Skip to comments.John Kerry gives Syria week to surrender chemical weapons or face attack
Posted on 09/09/2013 5:11:20 AM PDT by Netz
The US secretary of state has said that President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack, but said he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply. John Kerry also said he had no doubt that Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in east Damascus on 21 August, saying that only three people are responsible for the chemical weapons inside Syria Assad himself, one of his brothers and a senior general. He said the entire US intelligence commnity was united in believing Assad was responsible. Kerry was speaking on Monday alongside William Hague, who was forced to deny that he had been pushed to the sidelines by the House of Commons decision 10 days ago to reject the use of UK force in Syria. The US Senate is due to vote this week on whether to approve an attack and Kerry was ambivalent over whether Barack Obama would use his powers to ignore the Senate, if it were to reject an attack. Kerry said the US had tracked the Syrian chemical weapons stock for many years, adding that it "was controlled in a very tight manner by the Assad regime
Bashar al-Assad and his brother Maher al-Assad, and a general are the three people that have the control over the movement and use of chemical weapons. "But under any circumstances, the Assad regime is the Assad regime, and the regime issues orders, and we have regime members giving these instructions and engaging in these preparations with results going directly to President Assad. "We are aware of that so we have no issue here about responsibility. They have a very threatening level of stocks remaining."
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Isn’t that like, say, drawing a red line in the sand?
So, two weeks from now, if nothing happens, will they be claiming, ‘we didn’t give them a week, we didn’t draw that line’?
John F’n Kerry is out there making these statements, while the boy prince is getting dressed up to give a public rally war cry?
What the heck is wrong with these mental midgets? They are off their scripts.
Interesting proposal by the Secretary of State. Either this is the official position of the Obama administration or Mr. Kerry will be resigning after a decent interval.
Another red line? Good grief!
..since Odungo’s red pen ran out of ink...Kerry offered his red pen, but Odungo being Odungo said, why do you just take this over and start drawing lines in the sand
Why would Assad trust this White House after having witnessed what they did to Gadaffi?
Reminds me of this: http://youtu.be/F5wSR027pbk
Lord Fauntleroy Kerry channeling Dean Wormer’s “double secret probation” must have Assad shaking like a leaf.
Sounds to me like a deal was struck before Congress ever debated. Bet that the Congress votes and comes out with the same wording. As much as I hate to say it, surely Obamby and crew wouldn’t do something so stupid twice. ( I know I’ll eat my words)
I'll Huff...and I'll Puff...and I'll Blooooooow your house down!! What a feckless Horse's Ass...Both Kerry and his Boss.
The idiots are doubling down. Unfricking believeable.
Did he double-dog-dare him? Or did he skip that and go directly to the triple-dog-dare?
We are so screwed.
Did he pull out his badge too?
My credibility isn’t on the line.
I didn’t draw a red line.
The world’s credibility is on the line.
The world drew the red line.
It’s...it’s...it’s...past my tee time and John needs to get his yacht out of the harbor before the tide ebbs.
When the ultimatums are meaningless, anyone can issue them.
The same mentally ill, empty moralism on Syria, agendas of Obozo Liar, Queeg McAinal, Kerry the Faux Vietnam hero, and congressional rats wanting to bomb Syria could apply to 9/11!
In the meantime, this awkward photo of Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife dining with the Assads in 2009 has gone viral amidst Kerry's harshest criticism of the Syrian government to date. Describing the government's use of chemical weapons against civilians as a "cowardly crime" and a "moral obscenity," Kerry said, "There must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people."
LOL!!! That was the first thing that came to my mind
He further clarified that it would be an “unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.” Now there’s a threat that should really leave Assad quaking in his boots!
So then now they’re delaying the attack by at least another week?
I think he was quoting Monty Python ...
Assad should call their bluff and invite the UN in to take his chemical stockpile.
Whoa, people. This is a MAJOR change in the Syria situation!
Until now, the whole basis for an attack was to punish Assad for his alleged use of gas back in August.
Now Kerry has added a new condition - give up all the chemical stockpiles too.
Kerry knows this condition will never, cannot, be met - it’s like the Obama Admin is rigging everything so there HAS to be a war.
Scary & Irresponsible - that’s Team Obama
I’m sure he’s shaking in his boots, Mr. Husband of Thereza Heinz, you arrogant, drooling idiot.
It’s not enough that some Syrians are “volunteering” to be human shields, let’s invite the UN in to be shields too. This may be Obama’s back down strategy.
Could this be a face-saving deal brokered by Vlad Putin when he approached Barry at the G-20?
Assad hands over a half-dozen canisters of high-strength pesticide. Barry declares victory and crawls back in off the ledge.
Hey Kerrytwit, could you please shut the hey up. Thank you very much...the American people.
Seems like Kerry is on a different wavelength than his bosss. Hard to believe that Kerry is playing the Cheney role here, I mean Kerry? The world has tipped upside down if Kerry is now the hawk.
John Francoise Kerry establishes a pink line ....
John Francoise Kerry has reassured the world it will be an “unbelievably tiny attack”.
And if there is anyone who knows that size doesn’t matter except for personal yachts, it is John Francoise Kerry
<< Kerry knows this condition will never, cannot, be met -its like the Obama Admin is rigging everything so there HAS to be a war. >>
Which begs the question — Why? Speculative theories I’ve seen and/or thought of thus far:
1. Because they are stupid or incompetent, or both.
2. Because they are so vested in the whole “black President” thing that they’ll do anything to save him. (Requires #1 to be True).
3. Because Syria is just a continuation of The Kenyan’s life mission to bring the USA to its knees by handing over the entire Arab and Middle East area to his fellow Muslim Brotherhood brethren, who are already “within the gates” of our government. (This theory flows nicely with the circumstantial evidence that The Kenyan’s college years were financed by the Saudis.)
(Side note: Bill Ayers and his fellow Marxist/Leninist/Commie cohorts may have lost their influence over their Kenyan Prodigy, as evidenced by Ayres’ recent statements against obama attacking Syria. If true, how ironic is that? Ayres et al are the ones who schooled him in the Cloward-Pivens strategy of overwhelming the system to rebuild it. Instead of rebuilding the USA into Ayres’ Communist Utopia, his protege Barack Hussein Obama may be planning on handing over a collapsed USA to Shari’a Law worshippers.)
4. ?? (Anyone else want to play? I’m out of time)
How about Congress?
This is tantamount to a declaration of war.
Very much like the demands Austria-Hungary made on Serbia in 1914 after the archduke was shot. And we all know how that turned out.
Who does he think he is? The incarnation of Hilliary Clinton and Mad Albright all rolled into one? This is uncanny. I can’t believe I am watching John Kerry in action here...get it? “In-action” = inaction. YET, he is performing better than his would-be boss...who’d a thunk it?
If Obama was a suicide bomber out to destroy America with Ruassian and Iranian nukes, he would play this exactly like he is playing it.
From Graeeoulf’s post from another thread gives us an excellent addition to the list (hope you don’t mind!):
4. “Obamas interest in bombing non-enemy Syria has everything to do with creating a long-lasting, controversial, DISTRACTION for Congress in order to keep Congress from defunding Obamacare/Boehnerkare.”
The rebels will get to keep any WMD that they have.