Syrians Relax: the Sequester Will Only Hit Americans

The Obama Administration is a funny thing. Half of the time, they’re on-message and deadly effective. The other half, they make zero sense.

Take President Obama and his new Secretary of State. Please.

From the Washington Times, here’s our incoherent and hapless president freaking out about his sequester:

The White House says about 90,000 civilian Pentagon employees would be furloughed in Virginia alone. In spite of his high-pressure approach, the president said he is not engaging in politics.

In the past week, the administration has been ramped up its warnings about the impact of the budget cuts, arguing that they will result in airport delays, freed criminals, increased illegal immigration and even a heightened threat of a terrorist attack.

And yet, according to Secretary of State John Kerry, we’re about to send money to Syria.  From Bloomberg:

The U.S. will provide support directly to Syrian rebel fighters for the first time, increasing U.S. involvement in the two-year-old war to oust President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

The U.S., in its first official contact with the Free Syrian Army, plans to provide it with non-lethal aid such as medical equipment and ready-to-eat meals, and also will give the political opposition $60 million to provide basic services and better governance in areas it now controls, Kerry said today in Rome.

Okay, $60 million isn’t much. A drop in the bucket. But then, so is the $85 billion that Obama’s sequester would cut from the government. And it’s odd that President Obama is in full shrieking panic attack, threatening to open up the jails and force schoolchildren to dine on horse meat, while his foreign policy chief is in Rome passing out the cash bundles.

One of them, at least, is a clueless incompetent. One of them, at least, is lying.  

  1. genferei
    Rob Long: And it’s odd that President Obama is in full shrieking panic attack, threatening to open up the jails and force schoolchildren to dine on horse meat

    This isn’t the main point, I realise, but – Why are there Federal prisons? Why is the Federal government involved in feeding school children?

  2. doc molloy
    One of them, at least, is a clueless incompetent. One of them, at least, is lying.   

    Kill two birds with one collective stone and it’s Hooray for Benghazi too..

    Let’s not forget.

  3. Vance Richards

    This is the kind of thing that could generate bad PR for the White House if the US had a news media.

  4. Crow
    Rob Long: 

    The White House says about 90,000 civilian Pentagon employees would be furloughed in Virginia alone. In spite of his high-pressure approach, the president said he is not engaging in politics.

    This paragraph is laugh out loud funny. The President hasn’t spoken at all about the sequester except to play politics with it. 

    Rob Long: 

    And yet, according to Secretary of State John Kerry, we’re about to send money to Syria.  From Bloomberg:

    The U.S. will provide support directly to Syrian rebel fighters for the first time, increasing U.S. involvement in the two-year-old war to oust President Bashar al-Assad, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    The U.S., in its first official contact with the Free Syrian Army, plans to provide it with non-lethal aid such as medical equipment and ready-to-eat meals, and also will give the political opposition $60 million to provide basic services and better governance in areas it now controls, Kerry said today in Rome.

    Band-Aids and cheese burgers are now officially our grand strategy in Syria.

    Somewhere Joseph Nye is nodding with furrowed-brow approval….

  5. Ross C
    Rob Long:

    One of them, at least, is a clueless incompetent. One of them, at least, is lying.

    One of them?……You are leaving out the obvious first choice of both men are both bunglers and liars.  You are a charitable soul, always looking at the best in people.