Well, yesterday I was inspired by John Kerry. He absolutely shredded Kentucky Senator Rand Paul during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
Rand is, of course, the son of Ron Paul — the man who made a career essentially off three things:
- Opposing war
- Supporting the legalization of drugs
- A non-existent government
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that his son opposes any involvement in Syria.
And while I still don’t know where I stand on the matter, John Kerry wasn’t going to let Rand Paul’s ignorance (and 2016 presidential posturing) run the show. Watch the video below:
Absolutely love it. This is what happens when a man who’s using his position in Congress to stage a future presidential run meets a man who’s simply speaking the truth.
John Kerry wasn’t there to promote war. In fact, he repeatedly said nobody wants war. His emphasis was on the atrocities that have been committed and our reaction to those.
Kerry said what I’ve said for a while. Most people don’t want war, but at what point do you say military action is needed? Also, President Obama isn’t calling for an Iraq-type war, he’s simply pushing for measures which would weaken Assad and put his corrupt regime in a position where they would have no choice but to give up power.
So the word “war” isn’t really accurate. Let’s not forget, President Clinton ordered military involvement in Kosovo, and most Democrats see Clinton as a great man and a political hero for their party.
We’ve just been so jaded by right-wing fear mongering that we’ve allowed any mention of military action to take us back to 2003, just before we invaded Iraq.
Well I’m sorry to tell these anti-Syria people—Syria is nothing like Iraq.
But my favorite part of the exchange between Secretary of State Kerry and Senator Paul was Paul rolling his eyes like a petulant teenager that wasn’t getting his way. It seemed like the equivalent of a “whatever” response to a situation in which the answer didn’t support what he wanted.
Because it’s the truth. President Obama isn’t calling for war. He isn’t calling for tens of thousands of troops to be deployed and invade another country (like I said, this isn’t Iraq). He’s calling for some kind of military action to weaken Assad and expedite the end of this horrific civil war.
So while people like Rand Paul continue to campaign around the country, trying to paint Obama as some war-mongering President, John Kerry said it best — “100% of Americans don’t want war.”
And the truth is, that’s not what Obama is calling for either. Which, by watching this video, is something Rand Paul didn’t like hearing.
Then again, when do Republicans like hearing the truth?
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