Monday, September 2, 2013

Disingenuous John Kerry: NOW we can prove sarin was used

Washington Post today:  Sarin gas used in Syria attack, Kerry says

That's great, John.  But -- does that mean you were trying to drum up support for an attack before you could prove chemicals weapons were used?

Come on, John, you know this is not the real question that needs to be answered.  What we need to know is who actually sent the sarin.  Why are you steering this debate in the wrong direction?

UPDATE Sept 5:  The BBC's Washington bureau explains the various methods that are being used by the Obama administration to convince a recalcitrant Congress and American people to start a new military adventure.  It also highlights the skeptics.

Method Number 6 is:  Get your lieutenants to present the case

Do the lieutenants seem to be enjoying this job?

John Kerry, Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey

The 2011 LA Times tells us that the Iraq and Afghanistan adventures weren't cheap:  2.5 Trillion $ and counting.  About $10,000 for each American.  It was all borrowed.  When will we have to pony up?  What will Syria cost?  And what will Syria look like after we join the fray?  Anything like our 'successes' in fractured Iraq and Afghanistan?

The 2013 LA Times ups the ante:

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost between $4 trillion and $6 trillion, with medical care and disability benefits weighing heavily for decades to come, according to a new analysis.
The bill to taxpayers so far has been $2 trillion, plus $260 billion in interest on the resulting debt. By comparison, the current federal budget is $3.8 trillion.
Sorry, $20,000 for each American.  Consider these wars your second mortgage.  And it's collecting interest.  How much are you willing to pay for Syria?

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