Obama Administration Promises “Unbelievably Small” Attack In Syria

If anything illustrates the absurdity of the case for war in Syria – be it by way of the Obama administration’s war resolution or the alternative being developed by Senate Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp – it’s this video of Secretary of State John Kerry promising an “unbelievably small” strike.

“What we have to do is make clear to people that we’re not talking about war. We’re not going to war. We will not have people involved in that way,” Secretary Kerry said touting an “unbelievably small kind of effort.

That’s reassuring? Senator John McCain is not impressed:


I tend to take the “go big or go home” approach to foreign policy and war-making. If we’re going to commit blood and treasure to some cause, if we’re going to put our nation’s standing on the line and our military members at risk, then we should go whole-hot. We give it everything we’ve got until we achieve whatever objectives we’ve set out to achieve.

If we’re not willing to commit to that, we have no business being in the conflict in the first place.

It’s clear that what the Obama administration wants to do is fulfill the obligation created by President Obama’s ill-advised “red line” by firing a few missiles and call it good.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Roy_Bean

    Maybe Syria could just clear out a parking lot some where and we could shoot some bottle rockets at it.

    • colnzgprnts

      This sounds like a great alternative for a president interested only in a photo-op. I do think he would be well-advised to tell Syria that we will pay or any damage in or near the parking lot – in fact we should send a ‘good-faith’ check for a few million before we shoot off our bottle rockets’ A check in advance would put us in good stead with the world community which perceives the US as affluent wussies!

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      I’m beginning to think that General Dynamics is behind this.

  • Jonesy

    “We give it everything we’ve got until we achieve whatever objectives we’ve set out to achieve.” “It’s clear that what the Obama administration wants to do is fulfill the obligation created by President Obama’s ill-advised “red line” by firing a few missiles and call it good.”

    Would an “unbelievably small” strike not achieve the objective of fulfilling the obligation created by Obama? That’s all this “war” is about anyway. Obama should set his sights on diplomacy and leave the Syrian civil war to the Syrians. If the UN wants nothing to do with enforcing a chemical weapons ban, I don’t see why the US should get involved in it. Personally, I’m still not convinced Assad (or his forces) were the ones who used chemical weapons.

  • Thresherman

    Man, someone needs to tell these people they are in a hold and need to stop digging.

    This is what happens when there is no coherent foreign policy established and the President thinks that he is all things to all people and the world will change based on his mere utterances.

    I saw a thing over the weekend where the picture of Obama at the table with his national security council and on the far wall was a huge picture of George W Bush waving with the caption below saying “Miss me yet?”

    We need the grownups back in charge.

  • whowon

    Just read that the children the King used were kidnapped and killed by the rebels. He just can’t step any lower. http://grumpyelder.com/2013/09/syrian-children-kidnapped-by-rebels-identified-as-gas-victims-by-obama-administration-video/

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Want to see me do it again?

    What you didn’t believe me?

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Realistically if the president had launched a couple cruise missiles and left it at that who would have objected?

  • henrycat

    The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that “When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. “

  • zipity

    We expected no less from such a little man….

  • Camburn

    This is easy. We have no business being in the conflict.

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      Even if we did have a compelling interest what would the strikes that Obama/Kerry are advocating accomplish?

  • JoeMN

    “Unbelievably small

    Finally’
    A foreign policy to match Obama’s economic recovery.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Sooo … Obama’s going to Syria to drop … his pants?

    • mickey_moussaoui

      michelles is bigger

    • LenYol

      And Reggie will be right behind him!

  • ldb

    I agree with Roy,but I think that the weapons are gone already.All or none I say no not at this time

  • sbark

    Unbelievable small attack………maybe the USA air force, under the control apparently of Al Queda now, could also do a meals on wheels drop with the extra payload capacity for the ‘rebels” and refugees?……….then the left could again “feel good” about being compassionate, maybe even sign some up for USA welfare

  • Simon

    This is just a foot in the door. If we bomb Syria and discover it changes nothing, the administration will plead their case for further intervention, including ground troops, because we’ve come too far to quit.

    By the way, what is the objective of military action? What does Obama actually believe he can accomplish with a few bombs? When will we know the mission is accomplished? It appears to be a knee-jerk reaction with no plan.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Whets the point? It really doesn’t matter if we embarrass Obama by doing nothing. He’s not America, he’s already “fundamentally transformed America into “europe west”. It’s not like he has been supportive of past interventions. Plus 80,000 people have been killed in this civil war in Syria of which 1500 were gassed to death. Are the other 78,500 deaths any less important? As Hitlery likes to say; “what difference does it make?”

  • fredlave

    It’s also unbelievably stupid.

  • awfulorv

    Like hunting ducks through the cat tails, unseen, at the sound of their quacks, with .22 rifles.

  • bman

    There is nothing that makes me sicker than a couple of chicken hawks who hate our military so bad that they would slander them ordering a military operation.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    And Kerry was right!

  • awfulorv

    Wanna bet one of Obama’s cronies just happens to have an untested, and expensive, gas containment system, and would be willing to sell it to our gullible government?

  • awfulorv

    A Realtor is advised to never refer to the home he’s selling as a “nice little place”. And they are warned they might lose their licence, as well as be laughed out of the profession, if they refer to it as “Unbeleivably small”…

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