Secretary of State John Kerry told House Democrats during a Monday conference call that they face a “Munich moment” as they weigh whether to approve striking Syria to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for using chemical weapons, two sources with knowledge of the call told NBC News.
The phrase is a reference to the 1938 Munich Pact that ceded control of part of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany — a moment that history has harshly judged as an appeasement of Adolf Hitler that preceded World War II.
Kerry — joined by other top officials, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — made the case for intervention to 127 House Democrats, many of whom expressed skepticism about a possible strike.
Since when did Assad’s Syria become a threat to invade its neighbors? They’re fighting a civil war. I’m sure the English don’t appreciate the comparison. Not very diplomatic for the nation’s top diplomat.
The last time I heard this kind of rhetoric a guy named Bush was comparing Saddam Hussein to Hitler. Actually that happened twice. Can’t they come up with some other historical bad guy to compare people to?