John Kerry burped. Excuse him. That’s how he does foreign policy. Don a burping pad before asking him questions; you never know whether he will spit out war or peace.
Last Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference. CBS reporter Margaret Brennan asked Kerry how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could avoid a U.S. air strike on Syria.
MARGARET BRENNAN: “…is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack?”
SECRETARY KERRY: “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 a full and total accounting for that. But he isn’t about to do it, and it can’t be done, obviously.”
It was a burp. An off-the-cuff comment. Even Kerry’s body language indicated that he was throwing out what he felt was a starry-eyed option. Barely a week earlier, on August 30, the New York Times had posted the headline: “Kerry Becomes Chief Advocate for U.S. Attack.” At the end of August, Kerry began bullying Congress to approve Obama’s desire for a military strike in Syria, which Kerry promised would not be “war in the classic sense.” Now, in early September, he was throwing out an offer for peace.
War is war. There’s no such thing as a non-classic war unless you’re talking about tug-of-war. The fact is, before Kerry’s little burp about peace, Kerry and Obama were gung-ho to go to war for no reason other than to help Obama save face on his off-the-cuff “red line” he drew on Syria’s use of chemical weapons last summer:
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.”
We still do not have definitive evidence that President Assad authorized chemical attacks on his own people, reports the Washington Times. But when a few reports surfaced accusing Assad of doing so, Obama felt like he had to save face on his red line comment.
When Kerry burps, he burps loudly. Russia, Syria’s ally, heard Kerry burp all the way from Moscow.