What Passes As Debate In The US: Crossfire On Syria

Print Friendly

The New Crossfire: Where Both Sides Support War With Syria

CNN is bringing back Crossfire next month, but viewers on August 27 got a taste of what they might expect: The left thinks we should bomb Syria, while the right thinks we should have started that a long time ago.

On the show The Lead, guest host John Berman moderated a “debate” between conservative S.E. Cupp and left-leaning Van Jones.

“Look, I want to commend the president for finally following through on our red line threats,” Cupp declared–before explaining that Obama’s plan was too timid:

We should absolutely intervene to stop the genocide of more than 100,000 people. We should absolutely intervene to stop Al-Qaeda and Islamic extremism from jihadizing yet another conflict. It is absolutely our obligation, and instead we do the bare minimum to save face and pat ourselves on the back for our civility and our diplomacy. I think it’s pathetic.

OK, and from the left? Jones said:

This president has now said there is a red line. It was not clear before whether the line was crossed. It’s crossed, he’s moving forward. I think we need to stand behind this president and send a clear message to Assad that this type behavior is not acceptable.

And:

If you kill Assad right now, wonderful. You have a huge power vacuum. Who is going to fill it? Listen, people have a nostalgia for 1953 when the U.S. could just sort of thump out dictators like in Iran. This is not the world we live in. It is a tough neighborhood over there, and the idea that we should have a more bloodthirsty and reckless president, I reject.

I’m not sure what “thumping out dictators like in Iran” is supposed to mean; in 1953, the United States supported a coup against Iran’s elected president.

But back to Syria: The American public is generally and overwhelminglyskeptical of military strikes on Syria. But in CNN‘s left/right debate, that point of view seems to be missing entirely.

  • Pingback: Popular Resistance Newsletter – Stopping War On Syria And More | Just The Messenger

  • http://gravatar.com/journeysbyheart SarahSiddell

    Wow, unbelievable! Has Van Jones lost his mind? I had a great deal of respect for this man. If he actually made these comments, he’s at best ignorant and at worst a toady of the military industrial complex.

    Jones is quoted as saying, “people have a nostalgia for 1953 when the U.S. could just sort of thump out dictators like in Iran.”

    The truth is this: Mohammad Mosaddegh was the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 until 1953, when his government was overthrown in a coup d’état orchestrated by the British MI6 and the American CIA!

    This is well-documented, accepted historical fact. If Van Jones doesn’t know something as important as how the United States-Iran conflict began, he doesn’t deserve to be a respected spokesman for the left.

  • Pingback: Happy 60th Birthday Ajax – Daniel Burwen