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Kerry: I wasn't undercut by move to consult Congress on Syria
The Hill ^

Posted on 09/01/2013 12:10:11 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Kerry: I wasn't undercut by move to consult Congress on Syria By Ben Geman - 09/01/13 01:17 PM ET

Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday rejected suggestions his strong advocacy for punishing Syria’s regime for using chemical weapons was undercut by President Obama's surprise decision to first seek congressional approval.

Kerry’s Sunday appearances on five news shows found the secretary of state repeatedly challenging the very premise of questions from hosts who say his advocacy for quick action was laid aside by the White House.

“Wrong,” Kerry bluntly told CBS’s Major Garrett when asked whether Kerry was “disappointed” that his call for swift action was “overridden.”

“I did not advocate that the response had to be swift. In fact, I often said that we needed to take time to do certain things,” said Kerry.

After "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace said Kerry had made a "powerful call" on Friday for "quick action," Kerry retorted: "Chris, I made a powerful call for action. I never mentioned the word quick. I made the case for why we needed to take action."

On Sunday, Kerry repeatedly praised Obama's decision to seek congressional approval.

He said on the shows that it would provide a stronger, more unified national response and enable more time to coordinate with allies, among other benefits.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked if Kerry had any idea, during his Friday presentation, that Obama was going to “hit the pause button.”

“Well, the president hadn't made any decision on the military strike, George," Kerry responded. "I was asked to make the case for why we needed to take action, but the president always maintained the prerogative as to when or what he decided to do."

Over at NBC, Kerry pushed back when "Meet The Press" host David Gregory asked if he felt “undermined” personally and whether U.S. credibility had taken a hit when Obama delayed what had appeared to be an imminent strike.

Gregory also said that NBC’s reporting showed that Kerry and other members of Obama’s security team were opposed to going to Congress.

"David, I completely disagree with the fundamental premise that you set out," Kerry said.

"No, I did not oppose going, nor did anybody else that I know of originally. The issue originally was, ‘Should the President of the United States take action in order to enforce the credibility and the interest of our country and to deter Assad from using these weapons and to degrade his capacity to do so?,’ ” Kerry said, according to an NBC transcript.

“That was the issue. And that's the issue that we debated. There was no decision not to do that."

Some critics of Obama's handling of the Syria situation expressed empathy for Kerry.

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who accused Obama of abdicating responsibility by requesting congressional approval of a strike against Syria, told Fox's Wallace: "First I felt bad for Sen. Kerry having to defend the indefensible"


TOPICS: Israel; Political Humor/Cartoons; Russia; US: Massachusetts; US: New York; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; johnkerry; lebanon; maheralassad; massachusetts; newyork; peterking; russia; thebrotherdidit; unitedkingdom; waronterror
Does the word sandbagged come to mind?

FAIL.

1 posted on 09/01/2013 12:10:11 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

..they don’t know what’s going on from one room to another in the WH Horseface...your nothing special


2 posted on 09/01/2013 12:13:53 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Sub-Driver

skerry serves her majesty the queen obama despite the tire tracks on his back from being thrown under the bus. How does it feel skerry being thrown under a bus by a queen?


3 posted on 09/01/2013 12:15:07 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s the ageless brahmin blowhard..

We know where his sympathies lie..


4 posted on 09/01/2013 12:16:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Sub-Driver
Kerry: I wasn't undercut by move to consult Congress on Syria, my sabotage of America is just as effective now as it ever was.
5 posted on 09/01/2013 12:22:00 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Sub-Driver

6 posted on 09/01/2013 12:22:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry is the Susan Rice of the Syrian conflict.

Code Name: “Wag-The-Dog”

Tomorrow Kerry will announce that Assad’s troops used poison gas on their own population because a Bitter Clinging Tea Party member in Idaho made a You Tube video that insulted Allah.


7 posted on 09/01/2013 12:23:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("You bring me the man, I'll find you the crime" - Lavrentiy Beria [and Eric Holder])
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To: Doogle

Remember who is pulling the strings in the White Hut - and it ain’t the Current Occupant. He is just a puppet dancing across the stage to a tune called by Valerie Jarrett.

Find out who Valerie Jarrett is working for, and you have solved much of the mystery of why the actions of the Current Regime seem to move in such oblique directions.

“Foreign policy” has a secondary meaning.


8 posted on 09/01/2013 12:26:29 PM PDT by alloysteel (Unattended children will be given a Red Bull and a free Kazoo. Reminds me of Congress...)
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To: Sub-Driver

I advocated for a swift response before I didn’t


9 posted on 09/01/2013 12:28:31 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry has less self respect than a street walker on crack.


10 posted on 09/01/2013 12:30:34 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: Mr. K

He desperately wants to be the Democratic nominee in 2016. Where was his outrage when the communists murdered 500,000 Vietnamese in their “reeducation camps” after the war?


11 posted on 09/01/2013 12:33:54 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Sub-Driver
Kerry wasn't just undercut by the move, he was undercut in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.
12 posted on 09/01/2013 12:37:06 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Sub-Driver
The Mendacious Trio:

You can't believe a single statement as they just reiterate what Obama wants.

13 posted on 09/01/2013 12:40:38 PM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: Sub-Driver

We’re obviously too dense to pick up on all the “nuances” that the former Viet-Nam vet (surprise anyone?) so prides himself on. I guess in nuance terms, he and Zero are co-equals playing mind games with Assad (Neat how Obama, Kerry, and Assad’s name all bring to mind the word “@$$hat”).


14 posted on 09/01/2013 12:41:43 PM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Clueless .

Kerry was told to build the excuse for Obama going to war then Obama chickened out and ;left Kerry holding the bag.

Then Kerry denies it while still holding the bag in his hand. LMAO

Even a dick like Kerry cannot trust the Kenyan.
One day Kerry might smarten up but I doubt it.


15 posted on 09/01/2013 12:58:50 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Venturer

Kerry’s response reminds of the Monty Python “Piranha Brothers” sketch:

Rogers: I’ve been told Dinsdale Piranha nailed your head to the floor.
Stig: No. Never. He was a smashing bloke. He used to buy his mother flowers and that. He was like a brother to me.
Rogers: But the police have film of Dinsdale actually nailing your head to the floor.
Stig: (pause) Oh yeah, he did that.
Rogers: Why?
Stig: Well he had to, didn’t he? I mean there was nothing else he could do, be fair. I had transgressed the unwritten law.
Rogers: What had you done?
Stig: Er... well he didn’t tell me that, but he gave me his word that it was the case, and that’s good enough for me with old Dinsy. I mean, he didn’t *want* to nail my head to the floor. I had to insist. He wanted to let me off. He’d do anything for you, Dinsdale would.


16 posted on 09/01/2013 1:01:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

Don’t forget Hilary in march 2011. Assad was a reformer. This makes her very presidential.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/hillary-clintons-uncredible-statement-on-syria/2011/04/01/AFWPEYaC_blog.html


17 posted on 09/01/2013 1:03:18 PM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I watched Kerry on FNS this AM and can’t believe his face. It looked like it was trowelled with bondo.


18 posted on 09/01/2013 1:05:02 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: skeeter

Hey! That’s jing-jus.


19 posted on 09/01/2013 1:31:41 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: NormsRevenge
He wouldn't be welcome amongst the usual Brahmans...
20 posted on 09/01/2013 1:34:32 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Sub-Driver
hey, john-boy, stand over here, a little more to the left, stop! now weight right there...

21 posted on 09/01/2013 1:36:15 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Venturer

I saw Kerry on Fox this morning.

It could be my imagination, but it looked like he was simmering inside to be doing clean up for O’s decision.

If Wallace asked a question (which he was hard pressed to do) he got agitated.


22 posted on 09/01/2013 1:37:47 PM PDT by berdie
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To: headstamp 2

I have a friend whose face looks like that right before he blows a gasket.


23 posted on 09/01/2013 1:39:21 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry is so predictable..


24 posted on 09/01/2013 2:13:52 PM PDT by cardinal4 (The GOP, the ultimate battered wife? Or willing co-conspirators?)
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To: Mr. K

BTTT!


25 posted on 09/01/2013 2:43:11 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s so brave....I believe he was in Vietnam?

got some rice shrapnel in his face....er....butt.

whatta a POS.


26 posted on 09/01/2013 2:45:27 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I hear ya.. If the Epa had been around in Tea party times, he’d a been the commanding officer issuing citations for dispoiling the bay.. or a race horse,, what a long face..


27 posted on 09/01/2013 2:50:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kerry would not know “undercut” it is hit him in the a$$. He has never been willing to admit that he undercut our troops in Vietnam after claiming that he won those medals that he said he threw over the White House fence, but later fessd up and admitted that those weren’t his real medals. It is difficult to part with medals that you lied so hard to get.


28 posted on 09/01/2013 2:52:38 PM PDT by Saltmeat (Y)
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To: berdie

LOL He got sandbagged.

He tries so hard to think that Obama gives a damn about him. He is nothing to Obama except another Honkey idiot he is using.


29 posted on 09/01/2013 3:00:34 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: headstamp 2

He had a chin-chop, and it looks like hell. A botched job.


30 posted on 09/01/2013 3:10:22 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Admit it horseface . . . your boss man made you look like an incompetent, nattering stooge. Man that John F’n Kerry is really on top of things . . . right hand man of Zero on foreign policy. In like Flynt. Knows when he is phoning from the bathroom.

When EVERY decision is based on politics and not sound doctrine and strategy, sometimes you end up looking like a complete idiot. I really enjoyed the laugh, boys.

These people make buzzard puke look good. . . .


31 posted on 09/01/2013 8:53:19 PM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: skeeter

you mean Jen-jis khan

I used to think he was trying to sound classy pronouncing it that way- now I think he was just too stupid to know what he was reading (someone else wrote it for him)


32 posted on 09/01/2013 10:24:08 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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