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Why John Kerry could be a better secretary of state than Hillary Clinton (Enter The Twilight Zone)
Washington Post ^ | Thursday, April 25, 11:59 AM | Aaron David Miller

Posted on 04/25/2013 4:10:25 PM PDT by haffast

Aaron David Miller is vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He served for two decades as an adviser to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state on Arab-Israeli negotiations.

George Marshall. Dean Acheson. Henry Kissinger. James Baker.

These are the sorts of names you’d see in a Secretary of State Hall of Fame, if such a thing existed. Enshrinement would depend on negotiating a consequential agreement, defusing a major crisis, articulating a successful doctrine or fashioning a strategy for peace or war that puts you at the center of American foreign policy.

Hillary Rodham Clinton didn’t get there. But John Kerry might.

This isn’t a knock on Clinton’s abilities or record, nor is it excessive optimism about what Kerry might achieve as secretary of state. Rather, it’s a recognition that 90 percent of success in life isn’t merely showing up — it’s showing up at the right time. And in showing up at Foggy Bottom for President Obama’s second term, Kerry may have done precisely that.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bengahzi; foreignpolicy; obama; whitehouse
"...the fact that Kerry, unlike Clinton, has taken the job at the end of his political career, when he can afford to take greater risks — all these forces come together to give Kerry a chance to shine that Clinton never had."

Hillary's career not over???

"....she had the misfortune of serving under the most controlling commander in chief — on foreign policy — since Richard Nixon."

"On those matters relating to peace and war, the president, his White House advisers and the National Security Council dominated."

"When it came to thinking big on the U.S.-Israeli relationship, Iran, strategy on Russia and China, and the so-called Mideast peace process, it was the White House again."

But that little Benghazi mishap, well, that was all Clinton-(Patraeus).

1 posted on 04/25/2013 4:10:25 PM PDT by haffast
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Damning with faint praise...


2 posted on 04/25/2013 4:12:13 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: haffast

Moe was the smartest of the Three Stooges, but he was still a Stooge.


3 posted on 04/25/2013 4:15:12 PM PDT by dainbramaged (Joe McCarthy was right.)
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To: haffast

Well, a “D” student is arguably better than an “F” student.


4 posted on 04/25/2013 4:16:40 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: haffast

So would this individual. What's your point, Aaron?

5 posted on 04/25/2013 4:21:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: haffast

Because he can’t be worse?


6 posted on 04/25/2013 4:25:22 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: dainbramaged

Manny, Moe, and Jack, The Poop Boys

"Buy five tires, get one less. Free rotation."

7 posted on 04/25/2013 4:30:16 PM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast

I suppose Charles Manson would be a better baby sitter than Kermit Gosnell, but faint praise is not a reason to accept mediocrity.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 4:58:48 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: haffast
...nor is it excessive optimism about what Kerry might achieve as secretary of state. Rather, it’s a recognition that 90 percent of success in life isn’t merely showing up — it’s showing up at the right time. And in showing up at Foggy Bottom for President Obama’s second term, Kerry may have done precisely that.

In other words, Aaron David Miller is suggesting that Kerry's stock-in-trade -- arrogance coupled to stupidity -- is the key to success for the Secretary of State.

Somehow, I don't think that recipe is going to work...

9 posted on 04/25/2013 5:30:13 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: haffast

Kerry and Obama sole mates? I’ll buy it. ;-)


10 posted on 04/25/2013 8:10:43 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: haffast

Not exactly a high standard.


11 posted on 04/25/2013 8:20:13 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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