US secretary of state John Kerry has given an ultimatum to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to avoid a military strike by turning over his entire chemical weapons arsenal to the international community within the next week. At a joint press conference with UK foreign secretary William Hague, Kerry said that America was not going to war but would launch an "unbelievably small and limited effort" to punish the Assad regime for the 21 August chemical weapons attack in Ghouta and to deter it from doing it again. "If you want to send Assad a congratulatory message, you would support non-intervention,"
Another American red line to be mocked and then ignored by Syria and the world. I can see it all now, in a few weeks Obama will be saying: "I´m not the one that made that demand, it was Sect. Kerry and America that made that demand...."
What? The President says he will consult Congress. Then the SOS issues an ultimatum with a deadline that may not fit the date of Congressional action. What does the SOS or President do if Congress, like the President, delays its decision? Ask Assad for an extension of time? Go ahead with a strike while Congress is still deliberating?
Is this ultimatum coming from the SOS or the President? If the latter, how does this fit with the pending consultation with Congress?
It would be interesting if Assad were to respond by saying to Kerry: "Syria will turn in all its chemical weapons if the U.S. also turns in all its nuclear weapons (nuclear weapons are also weapons of mass destruction, aren´t they?)"
In his effort to turn another country over to his handlers (Muslim Brotherhood), Ozero has painted himself into a corner. He called for help from Sec. of State John Kerry and Congress (mainly old white men). That has not solved his problem, so he is adolescently offering an out(turn over those chemical weapons)to save face. I wonder if all this has weakened his determination to give so much decision-making to the six (at least) Islamist czars in his employ (paid by tax-payers of course)... perhaps another vacation...
Wow the DC communists are determined to use the tried/trued Bush template from 2003. Having no shame, they don´t care if the comparisons are made, hypocrisy understood. If they don´t get their way, they will probably sue, um, someone, saying it isn´t fair b/c it worked for Mr Bush. lol. Assad should send Kerry and Obama Omaha Steaks-sized box of bug bombs and bug spray to mock him. We all know that Kerry and Obama want regime change so why make this worthless offer? Ooh it just sounds so good. ha ha.
You idiot, Kerry. We´re supposed to have at least 17 UN resolutions against Syria and Congressional authorization, ultimately, before we start giving the ultimata. And what evidence do we have to suggest that the Great Reformer possesses (or is even seeking) chemical weapons?
Does he seriously think Assad is going to just hand them over? Or is Kerry´s threat a signal that Obama has decided to strike no matter what the American people want?
Since there is no chance Assad will give up weapons he says he doesn´t have, it seems our Administration has two choices:
1. Strike and blow some stuff up, then leave and go play golf.
2. Strike and take out Assad and all who associate with him, plus the WMDs.
3. Do nothing but bluster.
Because POTUS has a pattern of doing exactly what the American people don´t want, it is clear he has no problems with striking Syria despite what we want, even if Congress won´t approve the action. (He wants Congress on board for when Syrian involvement goes bad).
That brings up the question: If the great majority of Americans don´t want this strike and if we elected representatives who won´t honor those desires, what good are our Representatives? Doesn´t this mean that Obama is his own branch of government beholden to no one?
OMG. I can´t believe the level of ineptitude that is going on in DC. Are there not any grown-ups there? I guess the really stupid ones are the ones that get covered by the press. The smart ones keep their mouths shut.
Kerry has a special relationship with Assad after all those dinners together. Perhaps he hopes Assad will get him off the hook by turning over the Chemical stockpiles including the ones he got from Saddam. It will not happen but it would be a great irony if Obama vindicated Bush for his rational for the second gulf war! He has already vindicated Bush in a way by using a similar rational for Syria!
From my recent reading, just blowing up gas cannisters can actually make the situation worse.
So like the idiots they are, Obama and Kerry will wind up doing that, by gassing the Syrians when they blow up the stockpiles. These 2 are making Laurel and Hardy look like Einsteins. I would not blame Putin is he were found to be rolling on the floor in tears while LHAO.
It´s the old moving target trick. Say something stupid one day with a long face, and when people get riled about that hair brained comment, you shift the conversation to another stupid point and create more straw men. Jon Carry does that, not even knowing he is doing it. I mean he isn´t exactly the smartest person in any room.
I think inside that damaged head he dreams or thinks he´s President and he can threaten anybody he feels isn´t paying any attention to his ramblings. I think Theresa should rein him in. Money isn´t going to do her any good when she´s surrounded by nuclear waste.
At least the Democrats of old were just crooks and drunks . Now you could add the term insane Marxist traitors.
The Coalition of the Liver Spots ( Kerry, Hagel andMcCain ) cannot make any kind of coherent and logical case for the Oval Office maniac just itching to start a Mideast conflagration. Kerry´s announcement that the military action would be " unbelievably small " is jaw dropping. Barry has 5 destroyers , hundreds of Marines , hundreds of sailors and the nuclear powered USS Nimitz repositioned in the Med for an " unbelievably small " attack ??? The Pentagon that is already very concerned about this looming disaster , must be apoplectic about Field Marshal Kerry running around drawing his own red lines and then giving away Barry´s plan for a tiny strike. And if the chemical attack was so horrific , why just an itty bitty response ? Maybe I misunderstood Barry. I thought he misused the phrase " shot across the bow ". Apparently, he must have said the US would shoot a bow and arrow into Syria . God help us all , especially our military .
Assad saw what happened to Ghaddaffi in Libya after he turned his WMD over to the USA. He won´t do that, but may go along with some Russian contrived bait and switch operation where the chemical ordinance stays in Syria under some sort of Russian control.
I guess Kerry is looking for a second job. A really funny stand up comedian. He draws another line...a yellow line and I bet the Syrian govt. is just shaking and quaking. Within one week...? Excuse me. I´m choking on my cup of herbal tea.
Assad should be charged with crimes against humanity, taken into custody, put on trial in Nuremberg like a Nazi, and then hung. (Or Seal Team-6 can handle it their way.) Now that would set an example for sicko rulers all over the world.
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