While we’re still not convinced by Secretary of State John Kerry’s closing the door on sending ground troops to Syria, today’s hearing on Capitol Hill did prove beyond a doubt that “kinetic military action” is still a thing. Whatever course of action the United States takes in response to chemical weapons attacks in Syria, you know it’ll be kinetic.
"Kinetic", Secretary of State? Really??
— Richard Sambrook (@sambrook) September 3, 2013
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 3, 2013
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) September 3, 2013
Nuh uh. He really said that? RT @NoahCRothman Kinetic!
— RBe (@RBPundit) September 3, 2013
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) September 3, 2013
Kerry: "We already have more partners ready to do something kinetic than…we need." #Syria
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) September 3, 2013
What’s this about “degrading” Bashar al-Assad, then?
"Deter & degrade, that's the task I've been given," says Gen. Dempsey, leaving so, so, so much to read between the lines.
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) September 3, 2013
If only @SenJohnMcCain trademarked degrade/upgrade yesterday — now universal term used by everyone on the hill and POTUS
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 3, 2013
Kerry just said the goal is to 'degrade' Assad, not overthrow him. Am I living in an alternative universe?
— BT (@massfubar) September 3, 2013
"Degrade" is sort of like a kinetic military action. Real kineticky stuff. Gotta be real sophisticated to understand it. @massSNAFU
— Vern Demerest ✈ (@TxAv8r) September 3, 2013