Can We Please Clear Up This Lie?

Among all the crap we’re being sold about Syria is that Syria has just admitted for the very first time that it has chemical weapons.  Not true!

I quote to you from The Guardian, July 23, 2012, “Syria insists chemical weapons would only be used against outside forces” by Ian Black:

“Syria has made it clear that it would only use deadly chemical or biological weapons if it was attacked by outside forces….

“Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, added his voice to a chorus of alarm over the issue as the Damascus government scored what observers ridiculed as a damaging own goal on Monday by admitting for the first time that possessed an arsenal of the banned weapons.”

“Barack Obama said Assad would be held accountable if [he] made the ‘tragic mistake’ of using chemical weapons.  ‘The world is watching,’ the American president said.

“Jihad Makdissi, the Syrian foreign ministry spokesman, was responding to public and private warnings from Israel and the US by insisting that the weapons would only be used in case of a foreign attack on Syria and not against its own people, as the opposition has warned could happen.

“‘No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used…no matter what the developments inside Syria,’ he said at a press conference, reading from a prepaped statement.  ‘All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression.’

“Until now, Syria has never officially confirmed it has chemical weapons, although it is no surprise that it does.”

So why are we being fed this bizarre and blatant lie?


2012 Is About 1943 and 1966

Polls asking if voters disapprove of President Obama, or if they think the country is on the wrong track, are very different from the question voters will answer on November 6, 2012.  Then the much narrower question will be if voters prefer a specific individual, say Newt Gingrich, to President Obama.

As white suburban women go, so goes the nation.  Newt Gingich was born in 1943.  His third wife Callista was born in 1966, so she is 23 years younger.  A lot of white suburban women aren’t going to feel warm and fuzzy toward a man who dumped two sick wives and ended up with someone more than two decades younger, who was his mistress before she became Mrs. Newtie #3.

Likeability matters (just ask poor unloved Mitt).  Newt and Callista are two extremely unlikeable people.