Paul Ryan's crazy “paths” and “roadmaps” have always lead to nowhere. Can you imagine Ryan in the front seat telling you how to get to your destination?
“We could turn here, but I wouldn’t until we know for sure that’s the right way. Maybe we should think about it first, toss out every other option, and then just drive. So pull over and come up with 4 additional routes first, and then let me decide the best way there…”
You’d go nuts first. And that’s what Ryan’s been doing for a decade, with no blow back.
On Upfront with Mike Gousha, Ryan took his shots at Obama’s strategy, calling them “incoherent” a number of times. Ryan skipped past the presidents threat that forced Putin to get involved. Ryan skipped past years of military aid to Syrian rebels, the questions about who we could safely support, or that Republican wanted to rush into a war that would have seriously raised the death toll beyond its current level. And even then there are mixed reports about everything I just mentioned. Ryan comes across certain, in an incredibly uncertain civil war.
The real point is this; Ryan’s got nothing. He praised Putin, the same guy who's arming the Syrian military, fighting the rebels Ryan supposedly supports. Brilliant. Thanks to Mike Gousha, for proving Ryan is the empty politicians we thought he was. Watch Ryan scramble for answers in his typically smooth way. He's used to it:
A quick few details in case you thought Ryan had a clue:
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh: ”The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?”
“To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East … The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”Democracy Now: JUNE 13, 2012: Turkey has been smuggling powerful anti-tank missiles and other arms to Syrian opposition fighters in the Free Syria Army. The missiles are being financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. According to the New York Times, the United States was consulted about the arming of the rebels but did not take part directly in the weapons transfer.
DAVID ENDERS: Well, that’s been a concern from outside Syria since the beginning of the rebellion … as the borders become more porous and the government becomes weaker, the potential that people with various agendas will infiltrate the country does increase. What I’ve seen in my time amongst the rebels is that there are people who code as conservative, religious Islamists, there are people who code as jihadis, but the—what’s happening is people are fighting to bring down the government. If there are splits in the rebel ranks between people who see a more Islamic-based government or more religious-based government as opposed to a more secular government, we’re going to see that manifest itself after—after the government falls and as Syrians try to decide what the government looks like after Assad.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: we are helping the opposition organize, and we’re particularly interested in making sure that we’re mobilizing the moderate forces inside of Syria. But ultimately, Syrians are going to have to determine their own future … what we can’t do is to simply suggest that, as Governor Romney at times has suggested, that giving heavy weapons, for example, to the Syrian opposition is a simple proposition that would lead us to be safer over the long term.
MITT ROMNEY: …the right course for us is working through our partners and with our own resources to identify responsible parties within Syria, organize them, bring them together in a—in a form of—not—if not government, a form of—of council that can take the lead in Syria, and then make sure they have the arms necessary to defend themselves. We do need to make sure that they don’t have arms that get into the—the wrong hands. Saudi Arabia is playing an increasing role in Syria, allowing the supply of arms and even the infiltration of militants to help the rebels’ fight.