Thanks, Mr. Secretary of State, for pinpointing the latest locus of dishonesty from within this administration.
As you may be aware, John Kerry, was caught Sunday on an open mike sneering about the Israeli Gaza operation, which was billed by the Israelis as a “pinpoint” strike.
KERRY: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation! It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation!
AIDE ON THE PHONE: It’s escalating significantly – it just underscores the need for a ceasefire.
KERRY: We’ve got to get over there. Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.
This is so revealing, in several ways:
1. It puts the lie to the White House contention that the administration believes Israel has “the right to defend itself,” supports its right to prevent missiles landing on its soil, and so forth. We already knew it was a lie, because the statements were vague and lacked a specific endorsement of Israel’s specific actions. But here’s the proof, laced with contempt.
2. It demonstrates that the direct impetus behind the White House quest for a ceasefire is not to stop Hamas, but to stop Israel. Kerry is very clear about who needs to stand down. It’s our Israeli allies.
3. Kerry in fact did leave for the Middle East later in the day. Who sent him? Notice, Kerry sent himself. The president at the moment Kerry was delivering these words was packing his bags to go golfing.
Funny, just before coming across this on Sunday, I had just had a conversation with a liberal friend of mine in which I acknowledged that, yes, Kerry did seem genuinely passionate about backing the Israeli operation, even if the president didn’t.
EVERY TIME I GIVE THIS ADMINISTRATION CREDIT FOR SOMETHING I COME TO REGRET IT.
Kerry’s passion, clearly, is not for the Israelis. His and Obama’s support for them is a pose, another charade from the House of Charades. Words from this administration are merely tools for manipulating the public and advancing Obama’s interests.
The contempt is not just for Israel, it’s for you.