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September 19, 2013 - 6:57 am

After his softball Fox News interview (see Roger) yesterday with fawning UFO expert Dennis Kucinich, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began posting clips of the interview and tweeting quotes in English. When he was done, his total tweet count was…

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A few hours later, Assad began copiously tweeting his interview in Arabic and by this morning was at 707 tweets.

Krauthammer on the Assad interview:

“(Assad) spoke for almost an hour and I don’t think there was a true word in anything he said including the words and and but,” said Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor. “I’ll give you two examples. One is he talked about the terrorists as being sort of at the start of the war, the reason he began the war, the reason he’s leveled all the cities. It began as a demonstration by schoolchildren in Daraa who he then tortured, and it remained a popular uprising for at least a year before any of the so-called ‘terrorists’ arrived.

“And secondly when you watch him and you get the sense of the sincerity, and the warmth and the softness of the voice of a guy who cares about how the terrible terrorists, meaning the Al Qaeda types, the jihadists, have come into his country and infiltrated it with a terrible ideology– Assad is the guy who created and supported Al Qaeda in Iraq after America entered Iraq.

“He was the one who channeled all these elements who he now decries so sincerely in order to go into Anbar, into Iraq and kill Americans. So he is getting the blow-back of the people he invited and with whom he was completely comfortable, as long as the task was to kill Americans.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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