The Other McCain

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Hunting the Syrian Squirrel

Posted on | September 10, 2013 | 66 Comments

“Obama: Anatomy of a World Leader,” by Alex Gray (detail)

You’re not supposed to say that The Syrian Crisis has been manufactured for domestic political purposes. The underlying situation is legitimately serious enough — a two-year civil war in which the dictatorship has allegedly used sarin nerve gas against civilians.

The problem is that this administration is so dishonest and cynical, so committed to campaigning and so inept at governing, that whatever they do, our natural suspicion is that they’re playing politics.

Serious People therefore cannot say what a lot of people suspect: When Congress returned from their August recess, they were due to have hearings on a series of Obama administration scandals — IRS, NSA and especially, Benghazi. By ginning up an international crisis over Syria, Obama was basically shouting: “Look! Squirrel!”

If Syria is the Big Story that all Serious People are supposed to be talking about, all the scandal investigations — IRS, NSA, Benghazi — became by definition Small Stories for Unserious People.


Associated Press

Syria accepts Russian proposal on weapons;
France to bring resolution to Security Council

Washington Post

Obama Backs Idea for Syria to Cede Control of Arms
New York Times

“Did John Kerry just River
himself a Royal Flush?!?!? Wow!”


OK, there’s the requisite Syria News Headline Stack, and I can therefore say I’ve done my quota, so all you Serious People who have been running around on the Syrian Squirrel Hunt can stop mocking my unseriousness for ignoring the Big Story.

Tomorrow? Yeah, the one-year anniversary of the Benghazi attack, and all anyone will be talking about is the president’s Syria speech.

Tell me again how serious you are, Serious People.

You just got played.




66 Responses to “Hunting the Syrian Squirrel”

  1. Quartermaster
    September 10th, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Normal humans are not Chloros green. There must be no mirrors in purgatory.

  2. Quartermaster
    September 10th, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    I guess he doesn’t want to be the target, so I went over to TakiMag and poked at a Born Again Atheist over there.

  3. Quartermaster
    September 10th, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    What I want to know is, does Syrian Squirrel make a good stew?

  4. rmnixondeceased
    September 10th, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    Under-sized, stringy and tough …

  5. rmnixondeceased
    September 10th, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

    I saw that. Same fellow who bored me a few days ago …

  6. rmnixondeceased
    September 10th, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    You are correct, no mirrors here …

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    And likes it’s plastic surgery a little too much.

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  10. ggg217
    September 10th, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    Look! #Syria Squirrel another distraction frm #SealTeam6 #FastandFurious #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ #NSA #tcot #TDGN 9/11/12

  11. fadboo
    September 10th, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    RT @ggg217: Look! #Syria Squirrel another distraction frm #SealTeam6 #FastandFurious #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ #NSA #tcot …

  12. ldm8571
    September 10th, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

    RT @ggg217: Look! #Syria Squirrel another distraction frm #SealTeam6 #FastandFurious #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ #NSA #tcot …

  13. creativewebgirl
    September 10th, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    RT @ggg217: Look! #Syria Squirrel another distraction frm #SealTeam6 #FastandFurious #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ #NSA #tcot …

  14. AnthologyJoe
    September 11th, 2013 @ 1:29 am

    RT @ggg217: Look! #Syria Squirrel another distraction frm #SealTeam6 #FastandFurious #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ #NSA #tcot …

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