Commence Out Cry: Kerry To Sign UN Arms Treaty Opposed by Senate, NRA

The wingnuts and gun enthusiasts aren’t happy about this… The Hill reports today that “Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to sign an arms trade treaty opposed by the Senate and the gun lobby as early as Wednesday.” The wingnuts are already crying foul… “This treaty is already dead in the water in the Senate, and they know it,” said Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services. “The Administration is wasting precious time trying to sign away our laws to the global community and unelected U.N. bureaucrats.” A majority of Senate oppose the treaty because it covers small arms, making ratification impossible in the short term. Good for Kerry to move forward with signing this … Continue reading

Kerry: Obama Wants ‘Accountability’ for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

All eyes have been on Syria recently with the “that President Bashar al-Assad’s military forces had used chemical weapons against civilians last week.” Over the weekend President Obama met with his national security team at the White House and ”advisers discussed options for military action.” In a statement earlier today to reporters on the issue of chemical weapons use in Syria, Secretary Of State John Kerry said, “… make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.” Kerry’s fiery statement came just a few hours after a U.N. team investigating the claims … Continue reading

Will John Kerry’s Senate Seat Come Up For Grabs

There’s a lot of chatter about Senator John Kerry possibly moving to the Cabinet, either as Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense, and there’s some worrying going on in Massachusetts about the possibility of another special election to fill his seat. The agita is understandable—Democrats are still bruised over the devastating 2010 experience of seeing the “Kennedy seat” lost to Brown in a special election, which cost the party its filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, greatly complicated the push for the Affordable Care Act, and foretold the party’s huge losses the following fall. The big concern among Democrats “is that none of the party’s potential candidates for Kerry’s seat would seem to have the firepower (and fundraising potential) of … Continue reading