Fresh from his summer vacation, left-wing comedian Jon Stewart became
the latest media liberal to blast President Obama’s efforts to promote
military action against the government of Syria.
In no uncertain terms, Stewart blasted the idea, saying that it was
ridiculous for Obama or other American leaders to want to punish Syrian
dictator Bashar Hafez al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons
against radical Islamic rebels in his country. According to Stewart, the
Obama Administration’s statements about “red lines” and limited actions
smacks of “seventh grade” behavior. Never shy to employ vulgarities to
make his point, Stewart used several in his extended rant. Transcript
and video follow.
Barack Obama ran for president as the last of the red-hot pacifists, so
it might have sounded preposterous to predict that after a few security
briefings at the White House, President Obama would follow in the same
policy footsteps of horrid warmonger George Bush, with his
anti-terrorist wars and strategies.
So where is the anti-war movement now?
Chris Matthews channeled his inner-Helen Thomas on Tuesday, railing
against Barack Obama's "disastrous" plan for military action against
Syria. The Hardball host mocked the proposed goal of sending a message to Syrian dictator BasharAssad, excoriating, "Will this mysterious signal get delivered? Will a signal go to Assad that he will never again use chemical weapons?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
Matthews raged against air strikes on Syria, insisting, "In other
words, the only thing we really know is we'll be killing poor people,
committing an act of war with this notion that somehow it's smoke
signals." The usually pro-Obama reporter Howard Fineman appeared
perplexed by the administration's presentation to the U.S. Senate:
"...The only message we're sending to the world is one of
confusion....It's just utterly confusing."
Well, there was a Blue Moon just last month, so maybe the time was right for some rare criticism of President Obama by Andrea Mitchell.
Mitchell didn't hold back on today's Morning Joe, accusing the President of "bungling," being "ambivalent,"
and of undercutting his Secretary of State and Vice-President. For
good measure, Mitchell suggested that in his heart of hearts, fellow
panelist and former Obama spox Robert Gibbs agreed with her acidulous
assessment. View the video after the jump.
"For years, police officers in North Carolina had a choice when it came
to confiscated guns. They could use them for law enforcement
purposes—training, testing, examining—or they could destroy them," Daily
Beast writer Jamelle Bouie noted in a post to the website on Wednesday.
But now, thanks to "a new law... passed by Republican lawmakers in the
state," that's changed. Now, "Police officers can still use confiscated
guns, but as of this week, they can’t destroy them," Bouie groused in his September 4 post,
going on later in his piece to whine about how the bill is evidence of
an almost religious devotion to guns by conservatives. Left completely
out of his story, however, was any note that nearly all the state
senate's Democrats and a majority of Democratic state representatives
backed the so-called Save the Gun law, Senate Bill 443.