewise seem to be of little use or Respect to our society.

      So, who paid the fare for the passage to Turkey? Spain?

      11/1/12 9:28 PM | Comment Link

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