Foggy Mind at Foggy Bottom

John Kerry’s disastrous portfolio.

The emblematic moment of John Kerry’s tenure as the steward of American foreign policy came in London on September 9, 2013. The secretary of state was holding a press conference when he was asked about the Syrian civil war. Bashar al-Assad’s forces had been caught using chemical weapons on the rebels who hoped to bring the Arab Spring to Damascus. The use of such weapons had been designated by President Obama as the West’s “red line.” Obama had no desire to get involved in the Syrian civil war, but neither did he want to be seen as tacitly accepting a dictator gassing his own people. And so a president intent on reducing the U.S. military’s global footprint instead declared on August 31, 2013, that the West had no choice but to launch punitive military strikes against Assad’s assets in Syria. He scheduled a televised address for September 10 to lay out his case.

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