Trending Topics:

Taking on Bill Clinton and the ‘bigshots’, Chris Matthews says American people are opposed to Syrian intervention

on 19 Comments

Chris Matthews is actually building the anti-Syrian-war coalition on his television show without regard to partisan politics. Last week he struck a populist stance, mocking Obama liberals for supporting intervention. Last night he had on a Republican and a Democrat who are against intervention: Congressman Scott Rigell of Pennsylvania and Senator Daniel Murphy of Connecticut. Murphy called Syrian intervention an “enormously complicated proxy war” that could go on for over a year.

Here is Matthews’s inspired introduction to the show, saying the intervention is anti-democratic:

Before we get into another war, shouldn’t we have a vote or something? We Americans enjoy our traditions…. We had another tradition. Remember, it’s called democracy. It’s called giving the people, yes the people out there beyond Washington and New York, the final say in whether we get involved in a war or not. You know, I’m talking about the people who aren’t on the Sunday TV shows, who don’t hold the big megaphones of power, who don’t get to blow the bugles of war.  

Who voted to send weapons to the rebels fighting the government in Syria? Did you? I didn’t. Who voted to commit an act of war against a government with whom we do have diplomatic relations, a government we recognize as the legitimate government of Syria? Did the Senate we elected vote do this? did the Hosue of Representatives vote?

The bigshots say we should pay no mind to what the people in the country think. Bill Clinton even said the other day that presidents shouldn’t bow to the pollsters. But forget the pollsters. What are they telling us about what the people think?

Is it important or not that just one in five Americans wants us in the business of arming rebels in the Mid East. Is that important or not? 

Are the people considered so out of it that we just go skipping off to Syria with guns, ammo, and whatever else. Do the people think, what they think matters? Is that how it works today. Again, back to where I started.We have traditions in this country, and I like the one where the people have to be convinced of getting into a war. Excuse me for living, before we get into a war. We should decide that up front. You get a better idea of how to run a country that way…

People are going to get killed, that’s what guns are used for in a war, and nobody gets to vote.

About Philip Weiss

Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of

Other posts by .

Posted In:

19 Responses

  1. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    June 18, 2013, 12:21 pm

    “Bill Clinton even said the other day that presidents shouldn’t bow to the pollsters.”

    Snort. The man has audacity, that’s for sure.

    • Krauss
      June 18, 2013, 3:36 pm

      Bill Clinton doesn’t care about public opinion. Then again he didn’t care for quite a few women’s consent to sex either, but he got away with a lot of that stuff because it was the 1980s.

      I’m not surprised he came out with that pathological statement. He’s been on record as saying we need to “regulate the internet” because “you can say whatever you want about somebody”. This is an actual quote. And people wonder why democracy in America is so embattled when these are the ‘liberals’.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        June 18, 2013, 4:10 pm

        Bill Clinton was the consummate pollster-driven politician as President. For him to say that others shouldn’t be is pretty ballsy/funny/pathetic.

      • Chu
        June 18, 2013, 5:05 pm

        true. He’s probably saying what Hillary (team Billary) wants to ensure her 2016 run.

      • Rusty Pipes
        Rusty Pipes
        June 18, 2013, 4:46 pm

        The date-rape rationalization on attacking Syria: The American people’s lips say, “no” but their eyes say, “yes, yes.”

    • Chu
      June 18, 2013, 5:04 pm

      Slick Willy style…

    • Citizen
      June 19, 2013, 6:24 am

      It all depends on what is, is.

  2. HarryLaw
    June 18, 2013, 3:18 pm

    Clinton is not only telling Obama to ignore the wishes of a majority of Americans as expressed overwhelmingly against involvement in Syria, he wants [that total wuss Obama] to ignore what the majority of Syrians want [ the CIA estimated that 75% of Syrians support Assad] see also poll last year in Guardian here. Some Democrat

  3. Citizen
    June 18, 2013, 3:39 pm

    LOL. Next thing we know, Matthews will be off the air, like Phil Donohue. Just another Mick who bucked the Zionists, while bringing in a bunch of cash for them:

  4. ToivoS
    June 18, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Clinton pays a lot of attention to polls. He was quite aware that his numbers were in serious trouble over the Lewinsky scandal and he was facing the real possibility of impeachment. So, what does he do? Start a war against Serbia to distract everyone’s attention.

    • yourstruly
      June 18, 2013, 9:45 pm

      and Ronald the gipper made war on Grenada only two days after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that killed 241 American servicemen. The invasion quickly became the front page story with the barracks bombing an afterthought, and not a word in msm about the warnings that the intelligence services received on the perils of u.s. troops serving as sitting ducks in a hostile war zone.

  5. gingershot
    June 18, 2013, 7:49 pm

    The day Chris Matthews starts putting enough informational ‘dots’ up on the board so people can actually start connecting the dots is the day I will have more than the iota of respect for him.

    Matthews needs to nail the connections between the Israeli Lobby/the Neocons/Israel between the war in Iraq they hoaxed us into, the war in Iran they are TRYING to hoax us into, and the this whole charade with Syria.

    Matthews needs to have guests on like Glenn Greenwald and Jerome Scahill together with a THIRD lonely Neocon like William Kristol or McCain or Graham and let the bloodbath begin

    It is the Chris Matthews and Mike Russells/David Gregorys and Rachel Maddows who have failed this country – they are the REASON Americans are so ignorant about what is going on in our names

    • Kathleen
      June 19, 2013, 10:59 am

      Chris Matthews is our best bet. Go over there and ask, beg, demand… Totally agree with you Ginger and have been pushing him for years to broaden his guest list on these issues. He likes to claim that he stood against the invasion of Iraq based on the questions. I watched him every night for months before the invasion of Iraq. He would dig a bit into Kristol, Frum, Gaffney but he would not have former IAEA weapons inspector Scott Ritter who was doing his best to get his well educated inside questions out into the public debate or have on El Baradei, Dr. Zbig or others questioning the validity of the cherry picked intelligence. Will Chris Matthews take that step now when it comes to Syria, Iran, etc. Have the Leveretts on, Scahill, Etc. We need to push him and his team.

  6. yourstruly
    June 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

    What’s this? We had a tradition whereby the people decide whether to go to war or not? Beg to differ, Mr. Mathews, but we Americans have never had a say except through our representatives in Congress, but not even that since WW II, being that the Vietnam War, the various Central American wars of the eighties, the Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan/Somalia/Yemen Wars have all been fought, not only without popular consent, but despite its opposition. So it should come as no surprise that without even informing us of its intentions, let alone our consent, our government now practices Orwellian type surveillance on us on a daily basis. Seems that democracy is being whittled away here in America, and unless we rise up en masse, it can’t last much longer.

  7. DICKERSON3870
    June 18, 2013, 10:26 pm

    RE: “Who voted to commit an act of war against a government with whom we do have diplomatic relations, a government we recognize as the legitimate government of Syria? . . . The bigshots say we should pay no mind to what the people in the country think. Bill Clinton even said the other day that presidents shouldn’t bow to the pollsters.” ~ Weiss

    ● “So?” says Dick Cheney [VIDEO, 00:51] –

    DONALD RUMSFELD SEZ: “Stuff happens and it’s untidy . . .”
    ● “Stuff Happens!” – Rumsfeld on the looting after the fall of Baghdad [VIDEO, 00:27] –

  8. MRW
    June 18, 2013, 10:33 pm

    If you click on the link to listen to the show, then scroll down on the left to a link to Matthews discussing war being the new normal, you will not be disappointed. It’s even better than his intro published above.
    Here’s the link.

    • Kathleen
      June 19, 2013, 10:54 am

      He has been stepping out on this issue. But still not having guest on who can help the public develop a deeper understanding of what is going on in Syria, Iran etc. Have the Leveretts on. Keep begging over at his site. Hope folks will join me in asking Matthews and his team to have the Levertts on his program

  9. Kathleen
    June 19, 2013, 10:50 am

    Chris Matthews “Let Me Finish” last night “(Tuesday) was also focused on the Syrian intervention and how Congress has not voted etc. Matthews is doing a great job on questioning the Obama administrations choice to increase intervention in Syria which has been going on since the beginning of the violence in Syria. But Chris will not have on the Leverett’s, Scahill, former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer to discuss this intervention etc.

    Anyone hearing anything about foreign countries having access to this data mining program. Also wondering if any of the data mining private contractors are foreign owned? Remember Fox News Carl Cameron’s original report about the data mining going on after 9/11. He was the first to alert the public to this wire tapping/ data mining program and that Israeli based private communications companies had access to 95% of Americans phone calls. He brought into question Amdocs and Comverse Infosys.

    When it comes to Bill Clinton we all need to keep in mind that Glas Steagall was revoked under Clinton. He helped bring us the economic crash in 2008. Hillary voted for the Iraq war resolution. Will never work for her campaign unless she admits and apologizes for that horrific decision.

Leave a Reply