Via NBC News:
Hinting at a military response, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syria of using chemical weapons against its people, and said President Barack Obama believes “there must be accountability.”I bet John Kerry wishes he a a do-over on this:
Kerry, using forceful language in a brief statement to reporters, said images that have emerged from Syria in the past week — entire families killed without shedding a drop of blood, bodies contorting in spasms — “shock the conscience of the world.”
The president feels there must be accountability for those who use “the world’s most heinous weapons,” he said.
The secretary added: “Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.”
He spoke hours after a United Nations team investigating claims of a poison-gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital collected blood samples and interviewed survivors despite being temporarily turned back by sniper fire.
[S]taffers describe their collective cringe when, after a motorcycle ride with Bashar al-Assad, he returned to Washington referring to Bashar as “my dear friend.” Bashar may be a lot of things, but “my dear friend”—an address Kerry used only with a select few, such as the late Ted Kennedy—should not have been one.