John Kerry Didn’t Think Anyone Was Listening When He Vented About Gaza

–AP

Secretary of State John Kerry fell into the same hot mic trap many politicians interviewed on television before him have experienced.

Kerry’s microphone was still on during a commercial break on Fox News Sunday and it caught him talking to a top aide standing off camera about the Israeli government’s tactics in Gaza.

In a sarcastic tone, a frustrated Kerry is heard saying, “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.’’

He then hands his phone to his aide and says, “We’ve 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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However, viewers are only able to hear Kerry’s comments during his conversation with his aide.

Still, show host Chris Wallace confronted Kerry about his comment, asking if he thought the “Israelis are going too far.’’

Kerry replied:

“I think it’s very 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. We support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets continuing to come in. Hamas has started this process, rocketing after Israel was trying to find the people who killed three young ones — American kid, three young Israeli citizens. It’s disgraceful. Yeah, 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.’’