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Kerry Debunks Bush Officials on Syria Criticism

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 10:24 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that criticism by George W. Bush administration officials of President Barack Obama on Syria was irrelevant because they were "so discredited" by the war in Iraq.

"It just doesn't make a difference to me, because they're so discredited by their own judgments that it's hard to see that they have a judgment today that is relevant to this," Kerry said on "All in with Chris Hayes" on MSNBC. "I'll listen to people whose judgment I clearly trust and respect."

Kerry's remarks came after former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday called Obama the nation's "so-called commander in chief" on Fox News.

And John Bolton, Bush's ambassador to the United Nations, said Tuesday he would vote against Obama's Syrian resolution to avoid "taking sides."

Kerry then vowed that any limited military strikes against Syria would not turn into another Iraq or Afghanistan, the wars that began under former President George W. Bush.

"We are not presenting to the American people the same shoddy intelligence that was presented to the American people back in Iraq," he told MSNBC. "We will not put American boots on the ground.

"We will not take over a civil war in which the United States clearly has no interest being directly involved," Kerry said.

Bush has remained silent on the issue.

"The president's got a tough choice to make," Bush told Fox News last week, "and if he decides to use our military, he'll have the greatest military ever backing him up."



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