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Kerry Comes Around

10:56 AM, Sep 2, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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Writing in the New York Times over the weekend, Secretary of State Kerry argues forcefully for the creation of a strong and committed coalition of nations to resist and defeat ISIS. 

This is not just blue sky, wouldn’t-it-be-nice, wool gathering, holiday weekend op-ed stuff.  There is a plan:

Some [nations] will provide military assistance, direct and indirect. Some will provide desperately needed humanitarian assistance for the millions who have been displaced and victimized across the region. Others will help restore not just shattered economies but broken trust among neighbors. This effort is underway in Iraq, where other countries have joined us in providing humanitarian aid, military assistance and support for an inclusive government.

And there is precedent in history recent enough for the Secretary not only to remember but, also, to have played a part. As he reminds his readers:

When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, the first President George Bush and Secretary of State James A. Baker III did not act alone or in haste. They methodically assembled a coalition of countries whose concerted action brought a quick victory.

What the secretary neglects to mention is that … as a member of the Senate, he voted against the congressional resolution authorizing military force in Iraq in 1990.

Live and learn.

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