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  • Obama, Netanyahu on Collision Course 6 Years in the Making

    02/28/2015 8:17:20 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | February 28, 2015 | JULIE PACE and MATTHEW LEE
    For six years, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been on a collision course over how to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions, a high-stakes endeavor both men see as a centerpiece of their legacies. The coming weeks will put the relationship between their countries, which otherwise remain stalwart allies, to one of its toughest tests. Netanyahu is bound for Washington for an address to Congress on Tuesday aimed squarely at derailing Obama's cherished bid for a diplomatic deal with Tehran. At the same time, Secretary of State John Kerry and other international negotiators will be in Switzerland...
  • Kerry cautions Israel not to undercut Iran diplomacy as talks resume

    03/02/2015 9:01:02 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/2/15 | Arshad Mohammed
    MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry quietly cautioned Israel not to undercut nuclear negotiations with Iran that resumed on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to make the case in Washington against the diplomacy. Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met for about 90 minutes on the first of what could be three days of talks in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux on curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The two men, along with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar...
  • Senator Kerry: "I will meet Ortega and North Vietnamese"; Sec State Kerry "No House Speech!"

    03/02/2015 7:49:32 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 12 replies
    John Kerry negotiated directly with North Vietnamese communists in Paris before and while Henry Kissinger tried to get us out of Vietnam without destroying the South Vietnamese left behind when our troops abandoned that country. In that of course, he followed several years of violently and very publicly protesting the Vietnam War after spending only 91 days overseas. In both of these, he was obviously opposing official US policy, and by meeting with the enemy deliberately and while official negotiations were going on, he was deliberately sabotaging the official US position. But that was not the only time, nor the...
  • Caption John Kerry

    03/02/2015 3:09:51 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    watch.org ^ | 3-2-15 | AFP
    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Geneva International airport, Sunday, March 1, 2015. (photo credit: AP/Evan Vucci, Pool) Top US diplomat John Kerry arrived in Switzerland late Sunday for tough talks on Iran and Ukraine, and to push Moscow’s foreign minister to ensure a “credible” probe into the shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov
  • Kerry: Public Talks on Deal Will Complicate Iran’s Disarmament

    03/02/2015 3:33:10 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/3/15
    US Secretary of State, John Kerry, warned that public talks on the formulating nuclear deal with Iran will make it exceedingly difficult for the US to prevent Ian from developing nuclear abilities. Kerry stated that he is concerned by reports that details of the nuclear talks will be exposed in the next few days. .....
  • Kerry to defend Israel as Netanyahu readies critique of Iran talks

    03/01/2015 6:05:54 PM PST · by keat · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 1, 2015 6:25pm EST | Arshad Mohammed
    GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading. Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of talks with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on a deal to restrain the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions on Tehran. The talks will be held in Montreux. In addition, Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday to discuss Iran, Syria and...
  • Call to Action this week after Netanyahu's speech.

    03/01/2015 7:27:14 PM PST · by blueyon · 10 replies
    self | 3/01/15 | Blueyon
    Please take to Twitter, Facebook, all news Media sites and any/all other sites you can think of after Netanyahu gives his speech Tuesday. The WH has already rebutted a speech they have not heard. We all know you can not rebut something that hasn't happened yet but we are talking this administration. So with that said, we need to dominate social media! Comment Comment Comment on everything with your views of Netanyahu. Don't let the main stream media frame this with WH talking points and anti-Israel rhetoric.
  • Why Netanyahu's party hopes Obama stays angry

    03/01/2015 11:08:09 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 29 replies
    http://www.haaretz.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | By Yossi Verter
    Senior members of the Likud party – including, some say, even the most senior of them – are keeping their fingers crossed for President Barack Obama. They hope that he won’t fall ill, that he won’t fly off to some distant continent, that a cat won’t get his tongue, and that he won’t become suddenly faint-hearted about the escalating confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As in the well-known joke about the sadist and the masochist, the Likudniks are eager to continue being pummeled by Obama directly or by his secretary of state or by his national security adviser. They’ve...
  • Bibi Selassie: Dotted Points of Light (Feldman names traitors in the U.S. Congress)

    03/01/2015 10:22:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 1, 2015 | Clarice Feldman
    A. An historical analogy When you reach a certain age, events that to younger people seem dim and distant still remain fresh in memory. Watching the events surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s invitation to address Congress, I am reminded of Haile Selassie’s address to the League of Nations. As he spoke in 1936 and as Auden warned in his poem "September 1, 1939", the likelihood of a coming conflagration grows and yet a few people still stand for civilization: Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just...
  • Genghis John Kerry: ISIS is being defeated

    03/01/2015 9:21:13 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    KMBC.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Eric Bradner
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) —Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the United States' allies in the Middle East remain on course to defeat ISIS -- though he acknowledged the challenge in Syria is a particularly difficult one.</p> <p>Each time the Iraqis have now gone forward in an offensive effort, together with allies, the coalition, we have routed ISIL," Kerry said, using an alternate name for the group, during an appearance on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.</p>
  • Kerry asks for benefit of the doubt on Iran nuclear talks

    03/01/2015 9:30:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    AP.org ^ | 3/1/15 | Bradley Klapper
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration's diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to "the benefit of the doubt" as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal.
  • BREAKING! VENEZUELA SAYS THEY’VE CAPTURED AMERICAN PILOT (video)

    02/28/2015 4:44:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 63 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/28/15 | soopermexican
    As if foreign policy couldn’t get any worse. The President Piece of Crap Maduro announced that they have captured an American pilot that was trying to topple his regime. Watch below:
  • KERRY TO ROYCE: ‘PLEDGING ALLEGIANCE TO ISIL IS NOT NECESSARILY JOINING THE FIGHT

    02/27/2015 6:23:29 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ADELLE NAZARIAN
    On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), that “Pledging allegiance to ISIL is not necessarily joining the fight.” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) responded by asking, “So we’re going to wait until they kill a bunch of people before we attack them. Is that what you’re saying the administration’s fight is?” Kerry replied, “No. We are going to and see whether or not they are in fact, really joined in the fight against ISIL.” He explained his belief, and the administration’s policy, that “a group that simply embraces...
  • Kerry Reminds Congress Netanyahu Lobbied for Iraq War (Video at link)

    02/25/2015 4:39:15 PM PST · by Dave346 · 31 replies
    C-span ^ | February 25, 2015 | Robert Mackey
    Speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Congress that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an advocate of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
  • Kerry: Netanyahu Questioned Interim Deal with Iran and Was Wrong

    02/25/2015 5:17:47 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/2/15 | Elad Benari
    The back and forth banter between Israel and the United States over Iran’s nuclear aspirations continued on Wednesday, as Secretary of State John Kerry questioned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s judgment when it comes to Iran. The comments, according to The Huffington Post, came as Kerry was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Committee member Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.) pointed to Netanyahu’s upcoming address to the Congress as evidence of the weakness of the deal being negotiated between Iran and the six world powers. “The Prime Minister was also profoundly forward-leaning and very outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq...
  • Kerry names LGBT envoy (QIA kicked to the curb)

    02/24/2015 3:02:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    The State Department has appointed its first special envoy to promote LGBT rights globally. Randy Berry, a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer will oversee the government’s efforts to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world. Secretary of State John Kerry said that too often, in too many countries, LGBT people are threatened, jailed and prosecuted. “That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” he said in a statement. “It’s why we’re building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and it’s...
  • Putin Throws Wrench in Iran Nuke Talks

    02/23/2015 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    thefiscaltimes.com ^ | Mon, Feb 23, 2015, 8:39pm EST | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    In an announcement that seems certain to further inflame opinions about a proposed deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capacity, it was revealed today that Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has offered to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Related Stories Kerry Says Iran Extension Worth It Only If Deal Almost Done Bloomberg Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one AFP World powers 'united', Kerry says ahead of new Iran nuclear talks AFP 'Significant gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry AFP
  • Kerry to Iran: Stop Your Nuclear Program for 10 Years and the US will Let You Build a Nuclear Weapon

    02/23/2015 9:40:29 AM PST · by rightistight · 46 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/23/15 | Aurelius
    In a horrifying new report, John Kerry and top United States negotiators are willing to let Iran have the ability to build a nuclear weapon, so long as they do not build one for ten years. According to insiders, “The idea would be to reward Iran for good behavior over the last years of any agreement, by gradually lifting constraints on its uranium enrichment program imposed as part of a deal that would also would slowly ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic.” Specifically, the deal would allow Iran “to slowly ramp up activities that could be used to make nuclear...
  • Kerry: ISIS Jihadists Angry Over Lack of Access to “Fancy Restaurants”

    02/22/2015 1:33:21 AM PST · by shibumi · 49 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 2/21/2015 | Dabiel Greenfield
    That’s some nuanced nuance right there. The ISIS Jihadists just want to join John Kerry for a meal at a fancy restaurant. Maybe he can invite them on over. Kerry introduced the topic of what motivates terror recruits. “Why do people make what to many of us would seem to be an utterly wrongheaded choice and become the kind of terrorists that we’re seeing?” he asked. “It’s a question that we need to approach with humility, but also with determination, because you cannot defeat what you don’t understand.” “Certainly, there is no single answer,” Kerry continued. “In our era, poisonous...
  • Top Iranian nuke negotiator ordered to stop screaming at Kerry

    02/20/2015 1:53:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon via Fox News | 2/19/14 | Adam Kredo
    **SNIP** Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told his country's state controlled media in a recent interview that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has instructed him to stop yelling at Kerry and other top U.S. officials during the talks. Reports about Zarif's temper first emerged in the Iranian press last November, when the United States and Iran agreed to extend talks through June of this year. Zarif is said to "frequently shout at Western diplomats" with such force that bodyguards have been forced to enter the negotiation room.
  • Kerry on Terrorist Motivation: 'Desire to Belong to a Group' or Due to a 'Lost Job'(Video)

    02/19/2015 6:30:10 PM PST · by lbryce · 42 replies
    CNS.com ^ | February 19, 2015 | Patrick Goodenough
    Declaring that “you cannot defeat what you don’t understand,” Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday suggested some reasons why tens of thousands of young people are flocking to join terrorist groups in the Middle East. Among some of the likely motivations he listed were deprivation, a desire to avenge the death of a loved one, a response to “acts of discrimination or repression,” the desire to belong to a group, and “rebellion against anonymity.” Absent from the list was any belief – misguided or otherwise – that joining a terrorist group was an Islamic duty or demonstration of religious...
  • Iran's top leader tells foreign minister not to shout during nuclear negotiations (bad deal alert)

    02/14/2015 9:40:11 AM PST · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    US News ^ | Feb. 14, 2015 | 11:05 a.m. EST | ALI AKBAR DAREINI
    TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's foreign minister has been told by the country's supreme leader to control his temper during nuclear talks with Western diplomats, Iranian media reported Saturday. Mohammad Javad Zarif admitted that he has often raised his voice during meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry - sometimes so much their bodyguards would enter the room to make sure everything was all right. Zarif said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, told him to speak softly and with a smile - the same as he would in public. Zarif said...
  • [Satire] Islamic State Files Slander Suit against Obama, Kerry

    02/13/2015 11:18:37 PM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    Incensed that the President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have damaged their reputation by falsely claiming that Islam is a religion of peace, attorneys for the Islamic State have filed a defamation of character suit in the District of Columbia Federal Court. "The unrelenting attempt to portray our righteous slaughter of unbelievers and apostates as contrary to the will of Allah and the tenets of Islam is a slander of the worst kind," insisted attorney Muhammad Baddman. "Islam is the religion of the sword. The Quran commands the faithful to make war on all who resist the...
  • US Begins to Use ‘Daesh’ for ISIL, ‘Islamic State’

    02/09/2015 11:33:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | February 9, 2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry honored the memory of a Jordanian pilot tortured to death by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in finally calling the group by its Middle Eastern, regional Arabic name: “Daesh.” The radical Islamic terror group that swallowed massive territory in Syria and Iraq and is penetrating into Europe, the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza, already has had many names. […] Kerry went on to detail how each week brings new examples of “how far the evil of these extremist groups reaches. Daesh’s execution of a captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive is...
  • Caption John Kerry

    02/09/2015 4:57:03 AM PST · by csvset · 21 replies
    Tiny pic ^ | 8 feb 2015 | interwebs
  • After Announcing Netanyahu Boycott, VP Biden & Kerry Meet With Herzog (Major Bibi Opponent)

    02/08/2015 2:30:32 PM PST · by xzins · 93 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 8 Feb 15 | Jacob Kornbluh
    After announcing he will be skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s speech to Congress for a trip abroad, US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry both met on Saturday with Labor leader Isaac Herzog on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, Germany. The two sides insisted that the meetings were informal. But it reportedly revolved around security matters and the Zionist Union’s defense strategy, Israeli media reported. On Friday, Biden announced he’ll miss Netanyahu’s speech to Congress due to a pre-scheduled overseas trip, yet unnamed. Both Kerry and President Barack Obama said last month...
  • Kerry won't rule out 2016 bid

    02/08/2015 11:59:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 65 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Feb. 8, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he has not ruled out launching a presidential bid in 2016, maintaining he's been too busy to give the prospect any thought. Asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd if he'd consider another run, the 2004 Democratic nominee said he can think of "no scenario whatsoever" where he would launch another bid. "I haven't thought about it and I'm, as you can tell, pretty busy," he said, chuckling, during a trip to Germany this weekend meeting foreign leaders at the Munich Security Conference. Pressed if he'd...
  • Brian Williams should replace Secretary Kerry [Humor?]

    02/06/2015 1:51:47 PM PST · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | February 6, 2015 | Dan Miller
    Although it would be hypocritical for NBC to fire Mr. Williams for mis- speaking  lying, it would enhance his chances of becoming our next Secretary of State. Like Hillary Clinton, Williams sorta told some truth when he admitted to lying for a dozen years. Hillary became Obama's Secretary of State in 2009. Williams, also a very good liar, deserves no less this year. After that? Perhaps "our" next President.Here is a timeline of the progression of Williams' tall tales, based on a Stars and Stripes article: In late March 2003, the New York Daily News reported that “the one (helicopter) carrying Williams and (Retired General and current NBC consultant Wayne) Downing landed”...
  • International Relations Scholars: Kerry Least Effective Secretary of State in Half a Century

    02/05/2015 5:56:42 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/5/16 | John Hayward
    Nobody puts the SoS in Secretary of State quite like John Kerry, who has overseen the rout of American influence and prestige in every corner of the globe, managing the neat trick of making Hillary Clinton look relatively consequential, or at least harmless. Kerry has finally been given the recognition he deserves by foreign policy scholars, who named him the least effective SecState of the past 50 years. Al Kamen does not sound very happy about these results over at the Washington Post. He seems equally peeved by the survey’s choice of most effective Secretary of State: Secretary of State...
  • Castro Makes Demands [semi-satire]

    02/03/2015 10:00:28 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    Saying that President Obama’s apology for 50 years of aggression, discrimination, and abuse of his country by the United States government “was a good start,” current Cuban dictator Raul Castro demanded further concessions as the price for normalizing relations between Cuba and the US. First on Castro’s list was compensation for the economic damage done to Cuba by the US trade embargo. “Prior to this embargo Cubans had the highest standard of living in Latin America,” Castro pointed out. “Now, Cubans are worse off than any country in the western hemisphere.” Castro called upon President Obama to “use his executive...
  • Who Are Terrorists Targeting?

    01/27/2015 7:20:39 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 4 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 1-26-15 | Chris Shugart
    The recent terrorist attacks in Paris once again pose a question that seldom gets discussed. To whom are these attacks aimed? Is it Christians? Jews? Non-Muslims in general? Could it be Western democracies or Western society as a whole? As media pundits shed their crocodile tears and two-faced politicians dramatize their insincere outrage, every Islamic terrorist since 9-11 knows very well who their targets are. It is the Left. These terrorists may be monsters, but they’re not stupid. They know that their carnage and destruction must make an impression on those most likely to assist their cause: anti-war pacifists, progressives,...
  • Secretary of State John Kerry demonstrates why Huma Abedin’s background mattered

    01/26/2015 5:58:33 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | March 27, 2013
    When folks like Andrew McCarthy articulated why our findings about then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close adviser Huma Abedin were important, his camp was smeared as being discriminatory. His argument had nothing to do with discrimination or Islamophobia. It had everything to do with Abedin’s familial ties compromising her judgment and allegiances to the U.S. Constitution. Here we have an example that demonstrates this reality further and it comes via Kenneth Timmerman, who has picked up on the fact that the new Secretary of State – John Kerry – has a son-in-law with family still living in Iran. This...
  • Kerry tells Western leaders it would be an 'error' to refer to violent extremists as Islamists

    01/23/2015 5:01:40 PM PST · by Windflier · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Francesca Chambers
    Violent extremists killing children and others in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other parts of the world may cite Islam as a justification, but the West should be careful about calling them Islamic radicals, Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience of opinion leaders Friday at the World Economic Forum. In a speech calling for a global effort against violent extremism, Kerry said it would be a mistake to link Islam to criminal conduct rooted in alienation, poverty, thrill-seeking and other factors. 'We have to keep our heads,' Kerry said, according to the Associate Press. 'The biggest error we could...
  • John Kerry An Illiterate???

    01/23/2015 5:37:50 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 71 replies
    MeshugeMikey ^ | January 23, 2014 | MeshugeMikey
  • Kerry: Climate science 'screaming at us'

    01/17/2015 12:53:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/16/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called for "ambitious, concrete action" to combat climate change after a government agency released new data about global temperatures. "What’s surprising is that anyone is surprised that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The science has been screaming at us for a long, long time," Kerry said Friday in a statement released by the State Department. Kerry said historic temperatures, greenhouse gas emissions and extreme weathers events like torrential rain and droughts "are having devastating economic, security and health impacts across the planet." His comments were in response to a new report...
  • Breaking: Hamas chief, Muslim Brotherhood officials expelled from Qatar

    01/06/2015 7:04:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Looks like the diplomatic efforts of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi may have paid off. Khaled Mashaal, who ran the recent Hamas war on Israel from the safety of Doha where he has long kept his organization’s worldwide headquarters, got kicked out of Qatar altogether — along with the Muslim Brotherhood. CNN reports that the expelled officials will likely end up in Turkey: Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal and members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been expelled from Qatar, a Hamas-run news agency reported Tuesday. The officials are most likely headed to Turkey, the report said.The move comes after...
  • Obama Says Armed Response to Muslim Terrorism Wrong Approach [satire]

    01/16/2015 11:40:57 PM PST · by John Semmens · 32 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 17 Jan 2015 | John Semmens
    While attempting not appear to condone the murder of the Hebdo staff and the Jewish hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris last week, President Obama blamed France's failure to integrate Muslims into their society. "The fact is, Europe has done a poor job of making Muslim immigrants feel welcome," Obama said. "In country after country Muslims are isolated in ghetto-like conditions rather than dispersed among the general population like they are in the United States." The President dismissed contentions that the concentration of Muslims into enclaves was by choice. "The Muslim way of life has very specific requirements," Obama...
  • John Kerry Declares ‘Profound Emotion’ For France In Paris Address ["We Share Your Pain"]

    01/16/2015 9:48:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | January 16, 2015 | Kim Willsher
    John Kerry Declares ‘Profound Emotion’ For France In Paris Address Visit by US secretary of state was organised after White House admitted mistake in not already dispatching a senior figure Kim Willsher 16 January 2015 The US secretary of state, John Kerry, declared the “profound emotion” of his country for France on Friday, as French police arrested a dozen people suspected of helping the gunmen who carried out last week’s terror attacks in Paris. Kerry described the attacks as a “living nightmare” and said he wanted to “share a hug with the whole of Paris and the whole of France”....
  • This performer turned down John Kerry; James Taylor was Kerry's second choice

    01/16/2015 4:22:13 PM PST · by doug from upland · 32 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2015
    THIS PERFORMER REFUSED TO PROSTITUTE HIMSELF WITH JOHN KERRY!
  • James Taylor Sings Tribute To France At Kerry Event In Paris

    01/16/2015 11:12:13 AM PST · by traumer · 66 replies
    - video at link - John Kerry listens on as his friend James Taylor performs You've Got A Friend at an event in Paris after the terror attacks.
  • At Invitation of John Kerry, James Taylor Sings ‘You’ve Got a Friend’ to the French

    01/16/2015 10:23:43 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 80 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 1/16 | Ben Smith
    Secretary of State John Kerry sought to show the United States’ support of France after the recent terrorist attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by having James Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend” at a Paris press conference. Nile Gardiner, director of Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation, blasted this decision, calling it “embarrassing” and “cringeworthy.”
  • Le hug: How John Kerry made a Paris cheek-kiss faux pas

    01/16/2015 9:56:41 AM PST · by don-o · 38 replies
    Telegraph ^ | Januuary 16, 2015
    When top US diplomat John Kerry rushed towards the French president, arms open, to warmly embrace him on Friday, what followed was a cringeworthy culture clash that has befuddled many a visitor to France. The French are just not that into hugging. Kerry had given fair warning to his French counterparts that some American-style affection was on the cards. "My visit to France is basically to share a big hug for Paris and express the affection of the American people for France and for our friends there who have been through a terrible time," he said on the eve of...
  • Apology Tour: John Kerry Brings James Taylor To Paris To Play “You’ve Got A Friend” [VIDEO]

    01/16/2015 7:10:30 AM PST · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | January 16, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Under fire for being a no-show at the Paris March Against Terrorism, the Obama administration sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Paris today to give a “big hug” to the French.
  • John Kerry Brings James Taylor to Paris to Play "You've Got a Friend" after US No-Show Last Week

    01/16/2015 5:39:53 AM PST · by rightistight · 69 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/16/15 | Aurelius
    Secretary of State John Kerry literally brought musician James Taylor to Paris in order to play his hit song “You’ve Got a Friend” to the French after the United States sent no high-end representatives to a massive solidarity march last week. The United States took heat from around the world, and inside its own borders, after millions of people marched in the streets of Paris last week to show terrorists that they will not be frightened away from practicing free speech and expression. President Obama, Vice President Biden, nor any cabinet members attended the rally, even though Eric Holder was...
  • New Book Reveals Secret War Operations (NYT&James Risen's Bunk of the Month entry)

    01/02/2006 3:45:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,442+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - A new book on the government's secret anti-terrorism operations describes how the CIA recruited an Iraqi-American anesthesiologist in 2002 to obtain information from her brother, who was a figure in Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. Dr. Sawsan Alhaddad of Cleveland made the dangerous trip to Iraq on the CIA's behalf. The book said her brother was stunned by her questions about the nuclear program because — he said — it had been dead for a decade. New York Times reporter James Risen uses the anecdote to illustrate how the CIA ignored information that Iraq no longer had weapons of...
  • John Kerry won’t call the Islamic State by its name anymore. Why that’s not a good idea.

    01/07/2015 10:40:59 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 17 replies
    WaPo ^ | December 29, 2014 | Shadi Hamid and Will McCants
    “Daesh claims to be fighting for Islam but its actions are an insult to Islam,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said recently, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. It was a strange rhetorical choice. American officials have been referring to the Islamic State as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, since the group came out in April 2013. But over the past month, Kerry and other Western officials have taken to using the Arabic acronym Daesh. Why? It’s a reaction to reports that Islamic State fanboys fume when people use the Arabic acronym...
  • Livni: Netanyahu Should Thank Me for Turning to Kerry

    12/20/2014 3:57:54 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/14 | Tova Dvorin
    Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni insisted that she turned to US Secretary of State John Kerry and urged him not to allow the Palestinian Authority (PA) draft resolution to go to vote before elections "with Israel's interests in mind" during a Channel 10 interview Saturday night. "I turned to Kerry to safeguard the interests of the State of Israel, to prevent the world's coercion of Palestinian demands on Israel," Livni insisted. "I'm glad I did it and I'm glad that things I do have an impact on the world, what can not be said about Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu." Livni...
  • Cuba's Castro Brothers Get Big Present From Santa Obama

    12/18/2014 6:23:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    Investors.com ^ | 12/17/2014
    Cuba's Castro Brothers Get Big Present From Santa Obama Foreign Policy: Just as its patron Venezuela hit the rocks, Cuba got a last-minute rescue from none other than President Obama, who announced a Santa Claus-like package of wish-list goodies for the Castro brothers. Why? In many ways, President Obama's announced plan to normalize relations with Cuba, lift the embargo, extend trade credits and remove Cuba from the state sponsors of terror list is about on par with the rest of his foreign policy. It was done by executive order without consulting Congress, just like last month's decision to temporarily legalize...
  • U.S., Cuba to restore ties after 50 years of hostility

    12/17/2014 11:08:44 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 17, 2014 | Daniel Trotta
    (Reuters) - The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Obama discussed the changes with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday in a nearly hour-long telephone call. Castro spoke in Cuba as Obama made his announcement on a...
  • Kerry Excited to Be ‘First Sec. of State in 60 Years to Visit Cuba’

    12/17/2014 10:50:05 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    mediaite ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    John Kerry’s going to Cuba. The Secretary of State praised President Barack Obama’s announcement of the normalization of relations with Cuba, the neighboring country under an embargo for over fifty years, in a statement Wednesday. As Obama did in his noon remarks, Kerry likened the thaw of relations to those that followed with Vietnam after the Vietnam War, in which Kerry served. “This new course will not be without challenges,” Kerry said, “but it is based not on a leap of faith but on a conviction that it’s the best way to help bring freedom and opportunity to the Cuban...