Some of the occurrences at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee event on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill in which testimony regarding Syria was given on Tuesday has been irritating to the masses – for lack of a better term – according to the Washington Post on Tuesday.
The public event included discussion as to whether the use of military force would be used by the United States in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry gave some comments and answers to questions that were confusing as he appeared to have changed his mind on the matter of “boots on the ground” combat as opposed to only having air strikes – right during the hearing.
Though the seriousness of the issues discussed cannot be denied, there was an exchange between Sen. John McCain and Secretary John Kerry that onlookers found extremely troubling. First and foremost, many have said that McCain’s questions and Kerry’s answers appeared rehearsed. Besides being somewhat softly-pitched questions, the typical ums and ahs that are in natural in such speak weren’t there in responses. Additionally, there were times when McCain and Kerry were appearing to have a good time – laughing during part of the testimony hearing of such a serious topic.
People on Twitter – which exploded during the testimony – found it awkward that the two continually called one another John – their first names, citing over familiarity with one another. Typical of comments posted during the John-John exchange included the notion that they appeared as they were having a frat boy's reunion and a bromance, of sorts.
Finally, the Washington Post caught McCain even playing poker on his hand-held device during the testimony.
Besides Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey also testified.
The world was watching for the United States’ position and response to the chemical warfare issues in Syria, and – unfortunately, say many – this is what they heard and saw.