Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, who kept interrupting in vain hope of finding an “I got ya” moment.
The two began discussing the downing of Malaysia MH-17 on Thursday, likely by a Soviet-era missile launched by Russian separatists rebelling against the Ukrainian government. Wallace then asked if separatists moving bodies and parts of the plane from the crash site — while denying investigators access to the site — would in any way hinder the investigation.
Kerry replied that the investigation has definitely been compromised.
“It’s been seriously compromised. Notwithstanding President Putin and Russia saying that they were going to help to enforce the idea of a full investigation that was, that had integrity and access, we haven’t”
Kerry also shared all he knew: The separatists were clearly armed, supplied and trained by the Russians. Last month a large convoy of 150 vehicles (which included tanks and missile systems) crossed the Russian border into eastern Ukraine. The equipment was then turned over to the separatists. Kerry added that the Russians should therefore “exert all of the influence that they have” over the separatists to cooperate with the investigation.
Yet, Wallace was not satisfied. He wanted the Secretary to come out and say unequivocally that Russia bears blame — not only for supplying the missile which brought the plane down, but for actually ordering the plane shot down.
Despite all the pressure, Kerry firmly avoided Wallace’s trap, and refused to make sweeping statements or draw conclusions until completion of the investigation.
Then Wallace proceeded to continuously interrupt Kerry, never allowing him to finish a thought before challenging him. Like his neo-con buddies, Wallace seemed upset that we are not becoming more actively involved in the Ukraine.
As the Secretary attempted to explain that we are being hamstrung by our European allies — who rely heavily on Russia for natural gas to heat their homes and are hesitant to join us in strong sanctions — Wallace interrupted repeatedly to demand that the president commit to doing more.
After the talk turned to the negotiations to keep Iran from developing a nuclear capability, Kerry began to lose patience with Wallace.
“I know you and others don’t ever want to give the Obama administration credit for almost anything, but the fact is, this is the first administration to get a rollback in those ten years.”
As Kerry attempted to explain why the region and the world are safer today due to the progress made by this administration Wallace began to speak and Kerry refused to yield with both men speaking at once and Kerry telling Wallace, “Chris, you like to ask questions but you don’t like to get answers.”
Watch Kerry smack down Wallace.