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John Kerry was for bombing Syria before he was against it. It was just about a year ago that the Secretary of State said that history would judge us all “extraordinarily harshly” if something (i.e., a military strike) wasn’t done about the Assad regime gassing its own citizens to death.

“Now, we know that after a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am, too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. And history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency,” — (John Kerry, Aug. 20, 2013).

Today? Well, Chlorine is bad but it’s not really that bad. And, well, we don’t really want to be “pinned down” with actually having to do anything with the 150,000 dead bodies (and counting) in Syria. So maybe someone else will figure it out. Someday.

Here’s what the guy who voted for war spending in Iraq and Afghanistan before voting against it said in London May 15:

“With respect to the [chemical weapons] and what the consequences are, it has been made clear by President Obama and others that use would result in consequences. We’re not going to pin ourselves down to a precise time, date, manner of action, but there will be consequences if it were to be proven, including, I might say, things that are way beyond our control and have nothing to do with us. But the International Criminal Court and others are free to hold him accountable. And as you know, we have a resolution that will be in front of the United Nations with respect to culpability for crimes against humanity, atrocities in the course of this conflict. So one way or the other, there will be accountability,” (John Kerry, May 15, 2014).

As radio host Chris Plante said: Chlorine takes the “red” out of red lines!

Kerry Football

Why is it okay to murder your own citizens with bullets, bombs and Chlorine gas, but it’s not okay to do so with VX nerve agent? Why did the U.S. bomb the hell out of Libya for “humanitarian” purposes, but then does nothing in Syria?

Politicians like John Kerry make the world a more dangerous place because they perpetually engage in doublespeak. They take every side on an issue, act on what is politically expedient and then (if they have the right letter next to their name) count on the media to throw all the contradictory statements down the Memory Hole.

What makes matters worse is that dictators like Bashar al Assad and former KGB agents like Vladimir Putin know that men like John Kerry are generally unprincipled buffoons, so they act in ways they otherwise wouldn’t; they know they can get away with it (e.g., the annexation of Crimea).

When John Kerry says things like Bashar al Assad gassing his own people was the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” the world’s worst actors just laugh because they know that all they have to do is feign interest in a “deal” of some kind to get men  like John Kerry to blubber themselves into a new position.

It isn’t often that dictators around the world get to do whatever the heck they want and know that they can do so, for all intents and purposes, with impunity. Before President Obama leaves office, expect a few more surprises from the usual cast of international thugs and lowlifes because they will want to push the envelope as far as possible before the 2016 presidential election.

Place yourself in the shoes of Nicholas Maduro, Bashar al Assad, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping or Kim Jong-un. What would you do? Answer that question and then ask yourself another: How has “leading from behind” worked for the United States since 2008?

 

 

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

3 comments

  1. Leading from behind gets compounded when “redline” statements are made as if leading from the front; obviously everyone was looking to see what we would do- which turned out to be nothing. To be fair, Kerry in his current position is beholden to Obama’s decisions, but he would probably be better off not making any statements; the “we aren’t going to pin ourselves down” sounds silly when they told the world there is a red line.

    Unfortunately there are thugs/groups out there that don’t play by the rules for the world this administration seems to envision; great in a hypothetical classroom exercise, but not reality. Doublespeak, hash tags, and phoney red lines won’t work; at some point one must step up to plate and deliver……or actually catch the football! 🙂

    1. The thing with Kerry is that his trade as a diplomat is using the right words — and he’s really bad at it. If you voted against him in 2004 you can look at his time as Secretary of State and say: “Whew! Thank goodness we dodged that bullet.”

      Unfortunately there are thugs/groups out there that don’t play by the rules for the world this administration seems to envision; great in a hypothetical classroom exercise, but not reality.

      Exactly.

  2. Not to mention the obvious double standard of atrocities committed under color of law against our own people right here at home on a daily basis. Far too often there are stories of countless people brutalized by officers day after day with nobody held accountable because it was supposedly justified use of force. Why should dictators care what the noble and mighty US thinks about how those rulers treat their people, when the US brutalizes their own with no consequence on a daily basis? Is there some magic daily number of people harmed or killed before it becomes an international incident?

    I believe the reason is because there is only action for atrocity when is suits the interests of those who are wielding the power. The rulers of other nations must think very highly of us, and I’m sure they lose sleep every night wondering what we think of them…

    This is not to push the conversation in the wrong direction, but it’s definitely something to consider.

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