John Kerry Lays into Unconvinced Chris Hayes During Pitch for Syria Intervention on MSNBC


MSNBC host Chris Hayes may be his network’s the most outspoken critic of the White House’s push for intervention in Syria. On Thursday, he sat down with Secretary of State John Kerry who attempted to explain President Barack Obama’s decision to intervene in that conflict in an exclusive interview which will air tonight. Hayes told Martin Bashir that, even after speaking with Kerry, he remains unconvinced that intervention can accomplish its stated objectives.

“If we don’t do this, Bashar Assad will have a message that he can use these weapons with impunity,” Kerry told Hayes forcefully. “We will have turned our back on the next batch of children and the next batch of parents. We will have turned our back on the international norm. We will have lost credibility in the world.”

Kerry told this to Hayes in an exclusive interview that the MSNBC host talked about in an appearance on Bashir’s program.

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Hayes said that Kerry insisted that violent, jihadist rebels in Syria will be strengthened if the U.S. does not act. “I don’t necessarily think that is the case,” Hayes said. He added that Kerry did not tell him that he does not believe the administration can accomplish the objectives it has outlined in Syria with military force.

“He is putting the credibility of this personally on the personal shoulders of John Kerry,” Hayes said of President Barack Obama.

Hayes said that, looking at the whip counts in the media measuring support in Congress for a resolution authorizing force in Syria, “they’ve got an uphill battle.”

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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