Apparently, Syrian president and mass-murderer Bashar al-Assad isn’t such a bad guy, according to a growing number of Virginia Republican legislators. Earlier this year, Sen. Dick Black (in)famously wrote to Assad, telling him what a fine fellow he was. More recently, Del. Bob Marshall (are you surprised?) had this to say:
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who may be criticized on other grounds, has not beheaded Americans or Israelis.
What a decent guy, eh?
Those “other grounds” Marshall casually ignores include the deaths of over 100,000 people (over 30,000 of them civilians), leading to Assad’s condemnation by the United Nations, and (just this year) his renewed use of chlorine gas against non-combatants including children.
But, to date, there is no video of him beheading anyone (well, at least not any American or Israelis), so what’s the big deal?
The big deal, of course, is that President Obama supports some of Assad’s opponents and, therefore, as Obama is against him, Black and Marshall are for him.
At the same time, in a rare display of its own love of war overwhelming its hate for the president, the Republican majority in Congress produced enough votes to approve Obama’s plan to provide Pentagon assistance to “appropriately vetted” members of the Syrian opposition. (Now, this is war and, as the experts tell us, war is “a mess,” so it is inevitable that some of those “vetted” members will make mistakes, change sides, or turn out to be spies, at which point this will all become Hillary Clinton’s fault, but let’s deal with that in two more years, okay?)
Bashar al-Assad is a vicious killer. Obama wants to take him down and even Congress thinks that’s a good idea.
So what does their support for al-Assad tell you about Dick Black and Bob Marshall?
(Once again, if you can stand it, here’s Bob Marshall’s entire screed.)