Baba Wawa meets Assad, hilarity ensues

Syriana2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62093892@N07/5650788298)

This morning, ABC aired a Barbara Walters interview with Syrian “dictator by accident” Bashar el Assad, whom she found to be “not like Qadhafi.” (Crazy does come in different flavors, Barbara.) After an airy tour around Damascus, where Walters found that “life goes on,” she took off her tour guide outfit to grill Assad gently about his reign of terror.

Assad’s was a pathetic performance, Arab dictator 101. Apparently, the military killings are not his doing: “They are not my forces, they are military forces belonging to the government. There was no command to kill or be brutal.” The United Nations accusations about heinous crimes against the Syrian people prompted this question: “Who said that the United Nations is a credible institution?” The specifics elicited the usual demand to “send out the documents and the concrete evidences that you have.”

Asked about the murder of Syrian singer Ibrahim Kashoush, Assad claimed never to have heard of him. Here are the images of Kashoush’s death, if you can stomach them.

Helpfully, Assad affirmed that, “When I feel that the public support declined, I won’t be here,” going on to explain that “No government in the world kill its people [sic] unless it’s led by crazy person.” True.

After Assad closed with an embarrassing giggle after being asked whether he feels guilty, I turned to Charlie Rose’s 2010 interview with Assad for a reminder of how seriously the media elite and Obama administration took this SOB. Here’s Rose’s opener: “ I am not the only American who has been here recently. Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was here on Saturday and recently as well. Is something happening in the relationship between Syria and the United States?”

Enjoy the whole thing here. Ugh.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Danielle
Pletka

What's new on AEI

Making Ryan's tax plan smarter
image The teacher evaluation confronts the future
image How to reform the US immigration system
image Inversion hysteria
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 01
    MON
  • 02
    TUE
  • 03
    WED
  • 04
    THU
  • 05
    FRI
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
From anarchy to Augustus: Lessons on dealing with disorder, from Rome’s first emperor

We invite you to join us for two panel discussions on how Augustus created order from chaos 2,000 years ago, and what makes for durable domestic and international political systems in the 21st century.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Multiple choice: Expanding opportunity through innovation in K–12 education

Please join us for a book launch event and panel discussion about how a marketplace of education options can help today's students succeed in tomorrow's economy. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the featured book.

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
How conservatives can save the safety net

Please join us for a luncheon event in which our panel will discuss what conservatives can learn from how liberals talk and think about the safety net and where free-market economics, federalism, and social responsibility intersect to lift people out of poverty.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.