Testifying on Capitol Hill, Secretary of State John Kerry just made a stunning admission. He declared:
One of the reasons Assad has been using these materials is because they have, up until now, made the calculation that the West writ large and the United States particularly are not going to do anything about it. Impunity is already working to kill a lot of people and to make things more dangerous. I guarantee you that is in their assessment.
That is a shocking self-indictment of the Obama administration’s Syria policy.
Parse with me: Kerry says that the “West writ large and the United States” had allowed Assad to kill “a lot of people” with “impunity.” Well, the leader of the “the West writ large and the United States” is President Obama.
Obama’s policy “impunity” led the Syrian dictator to assess that if he used chemical weapons, “the West writ large and the United states” (aka Obama) were “not going to do anything about it.”
In other words, it’s Obama’s fault Assad crossed the red line on chemical weapons. US policy led Assad to think he could get away with it. So says Obama’s secretary of state.
I wonder how it will go over in the Oval Office.