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  •  I agree, but our administration framed the (1+ / 0-)
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    comparison.

    Now how does a world leader strike a deal with a government and leader that was referenced to the Natzis and Hitler?

    Kerry compared Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, to Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler, repeating his contentious claim, made earlier in the week, that the trio are the only leaders to have used chemical weapons since the Geneva Protocol against such methods was signed in 1925.

    "This is our Munich moment. This is our chance to join together and pursue accountability over appeasement," Kerry said on Saturday, in a reference to the Munich Agreement between Nazi Germany and Europe's leading powers. He added: "This is not the time to be silent spectators to slaughter … this is not the time to allow a dictator unfettered use of some of the most heinous weapons on earth

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    •  That's his problem. (4+ / 0-)
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      He shouldn't have let his SoS run his mouth in the first place.

      It certainly isn't a worthwhile use of time, for me at least, to figure out how Obama unfucks a situation his SoS made unnecessarily more difficult.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

      by DeadHead on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 01:29:27 AM PDT

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    •  To be fair, he was comparing on one dimension (1+ / 0-)
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      The willingness to use poison gas against perceived enemies, to attack civilians within the territory.

      On that level, he wasn't saying that Assad is Hitler, but that they are two of of an infamous trio of world leaders to do such a heinous thing. One might argue if Kerry is correct in drawing that line, since there are other examples of chemical weapons being used, however the circumstances in those other situations were different (they were not used against own population) and they weren't so well recorded and reported to have reached world-wide consciousness.

      The Munich moment comment really isn't comparing the two despots. That's just lazy reporting. Kerry was comparing the moments in the the urgency of gettting hte international community to make an effective stand against a threat to the international code of conduct. With Hitler, the threat was to invade other countries. It was undoubtedly a more serious, deeper and wider threat, but the use of chemical weapons is also something the international community must join together to oppose and affirmatively act to deter.

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      by FischFry on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 05:04:28 AM PDT

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      •  I get it but now we are at some sort of twilight (1+ / 0-)
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        ...zone because Assad, a despot, willing to kill untold number of people to keep his clan in power and on the other hand we are entering negotiations with him; not to step down but to abandon his chemical weapons.  

        Odd no?

        •  The problem with going off-script... (1+ / 0-)
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          It's not the Hitler comment that is causing conniptions at State, it's the off-handed, non-serious one about Syria's getting rid of the chemical weapons.

          Yes, if a deal materializes, it may prove to be a more effective way to deal with the chemical munitions...but it will mean no strikes which might have helped rebels urn the tide of battle. You can be sure there are plenty who wish Kerry hadn't said this because this might have been the way in to help the rebels.

          Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

          by FischFry on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 05:43:24 AM PDT

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