Skip to comments.Secretary Kerry's Maiden Speech
Posted on 02/25/2013 8:29:47 AM PST by Ooh-Ah
Stipulating that foreign aid can be an important part of American foreign policy, and further that trade is an important component of U.S. foreign policy; Secretary of State John Kerry made two really important mistakes in his maiden speech, delivered to a fawning audience of American university students.
The first was in the definition of America's challenges in the second decade of the 21st Century. Mr. Kerry posited:
"Our challenge is to tame the worst impulses of globalization even as we harness its ability to spread information and possibility, to offer even the most remote place on Earth the same choices that have made us strong and free."
Finally, Mr. Kerry said,
"I agree with President Obama that there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions, that forces us to retrench or to retreat."
True enough. The Obama Administration decided to retreat from Iraq and Afghanistan; decided to remove an aircraft carrier from the Persian Gulf, allowing the Iranian government to claim to have driven "the Great Satan" from the vital waterway; decided to empower the Egyptian government as democratic; decided to distance itself from Israel; decided to create the process of sequestration that will bring the axe down most heavily on defense spending; decided to discuss global warming with China before human rights; and decided to pursue negotiations with Iran and North Korea in the face of blatant lying and cheating on both their parts.
America has made and continues to make bad decisions, retrench and retreat unforced.
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I understand he served in Vietnam...
did he toss any medals away in his virgin speech?
perhaps ones he may have received from Red China or the former Soviet Union? or ones presented to him in Ho Chi Minh City???
"Our challenge" is, in fact, to defeat the forces of Islamic radicalism that threaten us at home sometimes, and that threaten our friends in the Middle East, Southwest and East Asia all the time. Secular people, Christian people, Jews, women and progressive people in those regions -- including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, North Africa, Egypt, Jordan, Nigeria, Mali, Iraq and Turkey, and more -- feel the pressure of the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, al Qaeda and Taliban forces snuffing out the tentative whiffs of freedom and equality presaged by President Bush's "democracy agenda" and the now-cold "Arab Spring." The less-than-optimal "impulses of globalization" are far more benign than the less-than-optimal impulses of a political-religious philosophy that holds the 7th Century to be the apex of human endeavor.
But..but...but...Kerry served in Vietnam!
Lurch is making me lurch. POS!!!
JF’nK: “In this global world...”
thewre is no burma anymore, either
it is now called myanmar (sic)