RUSH: You gotta hear this, folks. This is this morning in London, Secretary of State John Kerry and the UK foreign minister William Hague had a joint presser. During the presser Kerry said the following about the military strike that Obama wants against Syria.
KERRY: (shouting) We're not going to war! We will be able to hold Bashar Assad accountable without, uhh, engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria's civil war. That is exactly what we're talking about doing, unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.
RUSH: That's really gonna scare the heck out of Bashar Assad.
What...? Folks, this is who liberals are -- and, yes, I'm on a quest. I am on a quest for people on this radio show to understand who liberals are and what they do and how they think. These guys! They really think handcuffing and puffing, drawing red lines and flexing their muscles gonna scare Bashar Assad. And then he tries to assure Bashar, "We're not gonna go to war." He's telling his Hollywood buddies and his Democrat voters (summarized), "We're not going to war.
"We're gonna be able to hold Bashar accountable. We don't have to put troops on the ground or anything like that. It'll be very limited, very targeted. It isn't gonna be much." I mean, you declare this overwhelmingly, threatening evil -- nerve gas, chemical weapons, all this -- and then you come back and say, "But we're not gonna do much to him."
RUSH: John Kerry. We have just spent the past two weeks with Kerry and Obama telling us what a rotten guy Assad is. "He has chemical weapons, biological weapons, nerve gas. It doesn't get any worse! This is just short of nukes. This guy's gotta be stopped."
Then Obama says, "Well, maybe in 10 days, and only if Congress agrees," and then he goes and plays golf, and then denies ever drawing a red line. All of this. Then Kerry's out there huffing and puffing about what a dangerous guy this is and they've got the evidence. "It's toooootally concluuuuusive. We've gotta get rid of this guy! This guy's a scum," after having dinner with him four or five times nine years ago, at a posh restaurant requiring a jack and tie, after talking about what a reformer this guy is.
Now they're out there saying he's one the biggest reprobates on the face of the earth. At a joint press conference today with the UK foreign secretary, Kerry says, "Well, we're not gonna go to war! Come on! I mean, we're not going to war. We won't put boots on the ground. We're not gonna be able to hold him accountable without engaging troops. There'll be no prolonged effort. It'll be something very short-term, targeted, that degrades his capacity to deliver weapons. It's not gonna be a big deal.
"It'll be unbelievably small," and then he tells Assad he has a week to give up! This is some kind of "pathic." Sociopathic, psychopathic, I don't know, but it's some "pathic." Now, again, what Kerry thinks is gonna happen... I think both things. He's trying to calm down his base. I mean, the left out there, folks, really are fit to be tied over this. They just don't have the guts to say so. The Congressional Black Caucus is being told to shut up. The left is fit to be tied.
On all the blogs, they can't understand. They hate this. The US going to war? A Democrat, anti-war president? John Kerry speaking positively of sending in missiles? They hate this. So Kerry is trying to assuage them. "It isn't gonna be a big deal! Don't worry about it. We're not sending troops in there. We're not gonna get anybody killed. We're just gonna send a couple missiles. It's gonna be really small and really unbelievably limited," and somehow this is also supposed to persuade Assad to give.