Kerry claims that the number of countries ready to attack Syria has reached “double digits,” doesn’t name them
Liechtenstein? Luxembourg? Andorra? San Marino? Monaco? Seychelles? Tuvalu? Tannu Tuva? No, not even them. Kerry didn’t name them because he doesn’t have them. He is bluffing. “Kerry Cites Broad Backing for Syria Strike,” by Larence Norman, Stacy Meichtry and Inti Landauro for the Wall Street Journal, September 8:
PARIS””The number of countries ready to take military action in Syria has reached “double digits,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday after European Union foreign ministers agreed there was strong evidence the regime of Bashar al-Assad was behind the alleged use of chemical weapons against rebels.
Mr. Kerry was speaking at a joint press conference with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius that sought to address deep skepticism among lawmakers and the public in both countries. Washington and Paris are pushing to assemble a broad international coalition of countries that support possible strikes on the Assad regime in order to persuade Congress to vote in favor of authorizing military action.
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday.
WSJ”s Patrick O”Connor says any boost Obama”s Syria plans received from GOP leaders” backing quickly faded due to deep doubts among rank-and-file lawmakers. Obama still has convincing to do.
“There are a number of countries in the double digits, who are prepared to take military action,” said Mr. Kerry, without naming the countries. France and Denmark are among the EU governments who say they could join U.S. led strikes….