Insanity in D.C.: McCain playing poker during Syria hearing, Kerry met with Assad six times in 2009
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
During the first public hearing on Syria, the Senate agreed on draft legislation that would approve a U.S. military operation in response to alleged chemical weapons use.
In that same incredibly important hearing, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a man who sneaked into Syria to meet with rebels, was found to be playing online poker on his phone.
That’s right, the same man who has pushed for the U.S. to invade Syria apparently found the hearing too boring to be forced to bother with paying attention.
Indeed, when his behavior was revealed, he didn’t seem at all concerned about it, joking via Twitter:
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing – worst of all I lost!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013
Some journalists apparently found it amusing:
— David Beard (@dabeard) September 3, 2013
When one is talking about the authorization of an operation that undoubtedly will result in the death of human beings, one might want to turn off one’s phone for a measly three hours and pay attention.
College students and churchgoers regularly pay attention for similar amounts of time without resorting to playing iPhone games. Apparently that’s too much to ask of a U.S. Senator.
In other news, a photograph, apparently from February 2009, is making the rounds showing Secretary of State John Kerry eating dinner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and their wives.
As the Independent rightly notes, the image comes “in stark contrast to comments Mr Kerry recently made about the Syrian president, describing him as a ‘thug’ and drawing comparisons between Mr Assad and Adolf Hitler over their use of chemical weapons.”
I would add that there is still no proof that Assad actually used chemical weapons. Even when the UN investigators publish their findings, their own statements point out that the findings will not show who actually used the weapons.
Kerry’s was wildly different when he met with Assad as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Kerry met with Assad at least six times, according to The Telegraph, and said that, “President Barack Obama’s administration considers Syria a key player in Washington’s efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.”
“Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region,” Kerry added.
During Tuesday’s, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) questioned Kerry on Syria:
Commenting on the clip, retired Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer noted, “a ‘limited military strike’ will further destabilize Syria and the region – and no – it will not deter President Assad from using weapons, especially if you posit that he acted irrationally to use the weapons the first time.”
Indeed, the lack of common sense involved in this type of reasoning is something that seems to slip out of reach of most in Washington.
“And [thinking that] somehow antagonizing him will bring rationality to his thinking is truly insane,” Shaffer added.
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