Skip to comments.4 Things You Need to Know About Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry
Posted on 01/03/2013 10:00:45 PM PST by neverdem
Don't let his reputation as a peacenik fool you. John Kerry is no anti-interventionist.
On Dec. 21, President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. The move was widely expected after Susan Rice, the only other prominent candidate, dropped out of consideration when the Obama administrations response to a terror attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya promised to derail her nomination.
Now serving his fifth term in the Senate, Kerry is best known for his failed 2004 presidential run, and the "swift boat" attacks he suffered during it. While America may never know a President Kerry, his likely confirmation as secretary of state means the man America almost elected in 2004 will have a chance to put some of his ideas into action. So what might we expect from Kerry at State?
1. Hes an Interventionist
When Kerry ran for president, Republican operatives tried to paint him as unpatriotic due to his opposition to the Vietnam War (in which he fought). The Swift Boat campaign, coupled with Kerry's speech about the 1991 Gulf War (which he opposed on the grounds that "there is no consensus in America for war") created the impression that Kerry believes in a smaller international footprint.
He doesn't. Kerry raised no objection to the Senate's unanimous passage of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, which made regime change in Iraq official U.S. policy. After 9/11, he voted to authorize the use of military force in Iraq. This second vote he would attempt to recast during his presidential campaignclaiming during his candidacy announcement that the vote was meant merely to threaten the use of force; then owning it later in the campaign.
In addition to being for the war in Iraq before he was against it (wording he used to explain voting for, then against supplemental funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), Kerry has also been a proponent of Obama-era interventions. He was one of the first advocates for an intervention in the Libyan civil war in 2011, which received no congressional authorization. The most support Kerry could muster for U.S. military involvement in the Libyan civil war was a Sense of the Senate resolution co-sponsored by Arizona Republican John McCain.
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2. Hes a Shameless Obama Booster
The Huffington Post described John Kerry as Obamas good soldier on foreign policy, which is why the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman is now on his way to running the State Department.
In plain English, that means Kerrys been on the front lines of the bureaucratic bungling in Afghanistan, helping to shore up the kleptocratic regime of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. It also means he helped shepherd the U.S. intervention in Libya, and that hes the first person to offer a simplistic version of Obamas foreign policy for public consumption, repeatedly heralding the death of Osama bin Laden (something Paul Wolfowitz speculated may have contributed to Al-Qaedas determination to present a resurgence).
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3. His Vietnam Experience Does Not Inform His Position on Afghanistan
John Kerry was one of only three major party presidential candidates to have served in the Vietnam war (the others being Al Gore in 2000 and John McCain in 2008). Kerry enlisted in 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam in 1968. After returning in 1970 he joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War, an anti-war organization targeted by President Richard Nixon. How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? Kerry famously asked the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during testimony in 1971. The question was invoked at the conclusion of the Iraq war in December 2011.
Yet Kerry was not against the Iraq war or the Afghanistan war. Instead, he joined a chorus of liberals in criticizing President Bush for the way the wars were handled.
By the time the 2008 election was in full swing, the process of ending the war in Iraq had begun, and Democrats, led by Obama, had pivoted to Afghanistan, his good war, even though the news from Afghanistan under Obama, like the news from Afghanistan under Bush, hasnt been good.
And while the 11-year-old war is now at Vietnam length, Vietnam veteran Kerry sees no connection. "In my judgement, Afghanistan is just not Vietnam," Kerry said on Meet the Press in 2010, in support of the tack Obama was then taking on Afghanistan. "We shouldn't have been in Vietnam. It was a surrogate war, it was a cold war. There are any number of reasons it was a gigantic mistake. In Afghanistan, we're there for a purpose. I don't believe the size of the footprint we have doing everything we're doing, as I've said publicly many times, and I don't think the president, in the long run, wants to do that, which is why he has committed to this transition. That transition envisioned the Afghans taking over the Afghanistan war by 2014. Since the election, that dates been all but jettisoned.
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4. The Russia Problem
Like a good surrogate, Kerry went after Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, often focusing on the Republican candidates perceived weakness on foreign policy.
In his most memorable speech, which the Obama campaign actually turned into a poster, Kerry responded to Romney's claim that Russia is America's "number one geopolitical foe" by saying, "Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like hes only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.
Setting aside that you can actually see Russia from an Alaskan island (and it was Tina Fey, not Palin, who said she could see it from her house), Russia can in fact be considered a "geopolitical foe." The complex relationship between the U.S. and Russia is best illuminated in the international machinations around Syria. The U.S. and its Western allies have been thwarted in their years-long attempt to get the United Nations to take stronger action on Syria. By whom? Russia and China, who have vetoed all efforts. The two even helped found, in 2001, a NATO-like clone of their own, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, meant to counterbalance American hegemony. The Russians, for their part, welcomed Kerry before he was even officially nominated, stating their preference for him over Susan Rice, who as UN ambassador has tangled with Russia over Syria throughout the crisis. Kerry, on the other hand, while doing his part to support the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, also visited Syria five times in the two years before the rebellion started, praising Assad and expressing confidence that Syria would move forward toward a legitimate relationship with the United States under the dictators rule.
Nevertheless, the interventionist fervor which Obama, Clinton, Rice, and Kerry all share will continue to fuel an adversarial relationship with countries like Russia and China, which have no interest in acceding to the goals of the U.S. foreign policy establishment, no matter how dressed those goals might be in the language of accomodation. Not acknowledging geopolitical foes won't make them disappear when the fundamentals of U.S. interventionism breed them, irrespective of any rhetoric.
1. He has three purple hearts.
2. He has three purple hearts.
3. He has three purple hearts.
4. He has three purple hearts.
This lying, anti-American POS should have been tried for treason 40 years ago and still be serving a life sentence, sharing a cell with Big Leroy. But I don’t even Big Leroy would want that Herman Munster clone.
This lying, anti-American POS should have been tried for treason 40 years ago and still be serving a life sentence, sharing a cell with Big Leroy. But I doubt even Big Leroy would want that Herman Munster clone.
Thanks for the link.
What am I missing? Because of what came out in ‘04, he wasn’t elected president and “probably couldn’t be confirmed” as SecDef. But he can be confirmed as Secretary of State? Does Sen. McCain need, at long last, to out his Navy buddy?
(Thanks for that thread! Amazing how effective it eventually became.)
None of which was for a "combat related injury".
All of which were written up by J. Kerry.
1. He was a pissant.
2. He is still a pissant.
3. He will forever be a pissant.
All you need to know...
I don't care if you're a snapping turtle, don't be holding your breath on that.
..... LOL .... after all of us read this article ..... all we really need to know is that ..... John Kerry will be the next Secretary of State .... ..... We certainly know that there are no verbally gifted conservatives left on this green earth that could possibly stop it .... so lets just get used to the idea .... just as we are now comfortably getting used to the idea of an Obama second term.
.... Yup ...His name will be John Kerry .... Secretary of State. He will be a fitting placement in the menagerie of those that will bring down this country.
1. He’e an idiot.
2. He’s a gold digger.
3. He’s a liar.
4. And did I mention he’s an idiot.
He should fit right in with the rest of the Zero administration.
These nincompoops rationalize their immoral votes to salve their conscience. Here are a few options they use every time the need to make a choice between caving and standing up for what is right:
1. Well, he would have been elected anyway.
2. Party unity.
3. If I don’t play along on this vote, others won’t play along on votes that are important to me.
4. I’ll trade this vote for something that is really important.
5. If I fight on this issue, I’ll look mean. I don’t want to look mean. I’m really a nice person.
6. I’ll get bad press if I vote conservative and then I won’t get re-elected. I need to get re-elected to keep a liberal from getting my seat.
7. If I go along, I’ll be one of the “in” group, so later I can retire and become a lobbyist where I can really help the American people.
8. I need to vote this way in order to work my way up to a committee appointment where I can really help the American people.
9. Everyone else does it. If I vote with the minority, I’ll look like a kook, or an obstructionist.
10. I didn’t have time to study this issue, so I’ll just vote with the majority because I’m sure they all understand this and have the interests of America at heart.
11. I’m not even sure what yes or no means on this vote. Does yes mean “yes I’m for it” or does yes mean “yes, we should not do this?” I’ll just go with the majority to be safe. I don’t want to look stupid.
12. I don’t know what the implications of my vote are, but the tv talkers are all for it, so I probably should be, too.
Re Kerry’s 3 Purple Hearts
1. Self-inflicted wound from throwing a grenade in a sack or barrel of rice, and not moving away far enough from the explosion. Wounded in ass by rice, not Susan.
2. While firing at some VC with an M 79 grenade launcher, he hit something close to him, either part of his PC boat or something near the shore. It ricocheted a flechette into his arm, at the surface. Unintentional self-inflicted wound during combat. Don’t blame him on firing short, but not worthy of a PH.
3. Claimed serious injuries on the Bay Hap River when his PC boat hit an underwater obstruction (NOT A MINE, no explosion, no smoke, no fire, no hole in the hull unlike the other craft which broke in two due to a hugh mine explosion). Fell into cabin framework due to hitting the object. No enemy fire (5,000 meters up and back of small and heavy arms fire - he claimed).
Conclusion, though Kerry did serve bravely in many instances, he also killed innocent civilians on a junk and covered it up, falsified or puffed up his actions while leaving supporting craft/sailors out of the picture, and possibly tampered with his records.
As we wrote in 2004, he is “UNFIT FOR COMMAND”.
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1. Hee an idiot.
2. Hes a gold digger.
3. Hes a liar.
IIRC, Kerry was about to be drafted, so he joined the navy
which was not seeing any combat, unless you were a pilot.
The SWIFT boat operations started after he had joined, but he was not able to opt out of it.
If this is wrong, please correct me.
Speak for yourself John.
I have a sign on my truck that says, "He's not MY President." Been there since Nov, 2008. True then, even more true now.
5. He’s a horse-faced commie who testified untruthfully and treasonously before Congress about his fellows-in-arms in Vietnam.
“2. While firing at some VC with an M 79 grenade launcher, he hit something close to him, either part of his PC boat or something near the shore. It ricocheted a flechette into his arm, at the surface. Unintentional self-inflicted wound during combat. Dont blame him on firing short, but not worthy of a PH.”
This I have major problems with I was in country in 69 flechette’s were never used even allowed in combat period. Discussed, experimented with yes actually used no because of the Geneva Convention would not allow them much the same as hollow-point ammo.
Yep. The bottom line is that they’re self centered cowards.
Thanks for the ping!
Like a good surrogate, Kerry went after Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, often focusing on the Republican candidates perceived weakness on foreign policy. In his most memorable speech, which the Obama campaign actually turned into a poster, Kerry responded to Romney's claim that Russia is America's "number one geopolitical foe" by saying, "Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska; Mitt Romney talks like hes only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.What's his FR nick?
4. He is a pissant.
He would have had four purple hearts, except that the paper cut stopped bleeding before he could get to the medals verification guy.
He served in Vietnam, right?