It was awkward, uncomfortable, and all-around squirmy for Secretary of State John Kerry on Capitol Hill during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilling over Obama’s strategy to defeat ISIS. When he wasn’t being heckled by the Code Pinkos (or attempting to reason with them), he was getting bombarded with tough questions from Republicans and Democrats alike, as he should have been. These hearings are often criticized for the amount of grandstanding exhibited by the lawmakers running them, but that’s merely one of the side effects that comes with not getting straight answers from the administration. To that end, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) was none too pleased with Kerry or his bosses.
“We have three senators — President, Vice President, Secretary of State — that are exercising terrible judgment right now,” said Corker. “And to say that you’re going to do this regardless of what we say, you’re not going to ask for buy-in by the United States Senate or House of Representatives on behalf of the American people in a conflict that’s going to be multiyear. Some people say a decade. Taking us into another country with a different enemy, is exercising the worst judgment possible.”
Corker made it clear with Kerry that he’s tired of the semantic games the Obama team has been engaged in over the past few weeks. “Saying … ‘if Congress wants to play a constructive role, we would welcome that,’ to me, this is a political game. And I’m disappointed that you, as Secretary of State, after being chairman of this committee, after espousing the views that you have espoused in the past, out of convenience and parsing legal words, would make the statement you just made.”
The grilling continued for several minutes after that, but lucky for Kerry, he was eventually bailed out and propped back up by his good friend, Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer:
“Secretary Kerry, thank you for your tireless work,” said the California Democrat. “I think it is shocking and a sad state of affairs that we heard just now such angry comments aimed at you, Mr. Secretary, and through you at our president, instead of at ISIS … I think it’s shocking. I’m actually shaking and trembling.”
Thanks a butt-load, Babs. We wouldn’t expect any less from you. “Shaking and trembling” at the words of Bob Corker? Oh, the humanity of it all! God forbid anyone gets frustrated with a policy that makes little to no sense.
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