Secretary of State John “I was for it before I was against it” Kerry has thrown down the Syria gauntlet before his fellow Democrats.
Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats that the United States faced a “Munich moment” in deciding whether to respond to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.
In a 70-minute conference call on Monday afternoon, Kerry derided Syrian President Bashar Assad as a “two-bit dictator” who will “continue to act with impunity,” and he urged lawmakers to back President Barack Obama’s plan for “limited, narrow” strikes against the Assad regime, Democratic sources on the call said.
Here’s John Kerry dining with the “reformer” turned Hitler circa 2009.
John Kerry is not the most consistent anti-tyrant figure in American government. Iraq’s brutal invasion of Kuwait in 1990 prompted a “no” vote on war from the senator, who by the way served in Vietnam. By the time of that invasion, Saddam Hussein had already been accused of using chemical weapons against Iran and against his own people.
Assad is a bloody tyrant. He is not and never was a “reformer,” despite what Kerry and Hillary Clinton have said in the past. No serious person disputes this. What serious people do dispute is whether a military strike against one side in a civil war is in America’s interests at this point. It may be, it may not be. I come down against, but it is a serious debate worth taking seriously, and there are more down sides than up sides to striking or choosing not to strike. Serious people do question why, when both sides in that war are alleged to have used chemical weapons, the Obama administration is only focusing on the crimes of one side.
Syria presents an unserious administration with a serious debate. Not a “Munich moment.”