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Rick Moran


March 2, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Thank God for John Kerry. Our snobby, elitist secretary of State offered this bit of wisdom to an audience of German students a few days ago:

“As a country, as a society, we live and breathe the idea of religious freedom and religious tolerance, whatever the religion, and political freedom and political tolerance, whatever the point of view,” Kerry told the students in Berlin, the second stop on his inaugural trip as secretary of state.

“People have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade even though it’s the most provocative thing in the world and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another,” he added.

“The reason is, that’s freedom, freedom of speech. In America you have a right to be stupid – if you want to be,” he said, prompting laughter. “And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be.

A ringing defense of liberty, tolerance, and free speech, don’t you think?

That “right to be stupid” extends to the secretary of State, the president, and any actions they take that make America’s position weaker in the region:

Case in point: Food and medical aid to the Syrian rebels. Not surprisingly, the reaction from the rebels was less than overwhelming gratitude:

Rebels took little solace from Washington’s latest promises, or from reports that, according to U.S. and European officials, the U.K. is expected to agree to provide combat gear, including body armor, night-vision equipment and military-transport vehicles.

“The way I see it is that this is all nonsense and lies to people who are dying. Anyway, the final word will go to the revolutionaries on the ground,” said an activist inside Syria.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.A.E. already provide light weapons, delivered mostly across the Turkish and Jordanian borders. France and the U.K. fund local civilian activist and aid councils directly, and, like the U.S., provide communications and satellite equipment, and train Syrian activists on them.

“Nothing has changed, the U.S. position of no arming is crystal clear,” said Mohammad Sarmini, a spokesman for the Syrian National Council, the opposition coalition’s largest faction, which boycotted the Rome conference at what it said was insufficient Western support for the rebels.

“This has become embarrassing and degrading,” Mr. Sarmini said. “The regime’s escalation has rendered even our unmet pleas foolish. We used to beg for antiaircraft missiles. What do you ask for to counter Scuds?”

It would, of course, have been better to give nothing, to maintain the status quo. This way, we actually look weaker while generating zero gratitude on the part of the rebels.

The president’s decision not to arm the rebels is rational and sound. The chances are very good that any arms we give them will only be used against pro-western factions after Assad is overthrown. Why insult them by handing out a few scraps of food and a some pills?

Meanwhile, our erstwhile allies in Iraq have taken a hand in the civil war, firing at Free Syrian Army positions inside Syria.

For the first time, Iraqi forces opened fire on Syria shelling the positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) days after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that a victory of the Syrian opposition would spread chaos in the region.

Al Arabiya correspondent near the Syrian-Iraqi border reported that Iraqi snipers took up positions on buildings near the Rebiya crossing while others forces shelled the positions of the Free Syrian Army.

The correspondent said that large reinforcements were being deployed by the Maliki government in Baghdad near the Syrian borders.

On Wednesday, Maliki warned if victory by Syrian rebels will spark sectarian wars in his own country and in Lebanon and will create a new haven for al-Qaeda that would destabilize the region.

Maliki fears a post-Assad massacre of Shias and Alawites, which would enrage the Shia majority in Iraq and might arouse Hezbollah in Lebanon. While this is more evidence that Obama and the west are doing the right thing in denying the Syrian rebels sophisticated arms to aid Sunnis elsewhere in the region, the pittance with which we are supplying the rebels only breeds contempt for the U.S. among the very people inside Syria who we want ascendancy in a post-Assad political environment.

If we’re not going “all in,” we shouldn’t be going at all.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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Reid, Pelosi AND Watters have been abusing this right for years before Obama!
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In the case of the commander in Chief, is more an inevitability than a right. For John "Ketchup" Kerry, is like breathing...
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"ACTING STUPIDLY" is what the Obama Regime is all about. They display and perform it with passion and pride.
It shall be their legacy.
2 years ago
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It's best if we "Ameddicans" stand aside, do the coat holding for a change, and let the French and Brits handle this according to their Sykes-Picot Agreement....lo...all those many years ago.

Why, oh, why are we Americans expected to continually reap what others have sown so cavalierly during colonialism's heyday in West/Central Asia?

We Americans have spent enough before, during and after the Saddam era with Kuwait et al thrown into the mix.

Any medicines or "aid" of any sort contributed by Americans (....other nations of course are free to contribute instead of America....)will merely end up on the Black Market.

Arms of any sort of course to the "rebels" win in turn only be used against us's only a matter of time.

How much more time is needed for it to be universally understood that the best course is to permit these butchering Muslims to continue butchering each other with their accustomed wild abandon.

Why should we Americans interfere with this intramural Muslim cleansing?
2 years ago
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Finally our enemies are killing each other with gusto! But count on this disaster of an administration to screw things up. And look bad doing it.
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Why should we go in at all? Both sides wish us ill in the end. Let them kill each other. You never know, Iran may nuke some Sunnis giving Israel a free hand to incinerate the Islamic Republic.

If you are advocating US intervention on the side of the Sunnis you have learned nothing from Libyan intervention.
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If your goal is to be the Caliph of America this policy is low down treasonous, deceitful, cunning, and tricky-not stupid.
2 years ago
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The lack of such killing during the Egyptian revolution suggests a homogeneous population there. The mass killing in Syria suggests that, much like Tito after the end of the old Yugoslavia, Syria will become Balkanized regionally, religiously and ethnically. It's going to be a mess.

No way this comes together is some kind of representative by vote parliamentary rule. At best you'll have a form of Confessional gov't like Lebanon, which amounts to a permanent uneasy truce by factions that don't trust one another.

At worst, if Assad falls, the civil war will continue on as groups fight for scraps of power-financial franchises, to hold Syria together, or regional sovereignty.
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