Not as easy as it looks, Mr. Secretary

For the longest time, it seemed as though John Kerry had reached the pinnacle of his career: senior senator from Massachusetts and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Then came Benghazi, Susan Rice, the talking points and her disastrous appearances on five Sunday talk shows September 16, 2012. Then, opportunity came knocking on the door of one of Kerry’s lavish homes: Hillary resigned as Secretary of State. Given that the Republicans would have bitterly opposed Susan Rice as her successor, Kerry — as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — was the logical 2nd choice. (Rice is now National Security Adviser).

Kerry has learned the following the hard way: that holding hearings, asking questions, pontificating, issuing reports, and funding State Department budgets is far less difficult than “implementing” foreign policy. In particular, Kerry has had the thankless task of carrying out the foreign policy of the American President “least-respected,” by both the good and bad actors of the so-called “international community.” Yes, it is a thankless task, but Kerry did tell the President “yes” a little more than a year ago. Kerry could have said “no.” But like his boss, Kerry has always been “overconfident” in his own abilities. Not as easy as it looks, is it, Secretary Kerry?


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