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Kerry refuses to rule out U.S. ground troops in Syria, then backtracks
Washington Times ^ | Updated: 3:49 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan

Posted on 09/03/2013 1:22:06 PM PDT by Perdogg

Secretary of State John F. Kerry refused Tuesday to rule out putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, saying the president needs to retain the ability to send in forces in very select circumstances as the Obama administration officially began to make its case for retaliatory military strikes on the Assad regime.

Testifying to the Senate, Mr. Kerry accused critics of “armchair isolationism” and said there are risks to acting, but that the risks of inaction are even worse. But asked whether President Obama would accept an authorization from Congress that specifically banned putting U.S. troops on the ground in Syria, the secretary balked.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: backtracks; bootsontheground; ground; johnfkerry; johnkerry; kerry; kerrylies; ketsupboy; lurch; plasticsurgery; refuses; rule; syria; syriahearing; troops; worldwar3; worldwariii; ww3; wwiii
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1 posted on 09/03/2013 1:22:06 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

nothing new for J’FN K..FLIP FLOP


2 posted on 09/03/2013 1:23:36 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Perdogg

When asked if he were a human being...skerry balked.


3 posted on 09/03/2013 1:23:46 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Perdogg

If we decide to attack Syria (and I have not heard a compelling reason why we should...) then we absolutely should not limit ourselves as to what options are available.


4 posted on 09/03/2013 1:24:49 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: Wyatt's Torch

right, I agree. If it is a “moral imperative” then why limit yourself.


5 posted on 09/03/2013 1:25:45 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg
Kerry's ignorance led to BOTH the 911 and Boston Atrocities.

Now it will lead to WW3.

Kerry failed to act on pre-9/11 tip


6 posted on 09/03/2013 1:26:08 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Perdogg

WTF is with this crowd of 1/2 ass politicians we are blessed with? May God help us if in 2014 we are once again saddled with these a$$hats. I am so glad that I have retired and can say whatever the Hell I want to and not worry about the results of client based reprucssions.


7 posted on 09/03/2013 1:27:40 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: Perdogg
Then zero wonders why no one takes the wishy washy state department seriously.
8 posted on 09/03/2013 1:28:39 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Perdogg

He was for boots on the ground before he was against them...


9 posted on 09/03/2013 1:28:44 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Doogle

Shades of Vietnam...


10 posted on 09/03/2013 1:30:34 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Diogenesis
Thank you so much Diogenesis for the grim reminder. I damn sure haven't forgotten the horrors of terrorism but it seems like way too many of our elected "leaders" have.
11 posted on 09/03/2013 1:30:43 PM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: Perdogg

This doesn’t mean anything...all of the Clown’s promises come with an expiry date.


12 posted on 09/03/2013 1:31:38 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Windflier

God help us. These idiots are about to start WW3.


13 posted on 09/03/2013 1:31:57 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: Perdogg

Kerry wouldn’t be acting like this if only he’d gone to Vietnam.


14 posted on 09/03/2013 1:33:10 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Perdogg

This is the guy who was so incensed at the USA being involved in a foreign war that he heaved his own medals(some questionable) over the WH fence. He is a real shyster.


15 posted on 09/03/2013 1:35:19 PM PDT by noinfringers2
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To: tennmountainman

Kerry just said during hearing that Al Qaeda is NOT the Opposition we are helping and it’s not true about the rumors.


16 posted on 09/03/2013 1:35:25 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Billthedrill

Boots on the ground in Syria is SEARED into his memory..


17 posted on 09/03/2013 1:35:53 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Perdogg

The hearings are on Fox...is Kerry trying to grow a beard????

Does he want to be like Uncle Si Robertson?


18 posted on 09/03/2013 1:36:06 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: Orange1998

I hope Hagel testifies in his purple shirt and Miami Vice jacket. He is one cool dude -

sarc //


19 posted on 09/03/2013 1:37:19 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Perdogg

Any effort to diminish the war-making ability of Assad WHILE keeping the WMDs intact means that the Obama Administration favors putting WMDs in the hands of Al Qaeda.

It’s that simple.


20 posted on 09/03/2013 1:38:09 PM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Perdogg

I’m telling you when next you here ‘official word’ it will be 0bama announcing the initial strike on Syria and that Congress has voted to go to war...

Strategically there is no way to do a strike against Assad and not end up in a regional war.

While many were shocked by 0bama deciding to go through congressional approval...it is to get the authorization for war. This ‘strike’ grows in scope and size by the minute.


21 posted on 09/03/2013 1:38:35 PM PDT by EBH (Is Damascus on the Eve of Destruction? Isaiah 17)
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To: Orange1998

Did he deny having dinner with Assad several years ago.


22 posted on 09/03/2013 1:39:31 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: tennmountainman

Yes...they are.

The whole matter is quite bizarre.


23 posted on 09/03/2013 1:39:38 PM PDT by EBH (Is Damascus on the Eve of Destruction? Isaiah 17)
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To: tennmountainman

“These idiots are about to start WW3.”

And they will lose it, too. Badly.


24 posted on 09/03/2013 1:39:59 PM PDT by henkster (If the Feds create an unlimited demand for bastard children, you get an unlimited supply of them.)
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To: Hotlanta Mike
Idiots. Strike, not strike. Regime change, no regime change. Boots on the ground, no boots on the ground.

No stated objective. No competence to be found.

25 posted on 09/03/2013 1:40:05 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Perdogg

Internal polling must be scaring them.


26 posted on 09/03/2013 1:40:28 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Perdogg

His teeth go clickety-clack you know,
He’ll waste your time of day
Bu JFK will never talk,
Unless he has nothing to say .....
Ohhhhhhhh


27 posted on 09/03/2013 1:41:59 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: henkster

I, too have a real bad feeling about this.


28 posted on 09/03/2013 1:45:04 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: Perdogg
Members of the committee, if any of you would like to question me in French, I am able and eager to respond as I am completely fluent in that language.

J. Francois Kerry

29 posted on 09/03/2013 1:45:23 PM PDT by JPG (Obama, Juan and Linda Do Syria.)
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To: Jane Long

No stated objective. No competence to be found.


Why would any self-respecting Congresscritter want to be associated with this mess...vote present!


30 posted on 09/03/2013 1:46:19 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Perdogg

i will vote for his wet-dream ground invasion...
provided he leads it


31 posted on 09/03/2013 1:46:25 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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To: Col Frank Slade

For it before he was against it again.


32 posted on 09/03/2013 1:48:25 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: tennmountainman

If you were on the committee I am sure it would be ask. :)


33 posted on 09/03/2013 1:48:29 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Perdogg

We’re going to auger in, in Syria.


34 posted on 09/03/2013 1:50:56 PM PDT by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: Orange1998

First question out of my big mouth! LOL.


35 posted on 09/03/2013 1:53:58 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“We have to occupy it to see what’s in it”- Lousy Pelousy


36 posted on 09/03/2013 1:55:07 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Perdogg

NO!
The entire country of Syria is not worth a single American life let alone Millions of dollars.

Screw them. They and their completely inferior clan vs clan culture will NEVER stop fighting each other.

Let them have their circular firing squad and hope the last one standing has a fatal bullet hole in him.


37 posted on 09/03/2013 1:57:52 PM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: Perdogg

Do

Not

Trust

Him or his titular boss


38 posted on 09/03/2013 1:58:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: TurboZamboni

We are seeing what would have happened if Kerry won the 04 election. He is in a much more visible position as SOS, and the results are starting to come in.


39 posted on 09/03/2013 1:58:45 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: BenLurkin
Do Not Trust Him or his titular boss

Mission creep is preplanned.


40 posted on 09/03/2013 2:01:35 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Perdogg

No surprises. He’d probably refuse to rule out nuking Dallas, then backtrack on that as well.


41 posted on 09/03/2013 2:04:56 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Sirius Lee
Mission creep...exactly.


42 posted on 09/03/2013 2:05:21 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: tennmountainman

Live Hearing is real interesting.

http://live.foxnews.com/#/2553193403001/


43 posted on 09/03/2013 2:06:00 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: tennmountainman

“God help us. These idiots are about to start WW3.”

Yup. They are. But let’s end the myth of them being stupid or idiotic. They aren’t. Evil is more like it.


44 posted on 09/03/2013 2:06:45 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Perdogg

Remember, Kerry was for Syria before he was against it. *GAH!*


45 posted on 09/03/2013 2:10:13 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I tried to login on my iPad. It was an Etch-A-Sketch. I don't own an iPad. Also, I'm out of wine.)
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To: Perdogg

Has Kerry cleared this with ValJar?


46 posted on 09/03/2013 2:17:32 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: RKBA Democrat

That is a true statement. What is the GOP going to say when this nonsense
goes badly wrong?


47 posted on 09/03/2013 2:25:30 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: Wurlitzer

Amen. Not counting the many innocent human shields that will be killed.


48 posted on 09/03/2013 2:27:01 PM PDT by tennmountainman (Stop Worrying And Just Learn To Love The Bomb!)
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To: Diogenesis

A sad reminder.... wow, I’m actually tearing up right now.


49 posted on 09/03/2013 2:44:02 PM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (A Realistically Really Real Housewife)
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To: Perdogg

Incompetence breeds incompetence.


50 posted on 09/03/2013 2:44:47 PM PDT by Amish with an attitude
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