A few days ago John Kerry had some stern words:
The Obama administration toughened its tone toward President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with US Secretary of State John Kerry making it clear that the US is considering possible military action over the regime’s alleged chemical weapons use.
Employing his strongest language yet, Kerry said Washington was still examining evidence, but left no doubt that Assad’s regime would be blamed.
There can be no doubt that the chemical weapons were used in Syria and the government’s behavior suggests that something is being covered up. President Barack Obama will be holding deliberations and will decide how to respond, said Kerry at a State Department briefing.
The chemical attack unleashed against civilians in Syria last week should “shock the conscience of the world,” he added, calling the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons “a moral obscenity.”
“By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.”
Assad’s government has denied carrying out last week’s alleged chemical weapons strike on a civilian community near Damascus, which reportedly killed hundreds of people, but Kerry said that independent reports of an atrocity were credible and said that the United States would soon present more concrete evidence of its own.
“Moreover, we know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons. We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets,” he said.
“We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all of us become witnesses.
“We have additional information about this attack, and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners, and we will provide that information in the days ahead,” he said.
I remember another time when John Kerry testified to atrocities he never witnessed:
I would like to talk on behalf of all those veterans and say that several months ago in Detroit we had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged, and many very highly decorated, veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia. These were not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit – the emotions in the room and the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.
They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.
We call this investigation the Winter Soldier Investigation.
— John Kerry, testifying before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, April 22, 1971
Mr. Kerry, you said at one time or another that you think our policies in Vietnam are tantamount to genocide and that the responsibility lies at all chains of command over there. Do you consider that you personally as a Naval officer committed atrocities in Vietnam or crimes punishable by law in this country?
— Crosby Noyes, Washington Evening Star
There are all kinds of atrocities, and I would have to say that, yes, yes, I committed the same kind of atrocities as thousands of other soldiers have committed in that I took part in shootings in free fire zones. I conducted harassment and interdiction fire. I used 50 calibre machine guns, which we were granted and ordered to use, which were our only weapon against people. I took part in search and destroy missions, in the burning of villages. All of this is contrary to the laws of warfare, all of this is contrary to the Geneva Conventions and all of this is ordered as a matter of written established policy by the government of the United States from the top down. And I believe that the men who designed these, the men who designed the free fire zone, the men who ordered us, the men who signed off the air raid strike areas, I think these men, by the letter of the law, the same letter of the law that tried Lieutenant Calley, are war criminals.
— John Kerry, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” April 18, 1971
Barack Obama picked the perfect front man should this all fall apart.