John Kerry’s Syria comment that strike would be ‘unbelievably small’ criticized by ZOA

( The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for his comment that a U.S. strike in response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons against civilians would be “unbelievably small.”

John Kerry's Syria comment that a U.S. strike would be "unbelievably small" was slammed by the Zionist Organization of America. Credit: State Department.

“We’re not going to war,” Kerry said Monday in London. “We will not have people at risk in that way. We will be able to hold [Syrian President] Bashar Assad accountable without engaging in troops on the ground or any other prolonged kind of effort in a very limited, very targeted, very short-term effort that degrades his capacity to deliver chemical weapons without assuming responsibility for Syria’s civil war. That is exactly what we’re talking about doing—[an] unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.”

ZOA National President Mort Klein on Tuesday called Kerry’s statement “ill-conceived” because the U.S. “should do all that is necessary to eliminate Assad’s biological and chemical weapons to the fullest extent possible.”

“What if knocking out, for example, a WMD site or command center requires an extra strike, another missile, a small incursion by special forces on the ground, or a further strike a day after some arbitrary cut-off date? Secretary Kerry’s statement undermines any sense of Obama Administration resolve and will reduce the support it seeks from Congress,” Klein said in a statement.


Posted on September 10, 2013 .