John Kerry in 2004 during a debate in St. Louis with George W. Bush:
“We’re going to build alliances. We’re not going to go unilaterally.”
Was Iraq unilateral? Nope. Thirty countries were there. Backed by a U.N. Resolution.
Enough for Kerry? Not then. He mocked how many Missourians were in Iraq:
“If Missouri, just given the number of people from Missouri who are in the military over there today, were a country, it would be the third largest country in the coalition, behind Great Britain and the United States. That’s not a grand coalition.”
Now, it’s different. He doesn’t need a grand coalition in Syria. He doesn’t need Great Britain. He doesn’t even need the U.N.
Kerry said yesterday,
“Because of the guaranteed Russian obstructionism of any action through the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should . . . President Obama will ensure that the United States of America makes our own decisions on our own timelines, based on our values and our interests.”
What’s changed? Kerry’s in charge now. So now it’s okay to be unilateral.