Trick or twist? US Secretary of State John Kerry walks into a bar — bartender asks: Why the long face?
Yep, jokester and nit-twit, Kerry’s bullshit might have saved his boss an ass whopping.
Off the cuff:
Asked early Monday in London if there was anything Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could do to avert a US military strike, Kerry replied: “Sure.”
“He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that.”
Kerry knew bullshit when it comes out of his mouth, but others apparently didn’t.
(Illustration: Pablo Picasso’s ‘Musician, Dancer, Goat & Bird‘ found here).
Kerry knows of himself, though:
He quickly seemed to shoot down his own idea, adding:
“But he isn’t about to do it, and it can’t be done, obviously.”
Obvious to whom?
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, however, picked up Kerry’s supposedly “rehtorical statement” and ran full-hog with it.
This morning from AFP:
“We (Russia) are currently working on preparing a workable, precise and concrete plan and for this there are literally right now, in these minutes, contacts with the Syrian side,” Lavrov said at a news conference with his Libyan counterpart.
“And we expect to present this plan soon and we will be ready to work on it with the UN secretary general, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with the participation of members of the UN Security Council,” he added.
Lavrov on Monday proposed for the Syrian regime to cede control of its chemical arms and subsequently have them destroyed, having seized a remark by US Secretary of State John Kerry that such a move, done “without delay” could avert a military strike.
US President Barack Obama remarked that the proposal could “potentially be a significant breakthrough” and pushed back the timetable for possible US strike, though keeping scepticism over the plan’s workability.
Lavrov expressed satisfaction over “the wide positive acceptance of this proposal in the world” but conceded that the initiative was not just Moscow’s invention.
“The proposal to place Syria’s chemical arms under international control is not entirely a Russian initiative,” he said.
“It has emerged from the contacts we had with American colleagues, from yesterday’s statement by John Kerry, who allowed for the possibility to avoid strikes if this problem can be solved.”
This development, of course, changed the course of the strike-happy President Obama, who claimed in a multi-set of US TV interviews the Russian proposal as a “potential breakthrough,” but would of course view this “with a grain of salt initially.”
Obama probably went to the bathroom and cried like a baby when he heard the Russia’s were going to back-up Kerry’s nonsense — he was about to get politically scalded alive — due to just about the entire majority of Americans, along with Michelle Obama, are way-against a military strike against Syria.
France has also announced it will float a plan through the UN to get the task moving in the proper direction — Syria has also Oked the move, along with the UK and even the UN itself. A last-minute solution to a horrible problem.
ShortFormBlog suggests Kerry just pulled a ‘Homer Simpson’ in stupid — great blunders can lead to good shit.