Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday, after reaching a tentative agreement with Russia to disarm Syria of chemical weapons, that his earlier statement about the impossibility of such a plan was in fact “the language of diplomacy.” “I purposefully made the statements,” Kerry said in Geneva, Switzerland, after reaching the framework of an agreement with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “And I did indeed say it was impossible and [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] won´t do it, even as I hoped it would be possible and wanted him to do it. And the language of diplomacy sometimes requires that you put
Oh sure, we knew that was his intent all along. Next thing, he will tell us that obama and Putin were just playing "bad cop, good cop" with Assad. These crap weasels in our White House have no shame....they were bested by the Russians (as much as I hate to admit it)and the world knows it.
Good grief . Can it possibly get any more bizarre than this? These People are certifiably crazy. Is there not a single person in Government that will step in and stop this madness? Lying is one thing. Crazy is quite another level.
yea, sure. that´s why the WH walked it back almost immediately. they are playing the American people for fools - which maybe, just maybe, too many are. i used to think not - but the last couple years, not so much.
Excuse me, I´m a certified Jive interpreter (my translations are delivered in a small circle on the bottom right of your TV set if you have the de-Jive chip in the new smart TVs) and this is major Jive from one of the true masters of Vanilla Jive.
So why did I think he would at least be an improvement over Hillary? I guess for Kerry, it must be hard to go from oratory to just plain, simple statements. Leave out the qualifiers, guy, like "unbelievably small strike."
The most successful negotiation is not only to get the other side to do what you want, but to have them take ownership that it was their idea all along.
"There is no limit to what a man can do so long as he does not care a straw who gets the credit for it." - Charles Edward Montague. Pres. Truman and BB Coach John Wooden have similar quotes attributed to them.
So far, both Mr. Putin and the Emperor now own the position of what we the people (who vehemently opposed military involvement in Syria - remember?) wanted all along.
It ain´t over by a long shot, but it´s a step in the right direction and our sons and daughters are out of this fight.
#18 Conservative turnout for Romney was better than he deserved after throwing the third debate. The Obamanation won due to massive voter fraud in key districts of blue states. We no longer have free, open and honest elections. I for one am getting damn tired of “voters who stay home because they don’t like whose on the Republican ticket” carp. After the election GOP apologists started this meme quoting 2 million stayed home and lately I’ve seen that number jump to 4 and 6 million. Its not “purist” conservatives staying home that loses Republicans elections, its that the Republicans don’t stand for any recognizable principles. They, like Obama, blame everyone and everything for their losses except themselves.
Dole, Bush, McPain, Romney. I’ve cast my last vote for a “Republican” unless they somehow stumble into becoming an opposition party. When the Dims are in the minority they don’t seem to have any trouble causing a ruckus and putting up roadblocks. It is beyond obvious that true Americans have no representation as long as the GOP insists on framing themselves as “not as bad as the Democrats”. The government has become the enemy of the people and the Republicans are just as much a part of it as the radical socialists.
We need a real Robin Hood, not the false one the socialists invented. The real Robin Hood did not “steal from the rich to give to the poor”. He liberated the property of the people that had been stolen by the king and the Sheriff of Nottingham (government) through unjust taxes. Robin Hood fought the tyranny of the monarchy on behalf of the right of the people to enjoy the fruits of their labor. I don’t see anything like that coming from the Republican “leadership”.
FTA: "Under the framework agreement, international inspectors would be on the ground in Syria by November. During that month, they would complete their initial assessment and all mixing and filling equipment for chemical weapons is to be destroyed."
´International inspectors´ - just who are these people and what are their affiliations? It´s all such a silly game, except that a very real part of it produces horror.
#36: Good post, good points [if I understand you correctly; I think I do].
Vote? Yes. It´s our only tool today short of... well, it´s our most practical tool today.
I agree, we have more and better reasons to vote than are usually cited. They are in part why I have never, ever missed an election at any level. You touch on a major one -- vote fraud by the Left. They have built vote fraud/election fraud [we have to include their fund-raising frauds] into a major industry. Bigger turnout especially by principled, real conservatives [not "I´ll take my ball and go home" whiners] is perhaps the first available tool to counter vote-count fraud. We also have to go after and win important offices like state-level AGs [who make critical prosecutorial policy], and Sec States [who decide who gets on the ballot]. We have to vote now because every election is an opportunity to impose a term-limit on RINOs like McCain and Graham, and all the Dems.
Plus the old observation, "If you aren´t part of the solution, you´re part of the problem."
Last from me for now -- those who don´t vote [really? There was no one on the entire ballot "pure" enough to be awarded your vote? Really? Wow, you´re special!] forfeit their right to complain.
"One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." ~~ Plato [who knew something about thinking and about smarts]
#36, I have to disagree with most of your points...
People should know for whom to vote without watching any debates. Debates are for the undecided. It is obvious already that someone like Romney will manage just about everything better than an O-Bomber would. We all knew which of the two major party nominees for president was the more conservative candidate. That´s who you vote for.
Analysis during the months since the election has shown that the DimWitz found ways to motivate a much higher turnout among older black women. That category of voter turned out in higher numbers than certain white voter categories. That has never happened before.
Rush promulgated the silly fiction that "The Establishment" forced Romney onto an unwilling party... total fiction... Romney got more primary votes than all other GOP candidates combined.
The primaries are how people can avoid letting the establishment pick nominees. In 1960, JFK used the primaries to get himself nominated, because the party bosses would never have picked him. That is the route that everyone must go now, ever since. That´s how O-Bomber beat Clinton.
Rush endorsed Romney in 2008. There was no valid reason to withhold support as Rush appeared to do in 2012.
The whiny stupidity Rush offered was that since the Tea Party had a big impact on the 2010 midterms, therefore the Tea Party should get to nominate the candidate in the 2012 election. But... even a dunce should know that a presidential primary is not a midterm. Fat crybabies just have to have their way and complain.
This is why we have a Wannabe Kommie Dicktater in office... Instead of a President Romney who said during the campaign... "We have a moral obligation not to spend more than we take in."
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