While Secretary of State John Kerry was making the case today on Capitol Hill for limited military strikes on Syria, his predecessor was keeping a low profile. Hillary Clinton did weigh in on the weekend’s big swimming news yesterday, but America was anxious to hear what she had to say about reports of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
Today she did express her support of the president, or more accurately, an unnamed aide expressed her support. “Secretary Clinton supports the president’s effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime’s horrific use of chemical weapons,” a Clinton aide told Politico.
Politco says Hillary backing Syria strike–no surprise, but would have been an earthquake if she'd withheld support
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) September 3, 2013
Christopher Stevens could not be reached for comment. http://t.co/Fc11qxGA2Q
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) September 4, 2013
I'm saddened but not surprised that Hillary Clinton breaks silence on Syria through an anonymous aide. Taste of '16. http://t.co/32KICX3iuj
— Chris Moody (@moody) September 3, 2013
In an ideal world, headlines on Hillary/Syria stories would all contain the words "aide" and "anonymous"
— Scott Conroy (@ScottFConroy) September 4, 2013
What difference, at this point, what difference does it make? RT @charlescwcooke: Hillary Clinton is a "yes" on Syria.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) September 3, 2013
Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Syria – but through anon spokesman — no video to replay if goes poorly –>> #2016 http://t.co/rnWvTNv3VK
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) September 3, 2013
That’s a good point. Hillary certainly wouldn’t want an unflattering video (or tweet) to pop up in an opponent’s campaign ad in a couple of years, especially if the U.S. has ground troops in Syria.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) September 4, 2013
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) September 4, 2013