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John Kerry Is Confused (Again)



U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is notorious for being a flip-flopper. In fact his infamous support/ opposition for an $87 billion Iraq War appropriation as a Democratic U.S. Senator in 2003 led to one of the memorable quotes of the 2004 presidential campaign.

“I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” candidate Kerry said.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Kerry is flip flopping again – this time almost instantaneously – on whether American military intervention in the Syrian civil war should include “boots on the ground” (i.e. U.S. combat troops fighting inside Syria).

Initially, Kerry didn’t rule out that possibility.

“In the event Syria imploded, for instance, or in the event there was a threat of a chemical weapons cache falling into the hands of al-Nusra or someone else and it was clearly in the interest of our allies and all of us, the British, the French and others, to prevent those weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of the worst elements, I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to a president of the United States to secure our country,” he said.

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Moments later, though, Kerry took the option he was explicitly leaving on the table … off of the table.

“I don’t want anybody misinterpreting this from earlier,” he said. “This authorization does not contemplate and should not have any allowance for any troops on the ground. I just want to make that absolutely clear. What I was doing was hypothesizing about a potential – it might occur at some point in time – but not in this authorization.”

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Sheesh …

“I sure hope they’re planning their military operations a little better than their Hill testimony,” Keith Koffler of White House Dossier wrote.

For those of you keeping score at home, the latest polling shows overwhelming opposition to any American military intervention in Syria.