Video: John Kerry Captivated by Questioning From Rand Paul

Posted by on Sep 03, 2013 at 6:57 pm

If anything captured the Senate farce today, it’s the smug John Kerry basically ignoring questioning from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Heck, he barely acknowledges his existence. Then when he finally engages he starts attacking Paul. The aloofness is astounding. He even plays the Vietnam card. Soooo tired. Pay attention as Paul delivers his questions. Stay tuned for the end as Kerry is left flailing for help, only to receive none.

As a palate cleanser, Ace has the Top Twenty Wisecracks About John Kerry’s and Chuck Hagel’s Catastrophic Senate Testimony

 

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22 Responses to “Video: John Kerry Captivated by Questioning From Rand Paul”

  1. Jack on 3/03/13 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t see “aloofness” and I think you mis-characterized the exchange.

    But I detested the atmosphere of emotionalism in Kerry’s response and Paul’s questions.

    They aren’t having a Q and A, they are performing Kabuki Theater.

    It is a sad fucking day. I bet Assad is sitting in his study and saying, “What the Fuck!! I didn’t use that gas!!!”

    This is Fast and Furious and a Youtube Video all over again.

  2. jukin on 3/03/13 at 7:50 pm

    Basically our armed forces will be fighting side by side by our enemy, Al Qaeida, in order t save face so a United Sates president that is more than likely a member of the muslim brotherhood.

    I see how Hitler came to power in 1935 very clearly and it involves have 100% control of the media.

  3. Howie on 3/03/13 at 10:33 pm

    Kerry is unconvincing in saying how much safer Israel will be. He lines up three guys as allies, and then says that if the US attacks one, they will be less likely to go after Israel. Then he says Israel can defend itself competently. Does anyone take this guy seriously?

  4. Bobd on 3/03/13 at 10:35 pm

    So bombing someone isn’t making war on them? Since when? If someone bombed us, would that be making war on us? How unserious can a man be. Our country is in the very best of hands.

  5. Bobd on 3/03/13 at 10:39 pm

    BTW, the poll asks Americans if they’re in favor of attacking Syria, not if they are in favor of going to war. So is Kerry going to tell us bombing Syria isn’t “attacking” them?

  6. ChestRockwell on 3/03/13 at 11:40 pm

    Heh, the end of that exchange was classic.

    The general pretty much said ‘f*ck you’

  7. rasqual on 4/04/13 at 12:09 am

    So according to Kerry, it’s not war if we don’t risk American lives. He was pretty explicit about that.

    That’s a weird — and dangerous — turn in the understanding of warfare. No need for discussion of jus ad bellum or anything like that. Just: are we risking American lives.

    So war doesn’t mean risking an enemy’s lives, violating their geographic sovereignty, destroying their assets and reducing their military capacity. War is when we do all that while risking American lives. We can do that to any country we like with drones and missiles, and it’s not war.

    This is insane.

    Maybe action should be taken against Syria — I don’t know. It’s not an easy call, IMO. But I’d be a lot happier about something I consider far more intractably complex than it was two years ago (when action might have made more sense, if it ever made any sense at all) — I’d be happier, I say, if I knew the people making the case for it were not in thrall to really, really weird ideas about what differentiates war from . . . something else. When things are complicated, I’m not cheered when I observe Kerry’s peculiar way of thinking about war.

  8. Kgaard on 4/04/13 at 7:09 am

    @Jack … How is Rand Paul a whiny little bitch in this debate? I fail to see it.

  9. Gobsmacked on 4/04/13 at 8:50 am

    I feel like I woke up on Bizarro World. Mr. Winter Soldier is promoting “limited action” ( isn’t that how Vietnam started?) attacking another country that is not a direct threat to the US (wasn’t that the left’s argument against deposing Saddam?). Listening to Lurch promoting military action and hearing nothing but crickets from Code Pink, et al is astonishing to me. It really is all about tribe with the left, isn’t it? Unilateral military action with no UN sanction is all just peaches and cream when a Dem is president.

  10. Andrew on 4/04/13 at 9:49 am

    The question I wished Paul had asked is, “Who cares?” Why do we care whether Assad did or didn’t use chemical weapons? Is being killed with a chemical bomb somehow worse than a conventional bomb? End result – you’re still dead. Oh no, the children are suffocating to death instead of burning to death! Where was our high horse when we were giving Iraq chemical weapons to use on Iran? Or when we were dropping agent orange in Vietnam? Are we really expected to believe this is about chemical weapons? If that’s truly the case it should be rejected solely on that basis.

  11. RiverC on 4/04/13 at 11:22 am

    @andrew

    For Kerry’s part, he does make it explicit that there is a 100-year prohibition on chemical weapon usage. Additionally, I’m sure he could cite Obama’s red line thing or whatever, plus whatever agreements we’ve signed internationally.

    Also I don’t know how ‘evil’ Assad actually is, especially considering that he has protected the Syrian Christians from Muslim BS for years; so now we remove him and replace him with … who? And will this person protect the Christians? And will destroying their chemical weapons not ignite a regional conflict?

    It’s like the food fight that starts because someone throws a rotten tomato and misses. “I only meant to give the smug bastard a good facefull” – said while cleaning up the trashed cafeteria.

    F’in Saudi Arabia, that’s what this s*** is. This is no illuminati conspiracy; they’re pushing for this because guess what, they’re Sunnis and the big Shi’ite powers are all ‘HOLLA’ right now.

    America, Colossal White Knight.

  12. Edward on 4/04/13 at 12:26 pm

    ***Howie on 3/03/13 at 10:33 pm

    Does anyone take this guy seriously?***

    Well, he is the Secretary of State under POTUS Barack Hussein Obama.

    So, no…

  13. zmortis on 4/04/13 at 1:30 pm

    I think we do need to take a shot across Syria’s bow. If it misses Syria and hits Iran’s nuclear processing facilities, then even better. That should get the point across better than bombing random Syrian military units.

  14. jb books on 4/04/13 at 3:34 pm

    As SoS, he may end up being “less worse” than Shrillary….so he’s got that going for him.

  15. Ivo Archer on 4/04/13 at 6:21 pm

    Putting aside for a moment the self aggrandizement of the two gentlemen with their faux dialogue. Let’s also assume that imbecilic responses posted here from mentally destitute conspi-racists (e.g., positing that Obama is “likely a member of the muslim brotherhood” and then invoking Hitler in the same breath) are not representative of how civilized humans actually think: Shouldn’t we ask how our descendants, say 50 years from now, will view our action or inaction, both of which will have profound effects?

  16. Ivo Archer on 4/04/13 at 6:26 pm

    Put aside for a moment the self aggrandizement of the two gentlemen with their faux dialogues. Let’s also assume that imbecilic responses from mentally destitute conspi-racists (e.g., positing that Obama is “likely a member of the muslim brotherhood” and then invoking Hitler in the same breath) are not representative of how most of you civilized humans actually think:

    Shouldn’t we ask how our descendants, say 50 years from now, will view our action or inaction, both of which will have profound effects?

  17. PD Quig on 4/04/13 at 7:14 pm

    Clusterf*ck. Worthless. Waste of time. One thing is was not was “a good discussion.”

    The facts are that presidents have taken many martial actions without asking for congressional approval (Kosovo, Panama, Libya 1986, Grenada, Libya 2011, etc.). Obama’s insufferable hypocrisy on this question now that he is president–and the Democrats hatred-filled anti-Bush activities and language after voting for the AUMF–are prominent reasons why the GOP is pressing this issue.

    Obama has screwed the pooch in the Middle East. A little warfare will make him feel better about his Nobel Peace Prize. Vote “present” and let him take full responsibility…for once in his miserable life.