John Glaser
October 07, 2013

The Washington Times reports that since “Libya and the nation’s allies have questioned the legality of the U.S. operation” that captured a suspected al-Qaeda member, Secretary of State Kerry was prompted “to do some public relations damage control.”

In his damage control to justify the operations, Kerry said, “I think it’s important for people in the world not to sympathize with alleged terrorists but to underscore the importance of the rule of law.”

Let’s unpack that. According to Kerry, anyone that questions the legality of U.S. actions is “sympathizing with alleged terrorists.” Even more strangely, anyone who underscores the importance of the rule of law vis-à-vis U.S. actions needs to be encouraged to “underscore the importance of the rule of law.” Kerry’s use of the latter phrase apparently means the exact opposite of what you’d expect given, you know, the English language.