Kerry on the Hill: “Assad used chemical weapons because Obama is weak.”

Posted by: Phineas on September 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

**Posted by Phineas


Per Marc Thiessen of AEI, here’s what the Secretary of State said am few minutes ago while testifying before a Senate committee on the need to intervene in Syria:

One of the reasons Assad has been using these materials is because they have, up until now, made the calculation that the West writ large and the United States particularly are not going to do anything about it. Impunity is already working to kill a lot of people and to make things more dangerous. I guarantee you that is in their assessment.

As Thiessen points out, the leader of the West and the United States is the President of the United States. Ergo, Kerry is saying that Assad used chemical weapons because he assumed Obama can be safely ignored.

It’s the ultimate indictment of Obama’s blundering foreign policy and his incompetent Mideast grand strategy. His weakness has encouraged brutal dictators to use horrific weapons and, to stop it, we have to repair Obama’s self-image. What a great reason to start a war. At least the British had Jenkin’s ear.

Passing thought: What if this backhanded insult was Kerry’s way of getting revenge for being humiliated by Obama last week? Nah. He’s not that clever and is too anxious to be a team player.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Kerry on the Hill: “Assad used chemical weapons because Obama is weak.””


  1. ST says:

    Wowsers ….

  2. Kerry is a fine one to talk. During the Paris Peace Talks to end the Vietnam War (of which he was a reluctant and marginal participant), he twice met with the enemy North Vietnam delegation while still a member of the officer corps of the US Naval Reserve, an act of treason.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    After the stellar performance of Hillary in implementing this newfangled “smart diplomacy,” we could only expect the multitalented (and self admitted war criminal) John Kerry to carry US influence to even greater heights!

    Only thing that troubles me, unsophisticated slob that I am, is that the efforts of these Very Smart People appear to be a retrograde movement from the ones of the supposedly stupid warmongering cowboys of the Bush years. They keep telling us how much smarter they are, so why aren’t they doing a better job?

  4. Kate says:

    I think no matter what happens, Obama has accomplished his mission to fundamentally transform America…into a weak, pointless entity in the world. Sure we have power, but certainly a lot less prestige and influence.

  5. Neo says:

    Obama already blaming Congress and …

    “First of all, I didn’t set a red line,” said Obama. “The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of the world’s population said the use of chemical weapons are [inaudble] and passed a treaty forbidding their use, even when countries are engaged in war. Congress set a red line when it ratified that treaty. Congress set a red line when it indicated that in a piece of legislation entitled the Syria Accountability Act that some of the horrendous things happening on the ground there need to be answered for. So, when I said in a press conference that my calculus about what’s happening in Syria would be altered by the use of chemical weapons, which the overwhelming consensus of humanity says is wrong, that wasn’t something I just kind of made up. I didn’t pluck it out of thin air. There’s a reason for it.”

    The Syria Accountability Act of 2003 is based on the same intelligence that got us into Iraq …

    According to the Central Intelligence Agency’s ‘‘Unclassified Report to Congress on the Acquisition of Technology Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction and Advanced Conventional Munitions’’, released January 7, 2003: ‘‘[Syria] already holds a stockpile of the nerve agent sarin but apparently is trying to develop more toxic and persistent nerve agents. Syria remains dependent on foreign sources for key elements of its [chemical weapons] program, including precursor chemicals and key production equipment. It is highly probable that Syria also is developing an offensive [biological weapons] capability.’’

    … of course, “It’s Bush’s fault !