Col. Peters on Kerry's speech: 'Melodrama is not a substitute for a strategy'
He has a lot more to say too, including calling out Kerry for his "hypocrisy" for using the same arguments Bush used for military action against Saddam - arguments he called "lies" at the time - for going to war against Assad.
The United States government now knows that at least 1,429 Syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. Even the first-responders, the doctors, nurses and medics who tried to save them, they became victims themselves. We saw them gasping for air, terrified that their own lives were in danger.
This is the indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons. This is what Assad did to his own people.
We also know many disturbing details about the aftermath. We know that a senior regime official who knew about the attack confirmed that chemical weapons were used by the regime, reviewed the impact, and actually was afraid that they would be discovered.
We know this.
And we know what they did next. I personally called the foreign minister of Syria, and I said to him, "If, as you say, your nation has nothing to hide then let the United Nations in immediately and give the inspectors the unfettered access, so they have the opportunity to tell your story."
Instead, for four days, they shelled the neighborhood in order to destroy evidence, bombarding block after black at a rate four times higher than they had over the previous 10 days. And, when the U.N. inspectors finally gained access, that access -- as we now know -- was restricted and controlled.
In all of these things that I have listed, in all of these things that we know -- all of them -- the American intelligence community has high confidence, high confidence. This is common sense. This is evidence. These are facts.
Colonel Peter's response:
Kerry's melodrama was missing one thing: a hint at what the administration's policy is. That's because they don't have one. A strike on Syria that has a chance to erupt into a regional war is being done to service the "vanity" of President Obama, as Charles Krauthammer told Hannity:
"It has no purpose whatsoever. Unless it is to assuage the guilty conscience of a president. Or vindicate the vanity of a president who's become a laughingstock around the world and whose word means nothing because last year he spoke about a red line and has allowed all the red lines to be crossed without lifting a finger. Maybe he feels compelled as a way to vindicate himself, but you don't take a country into war as a way to vindicate your own standing," said Krauthammer.
It's impossible to hide the abject failure of the president's foreign policy any longer. On every front - Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, the Americas - you can't point to a single issue where the president has suceeded. In fact, it can be argued in many places like the Middle East, he has made things infinitely worse.
American credibility is in the toilet and Obama is about to hit the flush handle.