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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: 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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To: Jack Hydrazine

islamidemocommucrat


61 posted on 09/08/2013 10:25:06 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Sen Jack S. Fogbound

It’s the rice in his brain. You knew he was horribly wounded in Vietnam, right?


62 posted on 09/08/2013 10:29:03 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

I hope that word gets added to Oxford dictionary soon!


63 posted on 09/08/2013 10:41:33 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: Tea Party Terrorist

Well lets see if I have this correct:

1 - Mac daddy blames the world

2 - Mac daddy blames congress

3 - Reich - blames kerry

4, 5, 6, 7, etc. blames to follow, which will not have any blame attached to mac daddy.


64 posted on 09/08/2013 12:04:27 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Obama is driving the bus, and getting Hitlery, Kerry, Hagel, Petraeus, et al, to go under the turning wheels. Thanks PJ-Comix.


65 posted on 09/08/2013 1:11:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: tet68

:-)


66 posted on 09/08/2013 1:36:59 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: grumpygresh

I think he has bumbled into this by sheer incompetence*, and now wants to twist the situation into political cover for allowing Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. Once Congress turns down this stupid adventure, Obama and Hillary! 2016 will say, “If only the Republicans hadn’t tied the President’s hands with Syria, for crass political purposes and because they are racists, none of this would have happened.”

*On the incompetence: How is it conceivable that the President felt Syrian use of WMD was so likely that he needed to make his “red line” statement, but was caught with no planned response for crossing that line many months later?


67 posted on 09/08/2013 2:01:23 PM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: ClearCase_guy

Must have been entertaining when he and upchuck schumer were in proximity of the same camera.


68 posted on 09/08/2013 2:09:09 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (No blood for Obama's Intemperate Linedrawing)
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To: LibLieSlayer

um, gin soaked raisins, methinks...


69 posted on 09/08/2013 7:25:53 PM PDT by bt_dooftlook (Democrats - the party of Amnesty, Abortion, and Adolescence)
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To: bt_dooftlook

I forgot where they lived... of course it has to be gin.


70 posted on 09/09/2013 1:11:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
John Kerry. Whichever way the wind blows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbdzMLk9wHQ (2004)

71 posted on 09/09/2013 1:28:42 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

Good times!


72 posted on 09/09/2013 3:54:44 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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