Skip to comments.Robert Reich Blames Kerry for Syria Fiasco on his Facebook Page
Posted on 09/08/2013 6:56:54 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
The driving force behind the folly of bombing Syria is Secretary of State John Kerry. Im told Chuck Hegel has strong reservations, as do the Pentagons top generals. But Kerry has no reservations at all, and has convinced the President to stake much of his second-term presidency on it. Why? Its possible, of course, that Kerry honestly believes that a punitive military strike against Assad is necessary, and that the benefits of such a strike would outweigh the potential costs. But I suspect something else is going on. Kerry is an intelligent man, but he has a fatal flaw. He craves the limelight. He wants to be in the center of the action and attention. Over the years I heard again and again from his Senate colleagues that Kerry grandstanded and wanted all the credit, said things that would get him on the evening news, pushed too fast and too far in order to make his mark. Recently he seemed to be making progress getting the Israelis and Palestinians back to the table, but perhaps he sensed that the incipient talks would drag on forever, and needed a new cause.
Forty years ago John Kerry called for an end to the Vietnam War but in his public pronouncements this past week he has sounded eerily like Robert McNamara in that tragic time urging that America show resolve, that our credibility is at stake, that our enemies are watching, that we mustnt back down. These were not then, and they are not now, reasoned arguments; they are exhortations. Kerry is on the warpath. The President is ultimately responsible, of course, but I fear he is listening mainly to the loudest voice in the room. And that loud voice is channeling loud voices from America's past -- voices that have led us seriously awry.
How can he reach the keyboard?
Sounds like Kerry wants to go all Genghis Khan on Syria.
He’s just trying to cover for Obama by blaming it all on Kerry. It would be racist for him to think a black Prez would ever start a war against “brown people.”
I believe one nickname for the former MA Senator was “liveshot” because he gravitated to any camera in the area.
You see that git in Congress who told Bill Press that she does not want to go into Syria, but to save Obama the embarrassment of a failure with Congress will probably support it.
Why the long face Johnny ?
Hillary got all the easy regime overthrows it seems.
Argggg. First I notice I am starting to agree with Putin, and now I find myself in agreement with that old mini-commie Robert Reich. It is all very disturbing. I am sure if this goes South, which it will because there are so many ways for it to do so, Obama will leave Kerry twisting in the wind. “Not one American life and not one cent of American treasure.”
"Kerry is an intelligent man. . . ."
“But I suspect something else is going on.”
Kerry may also be heavily invested in munition/artillery stock. I understand they, munition/artillery businesses, are ‘chomping at the bit’ for a war.
This didn’t start in John Kerry’s brain. There’s a video here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjiBahVR6Do showing WH flunky McDonough promising that US aid to the Syrian rebels will expand. “Will expand.”
That gas attack in August was very convenient for obama. Though he’s probably going to skip the bombing and just send alQ more of our money. A “compromise” with Congress.
I that “liveshot” was Chuck-U Schumer.
Kerry is no longer ranting against America from the podium with Jane Fonda. He still may be a Left-wing POS but he has matured and sees the world a tad bit more realistically, even if he sees it from his yacht. Add this to the fact that he wants to be President in 2016 and you get the picture, Kerry vs. Hilliary.
Kerry is running for president again. Count on it.
Obama is more than a potted plant in this situation IMO. Look at this pattern: Mubarak, Ghadafi, and now Assad. Who benefits from Obama’s actions?
That was exactly what I thought while reading every word of the article, and pondering the reason it was written.
That, and that Kerry is being prepped for a trip Down Under (the Bus).
Obama’s mouth created this “credibility problem”, and now he is doubling down by saying we must attack Syria to send a signal to Iran. So, an attack on Syria is an attack on Iran by proxy? Heck of a job, Barkie.
Kerry was a communist then and is one now, unless obama has had him convert to islam.
Debatable at best....
Ever since this Syria business started, every cable news channel, and every other news outlet has been interviewing former military officers, former cabinet officials, retired congressmen, retired senators, and anyone else they can find to get their opinion on this issue. I find it very interesting that no one has interviewed Hillary, despite the fact that she was the Secretary of State throughout most of the Syrian civil war. If Hillary thought it would help her 2016 campaign, she would have her face in front of every camera she could find. Instead, she has been staying as far away from this issue as she can.