Monday, September 09, 2013

President John Kerry thunders about Syria

US President John Kerry, in London today, declared today that Syrian President Bashir al-Assad could stop war on Syria by turning over chemical weapons (which may or may not exist).  Reuters quotes the US President stating, "Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week -- turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it) but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done."

What's that?  Kerry isn't president?

No, he's not and he needs to calm down.

Supposedly, there are concerns that Barack will look weak if he doesn't attack Syria.  You know what makes Barack look weak?  The little princess standing on the sidelines while Kerry thunders and travels the world acting like he's president.  It's ridiculous and makes Barack look like a wimp.

As noted on the latest Moyers & Company (which began airing on PBS stations around the country Friday and which is video and transcript), guest host Phil Donahue spoke with military historian Andrew Bacevich:

PHIL DONAHUE: Well, I'm pleased to have this chance to chat with you for a lot of reasons. One, I don’t know who else has more cred than you.  What would a 23-year graduate of West Point offer us now regarding the dilemma in which Obama finds himself, regarding Syria?

ANDREW BACEVICH:  You know, I have to say, I'm just struck by the fact that Secretary of State Kerry has become the leading proponent for war. It's our secretary of state's job apparently--

PHIL DONAHUE: He threw his medal-- he threw his medals back.

ANDREW BACEVICH: Well, that's why it's doubly ironic. 'Cause the Secretary of State is the war promoter. And that our secretary of state happens to be a guy who came into politics basically advertising himself as the guy who because of his--

PHIL DONAHUE: Understands war?

ANDREW BACEVICH: --Vietnam experiences, understands war, understands the lessons of Vietnam, and is therefore going to prevent us from doing dumb things. On the contrary, he's the lead cheerleader to go through another dumb thing.

Exactly.  At what point does Kerry sit his little ass down, let Barack be president and let Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel do his job?

Not since Alexander Haig's attempt to seize control following the assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan have we seen a Secretary of State so desperate to take control.

Whatever happens -- whether Barack attacks Syria or not, the White House better grasp that Barack's image on the world stage is being damaged by Kerry's statements and actions.  When Kerry thunders and boasts, Barack looks weak.  That people like Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger could grasp that regarding Haig and took action (Weinberg deliberately undercut Haig with the press to make him look a fool after Haig announced to the press that he was in charge) while nothing is done in Barack's administration is outrageous.  Even with Reagan in the hospital, having just been shot, with the Cabinet unaware of the outcome -- the medical outcome -- they were able to 'right the ship' when Haig's ridiculous actions and comments were endangering the Reagan presidency.  But today?  They're fine and dandy letting the world see John Kerry apparently in command of the US military and the US government.

He really should have been told to sit his ass down by now.

Instead, he's in London insulting the protesters there who shouted, "Keep your hands off Syria!" at him, insisting that "keep your hands off chemical weapons that kill your own people" should have been shouted instead.

Oh, is that the standard, John?

Not keep your hands off chemical weapons but instead keep your hands off chemical weapons that kill your own people?

The faux outrage, the pretense of morals, slips here and slips there and before you know it, we're confronted with John's naked ass and that's nothing to get excited about.  

"Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week -- turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting (of it) but he isn't about to do it and it can't be done."

The remarks are awful but let's pretend they had to be made.  If they had to be made, they needed to come from the president.

We all get it.  Princess Barack's little feelings are hurt and he's stomping his feet.  He hasn't been this embarrassed since step-daddy caught him prancing around in Mommy's heels.  He was pretending then and, yet again in his life, Barack's feeling like a pretender.  Well too damn bad.  No one with a brain pushed him to run.  (Harry Reid has no brain.)  He chose to run.  Not only did he lack the experience needed for the job, he also brought baggage that most people are unaware of.  That baggage has crippled his presidency.  That baggage is now making him look like a joke.

He needs to start acting like a president or he needs to resign.

John Kerry needs to be reigned in, his statements on what the US will do or could do on Syria stopped.  Hagel needs to step up on military issues and Baby Barack needs to at least give the impression that he's in charge.

Then again don't.  Just let all of us laugh at the weak ass who wanted the year book credit by his name but never wanted to do any actual work.

Paul Steinhauser and John Helton (CNN) report, "The CNN/ORC International poll released Monday shows that even though eight in 10 Americans believe that the Bashar al-Assad regime gassed its own people, a strong majority doesn't want Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a military strike against the regime.  More than seven in 10 say such a strike would not achieve significant goals for the U.S. and a similar amount say it's not in the national interest for the U.S. to get involved in Syria's bloody two-year long civil war."  The American people don't want war.

If Barack does, he should have the guts to make the case and stop letting others run out ahead of him and act like they're in charge.

Refusing to launch a military strike on Syria will not make Barack Obama look weak.  It can be sold as "crisis averted" a la the Cuban missile crisis which remains a sign of strength and intellect for JFK.  But allowing John Kerry to deliver news to the world, to deliver ultimatums?  That makes Barack look weak.  Kerry's flights of fancy need to be grounded immediately.

Bonnie reminds that Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Defending Miss Barack's Honor." On this week's Law and Disorder Radio,  an hour long program that airs Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. EST on WBAI and around the country throughout the week, hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights) topics addressed include a discussion on the drive for war on Syria (guest: Professor Rashid Khalidi), a discussion of Heidi Boghosian's new book Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Relations, the 50th anniversary of the coup in Chile and more.  Also, tonight on The Charlie Rose Show (PBS), Charlie's interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad airs.  This has been teased (with clips) on CBS News since yesterday morning; however, despite claims made by some outlets, the interview will air on Charlie's PBS show (tonight) not on CBS -- CBS has just and will just air clips of it.

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