September 6th, 2013
11:16 AM ET
7 months ago

As Syria point man, Kerry out on limb but loving it

Washington (CNN) – On Thursday night last week, John Kerry got a call from the White House. He had already spoken out Monday about what he said was "undeniable" evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gassed his people. Now he was being asked to make a speech Friday afternoon laying out the case the United States had against the Assad regime and the importance of taking action to prevent him from doing it again.

In forceful and emotional remarks, drafted overnight by his staff and President Obama's White House aides, Kerry laid out the U.S. intelligence against Assad and made the case for urgent U.S. action.

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  1. Jesse

    John kerry and I quote. "There will be mushroom clouds over America if we don't act in Iraq."

    September 6, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Jesse

    I like the guy but the intel business is way to tough to be so confident. You have disinformation, various motivations, a lot to sort through.

    September 6, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. G

    instead of saying american interest in the middle east,why don,t they say oil companies interest in the middle ,if they never had oil america never would have been there at all

    September 6, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Pam from Iowa

    so, what is in Syria that the US government (or big corporations) want????
    Please dont tell us we want to ensure democracy can exist there!
    That is what GW said, and we all know how big a lie that was!!!!!

    September 6, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    G

    instead of saying american interest in the middle east,why don,t they say oil companies interest in the middle ,if they never had oil america never would have been there at all
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    Do you have any idea about which you speak about? I don't. Syria has no significant oil reserves. Syria holds significant political value to Russia. Assad is allowing the Russians to use a chunk of his coastline as a naval port. It serves as the only warm water port the Russians have to the Atlantic, something which has been long sought since the end of World War II. The Russians want a stable regime in the country. It doesn't really matter who, just as long as they are subservient and obedient.

    September 6, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. truth hurts but reality bites

    Weakening or taking down Assad so that Syria can be taken over by radical islamic terrorist groups is just plain insane. Nobody likes what Assad did and everybody wants to punish him but to cut off our nose to spite our face is not a valid response. As bad as Assad is, there are FAR WORSE out there and he is fighting those people.

    The Middle East is such a screwed up place that even a dictator that gasses his own people is not the worse you can get. Obama threw Mubarack under the buss and islamic radicals took over Egypt. How did that work out? Another nightmare. Obama interevened in Libya and took Ghaddafi out, now the country is controlled in many areas by AQ or their supporters. Add four dead Americans including our ambassador to that massive failure.

    And now Obama and his droid army of do-gooders think they want to spin the wheel of misfortune one more time! NO THANK YOU! Have we learned NOTHING? Will taking Assad down make things in Syria even worse? Damn right it would.

    September 6, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Our "Interest" = Oil & Israel

    September 6, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Our "Interest" = Oil & Israel
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    Have to disagree. There's no real oil interests in Syria, and any disruptions in supply would be made up by the Saudis in very short order. As far as Israel goes? Assad (and Iran) know that they would be retaliated against 100-fold would either be foolish enough to provoke Israel.

    September 6, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Pam from Iowa

    so, what is in Syria that the US government (or big corporations) want????
    Please dont tell us we want to ensure democracy can exist there!
    That is what GW said, and we all know how big a lie that was!!!!!
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    Wrong question. You should be asking what does Russia want with an oil-poor country in the Middle East. The answer can be found along on the Syrian coastline, a port that serves the Russian navy.

    How much do you know about the Russian navy? Have you ever wondered why we don't hear much about Russian aircraft carriers? The Russian's only naval access to the Atlantic is either via submarines going under the north polar ice cap, or surface vessels originating in the North Pacific.

    September 6, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Thomas

    I hope the world remembers those countries who turned there head and looked the other way .

    Civil war , Holocaust , Genocide .

    Dose anybody remember the Warsaw Ghetto , or dose that only apply to one people .

    When children die , and nobody cries .

    September 6, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    As Syria point man, Kerry out on limb but loving it
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    Yeah well he won't like it when Obama saws off the limb and Kerry takes the fall for Obama's stupidity and incompetence. I gotta give it to Hillary Clinton, though. She knew when to get out of dodge. She got to tour the world for 4 years without accomplishing anything and dropped this steaming pile of Obama doo-doo right in Kerry's lap. Yeah, I'm sure he is loving every second of this!

    September 6, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Just – only a contortionist can stretch your recent post of Fox talking points as truth. Other than a circus act, there is not much to your theories.

    September 6, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    @truth hurts but reality bites,

    Wow. You're giving a vote of SUPPORT for Assad? Can't you continue to despise Obama without going that far? Hey, I don't think we should bomb Syria either, but there is a lot we can do to make life unbearable for him. It starts by reminding the UN of their responsibilities on the prevention of chemical warfare.

    Obama's reputation is not the only one on the line.

    September 6, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. just saying

    Tampa Tim
    Just – only a contortionist can stretch your recent post of Fox talking points as truth. Other than a circus act, there is not much to your theories.
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    care to debate actual statements or opinions or do you just intend to drool and froth at the mouth with responses like the one above?

    September 6, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair observed:

    Have to disagree. There's no real oil interests in Syria, and any disruptions in supply would be made up by the Saudis in very short order. As far as Israel goes? Assad (and Iran) know that they would be retaliated against 100-fold would either be foolish enough to provoke Israel.
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    Nahp. No significant oil reserves in Syria. Your assumptions about Assad and Iran are based upon common sense and rational logic. I wouldn't count on it unfolding the way you see it because you ignore the Russians. The Russians will quickly replace any bomb damaged Syrian military hardware almost as fast as the U.S. might destroy it. Notice how that opens the door to U.S. forces firing close to, if not at, Russian troops. I've mentioned the four Russian warships in the regions, but did I forget to mention that at least one Russian submarine has been detected and another enroute?

    September 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Pam from Iowa

    so, what is in Syria that the US government (or big corporations) want????
    Please dont tell us we want to ensure democracy can exist there!
    That is what GW said, and we all know how big a lie that was!!!!!
    -----–
    Wrong question. You should be asking what does Russia want with an oil-poor country in the Middle East. The answer can be found along on the Syrian coastline, a port that serves the Russian navy.

    How much do you know about the Russian navy? Have you ever wondered why we don't hear much about Russian aircraft carriers? The Russian's only naval access to the Atlantic is either via submarines going under the north polar ice cap, or surface vessels originating in the North Pacific.
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    Yeah... you've been saying that for a while now. I thought you might find the following interesting:

    "The Tartus naval supply station, Russia's only military base outside the former USSR, has been effectively closed, Russian deputy foreign minister and special Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov confirmed in an interview with a Turkish newspaper. He insisted that the base, which housed about 70 fulltime military technicians to service visiting Russian warships, was of no strategic importance to Russia. "It's just a technical facility for maintaining ships sailing in the Mediterranean," he said. "

    Now since you're going to accuse me of fabricating this, just googlz russian foreign naval bases and look for a story from june 27 of this year. You'll find it.

    September 6, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Meanwhile, 11 of the G20 countries have come on board with Obama, signing a statement of support for an aggressive response.

    Well gosh darn that makes all the difference in the world! Let's start the bombing right now!!"

    Aaaw, how cute. Yesterday it was "all our allies are abandoning us and no other countries support this!!!!"

    As to other countries supply anything, about the only thing it would be nice to see is some money. The planned response can be carried out without boots on the ground, in a short time period and without other countries having to donate men or equipment. Moreover, most of them don' have the equipment and capabilities to carry out the planned response. That's ok tho...I'm sure you'll find yet another brand new self-contradictory spin to some tidbit of information tomorrow and blabber it all day...then contradict yourself again Sunday....as long as it's criticism and attacks on Obama though, right?

    September 6, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Tampa Tim: After destabilizing the Mid East with an unnecessary second war in Iraq, we have some responsibility to protect some populations from butchers.

    I actually agree with your comment. We do have a responsibility and have had one since Saddam was taken out of control. As does the "international coalition" that Bush put together in his efforts to topple Saddam.

    I will be the first to point out that we Americans aren't really that interested in helping those less fortunate than ourselves. We talk the talk ... but no ... we do not walk the walk.

    September 6, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Winston Smith

    He's out on a limb? What about the rest of us? Seems that the ones doing the talking do damn little if any fighting. The rest of us slobs have to place our bodies out there and make bullet sponges out of them, but he's the one out on the limb. Go figure.

    September 6, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @Thomas "I hope the world remembers those countries who turned there head and looked the other way."

    Why do we look away from places like Somalia and look toward places like Libya and Syria? Stability of the oil reserves!
    Time to see Obama is in with the corporate interests and the 1%. Next time I am voting Peace instead of a Warmonger Democrat-Republican.

    September 6, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Peoples State of Illinois

    Russia protects its ally, Syria, just as America protects its ally, Israel. We need to keep our extra large noses out of it.

    September 6, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. smith

    @Rudy- The russian navy is based on subs, you don`t hear about carriers because they only have one and it is old and outdated just like the rest of their top water ships. Russia`s military power is its land and air power not the navy.

    September 6, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. how ironic

    Hey Ghengis Khan! What is that sawing sound I hear?!! Enjoy the ride fool, Obama is going to make you wish you were still in the Senate pretending to do work.

    September 6, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. G

    afganistan and iraq cost america a lot more then ,egypt or lybia if your using them as a shining example .what iam saying is the whole middle east is a complete fail including the bush lying adventure

    September 6, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. Evergreen

    Syria violated international law. This is an international problem. The Preident is right to speak out but at the end of the day, if the international community does nothing and our congress votes No, then he must accept these decisions and take to heart that he tried.

    September 6, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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