Skip to comments.Seriously, What Is John Kerry Doing?
Posted on 07/29/2014 4:55:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Lets concede for a moment that most of us dont believe the United States should be taking sides in conflicts abroad. Even so, most Americans would probably agree that at a minimum our diplomatic efforts should not cause unnecessary harm. Which brings me to Secretary of State John Kerrys recent misadventure in the Middle East.
It seems like a rather big deal that Egypt, Israel, Fatah, Jordan, Saudi Arabiaostensibly, all allies of oursagree on anything. This development, one imagines, might be something the United States would be interested in fostering rather than destroying. Certainly, the idea that Hamas power should be neutralized and the influence of the moderate Palestinian authority expanded, sounds like a plan worth pursuing.
Or so you would think. But instead, it looks like Kerry ignored an Egyptian-led ceasefire effort and handed Israelis a document that offered them this:
Rather than empowering Fatah, it recognizes Hamas as the legitimate authority in the Gaza Strip, although its considered a terrorist organization by the Justice Department and an entity thats founding principle and driving purpose is to eliminate Israel and replace it with an Islamic state.
Rather than choking off this organizations lifeline, the agreement would have allowed them to collect billions in charity that would be been able to use to rearm, retrench, and re-engage in hostilities.
And all the while, it would have made no demands on Hamas to purge itself of rockets, or tunnels, or other weaponry that destabilizes the areawhile at the same, the ceasefire would have limited Israels ability to take them out. (Update: This final point is disputed by U.S. officials.)
Hamas would have conceded nothing. No nation would have accepted such terms, not after whats transpired, and naturally it was rejected unanimously by an Israeli cabinet that includes the ideological left, center, and right. Not only did the proposal irritate Israela nation often accused of warmongering for kicksbut it also upset Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.
All of which, one presumes, a seasoned statesman like Kerry should have foreseen. So why did Kerry offer a proposal driven by Qatar and Turkey, two of Hamas allies and Israels antagonists? Qatar not only funds one of the leading anti-Israel propaganda outfits on the planet, Al Jazeera, but it is also, according to Shimon Pereshardly a warmongering Likudnikthe worlds largest funder of terror due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza. And Turkey, which often sounds like some well-known Progressive Twitter accounts, recently accused the Jews of committing genocide, called Israel a terror state, and compared Netanyahu to Hitler.
Though weve often pressured Israel to shorten these kinds of operations, only a historian would be able to come up with an instances of the United States pressuring Israel to accept such a lousy agreement. So naturally, the Israeli press, including left-wing newspapers like Haaretz, went after Kerry pretty hard. The United States, according to reports, believes that Israeli officials had misrepresented the deal. And the Obama administration pushed back yesterday. Its simply not the way partners and allies treat each other, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who seems to think Israel has a state-controlled media.
But, according to nearly every news report, Kerry was the one who brought Turkey and Qatar into the mix. And it is undeniable that Kerry went to Paris immediately after negotiations collapsed and met with officials from Turkey and Qatar to discuss a potential cease-fire in the Gaza. Kerry did not meet with Egypt, nor the Palestinian Authority, nor Israel. That seems oddinexplicable, evenbut it certainly lends credence to Israeli media accounts.
David Ignatius at the Washington Post argues that Kerrys mistake isnt any bias against Israel but rather a bias in favor of an executable, short-term deal. But its conceivable that both of those factors played a part. As a political consideration, the administration would have benefitted from a short-term deal. Perhaps because of tragic loss of life, the United States would rather see a ceasefire than Hamas dealt a mortal blow. And that is almost certainly one of the reasons Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.
It is worth remembering that Kerry, who is rightly considered a longtime ally of Israel, has changed his tone considerably since joining the administration. Hes accused Israel of being a few short steps removed from apartheid, he peddled the myth of Israels imminent demographic demise, and he was conveniently caught on a hot mic sarcastically dismissing Israels pinpoint strikes, and insinuating that he, John Kerry, was not invited to embark on a ceasefire talks because Israel was buying time to finish off Hamas. (If thats Israels goal, they should have invited Kerry earlier.)
But maybe the United States doesnt want to take sides anymore. Maybe the Obama administrations recent dealings in the Middle East reflect this attitude. Maybe Kerrys actions werent a mistake but an attempt to show Israels enemies that we can be even-handed. Because we either have an incompetent Secretary of State or a momentous shift in Middle East policy. Either way, Kerrys actions have created a bigger mess.
I have no idea what Lurchy is doing, and don’t call me, “Seriously” ;)
Why doesn’t he just go for another face transplant and leave Israel and American alone?
It’s because of what Lurch did after the Vietnam War that 0bama nominated him for SoS, in my view.
Kerry has performed a miracle! They all agree that he's an idiot.
Har de har har.
Kerry and Obama and the UN have tricked
Americans into paying for the attack-tunnels,
into paying for the killing rockets, and
into paying for the raped nuns, and crucified Coptics.
And they even got Lois Lerner to backdate
the exemptions on a Sunday.
Being the dumba$$ he has always been.
He served in Vietnam, damnit!
Give Kerry a bit of a break .... and remember he is new to the strings attached to him ... and the ear piece that is connected to the OhBullshits Information Center ... both of which are controlled by the “Puppet Master.. whoever it maybe”
Well of course. I’m surprised Jane Fonda isn’t the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs or our ambassador to Vietnam, actually.
Kerry is a really bad joke. His nomination to SOS shows how incompetent the Obama sleazebags are, and how full of themselves senators are.
Just a gigolo everywhere I go people know the part I’m playing...
I’m John Kerry and I’m reporting for duty.
Seasoned enough to be Botoxed anyway.
He shot more videos than Viet Congs.
As Sec. Of State goes we’ve had the two worst right in a row. Neither of them qualified for the position, both an embarrassment to the country.
If we survive this jerk in the White House there is just so much damage that has to be repaired.
He is showing the world what a buffoon he is, as did his boss.