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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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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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To: PJ-Comix

Who among us gives a $#!T what Robert Reiiiiiiiii...cha thinks!!!


51 posted on 09/08/2013 8:38:41 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: dead

LOL!


52 posted on 09/08/2013 8:45:16 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: ontap
Who among us gives a $#!T what Robert Reiiiiiiiii...cha thinks!!!

They say men of his statue are in "short" supply.

There are those who think "little" of him.

53 posted on 09/08/2013 8:47:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: PJ-Comix
“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.

So, Hllary is not actually saying that she supports a military strike against Syria. All she's really saying here is that she supports Obama's decision to kick this over to congress for authorization. Again, her statement leaves plenty of wiggle room for her if this goes bad.

54 posted on 09/08/2013 8:52:04 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: PJ-Comix

I don’t quite get bombing Syria to a message to Iran.
Why not just bomb Iran?
But then, I’m not an intelligent man like Kerry.


55 posted on 09/08/2013 9:00:51 AM PDT by Palio di Siena
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To: Rummyfan
Kerry is an intelligent man, but he has a fatal flaw.

Kerry's fatal flaw is his intelligence.

56 posted on 09/08/2013 9:02:41 AM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Producing Talk Show Prep since 1998.)
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To: HomeAtLast

General Wesley Clark – US Planned Invasion of Seven Countries Back In 2001
http://www.libertariannews.org/2011/10/25/general-wesley-clark-us-planned-invasion-of-seven-countries-back-in-2001/

Iraq – Check

Libya – Check

Somalia – Check

Lebanon – Check (see assassination of Rafic Hariri and the Cedar Revolution)

Sudan – Check (Southern Sudan became a sovereign State on 9 July 2011)

Syria – Currently in progress

Iran – The saber rattling and war propaganda has reached a fever pitch.


57 posted on 09/08/2013 9:06:18 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: onedoug

So what is Kerry now?


58 posted on 09/08/2013 9:06:52 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Dear King Obama,
When even your pet dwarf is against you...


59 posted on 09/08/2013 9:07:00 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: grumpygresh

The people behind the curtain are the Sunni Saudis and Qataris, controlling O’s every move.


60 posted on 09/08/2013 9:09:12 AM PDT by expat2
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