As Twitchy reported, Hillary Clinton dominated Twitter Saturday when leaked audio from a fundraiser rocketed the #BasementDwellers hashtag to the top of Twitter’s trending topics.
Oddly, that wasn’t the only audio leak from an Obama administration secretary of state to make the news. CNN obtained audio from a meeting last week in which Kerry can be heard saying he “lost the argument” to use military force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. So much for that red line.
John Kerry tells a group of Syrian civilians at the UN that he "lost the argument" for use of force in Syria https://t.co/ZSLDaaZwJH
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) October 1, 2016
Kerry tells Syrians: "4 people in the administration…argued for use of force, and I lost the argument.” https://t.co/lXWZd2Dz3a
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 1, 2016
In the recording, Kerry announces, “I’m the guy who stood up and announced that we’re going to attack Assad for the use of weapons.”
It’s worth mentioning that Kerry’s tough talk came during a meeting with a group of Syrian civilians, all while he was watching his hard-won “cease fire” deal with Russia fall apart.
Kerry’s claim that he was the guy who stood up for the use of force is funny, because at a press conference in 2013, the same John Kerry assured the world that a military strike on Syria would be “an unbelievably small, limited effort” — obviously a bit of master negotiation from the man who brokered the nuclear deal with Iran.
US plans an "unbelievably small" attack in Syria, says John Kerry. http://t.co/QNxmUC9xA1
— Michael Young (@BeirutCalling) September 9, 2013
Kerry delivered the threat of an unbelievably small military response the same month he made it clear there would be no boots on the ground in Syria; clearly a public fake-out as he pressed for military intervention behind the scenes but was held back.
Sec Kerry clarifies: "There will not be boots on the ground with respect to the civil war" #Syria
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 3, 2013
So he was against military intervention before he was for it?
@jaketapper that is like a parent telling their kid they didn't want to punish them it was the other parents idea…pretty weenie
— Michael (@BballMichael) October 1, 2016
— kickin Bear (@DanDmb68) October 1, 2016
— ChugiakTea (@ChugiakTea) October 1, 2016