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How Can We Trust Obama on Iran When He Was So Wrong About Syria?

Just a few years ago, President Obama said the time for talking was done, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go.

The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. His calls for dialogue and reform have rung hollow while he is imprisoning, torturing, and slaughtering his own people. We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way. He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.

Several months later, Obama’s then-Press Secretary, the Prince of Prescience Jay Carney, said Assad was finished – through, done, I tell ya.

The fact of the matter is that the pressure on Assad continues to intensify. He’s been — he has dwindling financial resources. He has dwindling access to what he needs to continue to govern. His regime has lost control of parts of the country. There are a number of indications of the desire to depart from the regime by senior Syrian government and military officials. These are telltale signs that Assad’s future is very limited at best.

And we continue to work with the international community to do everything we can to enhance the pressure on him, to make it clear to everyone that they should not want to place a bet on the Assad regime because that is a losing bet — and it is a losing bet in pure realpolitik terms, but it’s also a losing bet, obviously, in terms of being on the right side of the people of Syria.

Well that was three years ago. If you bet on Assad, you won.

Now, Secretary of State John Kerry wants to negotiate.

But how can you negotiate with someone who isn’t there? Oh, wait, he is still there.

Now the same people who brought you the demise of Assad are bringing you the fully verifiable deal that will keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

Place your bets! Except this time, your gambling with your life.

White House Stands By Earlier Criticism of Charlie Hebdo

The White House Monday refused to back away from its pre-Paris-attack criticism of the magazine Charlie Hebdo’s exercise of free speech, claiming it was meant as some kind of defense of our troops. The criticism came from former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who on September 19, 2014, accused Charlie Hebdo of lacking “judgment.”… Continue Reading

Report Indicates White House Misled Press on Prostitution Scandal

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney misled reporters in 2012 when he told them there were no specific allegations of wrongdoing against any White House staffer in the April 2012 Colombia prostitution scandal, a new report in the Washington Post suggests. The growing recognition that the American public is routinely exposed to false and misleading statements from the… Continue Reading

Carney Ripped Apart by McCain

Starting his gig as a CNN commentator, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Wednesday ran up against something he’s not used to – an aggressive challenge, free of the protocols of a White House briefing, in which a knowledgable adversary tolerates none of his spin. Carney, who hasn’t figured out yet that he has to… Continue Reading

Carney Exits

After more than three years, White House Press Secretary Carney’s term as press secretary ends COB today. How you rate him as press secretary depends on your perspective. If you are a partisan Obama supporter, then Carney did a pretty good job. He made few mistakes, aggressively and eloquently promoted the president’s agenda, and largely… Continue Reading

Video || Koffler Quizzes Carney on Bergdahl-for-Taliban Deal

I thought you might want to see this video of me tangling with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Monday. Jay had been repeating his prepared talking points that the threat to national security of having five nasty Taliban leaders out of Guantanamo Bay had been sufficiently “mitigated.” I thought this was strikingly casual and provided precious little… Continue Reading

Carney in 2013: WH Will Consult with Congress on Gitmo Transfer

Just under a year ago, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney promised that any decision with respect to the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for kidnapped Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be made in consultation with Congress. CARNEY: With regard to the transfer of Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, we have made — the… Continue Reading

Jay Carney to Step Down as White House Press Secretary

President Obama announced today that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has resigned. Obama, who interrupted the White House briefing as Carney was taking questions, said Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest will take his place. Carney seemed surprised by the interruption. Carney said he will step down soon, probably the second or third week… Continue Reading

Video || Carney Caught Trying to Have it Both Ways

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was called out Monday for, on the one hand, asserting that the “investigation” at the Veterans Affairs Department must continue – a key defense for not firing Secretary Shinseki – and on the other suggesting that the resignation of VA Undersecretary Robert Petzel was related to the scandal. Carney… Continue Reading

McCain: Carney has “Destroyed his Own Reputation”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday night that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has “destroyed his own reputation” with the fatuous claim that the White House email prepping Susan Rice for her post-Benghazi appearance on the Sunday talk shows had nothing to do with Benghazi. McCain seems a little shocked at the behavior of… Continue Reading

White House Suggests it Won’t Cooperate with Benghazi Panel

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today indicated the White House will refuse to cooperate with a new House committee tasked with investigating Benghazi. “We have always cooperated with legitimate oversight,” Carney said this afternoon during the daily White House briefing. Asked whether the panel qualified as “legitimate,” he said: “I think if you look at… Continue Reading

Carney: Email Was Not About Benghazi

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today sought to justify the White House decision to withhold an email describing goals for prepping then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice for the Sunday talk shows after Benghazi, saying the email actually wasn’t about Benghazi. Carney said: It was explicitly not about Benghazi. It was about the overall situation in the… Continue Reading