John Kerry was for the Iraq war before he was against it. Glenn Kessler — the erratic Pinocchio guy at the WaPo who wouldn’t assign Pinocchios to Obama for setting a red line and then claiming he didn’t — has now bashed John Kerry for making up stuff about his position on Iraq. Compare and contrast the two Kerry statements:
John Kerry, Sept. 5, 2013:
[W]hen I was a senator, we opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq, but we know full well how that evidence was used to persuade all of us that authority ought to be given.
John Kerry, 2003:
It appears that with the deadline for exile come and gone, Saddam Hussein has chosen to make military force the ultimate weapons inspections enforcement mechanism. . . . If so, the only exit strategy is victory. This is our common mission and the world’s cause. We’re in this together. We want to complete the mission while safeguarding our troops, avoiding innocent civilian casualties, disarming Saddam Hussein, and engaging the community of nations to rebuild Iraq
Meanwhile, Kerry’s thinking-out-loud solution “give the weapons to the UN” solution — to the conumdrum created by Obama’s thinking-out-loud ad-libbed “red line” statement — has diplomats everywhere shrugging their shoulders and saying: yeah, I guess we could do that.
It’s kind of like a parent saying: “If you do that, you are going to be in SUCH BIG TROUBLE” — and then saying you can’t watch your favorite program at the usual time. You’ll have to wait a half hour instead.
But, shrug. I guess we could do that.
Congratulations, Mr. Kerry, on your brilliant off-the-cuff diplomacy and your shiny new Pinocchios!
P.S. Hey Mr. Kessler! How about examining Obama’s “nobody is listening to your phone calls” statement in light of your own paper’s recent revelation that Obama’s law enforcement guys are, in fact, listening to Americans’ phone calls?