Streetwise Professor

September 9, 2013

We’re So Screwed

Filed under: Military,Politics — The Professor @ 3:24 pm

Do we have the dumbest foreign policy team in history?

First, SecState Kerry advertises that any strikes on Syria will be “unbelievably small.”

This is going to deter who from doing what, exactly?  This is what I’ve been on about ever since the to-ing and fro-ing about how little we could get away with doing in Syria started.  It will have no deterrent effect, and if it sends a signal, it will be one of utter fecklessness.  They are rolling in the aisles in Damascus, Moscow, and Tehran.

Then Kerry suggests that Syria could avoid a US strike by putting its chemical weapons under international control.

That’s bad enough-how could we ever know he put them all under international control?  But it’s worse.  When Lavrov and Assad jumped at this, Kerry said that his proposal was merely “rhetorical.”

Again.  Not from The Onion.

I am tired after a long day, and tired of watching this display of incompetence.  I will just point out these things, and presume that the self-evident idiocy means that further comment is unnecessary.

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  1. This is enough to send you back into trying to make sense of the Dodd-Frank.

    Comment by George Sladoje — September 9, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

  2. What do you suppose would be Kerry’s response if Assad agreed to give up all Syria’s chemical weapons, as long as America would agree to give up all of America’s chemical weapons?

    Kerry demonstrably needs no help from Assad to look foolish. If Assad did feel like chipping in, to milk the joke a bit, the above would be a good way.

    Comment by Green as Grass — September 10, 2013 @ 7:19 am

  3. The revenge of the tarantula

    Comment by colleen — September 10, 2013 @ 7:22 am

  4. Maybe Holder will send a letter to Putin, addressing his concerns around torture, and capital punishment. “Assad will not be tortured or executed”

    Comment by scott — September 10, 2013 @ 8:09 am

  5. Hey, Prof. I too am tired of this ineptitude by Brock et al. From Potus on down — at State, the DoJ, the agencies, … — these guys are just out-played every time they step on the court. The only real interest I have in watching these guys is seeing how they manage to screw the pooch at any given moment.

    Comment by markets.aurelius — September 10, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  6. So what happens today Sept 11th? Do the bad guys have anything planned>

    Comment by scott — September 11, 2013 @ 3:57 am

  7. These guys are truly amazing – jaw dropping-ly so. Every time Kerry opens his mouth and says something unscripted (or often scripted for that matter) you realize he couldn’t have though of anything stupider if he had sat on both hands for a fortnight. I even heard a rumor that the whole UN inspector idea was his, mentioned as an aside to Voya. If true, this proves that there is no need to look for alternate universes: we are living in one, the stupid one.

    Comment by sotos — September 11, 2013 @ 9:32 am

  8. @sotos-I don’t know what is worse, the original story that this was a Kerry ad lib brain cramp, or that Obama and Putin had agreed on this and that Kerry was making this public on purpose and aforethought.

    Either way, like the title says: we’re so screwed.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — September 11, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  9. How about Obama resigning? Joe Biden at least can be an asshole – which is what we seem to be so sorely missing these days.

    Or at least get Rahm out of his Chicago hole to replace Kerry.

    Comment by LL — September 12, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  10. @LL- not going to happen. Helluva choice, though, eh?

    Re Kerry: Rahm, hell. I would be fine with throwing a dart at a randomly chosen page in the phone book.

    I am in Geneva right now. Kerry and Lavrov are just down the way. I’m so tempted to go over there and knock some sense into Kerry 😛 But then I realize that’s many bridges too far. And I’m not talking about those that span the Rhone.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — September 12, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

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