Kerry: My inspections proposal for Syria wasn’t a dumb gaffe, it was totally intentional

posted at 4:01 pm on September 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

We all knew it was coming and now here it is. A quote from yesterday morning:

SECRETARY KERRY: 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.

Right. Assad isn’t about to do it, certainly “in the next week,” and logistically it really can’t be done. It’s a rhetorical statement emphasizing the futility of asking “the international community” to disarm him, especially in the middle of a raging civil war. Only a schmuck would propose such a thing.

Now, with President Schmuck having given a face-saving thumbs up to the idea last night, it’s time for Kerry to pretend that he was being serious. Such is the genius of Hopenchange, my friends, that brilliant ideas come tumbling out of the major players before even they recognize how brilliant they are:

“I had some conversations about this with my counterpart from Russia last week,” Secretary of State John Kerry said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, referring to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “President Putin raised the issue with President Obama at St. Petersburg. President Obama directed us to try to continue to talk and see if it is possible. So it is not something that — you know, suddenly emerged, though it did publicly. But it cannot be allowed to be a delay.”

Later, under questioning by Rep. Hank Johnson, Kerry said he had not made a mistake when he suggested the proposal in a press conference in London on Monday.

“I didn’t misspeak,” Kerry said. “I was asked about it. I responded because I was asked.”

Money quote from Waffles: “It is the ideal way to take this weapon away from him.” Obama vaguely noted in one of his TV interviews last night that he and Putin had had diplomatic conversations about Syria at the G20 summit, which was his way of implying that maybe this weapons proposal had been in the works for ages even though it surely hasn’t because, as noted by Kerry, only a schmuck with no other options would take it seriously.

In fact … didn’t the State Department dismiss Kerry’s comments yesterday as “rhetorical” after he made them? I think they did:

The US state department stressed that Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the one-week deadline and unlikelihood of Assad turning over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. In a statement, the department added: “His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That’s why the world faces this moment.”

Breitbart’s John Sexton has been rounding up other admissions from U.S. officials, made before the new Narrative had been set, that this was all a big dumb accident on Kerry’s part. Here’s deputy national security advisor Tony Blinken confirming that Kerry was speaking hypothetically; here’s an unnamed U.S. official calling it a “major goof” and a product of Kerry going “off script”; and here’s Kerry himself reportedly phoning his Russian counterpart to emphasize that he wasn’t being serious about the proposal, before Obama apparently pulled him aside to explain that this weapons-inspection charade could be their ticket out of a gigantic political mess. It was a blunder, and it’s only going to benefit Assad long-term, but it helps the White House avoid a domestic political humiliation and that’s what’s important.


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Chemical and biological weapons are even harder to locate, trace, and inspect.

thatsafactjack on September 10, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Tell that to the Low-IQ Democrats who howled that we couldn’t find any in several years of looking in Iraq.

Heck, we have planes that crashed in the mountains out in the western US decades ago that we’ve still never found.

Del Dolemonte on September 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

less than 1m ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin confirmed that he spoke with US president Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit about a possible plan for Syria to give up its chemical weapons. Reuters has text of the Russian president’s remarks:

“Russia’s position … is well known – we are against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction of any kind – chemical and nuclear weapons,” Putin said.

“In the current circumstances in Syria this is really taking on special importance, and the U.S. president and I really did discuss it on the sidelines of the G20 summit.”

“By the way, this issue has repeatedly been discussed by both experts and politicians – the question of placing Syria’s chemical weapons under international control. I repeat, the U.S. president and I discussed this theme on the sidelines of the G20.”

“We agreed that we would step up this work, intensify it and instruct the (U.S) secretary of state and the Russian foreign minister to … enter into contact and together try to advance a solution to this question,” he said.
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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/10/syria-crisis-iran-backs-russia-chemical-weapons-plan-live#block-522f77a7e4b0a811a627c814

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 5:10 PM

“I didn’t misspeak,” Kerry said. “I was asked about it. I responded because I was asked.”


That’s what the fox says.

BoxHead1 on September 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Later, under questioning by Rep. Hank Johnson, Kerry said he had not made a mistake when he suggested the proposal in a press conference in London on Monday.

Was Hank Johnson concerned that Syria might tip over?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Was Hank Johnson concerned that Syria might tip over?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 10, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Nah, he was convinced that the US wouldn’t have ‘American boots on the ground.’ /

Marines, not Tomahawks, cause islands to up and capsize.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Mr. Kerry, isn’t it about time you, and the rest of Team Obama, finally admitted that, hell, Barry really wasn’t all the good of a community organizer?

Have you recently seen what remains of the part of Chicago he “organized?”

coldwarrior on September 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

THE WHIP LIST:

Tweets

The Hill ‏@thehill 1m

Reps @RepKinzinger & @BradSherman & Sens @SenatorBoxer & @SenatorBarb are all Yes/Leaning Yes on #Syria #WhipList http://j.mp/19fikZq
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The following is the The Hill’s Whip List on Syria.

Recent updates: Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.), Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Rep Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.), Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

— Last updated on Sept. 10 at 4:57 p.m.

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canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Nah, he was convinced that the US wouldn’t have ‘American boots on the ground.’ /

Marines, not Tomahawks, cause islands to up and capsize.

Resist We Much on September 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Heh. Very true.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 10, 2013 at 5:20 PM

It was started last Friday by a twitter comment made by comedian Albert Brooks. He tweeted “Russia and the U.S. could unite for one week, go to Syria, remove the chemicals, and let them continue fighting”. Does that sound familiar, John Kerry? You can check it out. (http://twitchy.com/2013/09/10/finding-chemo-albert-brooks-syria-adviser-jake-tapper-has-the-spooky-prescience-scoop/) I have always said the Obama administration is a joke and this proves it.

sh221b on September 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Hey Kerry…

… What’s with the long face?

Seven Percent Solution on September 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Kerry’s problem is that he’s a terrible liar. He’s got to learn how to clench his fists while screaming “What difference does it make!!!!” Hillary must have left this part out of his transition training.

lea on September 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Hey Kerry…

… What’s with the long face?

Seven Percent Solution on September 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

Puty,shot Kerry,where the Sunshine does not shine!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on September 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Hey Kerry…

… What’s with the long face?

Seven Percent Solution on September 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

We used to call it a horse face, he he.

lea on September 10, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Just goes to show that it’s ALWAYS about Obama ALL the time.

GarandFan on September 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Dumb gaffe? I betja the only suggestion Biden had at the meeting was, “Why don’t we whoop a #6 on’em?”

onomo on September 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Hey Kerry…

… What’s with the long face?

Seven Percent Solution on September 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

.
Hey Horse…
… What’s with the Kerry face?

ExpressoBold on September 10, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I actually believe it wasn’t a gaffe I think they planned it this way since they realized they were going to lose in congress. Last week Obama made a deal with Putin to save face. The question is what did we give up?

steel guy on September 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I actually believe it wasn’t a gaffe I think they planned it this way since they realized they were going to lose in congress. Last week Obama made a deal with Putin to save face. The question is what did we give up?

steel guy on September 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

His White House locker combination? Michele’s recipe for quiche biscuits?

onomo on September 10, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Kerry isn’t qualified for the job if he doesn’t understand that every word that comes out of the Sec. State’s mouth represents an official statement from the US to other countries. If he hasn’t learned not to talk off the top of his head then he should be replaced.

Socratease on September 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Neither Comrade O or JF’n Kerry seems to know when to keep thir big mouths shut or when to keep their massive egos in check.

One is President and the other was the previous Dem candidate for President. And before that, AlGore, another big mouth with a massive ego.

Lots of righteous arrogance, finger wagging, and lecturing in that group.

I’m seeing a pattern here, and with libs and lefties in general.

farsighted on September 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

It was started last Friday by a twitter comment made by comedian Albert Brooks.

It’s always dangerous to attempt satire when the Democrats control Washington. As Lilly Tomlin once said: “I try to be cynical, but it’s hard to keep up.” Today’s joke is tomorrows policy proposal and signed law the day after.

Socratease on September 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

“I meant to do that. Hah-HAH!”

Pee-Wee Kerry

iurockhead on September 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

No wonder Hillary stepped down from Sec. Of State.

Dollayo on September 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Kerry blundered, but not in the way being portrayed. There is no way Kerry made an off the cuff comment that the Russians ran with, making a deal with the Syrians in less than 24 hours to give up the chemical weapons they have never admitted to possessing. Rather, Putin likely had the deal with the Syrians in his pocket when he brought it up to Obama, although Putin probably brought it up as a hypothetical. Judging from Kerry’s and the State Dept’s comments on Monday, Obama, while keeping the dialogue open, completely dismissed the idea as unworkable.

Kerry’s gaffe was to disparage the plan publicly, not knowing that Putin already had an agreement with Syria in place. Putin pounced, and made Obama, Kerry, and American government look like abject fools.

Had Obama embraced the plan publicly after G20, he could have owned a piece of it. He also could have gone to the Congress, announced a diplomatic coup, and argued that the threat of credible force had caused the Russians and Syrians to blink. Force authorization in his pocket, Obama then could have sat back and let “diplomacy” take its course.

Of course, they are trying to do that now, but nobody is buying it.

Mr. Arkadin on September 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Hank Johnson ???

d1carter on September 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I actually believe it wasn’t a gaffe I think they planned it this way since they realized they were going to lose in congress. Last week Obama made a deal with Putin to save face. The question is what did we give up?

steel guy on September 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

A promise to let Assad remain in office, obviously.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2013 at 6:31 PM

The Clown Car Doctrine!!!

Obama and all his foreign policy minions.

You seriously could not pay me $100 to listen the voices of any of these Bozos.

PappyD61 on September 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM

John Fn Kerry: Before and after.

Akzed on September 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

It seems perfectly plausible to me that Putin would put this idea in Kerry’s head. He set him up like a bowling pin. As soon as idiot Kerry said the words, Putin pounced.

xrayiiis on September 10, 2013 at 7:23 PM

“No, we’ve always been at war with Eastasia!”

DublOh7 on September 10, 2013 at 7:26 PM

John Kerry: Lying to the American people since 1971.

kcewa on September 10, 2013 at 7:36 PM

…what a goofus that Horse face is!

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Kerry makes a gaffe.

The State Dept. apologizes for the gaffe.

Putin takes him up on the gaffe.

It was an intentional gaffe.

Barack Obama and the Gaffetastics!

ajacksonian on September 10, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Imagine yourself as a foreign head of state… pick one… with the US now using gaffes to float ideas, in otherwords mistakes that are admitted as such by the US State Dept., how are you supposed to know what you should take seriously and what you should dismiss as a mistake?

You cannot have it both ways on this.

It destroys credibility when you do try to have it both ways and makes the country look unreliable and unable to figure out what it means when it says anything.

This meme is just insane.

ajacksonian on September 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Of course Kerry, that’s why your people apologized for it. Now, anyone that believes that call me, I have several large bridges to sell.

rplat on September 10, 2013 at 8:12 PM

John Fn Kerry: Before and after.

Akzed on September 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Gigolos have a hard life, there’s always someone younger and more interesting for the heiress to take an interest in…

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Putin, he played Kerry like Roger Waters plays a Les Paul.

US Foreign policy is looking like the 1980 Ali-Homes fight and we are playing the part of Ali.

Wallythedog on September 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Kerry isn’t qualified for the job if he doesn’t understand that every word that comes out of the Sec. State’s mouth represents an official statement from the US to other countries. If he hasn’t learned not to talk off the top of his head then he should be replaced.

Socratease on September 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Applies to any high level administration official, especially the President.

Imagine yourself as a foreign head of state… pick one… with the US now using gaffes to float ideas, in otherwords mistakes that are admitted as such by the US State Dept., how are you supposed to know what you should take seriously and what you should dismiss as a mistake?

You cannot have it both ways on this.

It destroys credibility when you do try to have it both ways and makes the country look unreliable and unable to figure out what it means when it says anything.

This meme is just insane.

ajacksonian on September 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM

As you say.

However, during the Cuban Missile Crisis (according to what I learned in the seventies anyway; some revisions to the narrative have occurred since then),
supposedly Khrushchev made a threat through one channel of communication which, had the US responded to it, would have heated up the Cold War pretty quickly; while a different message through another channel allowed both countries to back down and save face, do Kennedy just ignored the first one. IIRC, we have learned since then that his administration did some secret horse-trading as well, which the public would have objected to.

The point being, if the major players are talking under the table, it doesn’t matter what messages are being heard by the marks.

AesopFan on September 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM

it wasn’t a gaffe, it was a “botched joke”, one of Kerry’s specialties.

BTW, all this war-talk would normally have needed the insight of Chuck Hagel. Wisely, the administration has kept him muzzled.

virgo on September 11, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Jezz, the Lurch gaff cover surprise? Nope. The appeal of a turnip. What’s with the eye?

StevC on September 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I loved the Pee Wee Herman clip. That movie is my second favorite (or maybe tied for second with “Animal House”). “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” is my absolute favorite.

olesparkie on September 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM

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