Secretary of State John Kerry used the statements from the leaders of two countries to make a case that there was some kind of international consensus.
One country was France. The other was Australia.
Unfortunately for JFK III, Australian voters tired of Labor looniness just booted the man behind the quote leaving Kerry dealing with another Prime Minister with a whole different approach to the Syrian Civil War.
Tony Abbott, who is likely to become Australia’s next prime minister on Saturday, has been labelled a graduate from the “John Wayne school of international relations” over his description of the Syrian conflict as a war of “baddies versus baddies”.
The prime minister, Kevin Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking former diplomat, likened Mr Abbott to John Wayne, saying the comments showed the opposition leader was not ready to represent Australia on the international stage. Mr Abbott, a former boxer, once claimed his favourite movie star is John Wayne.
After all the mockery, Australian voters chose John Wayne over Kevin Rudd. And that leaves Kerry dealing with Abbott, who is being careful of the US, but unenthusiastic.
Would-be prime minister Tony Abbott has signalled that if he wins Saturday’s poll, Australia will take a cautious approach to international affairs, saying that as a middle power Australia should not “be getting ideas above our station” in considering involvement with a possible US strike on Syria.
Appearing on ABC’s 7.30, Mr Abbott said “we have to be very careful, because if we break something, we own it”.
“I don’t think we should be getting ideas above our station, ” he said.
“Let’s face it, we’ve had extensive Western interventions. We had intervention in Iraq; I supported it, but a lot of people would question its wisdom and its outcomes, we’ve had intervention in Afghanistan, again I supported it; a lot of people would question its wisdom and its ultimate outcomes … We have to be very careful because if we break something, we own it.”
And Mr Abbott came under fire from social media when he suggested that asylum seekers fleeing the violence should seek refuge in nearby countries including Iraq.
“They’ve got Lebanon, they’ve got Jordan, they’ve got Turkey, they’ve got Iraq – any person person fleeing Syria winding up in Australia would be in much the same situation as Hazaras and others who are coming by boat at the present time and our position very clearly is, you should come through the front door, not through the back door.”
John Kerry meet John Wayne.
Finally Australian conservative columnist Andrew Bolt on what Abbott’s victory really means for the left.
This is a victory over a cultural elite that mocked him and Labor, which vilified him as a “misogynist”and bigot.
It is particularly a victory over the green movement, which Abbott fought from the day he won the Opposition leadership four years ago.
He beat Malcolm Turnbull by one vote on a promise to fight Labor’s plan to price carbon dioxide emissions.
Labor, which gave us the carbon tax it promised not to, has now been smashed for cheating voters with this useless hit on power bills, as well as for recklessly spending borrowed billions and weakening our borders.
Labor deserved to lose but it took Abbott to spot where it was weakest.
Abbott used the carbon tax to destroy Labor and will now destroy the tax itself.