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September 5, 2013

Before and After the Bombing Starts: The Disconnect in 2 Pictures

Kerry SFRC testifying

Kerry hands SFRC Syria

The two photos aren’t side-by-side in the Getty edit. They are actually four pictures apart. What they represent, however — courtesy of John Kerry, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Code Pink — is a robust picture of the disconnect between before-and-after going to war. Or mini-war. It seems some variation of that Mike Tyson quote — about how everybody has a plan until that first punch in the face — is on a lot of minds these days.

These interventions all makes so much sense, until they don’t.

(photo 1: Jim Watson/AFP. caption: Code Pink protesters holds up their red painted hands as US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the crisis in Syria on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 4, 2013. photo 2: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. caption: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of ‘The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria’ September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month.)

  • bystander

    Wow. What a fascinating juxtaposition. The “truth” behind the dissembling is what immediately comes to my mind as I move from the top to the bottom. And, it prompts for me – yet, one.more.time – Who your gonna believe? Me? Or, your lyin’ eyes?

  • black_dog_barking

    It seems some variation of that Mike Tyson quote — about how everybody has a plan until that first punch in the face — is on a lot of minds these days.

    Dwight Eisenhower said much the same thing, that plans were useless, adding in the same breath that planning was essential. It’s a pretty good idea to refresh our memories on the social views of the commander of D-Day:

    Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953

    Following General EIsenhower’s two terms of office America experienced a decade of tremendous economic and scientific growth, the building of the interstate highway system and putting a man on the moon, the CIvil RIghts Act and Medicare.

    Good times.

  • bks3bks

    As far as I can tell, AIPAC and Al Qaeda are for the missiles and everyone else is against the missiles. Strange bedfellows, indeed.


    • jonst

      Oh I wouldn’t say “everyone” else is “against” a strike. Obama and his Admin are for it (and maybe that moron in France). Of course you may be automatically Obama and his Admin with AIPAC….and think my noting it is superfluous. If so…I can see your point.

      The only ‘answer’ I can see to this endless war is reinstate the draft, no exemptions. Shave their heads, take away their electronic devices, and send all ‘their’ kids to boot camp. That will end it. Or at least make them think twice. And we can start with Chelsea Clinton, married or not, in her 30s or not.

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