World View: New Kerry Gaffe Leads to Further Political Chaos over Syria
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- New Kerry gaffe leads to further political chaos over Syria
- An example of the intelligence of today's college professors
New Kerry gaffe leads to further political chaos over Syria
U.S. Secretary of State made a major new gaffe on Monday, when he was
asked in London what Syria's president Bashar al-Assad could do to
prevent an American strike. He said:
"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."
This remark was completely off-script, and the last phrase was
apparently a failed attempt to recover. Too late. Russia's foreign
minister Sergei Lavrov immediately asked Syria to promise to turn over
his chemical weapons to the international community, and Syria
immediately said they accepted the proposal, though they never said
they would implement it. United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon
immediately approved the plan to launch a project to transfer chemical
weapons to "places inside Syria where they can be safely destroyed."
He said that the "international community will have a very swift
That's all that President Barack Obama needed to apparently back off
completely from the threat of a Syria strike. According to one
commentator, President Obama appeared to be breathing a sigh of
relief when he said that he would take the time to consider
the "Russian proposal."
This all would be laughable if it weren't so serious. I've written
before about my utter astonishment at what's going on -- a return to
1938-type appeasement, when Adolf Hitler snookered Britain's prime
minister Neville Chamberlain into declaring "Peace in our time," at a
time when Hitler was already making preparations for a war with
Britain. I never dreamed that I would see a repeat of that scenario
in my lifetime, but here we are. Kerry bumbled and made a gaffe, and
Russia turned it into a "Russian proposal," Ban Ki-moon turned into a
"U.N. proposal," and Obama did a flip-flop. It's hard to believe.
Obama will be addressing the nation on Tuesday evening. Atlantic Wire and Telegraph (London)
An example of the intelligence of today's college professors
Columbia University Political Science Professor Kimberly Marten
As I was writing this column, Al Jazeera aired an interview with
Kimberly Marten, Professor of Political Science at the Saltzman
Institute of War and Peace Studies at Barnard College, Columbia
University. I decided to transcribe what she said, as a shining
example of the level of intelligence and scholarship of college
professors today, and also an example of what our college students are
Marten was asked what she thought of the "Russian proposal" to ask
al-Assad to turn its chemical weapons over to the international
community. She praised Russia's president Vladimir Putin:
"I think it was a BEAUTIFUL proposal.
It was a BRILLIANT move by Putin. He looks STRONG before his
domestic audience because he SOLVED this problem. He's actually
done a FAVOR for Obama, by getting Obama out of a jam, which I
think maybe he was looking to do, because there were indications
earlier in the summer that he wants a good relation ship with
And you know he looks like the GOOD guy in all of this. He gets
support throughout the WORLD for not being the warmonger.
I think it gets ASSAD out of a jam too. It's a way of insuring
that there are no STRIKES on his TERRITORY - he doesn't actually
NEED chemical weapons to accomplish anything. Chemical weapons
are not the most effective weapons to use. So it makes HIM look
like not such a bad guy either.
I don't think [Assad is getting away with anything], because there
are other ways you can punish Assad. you could take him and his
regime to the International CRIMINAL Court. So I don't think it's
the end of the story.
But I think, you know, PUTIN is a JUDO master. And I think this
was a JUDO move. You don't win in judo games by being the
stronger player. You do it by having SURPRISE attacks that throw
your opponent off balance."
Well, I do agree with this moron about one thing: Putin did win on
Monday, and Obama and the United States lost big. Al-Jazeera
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