Sometimes I really like Dennis Kucinich. He’s one of those Congressmen so secure in his district he can basically say what he wants without fear of political consequences. It’s always entertaining to watch him run for President too. And sometimes I like the way he gets all fired up and angry. To his credit he’s one of the few members of Congress who gets angry about anything.

Then, sometimes, I wish he would just shut the fuck up and go away.

“One of the Obama administration’s sharpest critics on the left is coming in for some sharp criticism himself after what appeared to be a friendly visit to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Congressman Dennis Kucinich — an Ohio Democrat who has proposed ordering Obama to halt U.S. participation in NATO airstrikes in the Libya conflict — sat down with Assad in Damascus over the weekend and emerged to face accusations that he was getting too cozy with an autocrat whose security forces have killed some 1,300 people as they attempt to crush a revolt against his rule.

Kucinich said he made the trip, which also included a stop in Lebanon, on his own accord after being requested to go by his constituents.

“I don’t support the violence, I don’t condone the violence and by direct appeal to President Assad and in supporting those who are seeking freedom and serious reforms, I am working to end the violence. I appealed to President Assad to remove his forces from the cities. He told me he would, and today we learned that he has begun to do just that,” Kucinich said in a statement on his official website .” – REUTERS

Sure. I mean, how could a guy like Assad not remove his forces and stop killing his own people? You asked him so nicely and all. Maybe that’s all the guy wanted, you know, for someone to say please. Perhaps deep inside his tyrannical exterior lies a little boy whose father never played catch with him. Later on Kucinich baked Kim Jong Il some cupcakes and asked him to stop building nuclear weapons and starving his people. After that he traveled to Chechnya where he made the Islamist rebels there some lemonade and sang them a song to get them to stop blowing up Russian airliners.

And who in their right mind goes to Syria and Lebanon of their own accord? Fuck, man, why not spend July 4th in Mogadishu? Or go fishing off the coast of the Gaza Strip. You know, make a weekend of it. It’s stuff like this that makes the political left look utterly insane. Like when Jane Fonda went to hang out with the North Vietnamese or when Jesse Jackson palled around with Saddam Hussein on the eve of the first Gulf War. These are not the optics we’re looking for.

The only thing guys like Assad really understand is force. And not The Force. Those silly Jedi mind tricks won’t work on him. I’m willing to bet that after Kucinich left Damascus Assad was sitting around laughing with all his generals. “The little man from Ohio, he said please and was so nice. So I told him yes, yes of course I will surrender my regime to the people. Ha ha ha ha ha! And tomorrow I’m going to send him a Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates laced with Anthrax. Ha ha ha ha ha! Fucking idiot!”




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