Kerry, the most unqualified Secretary of State since Hillary Clinton, has shown his mastery of ignorance and lack of knowledge of basic negotiating skills. In a garbled--what else from him?--statement to the press, John "Xmas in Cambodia" Kerry said,
President Bashar al-Assad has one week to hand over his entire stock of chemical weapons to avoid a military attack. But John Kerry added that he had no expectation that the Syrian leader would comply.When I heard this statement, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I thought, he just sabotaged whatever he thought he was doing with Syria and opened the door to Russia. As I had stated on August 19,
In the Middle East, we have shown great weakness in the face of an Islamist totalitarian onslaught, and, in fact, many of our statements on Egypt appear to favor the murdering totalitarians of the Muslim Brotherhood. Thanks to Obama, regardless of what happens in Egypt--and I suspect the Egyptian military will hang on--the US will lose. Egypt's leaders, not wishing to repeat the Daladier experience, will drift away from us. Already we see the Saudis and others in the Gulf stepping in; don't rule out a move by Russia, as well, as our ineptness in Egypt and Syria provides Moscow wonderful opportunities to reestablish its influence in the region.Kerry is an idiot; if we didn't have an idiot as President, as well, Kerry should have been fired immediately after this "gaffe." This is a violation of the most basic principle of negotiation. You do not make an offer that works against you, and tell the other side that it works against you. This moron threw out his "one week" proposal, and followed it with, "and we know they won't accept it."
What if they did accept it? Are you ready for that? Well, we see the answer in the State Department's frantic effort to put the evil back into Pandora's Jar,
The State Department was forced to clarify the remarks, calling them "rhetorical" and making clear its desire to strike could be tempered by a Syrian offer. Kerry's point, according to spokeswoman Jen Psaki, "was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons."Rhetorical, huh? What kind of chief negotiator and foreign policy strategist do we have? Well, Putin has an answer to that question. The Russian President immediately saw an opening for Russia to re-establish its withered influence in the Middle East, to curry favor with Iran, play up to the anti-war crowd in Europe and even in the US. Putin urged Syria to accept the proposal, and, of course, offered to help broker it. The Syrians, no slouches themselves when it comes to negotiating with idiots, thought it a grand idea, and the ball began to roll,
[Syria's Foreign Minister said he] “welcomes Russia’s initiative, based on the Syrian government’s care about the lives of our people and security of our country.”
Although Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denies having a stockpile of the widely banned weapons, the idea of international control also quickly gained traction among diplomats and at least some senior Democrats whose support Obama seeks for a show of force.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was the first senior lawmaker to voice support for the Russian proposal.After "threatening" Assad with "unbelievably small" attack of limited scope and duration in exchange for giving up his most precious weapons, Kerry now undermines even that. As I wrote before, this misadministration was apparently trying to emulate JFK's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, but has ended up somewhere else. Now the Russians, and Syrians, and others, will begin calling for an international meeting or conference to discuss a proposal for Syria to give up the chemical weapons that it denies having in the first place. No matter how much the Dems try to spin it--I see Axelrod already shooting out the emails praising Obama's toughness and cleverness--this is a major defeat for the United States. Russia will be the peace-maker; the "go to" country