Fools Rush In – And Paint Red Lines


by Onan Coca

Is it just me or does the Obama administration’s rhetoric and actions on Syria seem like a badly thought out episode of the Keystone Cops? The dawn of each new day seems to offer new possibilities for President Obama and his cronies (especially Secretary of State John Kerry) to say or do something foolish. Reminds me of the great Elvis tune, Fools Rush In… only this administration has anything but love on its mind.

Last year it was President Obama painting red lines in Syria that he didn’t have the ability to back up. Last week it was President Obama saying he didn’t paint any red lines at all – we apparently misunderstood what it was the President was saying. Now, it’s John Kerry’s turn.

Secretary of State Kerry has been the chief proponent of war in Syria for the Obama administration. It has been Kerry’s job to “sell” the war to the American public and other nations around the world. I think it’s fair to say that Kerry may have bitten off more than he could chew with this assignment. It’s not entirely his fault; there really isn’t much reason for us to engage Syria militarily, so Kerry doesn’t have much of consequence to say.

The lack of good argument for war may have caused Secretary Kerry some trouble over the last few days because as he runs out of things to say, he seems to say some… “odd” things.

“Secretary of State John Kerry, who when asked earlier in the day what al-Assad could do to stop a U.S. strike, said that the Syrian leader “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 a full and total accounting for that.” (Emphasis mine)

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