John Kerry: U.S. Attack on Syria Would Be ‘Unbelievably Small’

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The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that Syria should hand over its chemical weapons to avoid an attack. Speaking in London on Monday, after talks with his British counterpart William Hague, Kerry continued his efforts to garner wider international support for military action against Syria. When asked what would stop the U.S. from acting, he said the regime of President Bashar Assad would have to provide full international access to its stockpile of chemical weapons – a move Kerry said he believed was highly unlikely, the BBC reported. Even if the Congress does approve a strike, Kerry said it would be an “unbelievably small, limited” effort, meant to punish the regime’s use of chemical weapons but not intended to get the U.S. military involved in a years-long conflict.

The U.S. accuses Assad’s forces of killing 1,429 people in a sarin gas attack on Aug. 21, but the Syrian government blames the attack on rebels fighting to overthrow the regime, reports the BBC.

Meanwhile, talks between the Russian and Syrian foreign ministers are taking place in Moscow. The Russian and Syrian governments urged the U.S. on Monday to focus on convening a peace conference to end the two-and-a-half-year conflict instead of taking military action against Damascus, reports Reuters.

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24 comments
Tony5555
Tony5555

So in this 'small' military action - how many people would we kill?  How many women?  How many children?  How many families would be left without a father?  In Libya, with all the bombs we dropped - how many innocent people were killed.  When one talks about crimes of humanity, how many have we comited by bombing Libya?  So is it ok for the US to kill a lot of innocent people to support regime change but not ok for others to kill innocent people accidentally in war when the government is being attacked?  What about Hyroshima and Nagasaki?  And when one talks about the terrible chemical weapons programs, what about our bio-weapons programs right here in the US.  Isn't that a violation of the chemical weapons agreement we signed, or is there some loophole that make bio-weapons ok, even though they indescrimanently kill just the same as chemical weapons?  Isn't our bio-weapons program just as bad or even worse than the decades old chemical weapons?  And what would be worse -- using conventional weapons to kill everyone and level everything at the same time, or use a few chemical weapons to end a war while preserving the religious shrines and infrastructure of the cities?  When we bomed nagasaki and hiroshima, didn't we help to rebuild because of our guilty concious of killing massive numbers of innocents?  So why aren't we rushing to rebuild Libya after killing massive numbers of innocents in our blanket bombing campains?  The UN is right to not allow us into Syria!!!

StevenLitvintchouk
StevenLitvintchouk

Kerry:  "Can't we launch even a few missiles?  Please?  Pretty please?"


This is getting more and more grotesque every day.


Obama is likely to accept Putin's face-saving sop of an international conference-or-agreement-or-something.  Putin comes off looking like the statesman and hero, and Obama comes off looking like the weakling.


AsokSmith
AsokSmith

Unbelievable small? That's hard to believe. At any rate, here's the latest clarification from Kerry about how small unbelievably small is:

"How small? So small that if brains were dynamite, Obama wouldn't have enough to blow his nose. And that's how much explosive ordnance we'll be using. It's such a small amount, Assad may never even notice it. BUT, and that's a big but, we'll have sent him a message that using poison gas is unacceptable, assuming of course that he actually used it."

Unenbat_V
Unenbat_V

@JNSmall @TIME Every time the West goes to war to protect “freedom, human rights and democracy,” there’s always the nauseous stench of oil

DarioImpini
DarioImpini

Kerry said it would be “unbelievably small, limited” effort


They're going to drop a pack of firecrackers and shoot some fireworks to show them we mean business.  The longer they argue this, the more absurd this farce becomes.

EllieSmid
EllieSmid

just a teeny weeny bombing , come on Assad , we will try just kill a few thousand Syrians nothing like the 1 mill we killed in Iraq and which we are still killing in the middle east .. do not be a spoil sport ... You let the Israeli's throw 2 bombs on Damascus on THEIR bogus claims , now THAT was an act of war , and you let them be ... SO just hand over your chem weapons , let us bomb a few places left right and center for 90 days and THEN we will talk peace 


Great plan , doubt if anyone with A BRAIN would agree 

AwabNavi1
AwabNavi1

Kerry is being stupid in asking for a surrender of weapons but I don't think Assad will be as stupid as Kerry and meekly turn over his arms to Kerry and then be invaded and murdered.

AwabNavi1
AwabNavi1

Yeah! Disarm Syria and then attack it like you did Iraq and Libya. Mr. Kerry, think of something new and original this ploy is outdated.

YankReb69
YankReb69

@okpatgirl I don't recall us ever using that term. Maybe in Thailand, but we weren't talking about combat ops. ; )

okpatgirl
okpatgirl

@YankReb69 thanks for your service, Yankee, can't believe THIS is what passes for leadership in America now. Wimpy.

YankReb69
YankReb69

@okpatgirl Either that or it will be used as an excuse for crazy people to act really, really crazy and do really, really bad stuff.

okpatgirl
okpatgirl

@YankReb69 & dangerous. don't want our "boots" near there, not in air, on sea, or on ground. We need to sit this one out, feels like a trap.

YankReb69
YankReb69

@okpatgirl There is that... There will be a lot of designating and re-designating of targets going on this week. Not contrived. Just dumb.

okpatgirl
okpatgirl

@YankReb69 this whole scenario feels very contrived. Who believes Syria hasn't moved weaponry w/ advance notice, prob 2 schools/hospital?

YankReb69
YankReb69

@okpatgirl You're welcome. It's sad. It's bad enough giving them a heads up, but telling them we're only going to give them a boo-boo, too?