Day before yesterday Secretary of State John Kerry gave what I thought was a well-reasoned speech about limited intervention in Syria. I know most of you have watched with the same horror I feel as over 100,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war. I have recoiled from the images of chemical warfare used by someone (presumably the government) on one's own homeland. What could be worth that?
I watched Secretary Kerry, searching for clues about whether I should trust him in what he was saying. He seemed to me to be a juxtaposition against his predecessor. Hillary Clinton always seemed to me to be gad flying across the face of the earth and accomplishing little. During
her speeches as Secretary of State she always looked worn, and her composure looked contrived, as if she was consciously trying to portray someone in command. Her remarks about Benghazi have angered me and revealed that she does not view that situation as I do.
I have trust issues...
As Kerry spoke, he looked genuinely composed, in command of the facts. I softened and listened, hoping for leadership and assurance that my country was making an informed decision in this horrible situation, using information I don't have and wisdom that is worthy of national position.
In the end he convinced me. I agree that there may be a moral imperative here. I agree that Iran and others are watching. I agree that it may strengthen our security at home in the long run for evil doers out there to know that the United States is strong and full of resolve. Not that it matters in the end, but I mentally and emotionally climbed on board with Secretary Kerry and came into agreement that my country should, once again, move into the war zone. I hate it. I hate being in Afghanistan / Iraq to any extent. I just want us to all get along.
Still, if the leaders of my country think...
This assent was a shock to my family and circle of friends, knowing my political proclivities as they do.
I did have one big reservation about throwing my itty-bitty support to Secretary Kerry: The president. I have no confidence in his leadership. I believe he is pulling my country domestically down a dangerous path. I do not see him as a strong leader.
Still, there is Secretary Kerry, Secretary of Defense Hagel, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, all the national security advisors.
My mind's eyes moved back to Secretary Kerry. Yes, I decided to trust.
Then the president spoke yesterday. To my mind he did exactly what I feared. My view is that he backpedaled on his own secretary of state. The news this morning says that he had "privately" reconsidered moving ahead without congressional approval, that his remarks were a "surprise" to his advisors and to his cabinet. Really? Who does that to his cabinet?
At the leadership level of the presidency, I believe that one should do all
his/her "dithering" behind closed doors. Upon reflection I do agree that Congressional advice and approval is needed--BUT MAKE THAT DECISION BEFORE YOU MAKE A PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT!!
Do not trot out your Secretary of State to make a proclamation tantamount to limited declaration of war until you are sure. If you can't be sure, keep your mouth shut. MAKE THE DADBLASTED DECISION then be united. Don't head off in one direction then pull off to the side--in full view of the world.
I am ashamed and embarrassed. I am no longer on board. We have no leadership, and I don't want to go to war, no matter how limited, under this kind of wishy-washing. I don't know how he can go to his upcoming summit and face the Russians who are housing a traitor who has revealed that our own President has presided over spying on his own people (ala Russia, by the way--can't you see Putin giggling?). And now, to face Putin after this dazzling display of weenieism...
I'm back to trust issues... C (sorry for the shouting...)
P.S. - After posting I have been watching the Sunday morning news shows--not good. Watch Kerry now...he doesn't look so rested this morning. Probably a rough last 24 hours. He's a good soldier, though--this is simply not enough for me. I think our leader does not know what he is doing.