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August 20, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry offered remarks in reaction to the Islamic State’s murder of American journalist James Foley today. The State Department tweeted the highlights.

For the record, yes, IS/ISIS/ISIL should be crushed. Tellingly, neither Kerry nor President Obama has offered a plan and they are not gathering a coalition of the willing to get the job done. Obama went back to golf this afternoon.

Crushing IS would be right. But it’s not a proportional response to the murder of one American.

Hamas routinely kidnaps Israeli citizens, murders them and leaves their bodies by the side of the road. Hamas launches rockets into Israel with the purpose of killing Israelis and creating the feeling of dread and terror among them.

The international community, of which Kerry and Obama are members in good standing, always calls on Israel to respond “proportionally” to Hamas terrorism and rocket attacks.

Responding proportionally to terrorism is…what, exactly? So far, it’s destroying tunnels and perhaps airstriking a few terrorist leaders, but the group itself is left intact enough to come back and wage terror war another day. It’s not effective in getting rid of the problem of terrorism.

In fact, if we take “proportional’ literally, Israel should respond to Hamas by kidnapping innocent Palestinians and by launching random bombs on houses, schools and hospitals in Gaza. But that’s not what the “international community” means.

No one in the “international community” is calling on the United States to respond to IS beheading an American “proportionally.” At least not yet.

Why not? Hm.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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Why is our Secretary of State tweeting macho boasts and threats? Does he think the hooded Islamic decapitator is a new WWF villain? Does he plan to "crush" him by himself or will he tag-team with Haystacks Calhoun?
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Hey. Let's not get personal guys. We have no documented evidence that John Kerry has a pinprick.

But we can speculate.
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Proportional? About 5000 of these animals turned into crispy critters would be a good "start." You want to get their attention? Send them a real "message" already.... A "tweet?" C'mon.
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The writer says,"Hamas routinely kidnaps Israeli citizens, murders them and leaves their bodies by the side of the road. Hamas launches rockets into Israel with the purpose of killing Israelis and creating the feeling of dread and terror among them."

Actually we are lucky when the leave the murdered bodies by the side of the road, rather than stealing them for untold number of months for a huge ransom. of 100s of imprisoned terrorists.
Remember, our Compassionate Father, the slain of Betar* and in their memory defeat these ceaseless foes. Amen.

* During the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans the dead of Betar were left unburied and the Jews could not return to the area, but when they did return their bodies were found preserved and unmolested by carrion. The rabbis instituted a 4th Blessing in the Grace after meals in remembrance of this miracle.
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Think, If Secretary of State Cordel Hull had "Tweeted" After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a tweet that said, 'In all my fifty years of public service,' he told the astonished diplomats, 'I have never seen such a document that was more crowded with infamous falsehood and distortion.'
Then Tweeted, Scoundrels and piss ants.
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John, you are one sad sack O' manure.
Confucius say: Man who once proven to be militarily impotent, should refrain from making empty treats.
Around these parts we say, "Never let your big mouth cash checks your empty bank account cannot cover."
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Kerry is dreaming of playacting as POTUS and CinC.

Anyway, I thought he's the top ambassador at State Dept, not to make war(s)?
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There's something seriously wrong with the world when we're supposed to take tweets from the US Secretary of State as a meaningful indication of the government's policy on a particular subject. It's a tweet. It means nothing. He probably didn't write it himself, he certainly couldn't have meant anything in particular by it because, you know, it's a tweet. It would be comical if it weren't so sad that he's even doing that, tweeting I mean. About something so horrific especially.
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The "seriously wrong" part unfortunately, hemudelah,(sweet little thing) is that the policy which he pushes DOES mean something in particular. (paralyzing Israel and thereby strengthening Hamas/Fatah.)
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Does anyone here doubt that Kerry is a complete IDIOT? I have told my congressman to cancel his credit card. He has traveled around the world making a fool of himself and disgracing this nation.Kerry is an enormous burden to the American taxpayer. I am sick of his ilk.
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It reminds me of the "Leader for Life" Saddam Hussein with his "Mother of all Battles".
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Why is our Secretary of State tweeting macho boasts and threats? Does he think the hooded Islamic decapitator is a new WWF villain? Does he plan to "crush" him by himself or will he tag-team with Haystacks Calhoun?
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proportionate to this act, maybe killing all of them, dropping pork fat over their land, and letting them go meet Muhammed early.

but then we have a pres. and a country that doesn't like to use the word terrorist, or war on terror, but sugar coats their evil.

Heck this beheading was so horrific that B.O. what waited 20 minutes or so before going back to something really important like playing another round of golf
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