Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out about the situation in Syria yesterday, and based on his scathing remarks it looks like the U.S. is headed toward a military intervention in the country. Kerry said it is “undeniable” chemical weapons were used in Syria and any attempts to cover it up are a “moral obscenity.”
“Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity,” Kerry said. “By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.”
Watch Kerry’s speech below:
The United Nations weapons’ inspectors have yet to conclude that chemical weapons were indeed used in Syria, but Kerry’s remarks conjure up memories of the Bush Administration’s talk about weapons of mass destruction in the rev-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“The weird thing is 100,000 people have been killed and they haven’t ramped up their rhetoric until now,” Pat said. “From the same people who are yelling about Bush: ‘This president lied about WMDs!’”
“This whole thing is coming apart,” Glenn said. “And let me tell you something, one of the most laughed about, mocked, and deeply branded phrases during the Bush Administration had to come from the former vice president when he was all bearded up like some freak who had gone insane and he gets on stage – and this was about weapons of mass destruction and Bush. Here it is.”
AL GORE: He betrayed this country. He played on our fears.
“That was about WMDs, and that's what they were saying,” Glenn continued. “Now, what are they doing [now]? What are they doing? And may I just point out: there is no clear and present threat from Syria.”
We all know what ultimately happened in Iraq. The weapons of mass destruction did not actually exist, and we spent the next eight years embroiled in war.
“Now, when are we going to learn our lesson? Ever? Or will it be too late,” Glenn asked. “We were stupid enough to buy into this. So what happened? We went in, because they were saying he's using weapons of mass destruction. And everybody in the Senate and the House, voted yes… including John Kerry.”
Kerry would later eat his words with the now infamous ‘I was for it before I was aginst it' remarks.
“I was for it before I was against it. Where do you think that came from? He was for the war and then became against it. Fine. I was for it too, and I'm against it now. But I learned my lesson,” Glenn said. “He didn't. He's now going to repeat exactly the same thing.”
The Bush Administration emphatically claimed that the situation in Iraq posed a clear and present to the United States because if the WMDs fell into the wrong hands, they could be used against the U.S. Does the Assad regime pose that same threat?
“So let's look at the Assad regime, and find out is it a clear and present danger to the United States,” Glenn suggested. “They want regime change. And is that a clear and present danger to us? Well, okay, you can make the case – and I have not heard anybody make this case – we have made the case that [Syria has] weapons of mass destruction, but I have not heard [the Obama Administration] make the case that it is a clear an present danger to the United States of America.”
“And why,” he asked. “Because today Russia and now China has added their name to the list of ‘Don't do anything in Syria.’ So now we have Russia and Iran and China telling us, ‘Mind your own practice now, America, unless you are willing to get into World War 3 and go up against Russia, Iran, and China.’”