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Robert Reich Blames Kerry for Syria Fiasco on his Facebook Page
Facebook ^ | September 7, 2013 | Robert Reich

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. I’m told Chuck Hegel has strong reservations, as do the Pentagon’s 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? It’s 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 mustn’t “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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; Russia; US: Massachusetts; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: clinton; johnkerry; lurch; massachusetts; robertreich; syria; whereishillary
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So what does this make Obama? A potted plant? Methinks the Clintons are trying to extricate themselves from this fiasco by putting all the blame on Kerry. Too late. Hillary Clinton has already come out in SUPPORT of the resolution to attack Syria.
1 posted on 09/08/2013 6:56:54 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

How can he reach the keyboard?


2 posted on 09/08/2013 6:58:13 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Sounds like Kerry wants to go all Genghis Khan on Syria.


3 posted on 09/08/2013 6:58:37 AM PDT by mware
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To: PJ-Comix

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.”


4 posted on 09/08/2013 6:58:47 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: PJ-Comix

I believe one nickname for the former MA Senator was “liveshot” because he gravitated to any camera in the area.


5 posted on 09/08/2013 6:59:46 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

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.


6 posted on 09/08/2013 7:01:08 AM PDT by mware
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To: PJ-Comix
Hillary will always have Libya, the Arab Spring.. ah, those were the days to be SoS..

Why the long face Johnny ?

Hillary got all the easy regime overthrows it seems.

7 posted on 09/08/2013 7:06:42 AM PDT by csvset
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To: PJ-Comix

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.”


8 posted on 09/08/2013 7:07:40 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: PJ-Comix
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"Kerry is an intelligent man. . . ."

9 posted on 09/08/2013 7:08:55 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: PJ-Comix

“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.


10 posted on 09/08/2013 7:09:11 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


11 posted on 09/08/2013 7:09:36 AM PDT by HomeAtLast
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To: ClearCase_guy

I that “liveshot” was Chuck-U Schumer.


12 posted on 09/08/2013 7:09:47 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

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.


13 posted on 09/08/2013 7:10:28 AM PDT by Netz
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To: PghBaldy

LOL!


14 posted on 09/08/2013 7:13:03 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Kerry is running for president again. Count on it.


15 posted on 09/08/2013 7:14:07 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: PJ-Comix

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?


16 posted on 09/08/2013 7:14:14 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


17 posted on 09/08/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: PJ-Comix

Kerry was a communist then and is one now, unless obama has had him convert to islam.


18 posted on 09/08/2013 7:15:08 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: PJ-Comix
Kerry is an intelligent man, but he has a fatal flaw.

Debatable at best....

19 posted on 09/08/2013 7:15:45 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: csvset
Hillary got all the easy regime overthrows it seems.

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.

20 posted on 09/08/2013 7:15:53 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: WashingtonSource

I’m sure Schumer is just as bad and may have the same exact nickname. Here’s a thread about Kerry:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1730006/posts


21 posted on 09/08/2013 7:17:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: mware

Saving the reputation of dear leader is far more important than risking a world war.


22 posted on 09/08/2013 7:17:13 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: PJ-Comix

23 posted on 09/08/2013 7:17:44 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: PJ-Comix

The Left has turned deflection of blame into an art form. Whereas they blamed Bush for everything from AIDS to hemmorhoids, they rush to coddle Obuttwipe as if he’s a bullied child, even to the point of American lives at stake. It’s astonishing.


24 posted on 09/08/2013 7:19:27 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: GreenHornet

Hillary issued a statement in support of Obama via an unnamed spokesperson. Maybe later she will TRY to deny that she supported Obama but why does she current allow her support (via anonymous spokesperson) to stand?


25 posted on 09/08/2013 7:22:01 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Kerry is an intelligent man

Assumes facts not in evidence.

26 posted on 09/08/2013 7:22:27 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: dead
between the chin-chop and all the botox, he looks like a completely different cadaver...
27 posted on 09/08/2013 7:24:19 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist
He’s just trying to cover for Obama by blaming it all on Kerry.

I must go check out this article on DU..the O worshippers are surely blaming Kerry for this..

In truth, some of them must be paid by Obama as they are blaming Bush and the Republicans.

28 posted on 09/08/2013 7:26:03 AM PDT by sockmonkey (Of Course I didn't read the article. After all, this is FreeRepublic..)
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To: PJ-Comix
Hillary issued a statement in support of Obama via an unnamed spokesperson. Maybe later she will TRY to deny that she supported Obama but why does she current allow her support (via anonymous spokesperson) to stand?

I admit I haven't seen Hillary's statement, but I'm willing to bet it's a very generic, very tame expression of support for Obama, one that will leave her with sufficient wiggle room if things go bad.

29 posted on 09/08/2013 7:26:42 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: ClearCase_guy
Kerry always speaks with one volume...TOO LOUD.

TERAYZAH, BRING ME ANOTHER GIN AND TONIC!

30 posted on 09/08/2013 7:26:49 AM PDT by JPG (Obama, Juan and Linda Do Syria.)
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Hillary Clinton backs Obama’s call for action against Syria:

“Clinton supports the president’s effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime’s horrific use of chemical weapons,” the adviser said in a statement.

31 posted on 09/08/2013 7:33:41 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: mware

She had to throw that in real fast to keep up her street cred...or “Keepin’ it Real”... We all know what that is code word for....Race trumps Jesus.


32 posted on 09/08/2013 7:34:30 AM PDT by chasio649
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To: PghBaldy

lol..good stuff.


33 posted on 09/08/2013 7:35:10 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Chode
"between the chin-chop and all the botox, he looks like a completely different cadaver..."

I was thinking Botox and fillers, too. But, I'm wondering if he has been on steroids since the face will usually blow up like his has.

But, I'm really in the Botox and fillers crowd for now.

What I don't understand, though, is why he didn't get his nose shaped a bit...and enough lip fillers to look like a duck (think Lisa Rinna/Meg Ryan)!

Kerry's face is a mess. It looks like a Halloween mask.

34 posted on 09/08/2013 7:36:14 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: JPG
"Kerry always speaks with one volume...TOO LOUD.

TERAYZAH, BRING ME ANOTHER GIN AND TONIC!

*snicker*

35 posted on 09/08/2013 7:38:22 AM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: hummingbird
booo...

36 posted on 09/08/2013 7:38:41 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: La Lydia
re: agreeing with Putin and Reich

For me, agreeing with Reich is more disturbing than agreeing with Putin. Reich is a pompous little twit; Putin is a man of accomplishments. I figure whenever the far left and the far right agree on something, the "middle" must have really messed things up.

Obama will leave Kerry twisting in the wind

Everybody seems to be missing this aspect. Obama didn't want Kerry as SoS....he was forced on him after the Susan Rice rejection. It's Kerry who has put himself in a lose/lose situation. If it passes, the inevitable escalation will be blamed on him. If it fails, Obama can lose confidence in Kerry and be rid of him. It's almost Shakesperean how ego has gotten in the way of intellect with Kerry on this one.

Another line of reasoning: Why would the traditional dems want Obama to succeed? They need to put Obama's people back on the plantation and retake the Democratic Party from them. Obama has done so much that is not in their interests or agenda and the mainstream dems risk losing their party, just as us conservatives have lost the Republican Party to the RINOs. Just a thought.

37 posted on 09/08/2013 7:39:16 AM PDT by grania
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To: hummingbird

Gotta wonder if an angry Kerry will try to drag Hillary down with him by declaring she fully supports the resolution on Syria.


38 posted on 09/08/2013 7:39:26 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

It is likely that Obama, Kerry and Clinton will ultimately win big. After Congress blocks military action, Assad will ramp up use of chemical weapons until it becomes intolerable to the Europeans who will then come frantically to Obama’s side. There is a certain fermentation time for this to happen. Just like in Kosovo...


39 posted on 09/08/2013 7:40:07 AM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: PJ-Comix

“Kerry is an intelligent man”

Hell, he couldn’t find his butt with both hands if a five-foot pole was jammed in it!


40 posted on 09/08/2013 7:48:38 AM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (what does it prove if we get involved in it?)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

oh please let it be so

and let the mess he gets us into in Syria be part of his campaign

but heyyyy, what about “the sheriff?”
That really smart foreign policy experienced guy who supposed to balance inexperienced barry- Joe thinks he is owed the presidency next and has just been “Biden” his time


41 posted on 09/08/2013 7:52:18 AM PDT by silverleaf (Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.)
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To: Netz

speaking of Jane- has she come out yet in support of bombing Syria? Is she gonna go over and pose with the “rebels” beheading some Christians or something?


42 posted on 09/08/2013 7:53:51 AM PDT by silverleaf (Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.)
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To: GreenHornet

Hillary be MIA

but then she DID rent a summer beach house in the Hamptons for $200,000 a month

so let her finish her hard earned vacation, you sexists!


43 posted on 09/08/2013 7:55:31 AM PDT by silverleaf (Going to war without the French is like going hunting without an accordion.)
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To: mware
Sounds like Kerry wants to go all Genghis Khan on Syria.


44 posted on 09/08/2013 7:56:42 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (The)
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To: Chewbarkah

Now that things aren’t working out too well for the POS, a fall guy must be found, and Kerry is the man.
But, the larger point as to exactly what is driving this road to war is not clear. Are there other insane people behind the curtain (banksters, internationalists) controlling 0bama’s every move? Or is it really just 0bama and his obsessive hate of America, nurtured by an upbringing of communist, atheistic and anti-American propaganda?


45 posted on 09/08/2013 8:02:52 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: Chad_the_Impaler
After Congress blocks military action, Assad will ramp up use of chemical weapons until it becomes intolerable to the Europeans who will then come frantically to Obama’s side. There is a certain fermentation time for this to happen. Just like in Kosovo...

I think you will turn out to be right.
46 posted on 09/08/2013 8:08:25 AM PDT by kenavi (Debunk THIS!)
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To: PJ-Comix
"Kerry is an intelligent man"

I stopped reading right there.

47 posted on 09/08/2013 8:21:39 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: PJ-Comix

putin and reichhhhhhhhhh... all of the hard core commies are turning against the gay one.

LLS


48 posted on 09/08/2013 8:23:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

GOOD! We need the comic relief in America.


49 posted on 09/08/2013 8:24:41 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: BarnacleCenturion

I meant to include this. Remembering back it was just hilarious when lurch asked, “Can I get me a hunt’n license in here”.... or when he had aids releasing birds in the brush so kerry could shoot them... or when he “was before it before he was against it”... and his para-sailing and Thurston Howell III lifestyle... and a wife drunk on rum soaked raisins... the Swifties... (including 19 Medal of Honor recipients) wrote a book detailing the service of a liar, cheater and coward. Good times!


50 posted on 09/08/2013 8:30:25 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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