If we keep doing the same stupid thing that doesn’t work some more, it’ll work!
Obama and Kerry keep pushing ceasefires that Hamas keeps violating. Every instinct should urge them to stop. But this isn’t an administration that stops doing bad and terrible things just because they don’t work.
It doubles down on them instead.
John Kerry: We believe the momentum generated by these short-term cease-fires is the best way to achieve a sustainable cease-fire.
State department spokeswoman Jen Psaki: ”Our focus is now is on short term ceasefires than can be built on each other.”
I’m not sure which version of this is crazier.
Kerry is saying that enough worthless ceasefires chained together will somehow lead to a permanent ceasefire. That’s the same logic that leads people to keep sending money to Nigerian princes.
Hamas keeps violating ceasefires, but Kerry believes that each ceasefire creates “momentum”. This is Diplospeak for “We’re complete failures, but don’t fire us yet, because our failures are building momentum for success.”
Psaki’s version is slightly crazier, though more honest, because she is essentially admitting that the ceasefires are worthless, but if you pile enough of them together, you have… a bunch of worthless ceasefires. But they’re tied together so it’s almost, kinda, sorta… still worthless.
So instead they’ll keep insisting that Israel agree to ceasefires, which Hamas will break, which Israel will then attack, and then Kerry will insist that Israel adopt another short term ceasefire.
But wait, you can’t point out that Kerry is an idiot. That will permanently ruin relations between Israel and whoever replaces Obama.
Other officials used even harsher language, saying the attacks on Kerry crossed a line and put the relationship between the U.S. and Israel in jeopardy. Those officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter on the record by name.
Russia humiliates Kerry and it doesn’t cross a line. Egypt humiliates Kerry, no lines crossed. A liberal Israeli paper blasts Kerry and suddenly… lines are crossed.
Maybe if enough of those lines are crossed, we’ll have a sustainable ceasefire. It’s a plan so crazy that it’s bound to work.