Smart power. This is what it looks like.
Kerry was then questioned by a reporter about the possible responses if the evidence eventually proves that chemical weapons were indeed used again:
QUESTION: Thank you. Secretary Kerry, to follow up on your last point, if it is proven that chlorine was used as a chemical in war, which is prohibited, what will the Syrian Government face? What steps can be taken?
SECRETARY KERRY: …With respect to the CW and what the consequences are, it has been made clear by President Obama and others that use would result in consequences. We’re not going to pin ourselves down to a precise time, date, manner of action, but there will be consequences if it were to be proven, including, I might say, things that are way beyond our control and have nothing to do with us. But the International Criminal Court and others are free to hold him accountable. And as you know, we have a resolution that will be in front of the United Nations with respect to culpability for crimes against humanity, atrocities in the course of this conflict. So one way or the other, there will be accountability.
Let’s translate that from Diplomatese into English. There will be no consequences whatsoever except for a meaningless resolution somewhere.
Putin and Iran won. Obama lost.
After having set a red line, Kerry is withdrawing the red line while still insisting that there will be consequences … including consequences “beyond our control”.
He doesn’t mention the use of force, which is smart since he has no intention of using it, and instead babbles about the UN and the ICC which are threats to make any dictator laugh himself to death.
1. Obama set a red line for Syria
2. His bluff was called
3. There is now no more red line
This is the pathetic foreign policy of Obama Inc. This is what they’ve done to American power and credibility.