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Obama Turns To ‘Brain Trust’ To Sell Syria Attack

From the Washington Post:

To sell Syria strike, White House turns to Obama brain trust

By Juliet Eilperin | September 3, 2013

For a White House embarked on a new campaign to convince the public of the need to intervene militarily in Syria, Tuesday’s meeting amounted to staff reunion.

Three of the president’s top aides — White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer and communications director Jennifer Palmieri — met with more than half a dozen trusted former Obama staffers to formulate a communications strategy on the subject…

The group included men and women steeped in politics as well as communications and national security: former senior advisers David Axelrod and David Plouffe; Robert Gibbs, who served as White House press secretary; former White House communications director Anita Dunn; Stephanie Cutter , who served as deputy campaign manager for Obama’s 2012 campaign; Tommy Vietor, former National Security Council spokesman; and Jon Favreau, who was the president’s speechwriter…

What a "brain trust." Each one of these people is famous for their screw-ups. But this is what you get when you surround yourself with the bottom of the barrel.

A White House official who asked not to be identified, because the meeting was private, wrote in an e-mail that the session was not unusual. “We hold regular sessions with folks like this all the time,” the official wrote…

No wonder the country is in the mess it’s in.

The White House held a similar session in late May as the administration sought to move beyond the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service’s focus on conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status…

Did the ‘brain trust’ suggest starting a war with Syria to distract us from that and Obama’s other scandals?

[E]ven as the president engages in international diplomacy, his top advisers and allies aim to convince the American people to support what is now a critical plank in his foreign policy agenda, or risk an unpalatable political loss.

And who cares whether American lives are lost, or if we start WWIII. Obama cannot suffer "an unpalatable political loss."

Speaking of Mrs. Clinton, we have this momentous update, also via the Washington Post:

Hillary Clinton backs Obama’s call for action against Syria

By Dan Balz | September 3, 2013

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton backs President Obama’s call for Congress to authorize military action against Syria, a Clinton adviser said Tuesday.

“Clinton supports the president’s effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime’s horrific use of chemical weapons,” the adviser said in a statement…

Notice how the statement is worded. She supports his effort to enlist Congress so they can share the blame.

Clinton has long been a proponent of a more vigorous U.S. response to the civil war in Syria. As a member of the administration, she argued in favor of doing more to arm and assist rebel forces.

According to all reports, the rebels still have not received any arms from the US. So we see how much influence Hillary had.

Clinton is scheduled to deliver a speech next week on the controversy over the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. The setting could give her a forum to offer additional comments on the Syrian situation and the congressional debate now underway.

We can’t wait. After all, who can forget her deep insights on why we should invade Iraq? (Except the news media, who immediately forgot Hillary’s vote to go to war in Iraq.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Turns To ‘Brain Trust’ To Sell Syria Attack”

  1. mr_bill says:

    When nerobama backs himself into a corner, to whom does he turn for advice? Campaign managers and speech writers, which explains a lot.

    • Petronius says:

      Exactly. It’s all about protecting Nerobama and his political advantage.

      It has nothing to do with American interests.

  2. captstubby says:

    The New Deal witnessed an increased role for intellectuals in government. The Brains Trust, a term coined by James Kieran, a New York Times reporter, refers to the group of academic advisers that FDR gathered to assist him during the 1932 presidential campaign.
    These men would quickly help FDR develop an economic plan whose programs became the backbone of the New Deal:
    During their first one hundred days in office, the Brains Trust helped Roosevelt enact fifteen major laws.
    After the Brains Trust defended its reform-recovery program in 1933, it disbanded to make room for other advisers and lawyers capable of legislative draftsmanship.


  3. Noyzmakr says:

    What better way to boost the confidence of your staff and tell them what a great job you think they’re doing by constantly bringing in their predecessors to get better advice.

    Also, everytime I read or hear someone say Hillary Rodham Clinton it reminds me of assassins. Almost every assassin you can think of is refered to in the press by there full name.

    Marcus Julius Brutus, John Wilkes Booth, James Earl Ray, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman and that’s just off the top of my head.

    Again…..funny that.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” ~Gore Vidal

  5. JohnMG says:

    In this particular case I think Brain (t)Rust more descriptive.

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