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John Kerry: ‘Perfect choice’ for whom?
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-26-2012 | ABRAHAM KATSMAN - OP/ED

Posted on 12/26/2012 1:57:58 PM PST by smoothsailing

December 26, 2012

John Kerry: ‘Perfect choice’ for whom?

By ABRAHAM KATSMAN

Kerry is no Hagelian bigot. But he is a morally-preening, self-righteous mediocrity, unpopular even among his colleagues.

US President Barack Obama’s potential cabinet appointment of Chuck Hagel, a former senator who has, to put it mildly, issues with the State of Israel and America’s “Jewish lobby” (his words), is foundering against appropriate outrage. But the president made an equally important announcement this week: Obama will nominate Sen. John Kerry, his “perfect choice,” to be secretary of state.

Kerry’s nomination will sail thorough confirmation by his fellow senators. And that should alarm America and its allies.

Kerry is no Hagelian bigot. But he is a morally-preening, self-righteous mediocrity, unpopular even among his colleagues. He is prone to making thunderous, categorical pronouncements – and then adopting contrary positions shortly thereafter as the political winds shift.

While that might be overlooked in a career politician, less excusable for a secretary of state is that Kerry has shown unbelievably bad judgment about US policy his entire adult life. He is hardly the man to pursue US diplomatic interests.

If you think the Goldstone Report was unfair, consider this: Kerry first rose to prominence as an anti-Vietnam War spokesman, undermining the American war effort by slandering the US military. In 1971, Kerry declared the entire US chain of military command to be “war criminals.”

He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about American soldiers he had met who supposedly “had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan. Not isolated incidents, but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command.”

Read that last sentence again. These staggering allegations were investigated and proven to be fabricated.

Kerry also illegally met with Viet Cong representatives, and signed a “People’s Peace Treaty” agreeing to Communist demands.

Kerry has never adequately explained or renounced his comments or activities. Just how will he now project American moral authority and defend American military actions?

AS A young senator, Kerry opposed American aid to the “Contras,” pro-American democracy fighters battling Nicaragua’s Communist Sandanista government. In 1985, on the eve of a Congressional vote on Contra funding, Kerry traveled with fellow Senator Tom Harkin to meet Sandanista president Daniel Ortega. Kerry returned with an offer from Ortega for a cease-fire in exchange for America dropping its support for the Contras.

The Reagan administration denounced the offer as “propaganda,” but Kerry proclaimed that he was “willing...to test the good faith of the Sandinistas.” Persuaded by Kerry and Harkin, Congress voted to cut off funding.

The following day, Ortega flew to Moscow and procured $200 million in new Soviet aid for the Sandanistas.

Kerry opposed president Reagan’s successful rollback of Soviet- and Cuban-supported forces in Central America. In 1986, he endorsed the Veterans Fast For Life, hunger-strikers demonstrating against America’s “illegal and extraordinarily vicious wars against the poor of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.”

His judgment on Iraq? Kerry opposed the first Gulf War (Desert Storm) to expel Saddam Hussein from Kuwait, supported even by Arab nations. And if you recall Kerry as a bitter critic of the 2003 Iraq War, your memory doesn’t go back far enough: Kerry not only voted for that war, but proclaimed: “Without question we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal and murderous dictator.”

Kerry even said that “People have forgotten that for seven and a half years [in Iraq], we found [and] were destroying weapons of mass destruction.” On the Senate floor he said that “[a]ll US intelligence experts agree that Iraq is seeking nuclear weapons.”

Only later, when things got rough, did he complain that he was “misled” by president George W. Bush, who “rushed to war.” Perhaps having a Vietnam flashback, Kerry also accused American troops of “terrorizing” Iraqi civilians.

In 2007, Kerry adamantly opposed the Iraq “surge” strategy, dismissing it as president Bush’s “stubbornness” and “recklessness.”

Led by General David Petraeus, the surge was wildly successful.

In 2009, Kerry penned a Huffington Post column in which he discussed the gravest threat facing America. Islamic fascism? Al-Qaida terror? Chinese militarism? Nope – to Kerry, our gravest threat is from...climate change! Kerry maintains that we have until 2019 “at the latest” before “catastrophic climate change becomes inevitable and irreversible.”

CLOSER TO home, Kerry has demonstrated a disturbing confidence in Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Visiting Assad multiple times, Kerry advocated loosening sanctions against Syria, declaring “my friend” Assad a man of his word, and saying that under Assad, “Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States.”

Kerry told the Qatari emir in November 2010 that “Assad is a man who wants to change” and that Israel should cede the Golan Heights to Syria.

One would hope that, 40,000 Syrian corpses later, Kerry has rethought his assessment.

Once the Jewish community stops kvelling over Kerry’s father’s Hebraic origins, it may notice that Kerry’s Israel support has always been mixed: Reliable support for aid packages, but highly critical of all settlement activity – even (initially) opposing Israel’s security fence, calling it a “barrier to peace.” He has supported merging religiously terroristic Hamas into the Palestinian Authority, and criticized Israeli force used in Gaza in Operation Cast Lead.

From his radical past to his disdain for America’s leveraging its power to promote its values, from undermining American allies to appeasing America’s opponents, and from his terrible judgment to his inability to assess threats to the Western world, Kerry represents everything already wrong with the Obama administration’s inept foreign policy, where American influence wanes while radical anti-American forces flourish.

In that sense, perhaps, Kerry really is Obama’s “perfect choice.”

The writer is an American attorney and political commentator living in Israel. He serves as counsel to Republicans Abroad Israel.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
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1 posted on 12/26/2012 1:58:04 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
I'd like to know about a possible presidential pardon got from Carter at the behest of Ted Kennedy.

Oh, and how he got a very late acceptance into BC Law after he lost a run for the House...

2 posted on 12/26/2012 2:07:31 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: smoothsailing

Perfect choice for an America & Military Hating POTUS!


3 posted on 12/26/2012 2:10:06 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: smoothsailing

Perfect choice for anyone wanting to run rough shod over him. Just another puppet.


4 posted on 12/26/2012 2:10:32 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Calvin Locke

I’m always impressed by the wealth of information available in our own FR archives...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1207871/posts


5 posted on 12/26/2012 2:17:23 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
In 1971, Kerry declared the entire US chain of military command to be “war criminals.”

When he spoke out against our military command and when he met with the commies in Paris he was still in the Reserve and in my view should have been court-martialed.

6 posted on 12/26/2012 2:21:44 PM PST by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: smoothsailing
John Kerry: ‘Perfect choice’ for whom?

Well, he's always had a soft spot in his heart for freedom-hating Communists, but I'm sure he'll get aboard with Obama's plans for world domination by radical Muslims.

The only thing we (freedom-loving Americans) will have in our favor is the fact that he's lazy and not so bright, so perhaps the damage won't be quite as bad as if someone more capable were to be given that post.

7 posted on 12/26/2012 2:23:04 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: smoothsailing

Better to appoint him Ambassador to, say, Guatemala.


8 posted on 12/26/2012 2:24:53 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: smoothsailing

Helping America’s enemies.


9 posted on 12/26/2012 2:41:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: smoothsailing

Well, I actually agree that Kerry is the perfect choice for Obama’s SecState.

That’s not because I think Kerry is particularly bright, or an intuitive statesman. He’s neither. But his world views dovetail with Obama’s, and he’s likely to sail through confirmation hearings with only the most feeble attempts to scrutinize his records. Popular or not, Kerry’s a part of the Senatorial club, and *usually* that means getting a pass unless there is a bigger political fish that can be fried in the process (Hagel at Defense being one likely example to come). Obama won’t find a more willing stooge with as much of a lock on the nomination.


10 posted on 12/26/2012 2:50:48 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: smoothsailing

11 posted on 12/26/2012 2:53:03 PM PST by Yehuda
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To: BenLurkin

How about a Swift Boat to China?


12 posted on 12/26/2012 2:57:06 PM PST by Larry R. Johnson (Power to the people!)
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To: Calvin Locke
....for whom??? ....

...for Mz. Theresa Heinz.... got old Senator Lurch out from under her foot....

13 posted on 12/26/2012 3:14:14 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: smoothsailing

The guy is nothing if not flexible. Couldn’t cut the mustard as a serviceman but learned how to manage the ketchup pretty handily.


14 posted on 12/26/2012 3:15:58 PM PST by Doug in CA
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To: smoothsailing

Kerry is the epitome of Dork.

And let us remember, Kerry (the gigolo) is even uglier on the inside than he is on the outside.

And his intellect(heh) defines the bottom of the consciousness barrel.

The Obamadork learned from him.


15 posted on 12/26/2012 3:58:39 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: smoothsailing

It’s too bad MA people never had a primary among EMK, John Forbes Kerry and the Indian woman “Warren”. They would have split 33-33-33-1, or would EMK got 90 percent?


16 posted on 12/26/2012 4:06:56 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: DemforBush

It doesn’t matter who served in the Obama administration. It’s really like Obama is a monarch and holds all of the offices himself.


17 posted on 12/26/2012 4:09:10 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: smoothsailing

Well,he was sure the perfect match for the 1.5 billion dollars (yes,boys and girls,that *is* a “b”) that he’s married in his life.


18 posted on 12/26/2012 4:20:05 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: Theodore R.
It would have been an entertaining primary to say the least!

But in Massachusetts, fat drunk Kennedy wins automatically. It's in their constitution.

19 posted on 12/26/2012 4:30:36 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
KERRY VIETNAM
20 posted on 12/26/2012 4:35:04 PM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: All

Liberal Free Trader Commie Globalists love Kerry...and you can be sure a number of GOP Rinos will vote for his confirmation. Too many GOP Sens will vote for Kerry...and we know who they are


21 posted on 12/26/2012 4:43:12 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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Liberal Free Trader Commie Globalists love Kerry...and you can be sure a number of GOP Rinos will vote for his confirmation. Too many GOP Sens will vote for Kerry...and we know who they are


22 posted on 12/26/2012 4:43:39 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Fiscal Conservatives are Neither)
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To: FrankR

23 posted on 12/26/2012 5:06:49 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
I was googling for my favorite picture of JF'nK (run "cheese-eating surrender monkey") but found a few new ones... - I like this:'

"DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM"?

24 posted on 12/26/2012 5:59:09 PM PST by bitt (The buck rolls downhill.)
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To: smoothsailing
Kerry is the perfect SoS for Obama. He is a disaster of Mayan proportions for the rest of us.


25 posted on 12/26/2012 8:29:54 PM PST by garjog (Heroes Died. Obama Lied.)
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