WOW ! Talk about adding insult to injury Senator John (why the long face?) Kerry is angling to become Secretary of State in a Barack Obama Administration. YES THAT JOHN KERRY. The one that doesn’t know the war on terror from Shinola. The John Kerry who believes that terrorism is a crime like shoplifting and terrorists can be reformed:
- Kerry wrote in the book The New War: He said, “In that book, we needed to strengthen our ability to be able to fight international criminal crime, including terror.” In another selection the senator claimed, “The damage done by international crime is rarely as specific and dramatic as that of a terrorist attack, but in fact it is greater.”
- “I PLEDGE to you, on your behalf and on behalf of the other 96% of humanity, that within weeks of being elected I will return to the United Nations, and not only rejoin the community of nations but also turn over a proud new chapter in America’s relationship with the world.” source. Anybody remember that, when John Kerry was running for President and he suggested that we should consult the UN before we make any international move?
- How about what John Kerry said to the Senate about the heroes he served with in Viet Nam, “They told stories that at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Ghengis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.”
- Perhaps you remember when Kerry did some of his own diplomacy during the Reagan years, “After Kerry met with Ortega, he returned to Washington waving a promise from Ortega that the Communist leader would moderate his policies. “We believe this is a wonderful opening for a peaceful settlement without having to militarize the region,” Kerry said. “The real issue is: Is this administration going to overthrow the government of the Sandinistas no matter what they do? This opportunity puts this to the test.” The normally cautious Secretary of State George Shultz was so flabbergasted by Kerry’s shilling for Ortega that he denounced Kerry publicly for “dealing with the communists” and letting himself be “used” by Ortega.” How did that work out for you John?”
President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, I get stomach cramps just thinking about it.
John Kerry: Is he angling for secretary of state?
By GLEN JOHNSON
Four years after a failed presidential bid and amid a race for a fifth Senate term this fall, Kerry’s moves have prompted some questions:
-Is the Massachusetts Democrat positioning himself to be secretary of state in a potential Barack Obama administration?
-Could a Kerry appointment create not one but two Senate openings in Massachusetts, assuming Sen. Edward Kennedy cannot complete his term after being diagnosed last week with brain cancer?
Kerry aides insist he’s not angling for the job and point to his long involvement in foreign affairs. It started with his famous testimony as a 27-year-old veteran questioning the Vietnam War before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It continues today, at age 64, as the No. 3 Democrat on the same panel.
But envisioning him in the post would hardly be a stretch given Obama’s chances at securing the Democratic nomination, a general election shaping up as a “change” campaign and Kerry’s relationship with the Illinois senator.
Kerry would likely face competition from Sen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, a former Peace Corps volunteer who also sits on the panel, and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, a top Obama adviser.
Over the weekend, Kerry wrote a Washington Post op-ed column chastising President Bush and John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, for criticizing Obama after he said that, as president, he would be willing to negotiate with U.S. opponents such as Iran.
In recent weeks, the Senate has also passed Kerry-sponsored resolutions seeking humanitarian aid for Burma and Robert Mugabe to step aside as president of Zimbabwe, while Kerry has filed legislation to remove South African President Nelson Mandela from U.S. terrorist watch lists.
The senator invited Blair to this island getaway last weekend so they could discuss the Middle East and climate change.
“John Kerry would love to end his career as secretary of state. It would be a capstone to a life that has always been devoted to public service, but in particular has been focused on foreign affairs,” said Jeffrey Berry, a political science professor at Tufts University.
Kerry helped Obama burst on the national stage by selecting the then-Senate candidate to deliver the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. And he endorsed Obama over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton even though she had just won the New Hampshire primary.
Yet an Obama spokesman kept a respectful distance from questions about a potential Cabinet appointment.
“Senator Obama appreciates his close friendship with Senator Kerry, his service to this country and his early support for our campaign. It is obviously far too early to even speculate about the makeup of an Obama administration – as we are still in a nomination fight – but with his depth of expertise, especially on issues of foreign policy, Senator Kerry would be on the short list for anyone’s Cabinet,” said spokesman Bill Burton.
Kerry aides recoiled at the question, fearful it would renew criticism the senator has his eyes anywhere but on his homestate constituents.
The issue has taken on added sensitivity in an election year in which Kerry faces at least one Republican opponent, and amid questions about Kennedy’s health.
Were Kennedy unable to complete his term, Kerry would face pressure to assume the role of a Democratic colleague many have dubbed the state’s “go-to guy” in Washington. Senate vacancies in Massachusetts are filled by special election. While the state is heavily Democratic, it has a history of electing moderate Republicans to high office.
“Senator Kerry is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate, where he was recently ranked the twelfth-most powerful member,” said spokesman David Wade. “He looks forward to continuing to chair the Middle East subcommittee, where he’s focused on the war in Iraq and security in the region. The only job he has his sights on is the one he already holds and he plans to stay right there.”
Foreign affairs provided a flashpoint in Kerry’s presidential campaign. While the senator voted in October 2002 to authorize military action against Iraq if necessary, he criticized Bush for failing to expand allied support for the March 2003 invasion.
Later, during an October 2004 debate, Bush criticized Kerry for saying military action should pass a “global test” of legitimacy within the U.S. and among its allies.