No one ever said the people in the Obama administration were smart (Right, VP Biden?).
But you’d think that someone as seasoned as Secretary of State John Kerry would know not to say things he might regret while mic’ed up for an interview!
Secretary of State John Kerry was caught on a hot mic on Fox News Sunday apparently disparaging Israel’s claim to be conducting a “pinpoint” operation in Gaza.
Host Chris Wallace explained that while Kerry spoke with an aide between his interviews with multiple Sunday shows, a microphone picked up his rather candid remarks in what Wallace called an “extraordinary moment of diplomacy” about the violence there.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation … “
WALLACE: Listen, if — the limits on time have been put on by your people. We’d talk to you all day. While — you’re doing a series of interviews with all of the networks — and while you were on camera and while on microphone you spoke to one of your top aides between the interviews about the situation in Israel and the fact that 14 Israelis have either been shot or killed in an operation.
We want to play a clip of that conversation because it’s an extraordinary moment of diplomacy. Take a look at this.
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KERRY: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.
We got to get over there. Thank you, John. I think, John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.
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WALLACE: Secretary Kerry, when you said it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation your upset that the Israelis are going too far and, in fact, do you intend to go back to the Middle East tonight, sir?
KERRY: I think it’s very difficult in these situations, obviously very difficult, Chris. You have people who have come out of tunnels. You have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. And we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets continuing to come in.
Hamas has started this process of rocketing, after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three young — you know, one American kid, three young Israeli citizens. It’s disgraceful.
And so, yes, it’s tough. It’s tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that, you know, anybody does with respect to young children and civilians.
But war is tough, and I said that publicly and I’ll say it again. We defend Israel’s right to do what it is doing in order to get at those tunnels. Israel has accepted a unilateral cease-fire. It’s accepted the Egyptian plan which we also support.
And it is important for Hamas to now step up and be reasonable and understand that you accept the cease-fire, you save lives, and that’s the way we can proceed to have a discussion about all of the underlying issues which President Obama has clearly indicated a willingness to do.
WALLACE: Secretary Kerry, we appreciate your answering all of our questions. Even if occasionally, I do interrupt. And thank you very much, sir. Safe travels.