Kerry to Russia: ‘You Just Don’t Invade Another Country on Phony Pretext’

Russia invades Crimea

Having a late breakfast this morning, I just about choked on my toast when I heard this. Interviewed on “Meet the Press,” Secretary of State John Kerry said (emphasis added):

“…Russia is inviting opprobrium on the international stage. There could even be ultimately asset freezes, visa bans. There could be certainly a disruption of any of the normal trade routine, and there could be business drawback on investment in the country. The ruble is already going down and feeling the impact of this.”

“And the reason for this…is because you just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. There are ways to deal with this.”

Really? Does the USA have the right to lecture anybody about an illegal invasion on a phony pretext?

  1. #1 by Larry Bergan on March 2, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    I once heard a comic say he passed an entire cheese sandwich through his nose.

  2. #2 by Nathan Erkkila on March 2, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    John Kerry has every right to say that, especially when he went up against that bullshit back in 2004.

    • #3 by Richard Warnick on March 2, 2014 - 1:59 pm

      Kerry was right about the Vietnam War. The illegal invasion of Iraq, not so much.

      Senate Democratic votes for the Iraq War

      During the 2004 election campaign, presidential candidate Kerry said he would have voted to authorize the Iraq invasion even if he knew that the pretext was a lie.

      In Hindsight, Kerry Says He’d Still Vote for War

      How many votes did he lose that day?

      • #4 by Nathan Erkkila on March 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm

        He supported it under the warning, saying that all diplomatic avenues would be exhausted before war is even a possibility.

        • #5 by Richard Warnick on March 3, 2014 - 12:42 am

          Why not say, in 2004, that if he had to take that vote again knowing that President Bush was lying, he would not want to authorize the use of military force?

  3. #6 by Larry Bergan on March 2, 2014 - 1:52 pm

    Oh, stop it Nathan!

    They stole the election from Kerry and rather then fight, he folded like a cheap lawn chair.

    You know it as well as I do.

    • #7 by Nathan Erkkila on March 2, 2014 - 5:28 pm

      Kerry is someone who was against the Iraq War. He thought it was an unjust war and criticized Bush heavily over it during and after the elections. Kerry is NOTHING like Bush or Putin.

  4. #8 by Larry Bergan on March 2, 2014 - 8:13 pm

    I’m not saying Kerry is Bush Jr., but he should have stood up and claimed his victory while getting rid of the machines.

    We shouldn’t be voting on corporate machines!

    • #9 by Nathan Erkkila on March 2, 2014 - 8:50 pm

      The thing is that he didn’t win. The campaign was crooked as Hell, but Kerry did lose.

  5. #10 by Larry Bergan on March 2, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    If there’s an elephant in your living room, you have to get rid of the elephant and start from there.

  6. #11 by Larry Bergan on March 2, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    I’m sorry, but Kerry won and he knew it! The exit polls flipped at midnight!

    Democrats don’t want to win. They’re happy with being the good cop cowards.

    • #12 by brewski on March 3, 2014 - 10:58 am

      How’s your tinfoil hat fitting?

  7. #13 by cav on March 3, 2014 - 7:32 am

    The Bush / Cheney Axis was capable of all kinds of calumny.

    Those election results weren’t nailed down sufficiently. Need hurricane ties every three inches.

  8. #14 by brewski on March 3, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    “After the Russian army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence – the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next,”

    Sarah Palin, Reno, Nevada, October 21, 2008

    • #15 by cav on March 4, 2014 - 7:22 am

      As was signaled by the surprisingly passive Bush / Cheney administration – who somehow, in the midst of creating such grand realities as Iraq, the bottom falling out of the economy, NSA spying on the entire world, etc, just couldn’t get it up to rally Barrack to bomb Georgia.

      Who knew? One thing’s for sure, – future Vice President Sarah was scoping it all from one of future PresidentMcCain’s numerous and strategically situated, front porches.

  9. #16 by Larry Bergan on March 4, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    McCain who famously and ridiculously said, “‘we’re all Georgians now”, just can’t seem to get us into another war, and neither can Dick Cheney, Joe-mentum Lieberman or Linsey Graham- Cracker, or for that fact, any other Republican, or 99% of the Democrats.

    It’s getting hard to be an old war monger, even if the media still treats you like gold after squandering Americas assets.

    The media isn’t one of our assets. They helped these guys do this to us.

    At least Obama didn’t rush into war against Iran. Let’s hope this is a trend.

    • #17 by brewski on March 4, 2014 - 9:00 pm

      Wilson – Democrat – WWI
      FDR – Democrat – WWII
      Truman – Democrat – Korea
      Kennedy – Democrat – Bay of Pigs
      Johnson – Democrat – Vietnam
      Clinton – Democrat – Somalia, Kosova (wished he had invaded Rwanda)
      Obama – Democrat – entire planet

  10. #18 by Larry Bergan on March 4, 2014 - 9:27 pm

    Jesus brewski!

    WWI and II don’t count. We all were convinced those were good wars to fight, and they were.

    Korea? I don’t know much about that. You left out Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Bay of pigs wasn’t a war and wasn’t Kennedy’s plan.

    Johnson stepped down after Democrats made him.

    Clinton probably thought he was doing the right thing, and I’m not so sure he wasn’t. You obviously know more about it then I do.

    Obama invades the entire planet? Who is he? Ming, from Flash Gordon?

  11. #19 by brewski on March 4, 2014 - 9:50 pm

    Why don’t they count? Because your jack-booted Democrat Statist brainwashed you to believe it was a good idea for Americans to go die in another continent?

    You don’t know much about Korea? Americans went to go die on another continent.

    Hiroshima and Nagasaki were part of WWII.

    Kennedy was Commander in Chief. No excuses.

    Vietnam was Johnson’s war. He owned it.

    Clinton is a Statist who likes to get involved in other continents.

    Obama is bombing secretly all over the planet. Just ask Amy Goodman.

  12. #20 by Larry Bergan on March 4, 2014 - 10:02 pm


    Come back and talk to me when you have a real name like I do.

    Could you just do that, as a man?

  13. #21 by brewski on March 5, 2014 - 7:40 am

    Like cav ?

  14. #22 by brewski on March 5, 2014 - 7:41 am

    By the way, I have posted under my name before, and it got deleted really fast.

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