More tense than expected? Just how tense was Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the administration’s plan to deal with ISIS? This tense:

That tweet about sums it up, and although Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was particularly critical of Kerry, he certainly wasn’t the only one at the hearing frustrated by the administration’s literal lack of a plan to assist the Syrian opposition fighting the Islamic State. Kerry did produce a sort of rough draft of the authorization for military force.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was apparently hoping for something a little more concrete.

Another clash with McCain left Kerry feeling as though he was being paddled.


What’s the plan then? The president has refused to commit to combat troops on the ground, but let’s leave that option open.

Here’s the real quote of the day from the hearing.