Kerry: Why yes, some Arab countries have offered to foot the entire bill if we “go do the whole thing” in Syria

posted at 8:01 pm on September 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via RCP, that sounds like a deal, no? We send our boys to be the tip of the Sunni spear in a sectarian war against the Shiites and in return Saudi and Qatari oilbags cut us a check for $100 billion or whatever. I wonder how much they’d be willing to pay for a direct attack on Iran. We could structure a compensation scheme based on casualties: 500 dead American servicemen gets us $200 billion, 1,000 dead gets us $500 billion, and so on. Put enough guys in harm’s way and we could conceivably erase this year’s deficit. Or, alternately, give Iran the right to match the offer. If they can come up with a few hundred billion, we’ll drone the Syrian Salafi nuts of their choice.

How was this offer even broached, I wonder. Was Kerry not a bit insulted at the idea of Arab dictators trying to rent American pilots as de facto Sunni mercenaries? Didn’t he once famously, in another lifetime, lament sending men off to die for a mistake? Even in the course of ruling out boots on the ground, he seems to be touting the proposal as something impressive, evidence of how seriously our “allies” are treating Assad’s aggression. Ros-Lehtinen seems unfazed too. Tells you a lot about our role in the modern Middle East that no one blinks at the Secretary of State mentioning that Sunni oligarchs would happily pay us to do their dirty work as a reason in support of going to war.


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http://mediaflush.com/2006/john-kerry-upgrade/

Yea,, he’d sell’em.

I don’t think they like him much.

wolly4321 on September 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

What happened to Jay Carney? Haven’t seen him make any canned snarky statements about all this mess lately.

scalleywag on September 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

So, Kerry’s active brain Botox cells have congregated and decided that the US military should be a mercenary force…wow, just wow….even the Légion étrangère (the French Foreign Legion) is a separate entity from the French military…

jimver on September 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Was Kerry not a bit insulted at the idea of Arab dictators trying to rent American pilots as de facto Sunni mercenaries?

That any American–but especially the Secretary of State–can speak of the idea with anything short of utter contempt for it is appalling.

Sadly, I wouldn’t put it past the people running things these days to accept such an offer. I’m only surprised they mentioned publicly that a deal like that was on the table.

butterflies and puppies on September 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Don’t think for one moment that that means just the Federal governments bills. If the US does the dirty work for the these Arab countries a whole mess of Administration officials are going to be set for life.

Dusty on September 4, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Halp us jon carry, we er stuck her in seerea.

(some one could post the original)

wolly4321 on September 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Here is the original photo from way back when people thought John Kerry was against war.

A group of soldiers serving in Iraq fire back at John Kerry’s perceived slam on U.S. troops by holding up a banner reading “Halp us Jon Carry – We R stuck hear n Irak.”

http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blpic-kerrystuckiniraq.htm

wren on September 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I hadn’t heard that Kerry got stung in the face by a bunch of bees…

Angineer on September 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Maybe Jay Carney joined the Marines ready to hit the sand in seereea?

He already has the BCD glasses.

wolly4321 on September 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Ted Cruz – US is not Al Qaeda’s air force:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/09/04/Ted-Cruz-US-Is-Not-Al-Qaedas-Air-Force

bw222 on September 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Kerry: Why yes, some Arab countries have offered to foot the entire bill if we “go do the whole thing” in Syria

And no doubt there will be an “accident” in accounting and hundreds of $millions will end up in the Democrat Party coffers.

RJL on September 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Any word yet from Gen. Powell?

diogenes on September 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

We’ve known for some time that you can be bought, Just-a-Gigolo Kerry.

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Isn’t it amazing that Lurch can find some Arab countries willing to foot the bill but not one of them willing fight the war. This could be interpreted as Obama renting out his military to the terrorist that pays the most.

savage24 on September 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

This just confirms what a link the other day maintained. The battle in the ME is not just a Sunni/Shiite sectarian war over who will determine the direction of the caliphate. It is a war over energy sources. The Sauds want to keep the price of oil high in order to exert their power. (And they are brazenly recruiting the US to inflate the price of their commodity.) The Iran-Syria connection has to do with the natural gas fields and the building of a pipeline. Russia sees its bread buttered by backing the latter. (China will go along with whoever can provide the cheapest energy.)

Whoever commands the energy source becomes king of the hill. Talk about hegemony!

Isn’t it time that we divorce ourselves from the ME and develop our own plentiful resources. We could develop many allies if we exported our own energy and not be at the mercy (or at the beckoning)of malign forces.

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Our new allies in action!

Dollayo on September 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM

So Kerry is considering pimpimg out our military as a common whore for hire… W.T.F.

dominigan on September 4, 2013 at 11:36 PM

And just consider this coming from a man who wanted to be President…

In related news, if we the US public think the Arabs alone are desirous of us entering the fray, how naive.

Syria’s on Turkey’s doorstep and we have a major NATO Airforce base in Adana – which I imagine would be where we’d launch any attacks from.

Turkey’s going to want a stable Syria one way or the other, and I can fully see them inserting themselves in a power vacuum, specifically if Al-Qaeda wins by default through the deposing of Assad. Turkey’s not going to want another Libya on their doorstep. They already have NATO SAMs along the border with Syria placed there over the winter/spring.

This whole thing smells of a grand “set-up”. Political chess with innocent civilian pawns, collateral damage, caught in the middle. Turkey and the Arabs with the US on one side, Russia and Iran on the other, all eying Syria.

No good will come of this. None.

Logus on September 4, 2013 at 11:46 PM

onlineanalyst on September 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Include Turkey in that mix. They also control the Bosphorus…

And, go ahead and throw Israel in to the pot collaterally. They might not be on the sights of Turkey and the Arabs right now, but they will be, especially once the Syrian “issue” is settled.

Why?

Israel’s sitting on and has begun tapping a major natural gas reserve. The reserve is so big that this past winter/spring when they began production they speculated that it will provide enough LNG to make them energy independent as far as their LNG/fuel needs are concerned. There was speculation as well that after a while it’d produce excess LNG, which they then would be interested in exporting.

Think about that… Israel, not only becoming energy independent but looking to be an energy exporter. Even though it wouldn’t amount to much compared to the output of the surrounding nations, it would upset the status quo and possibly affect prices.

Besides, unless most of those Arab nations have figured out alternative fuel sources for their own electrical power demands, they’re going to run out of oil and LNG sooner, rather than later, even though they’re all sitting on huge reserves. Saudi Arabia has been burning an increasing amount of their own oil reserves to feed their ever growing domestic energy demands.

Logus on September 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Wow, this is a win-win for almost everyone.

The Saudis get to pay cash, which they are rolling in, for americans and shia to kill each other.

Low info voters see the economy pick up.

Obama sit’s atop an economic recovery and takes credit, as well as be a war time president, which americans tend to be more forgiving of.

Hillary has fewer bitter clingers to worry about in 2016

Pelosi and Reid get rich.

What are we waiting for??

WryTrvllr on September 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Why yes, some Arab countries have offered to foot the entire bill if we “go do the whole thing” in Syria

Probably with money given to them by the U.S. that was borrowed from China.

xblade on September 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Someone should ask him how he plans to “win the peace”

Dollayo on September 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

xblade on September 5, 2013 at 12:15 AM

What does it matter?

///

It’s all funny money anyways…

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Logus on September 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

So Americas guns are for hire??? Whats that about? When Kerry says arab countries are willing to foot the bill that tells me Dems/Libs are in the “protection business”!!! That sucks!

soapyjeans on September 5, 2013 at 2:46 AM

If the Ayrabs want it that much they have men, they have equipment, then can bloody damn well do it themselves and take the consequences themselves.

{^_^}

herself on September 5, 2013 at 3:52 AM

So now we are going to become mercenaries for Arab shieks?

redware on September 5, 2013 at 6:44 AM

So now we are going to become mercenaries for Arab shieks?

redware on September 5, 2013 at 6:44 AM

BINGO! American life’s for sale.

Wade on September 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Right Kerry . . . how about having a public offering and we’ll sell stock in the US Military? This garbage is well beyond the absurd.

rplat on September 5, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Here is a reality check, pardon the pun….

In the past 30 years, how many public pledges have the Saudis actually fulfilled?

Earthquake in Pakistan?

Tsunami in Indonesia?

Anyone?

They may say they will “pay the US”…but when will they pay? How will they pay? In what specie will they pay?

The idiots in Washington oughta know by now that if you are going to whore yourself out…best to get the cash up front…and never accept a promise to leave it on the nightstand on his way out.

If Obama-Kerry and the rest think our armed forces are nothing but a “stable of talent” to be sold to the highest bidder, at least they should do it right.

I am disgusted with what passes for “leadership” these days.

Maybe this nation does deserve the governance it gets.

coldwarrior on September 5, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Yet clearly the blood shed and lives lost would be Americans.

Barky, Lurch, Killary and the rest of The Regime obviously place no more value upon our troops in Syria than the four they abandoned to die in Benghazi.

viking01 on September 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

viking01 on September 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

This.

coldwarrior on September 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

They really hate Obama’s little war over on HuffPo. Obama has climbed up on the wrong high horse and can’t get down without eating some dirt.

claudius on September 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

When America was the whore of the world, Barky was her madam.

steebo77 on September 5, 2013 at 8:55 AM

http://world.time.com/2012/09/18/syrias-secular-and-islamist-rebels-who-are-the-saudis-and-the-qataris-arming/

As TIME reports here, disorder and distrust plague two of the rebels’ international patrons: Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The two Gulf powerhouses are no longer on the same page when it comes to determining who among the plethora of mushrooming Syrian rebel groups should be armed. The rift surfaced in August, with the alleged Saudi and Qatari representatives in charge of funneling free weaponry to the rebels clearly backing different factions among the groups — including various shades of secular and Islamist militias — under the broad umbrella that is the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The middlemen of the two countries operate out of Turkey, the regional military power. Ankara has been quite public with its denunciation of Assad even as it denies any involvement in shuffling weapons across the border to Syrian rebels. It claims its territory is not being used to do so. And yet, as TIME reported in June, a secretive group operates something like a command center in Istanbul, directing the distribution of vital military supplies believed to be provided by Saudi Arabia and Qatar and transported with the help of Turkish intelligence to the Syrian border and then to the rebels. Further reporting has revealed more details of the operation, the politics and favoritism that undermine the task of creating a unified rebel force out of the wide array of groups trying to topple the Assad regime.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/30/world/middleeast/sending-missiles-to-syrian-rebels-qatar-muscles-in.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

WASHINGTON — As an intermittent supply of arms to the Syrian opposition gathered momentum last year, the Obama administration repeatedly implored its Arab allies to keep one type of powerful weapon out of the rebels’ hands: heat-seeking shoulder-fired missiles.

The missiles, American officials warned, could one day be used by terrorist groups, some of them affiliated with Al Qaeda, to shoot down civilian aircraft.

But one country ignored this admonition: Qatar, the tiny, oil- and gas-rich emirate that has made itself the indispensable nation to rebel forces battling calcified Arab governments and that has been shipping arms to the Syrian rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad since 2011.

Since the beginning of the year, according to four American and Middle Eastern officials with knowledge of intelligence reports on the weapons, Qatar has used a shadowy arms network to move at least two shipments of shoulder-fired missiles, one of them a batch of Chinese-made FN-6s, to Syrian rebels who have used them against Mr. Assad’s air force. Deployment of the missiles comes at a time when American officials expect that President Obama’s decision to begin a limited effort to arm the Syrian rebels might be interpreted by Qatar, along with other Arab countries supporting the rebels, as a green light to drastically expand arms shipments.

Qatar’s aggressive effort to bolster the embattled Syrian opposition is the latest brash move by a country that has been using its wealth to elbow its way to the forefront of Middle Eastern statecraft, confounding both its allies in the region and in the West. The strategy is expected to continue even though Qatar’s longtime leader, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, stepped down last week, allowing his 33-year-old son to succeed him.


Do Our bosses in the Middle East want to us OBAMA’S MILITARY to do THEIR DIRTY WORK?

PappyD61 on September 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/24/us-qatar-syria-aid-idUSBRE96N0OZ20130724

Qatar’s new emir will keep helping Syrian rebels until President Bashar al-Assad’s rule ends, Syria’s opposition envoy to Doha said on Wednesday, seeking to dampen speculation the rich Gulf state had scaled back its role in supporting the revolt.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has not made a detailed statement of foreign policy priorities following his accession last month, and some analysts have speculated the country is rethinking its backing for Arab Spring rebellions.

Are we being lied to by our own government? Is this all about doing what Qatar and the Saudi’s want? How many people in D.C. do these guys own?

And don’t forget the pipeline they want through Syria.

PappyD61 on September 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM

This literally makes me feel sick. I do not think if the Sec of State under a Republican had said this that we could even imagine the 24/7 outrage and absolute screaming halt the entire press would come to covering and condemning this!! The outrage.. The calls for impeachment.. The hearings…..the crickets when it’s Obama!

Caseoftheblues on September 5, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Do Our bosses in the Middle East want to us OBAMA’S MILITARY to do THEIR DIRTY WORK?

PappyD61 on September 5, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Rhetorical question?

This Administration is the most blatantly corrupt that I have witnessed in my lifetime…and that’s a lot of decades.

Yet…the public still thinks we are racists for bringing it up? For pointing out the fallacy of Obama’s intellect, vision, and transparency?

Obama is nothing but a Chicago street hustler elected because he talks a good game, and the white voters still harbor guilt for everything whites have done for the past several millenniums….or they are just that freakin’ stupid.

And we, conservative Americans, libertarian Americans, just leave me alone so I can live Americans, are the bad guys in all of this?

Much much worse…our elected Representatives and our House of Lords have to debate the right and wrong of this Syria mess? And are undecided?

Jessus Keerist on a bicycle…sanity left the United States way long ago.

We are going to run out of gulches before long.

coldwarrior on September 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

With all that Botox, Kerry increasingly looks as if his next gig is becoming a subject of one of those “Real Housewives” shows on Bravo. “Real House-Husbands of New England” starring John Kerry and Barney Frank, among others?

BuckeyeSam on September 5, 2013 at 9:14 AM

George W Bush used this means of funding for the Iraq War, and it was honorable then as it is now. The United States has one of the world’s few competent armies. I would guess beyond the United States, the only countries with competent armies are Russia, China, Vietnam, and Israel. (This list is off the top my head.) The Saudi Army isn’t good for anything beyond intimidating people on the Haj. The Saudis have nothing to contribute to an operation in Syria beyond money. It is an honorable deal with the Saudis and the UAE.

thuja on September 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Remember when the Soviet Union collapsed, how sick, corrupt and pitiful they looked? Welcome to the club.

claudius on September 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Remember how the Left used to complain that our military was just a mercenary organization pushed to do things by large, heartless companies? I do!

Remember when the Left complained about the COST of the Iraqi conflict? I do!

So they get caught in their own memes… do they really WANT the US to be a REAL mercenary under the pay of KSA and UAE? They decried that before, remember!

Or do they want to incur the escalating cost (and ever escalating deaths since, you know, that is all that ever happens in any conflict and if the dead got up to return to life you would have REAL NEWS) that they so decried with Iraq, and all the yummy, goody, freebies that weren’t funded because of Iraq although the money for Iraq wasn’t taken from other programs? They decried the loss of funding that wasn’t going to programs because it wasn’t scheduled to because the war money was meant for the war, so now do they actually want to start eating into their precious, yummy programs with their voluntary war in Syria? Oooooo!

Things the Left complains about YESTERDAY are the things they want to do TODAY, even though they can never demonstrate that what they complained about YESTERDAY was VALID.

The Left doesn’t lie for an agenda: that is how they live their lives.

ajacksonian on September 5, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Post photo:

I’m lovin’ the bloody hands in the background.

BobMbx on September 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Didn’t Hillary Clinton get hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from some Muslims?

How much did Kerry get?

GardenGnome on September 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

How much did Kerry get?

GardenGnome on September 5, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I don’t know what Kerry got…but I have heard rumors that Terrayzza has been seen dancing about the estate happily singing old tunes from the Sheik of Araby musicals every time one of those Saudi diplomatic cars drives away.

Saudis…doin’ jobs John won’t do?

coldwarrior on September 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM

So now Kerry is turning our military into mercenaries??

PattyJ on September 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

So now Kerry is turning our military into mercenaries??

PattyJ on September 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Just consider the US military in the hands of Barry and Kerry illegal invaders – just doing the dirty job Saudis don’t want to do themselves.

hawkeye54 on September 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

How the Left doesn’t find this insulting after 8 years of claiming “Blood For Oil” and “Bush War” and “War For Money”, etc. speaks volumes about them…….total frauds.

goflyers on September 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

How about the Saudis and Quataris sending their own young men to bleed and die. It’s their part of the world, and we are not their blue eyed mercenaries.

kjatexas on September 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

How about the Saudis and Quataris sending their own young men to bleed and die. It’s their part of the world, and we are not their blue eyed mercenaries.

kjatexas on September 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Ya got that right.

hawkeye54 on September 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

So JF’nK thinks it is okay if ME oil money hires the US military as mercenaries to take out an ally of Iran, which is who the Gulf States are at this time most afraid of.

The Islamists who would probably take over in Syria are at the moment the lesser of two evils for the oil rich Gulf States. Once Assad is gone Gulf State oil money will probably be used to help fund the Syrian Islamist’s jihad against the US and Israel. That way the Gulf States keep the lesser of two evils focused on someone else. They have been playing this duplicitous game for awhile.

That’s called Realpolitiks.

farsighted on September 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It’s unbelievable that Mr. Kerry would say such an insulting thing in public as though it is worthy of serious thought. If the Towelish want regime change that is their chore.

Mason on September 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Really, Kerry? Have ya’ asked for payment in advance?

stukinIL4now on September 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Really, Kerry? Have ya’ asked for payment in advance?

stukinIL4now on September 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

And no paper, plastic or ephemeral funds transfers. Make ‘em pay in gold.

hawkeye54 on September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Sheesh! That should have been a quote, not a strikeout!!

hawkeye54 on September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

In their back yard, if they are willing to ‘fit the bill’, which is a lie because the Arab League has already said they will not pay a dime for this, then perhaps we should tell THEM to ‘clean it up’. Let us know how that works out.

easyt65 on September 5, 2013 at 2:14 PM

You know, we’ve forgotten the most important word that relates to Obama’s little adventure:

QUAGMIRE!

Meremortal on September 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM

George W Bush used this means of funding for the Iraq War, and it was honorable then as it is now…. The Saudis have nothing to contribute to an operation in Syria beyond money. It is an honorable deal with the Saudis and the UAE.

thuja on September 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Sources for the allegation? I don’t remember the details.
However:
Coalition members contributing funds in place of soldiers = possibly acceptable, not generally considered honorable.
Non-coalition states buying US soldiers as mercenaries = totally unacceptable.

Really, Kerry? Have ya’ asked for payment in advance?

stukinIL4now on September 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

And no paper, plastic or ephemeral funds transfers. Make ‘em pay in gold.

hawkeye54 on September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Since politics is downwind of culture:

To raise money for their shop, they [Fred and George Weasely] started by betting their life’s savings with Ludo Bagman on the outcome of the Quidditch World Cup. They won, but Bagman paid them off with Leprechaun gold, which vanished after a few hours, wiping out their savings, and putting their dream in peril.

IIRC, the Koran allows Muslims to lie to non-Muslims at will.
And this won’t help the re-enlistment rate at all.

AesopFan on September 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

I guess that turns our armed forces into Janissaries – traditional Christian slaves used by muslims to do their fighting and to enslave other Christians.

Old Country Boy on September 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

The Democrats are so confident of their power now that they have let it out of the bag that foreign Muzzie oligarchs are planning to fund the Democrat/Muzzie coup. Obama means to be head of the North American Caliphate, no doubt about it. I surely hope our guys are ready to lead a counter-coup against him. Ft. Bragg units need to begin the march up 95 now.

TXJenny on September 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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