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Video: “Mr. Secretary, would you please explain what an ‘incredibly small’ strike is?”

posted at 12:09 pm on September 10, 2013 by

Actually, John Kerry’s phrase was “unbelievably small,” but the climbdown is still the same.  And obviously, it’s hardly the only climbdown today (via The Corner):

“Compared to Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, it’s small — it is not any of those things,” the secretary said at the House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday morning. “That doesn’t mean it would be anything less than what I’ve suggested previously, and the military has suggested, that Assad will know — we don’t do pin pricks.”

Of course, this was still in the “Syria is Munich all over again!” paradigm. We’re now in the “What’s Munich again?” paradigm. Try to keep up, all you Winstons out there.

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Lurch looks like a claymation figure.

pain train on September 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Incredibly small strike by example

So many parallels!!!

Shy Guy on September 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

“Like a monkey with a grenade!”

Wander on September 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Lurch looks like a claymation figure.

pain train on September 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Looks like one of the Founders from the Gamma Quadrant.

PackerBronco on September 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Compared to WWIII, it’s incredibly small!!!!!

Wendya on September 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

“Like a monkey with a grenade!”

Wander on September 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

LOL!
“It’s bigger than a grenade but smaller than a monkey. I mean it’s bigger than a pin prick but smaller than an oval office…prick. I mean it’s smaller than Iraq but bigger than a ketchup bottle. I mean it’s bigger than Massachusetts’ sales tax but smaller than my yacht. Sort of.”

onomo on September 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Compared to men, these guys are incredibly small.

Dirty Creature on September 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

What is with his eyes? They look crooked, Actually.

3dpuzzman on September 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Watch the body language and listen for the tone of pique & exasperation in Kerry’s voice. It fairly screams out that he is pissed that people he considers dumber and more war-mongery than he is didn’t pick up the nuance in his statement.

the reek of haughtiness and arrogance in this man combined with unabashed liberal pinhead incompetence is politically and diplomatically crippling imo, & perfectly matches that of his boss.

Sacramento on September 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

“Compared to Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, it’s small — it is not any of those things,” the secretary said at the House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday morning. “That doesn’t mean it would be anything less than what I’ve suggested previously, and the military has suggested, that Assad will know — we don’t do pin pricks.”

Well, there are always alternatives like

Three blows from a fly whisk

One tap with a kawahori-ogi (Japanese paper fan)

Or a swizzle stick up the nose.

No, forget that last. It might hurt him, and we don’t want that, do we?

clear ether

eon

eon on September 10, 2013 at 1:52 PM

In other words, Kerry said that Obama has a really small stick. Joe ain’t gonna be happy about that.

ironked on September 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

is it me or does John Kerry now look like the Kid from Mask?

Patricksp on September 10, 2013 at 2:50 PM

They ring Assad’s doorbell and run.

The Rogue Tomato on September 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

you can imagine an actor / actress breathing a sigh of relief after their part of a Broadway play is done. They take off their mask, have a brew and chow, chat up things, then go home, maybe a little lovin’, and then a good night’s sleep.

But when Lurch et al go home at night and face their spouses / families, and someone says, “How was your day”, what do they actually say.

And when their head finally does hit the pillow and the lights are out, are they really still believing what they said that day ?

And then . . . the next morning, they look into the mirror, and what ???

Well, I guess I know the answer. They keep coming back for more.

williampeck1958 on September 10, 2013 at 3:17 PM

I wonder if they had to draw straws to see who got to ask him that question…

JohnGalt23 on September 10, 2013 at 3:19 PM

It’s always a good military strategy to tell your foe what your intentions are. Amateur hour. Again.

Old eagle on September 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

“Incredibly small strike” is from the bottom of the belt buckle to the top of the knees, and with the entire ball over the plate…

JohnGalt23 on September 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Kerry’s ‘unbelievably small’ strike would be to have the 2 marines posting at WH to collectively “spitball” in the general direction towards the target……

Semper fi…. I hold the utmost respect for the Marines.

Sir Napsalot on September 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

The Obama administration got the idea for the air strike after watching the MASH episode “Five O’Clock Charlie”.

malclave on September 10, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Compared to WWIII, it’s incredibly small!!!!!

Wendya on September 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Uh, maybe not. That remains to be seen.

HiJack on September 10, 2013 at 7:40 PM

So, it will be an unbelievably small strike? That will still be far more than what they threw at Benghazi.

HiJack on September 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

It certainly is unbelievable… all of it, including Obama’s speech tonight.

Ukiah on September 10, 2013 at 8:17 PM

It’s smaller than Libya but Obama didn’t need to get approval for Libya but he does now, or something.

Dollayo on September 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Obama’s Syria plans leaked.

soundingboard on September 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

The only thing Kerry has degraded is US diplomacy.

virgo on September 11, 2013 at 1:41 AM

It was just discovered that the military has paid Pixar for the use of the Toy Story’s little green army guys for their “unbelievably small” attack on Syria as long as they wear flip-flops in honor of Secretary of State, John Kerry and his “no boots on the ground” policy.

sh221b on September 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

According to an article on Hot Air Obama and Kerry must have been outstanding dads.
Apparently research has indicated that the quality of being a good dad is indirectly proportional to testicle size.
Forget the Nobel Peace Prize.
These guys tie for “Dad of the Year”

Art on September 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Looks like Kerry believes that if he speaks LOUDLY then his batpuckey may sound more authoritative…

EasyEight on September 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM