In a recent interview with the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, John Kerry misspoke about the situation in Syria with quite an embarrassing slip of the tongue.
While being asked about his concern over radical factions having an influence in Syria, the US secretary of state stumbled over his words by responding, “My concern is that if we don’t hold Saddam — I mean Bashar al-Assad …” The slip-up is especially ironic in light of Kerry’s efforts lately to try to distance plans for a conflict in Syria from any similarity with the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
On Wednesday, the secretary of state attempted to make the case for a difference between the two, claiming that the world would “never again” see the US administration “asking any member of Congress to take a vote on faulty intelligence.”
The interviewer noticed the mistake, calling it “an understandable Freudian slip.” Kerry immediately cut in by emphasizing that Bashar al-Assad, not Saddam, needs to be held “responsible for the use of chemical weapons.” If the United States chooses not to take military action in Syria, he said, the country “will lose the current influence that we have … Any leverage we have for behavior will be gone. And you will see vast amounts of money start pouring in to the worst actors.”
Written by Chris Bacavis