Yesterday I asked Jay if he could be specific about why we are not insisting that the bloodthirsty Syrian tyrant Bashir Assad step down, as we did Hosni Mubarak and are now demanding of Muammar Qaddafi.
His answer to other reporters on this has been, essentially, “every country is different,” which seems to have been generally accepted in the briefing room as a response that sheds some light on the subject.
Of course, this is approximately like asking someone “Why did you marry your wife?” and having them answer, “Because I really like women.”
So I asked him what specifically there is about Syria – and not Egypt or Libya – that leads us to stop short of pointing Assad toward the door.
The answer to my questions? “Every country is different.”
He and the president also routinely employ the line now that Syria needs to transition to Democracy and Assad can either “lead the transition or get out of the way.”
I wondered how it is that President Obama thought someone who has just killed more than a thousand of his own people might suddenly embrace Democracy. Jay’s answer: “We’ll see.”
Are your jobs easier than this?
Here’s the video: