Here’s what Kerry said:
“We’re not going to war,” Mr. Kerry told reporters Monday after meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London. “We will be able to hold [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad accountable without engaging 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 are talking about doing; an unbelievably small, limited kind of effort.”
(1) The word “unbelievably” is all too believable. That is: people do not believe what this administration says anymore (or John Kerry, for that matter), and that even includes Obama’s supporters.
(2) Not only is it “unbelievable” because Obama’s and/or Kerry’s veracity is in question, but it’s unbelievable because their judgment is in question. War, and attacks that amount to less than war, is inherently unpredictable, and this administration is foolish if it thinks such a thing can be predicted and strictly limited.
(3) If it’s so unbelievably small, how can it be so very believably effective?