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John Kerry for Secretary of State? (Open Thread)

From the post, “Uncertain Hagel and Kerry” by John Batchelor (written December 15th and revised in light of recent news). – Bronwyn

John Kerry in the Scott Brown Seat.

Larry Johnson John Batchelor NoQuarterUSA.net Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donlion, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen to President Barack Obama deliver a speech on Mideast and North Africa policy in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donlion, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listen to President Barack Obama deliver a speech on Mideast and North Africa policy in the Ben Franklin Room at the State Department May 19, 2011 in Washington, DC.

I reported to Larry Kudlow my current information is that Kerry’s nomination is not certain. (See video below.) This surprised me when I learned it from a source, but I have checked with two other strong Middle East sources, and the doubts about Kerry are widespread.

Kerry is regarded as weak and as a meddler.

Kerry’s repeated visits to Bashar al-Assad at the Damascus Palace are certain to be a debate in nomination hearings. Also, there are solid reports that Kerry has acted as a cut-out to pass letters from POTUS to Tehran and the Supreme Leader. Much backstairs intrigue is mentioned.

The GOP has the motive of promoting Kerry to State to open the Senate Seat in Massachusetts to a Special Election soonest, and this reawakens the Scott Brown candidacy for the Senate.

Still, the Senate nomination gauntlet will give opportunity to draw out, challenge and contest the Obama foreign policy — what is the plan for Syria and Iran, what negotiations are welcome? what about the stability of the region in the face of the Tehran predation?

I observe that the Susan Rice problem with Benghazi is also the John Kerry problem with Benghazi: both Rice and Kerry are caught up on the “leading from behind” gambits that have tied up the US with conniving cronies in Tehran, Cairo and Ankara who display themselves as strongmen not democrats.


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From the post, “Uncertain Hagel and Kerry” by John Batchelor. Visit John’s site to catch his podcasts and to listen to his live programs nightly from 9: p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (Written December 15th and revised in light of recent news. – Bronwyn)

  • Susan Bernard

    At 57% percent Obama’s approval rating is at its highest since he kill Osama Bin Laden.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-25

    Not sure where the Republicans approval ratings are, but if they keep defending the NRA (who had to shut down their website, Tweeter and Facebook accounts because of the backlash), keep bashing minority women like Ms. Rice and if they take us over the fiscal cliff because they want to defend low further tax cuts for the wealthy, I cannot image their approval will be climbing any time soon. Republicans are now so far out of the mainstream that they are becoming a joke. And many of them know it. Just ask Jindal. I look forward to the elections in 2014.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/12/unreal-obama-state-department-tells-parents-of-iraq-vet-held-in-mexico-they-cant-help-them-video/

    state dept tells parents they can not help Iraq vet held in Mexico.
    we have the most useless state dept in the history of this country. They could not help the people in Benghazi either. just what are they being paid for???????

  • sowsear1
  • foxyladi14
  • Hokma

    For those not old enough, John Kerry came back from Vietnam and led the “Vietnam Veterans Against The War” and got a hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971.

    If I were interrogating Kerry for is confirmation for Secretary of State I may want to ask the following question:

    Senator Kerry in April, 1971 you said, “We saw first hand how money from American taxes was used for a corrupt dictatorial regime.”

    Do you feel the same way and therefore would you favor withdrawing all tax payer money being sent to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt considering their actions already denying freedoms to women and non-Muslims?

    Senator Kerry, in April 1971 you said, “We are also here to
    ask, and we are here to ask vehemently, where are the leaders of our country? Where is the leadership? We are here to ask where are McNamara, Rostow, Bundy, Gilpatric, and so many others. Where are they now that we, the men whom they sent off to war, have returned? These are commanders who have deserted their troops, and there is no more serious crime in the law of war. The Army says they never leave their wounded. The Marines say they never leave even their dead. These men have left all the casualties and retreated behind a pious shield of public rectitude. They have left the real stuff of their reputations bleaching begin them in the sun in this country….” Mr. Kerry if you were Secretary of State on September 11, 2012 would you have also left Americans behind and stranded to be killed by terrorists in Benghazi or would you have made sure they were initially protected and if that failed, rescued?

    Senator Kerry, in April 1971 you said, “I say that because
    so long as we have the kind of strike force we have, and I am not party to the secret statistics which you gentlemen have here, but as long as we have the ones which we of the public know we have, I think we have a strike force of such capability and I think we have a strike force simply in our Polaris submarines, in the 62 or some Polaris submarines, which are constantly roaming around under the sea. And I know as a Navy man that underwater detection is the
    hardest kind in the world, and they have not perfected it, that we have the ability to destroy the human race. Why do we have to, therefore, consider and keep considering threats?” Senator Kerry, do you still feel therefore that since we have the capability to destroy the world, we then do not have to consider threats?

    And Senator Kerry, in April 1971, you began your statement
    by saying, “We had an investigation at which over 150 honorably discharged and many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia, not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command. They told the stories 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 Genghis 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. We call this investigation the “Winter Soldier Investigation.” In the follow up question and answers that followed you claimed that over 200,000 Vietnamese were “murdered by the United States of America.”

    Senator Kerry, I have been going back and for the life of me I cannot find any record from either a House or Senate committee ever had hearings to investigate what was alleged by any of these Winter Soldiers. I have never read one report anywhere about these horrid acts that you so clearly stated 41 years ago. I would be very curious to hear your account of those hearings and all of the verification of those allegations. In fact, I will ask you to name these so-called Winter Soldiers so that we may have an opportunity to investigate these heinous crimes against humanity.

    I wonder if there is a single Republican that will have the guts to confront Kerry over this because this was John Kerry was doing in 1971 while John McCain was caged in an Hanoi Prisoner of War Camp and being tortured.

    For the full text of Kerry’s grandstanding:

    https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/JohnKerryTestimony.html

  • MG6
  • KenoshaMarge

    Word is that Rice, being the vindictive type, is sniping at Kerry for SoS because it “rewards” McCain.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ND2FCCGVV2IZTTAZQTXKJTCPNI Ruth

      her husband is sending negative tweets about kerry

      • KenoshaMarge

        Isn’t that special! Two of a kind evidently.

        • foxyladi14

          peas in a pod. lol

          • KenoshaMarge

            Exactly. And deserving of each other.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Governor Haley appoints Tim Scott to DeMint’s seat
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/335801/history-maker-twice-over-john-fund

  • KenoshaMarge

    Senator Daniel Patrick Inouye, Medal of Honor winner, is dead

    Daniel Patrick Inouye, who represented Hawaii in the Senate for 50 years, died on Monday at Walter Reed hospital. He was 88.

    Inouye served in the most decorated army unit in history – the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up entirely of Japanese American soldiers. Almost all the members of the unit had family languishing in Roosevelt’s concentration
    camps.

    He won the Medal of Honor in April for an action that occurred in April, 1945. Here is the citation for that award:

    Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a
    hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock
    formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns.

    With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the
    enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest.

    Although wounded by a sniper’s bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his
    platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions.

    In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and
    eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second
    Lieutenant Inouye’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

    That last line is an understatement.

    Inouye was an old fashioned liberal of the Hubert
    Humphrey mold. He could be a force for bi-partisanship when the occassion called for it and a fierce partisan otherwise. But he was that rare Senator who was almost universally respected on both sides of the aisle for his diligence,
    attention to detail, and comity.

    A courtly man with old fashioned manners, he was a zealous guardian of Senate traditions. The Senate will be a far poorer place without him.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012….er_is_dead.html

    • sowsear1

      He also said that American citizens should speak English.

  • HELENK2

    stolen from angie at the crawdad hole

    watch it. you will get a kick out of it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A2sAFHBptJE#!

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    I’m so tired of having people in high positions who are not unequivocally on America’s side and don’t just see the SOS or any other high level position just as a way to move up in the DC political circles.

    Kerry, what a joke. I guess he’s better than Rice, and that bar wasn’t that high to begin with.
    Maybe this has a silver lining, Scott Brown can get elected in the special election if Kerry’s seat opens up, maybe MA can have at least one sane capitalist senator.

    • KenoshaMarge

      “Better than Rice”. Talk about damning with faint praise!

  • HELENK2

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/12/17/177676/bin-laden-leak-is-referred-to.html

    ben laden leak is referred to justice.

    what are the over-under odds on holder and his dept of crime burying this so deep it will never see daylight

  • HELENK2

    off topic

    Senator Daniel Inouye
    may he RIP

    http://www.badassoftheweek.com/inouye.html

    • HELENK2

      stolen from crawdad hole

      the story of his regiment

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bpHN5_GnB-U

    • HObama HObamanana

      And just last week his comrades Dimwitted peers were complaining quite loudly about his leadership. I bet they feel just the least bit embarrassed now. Scratch that. Such sentiments would require a political party with a conscience.

      • HELENK2

        I wonder just what this authentic hero who loved America thought of the likes of Kerry and the New democratic party.

  • HARP2

    Mayan weather forecast.

  • Popsmoke

    Whats with Batchelor always using Kudlow as a FP epxpert? Both of them have been wrong so many times it defies reason. If your good in finance or history then stay there!
    Kerry is a neowilsonian…. Weakness is not what bothers me. Its using power to nation build backing interrest that do more harm to us than support our interest… Kerry will make Hillary look like Sara Barton….

  • HARP2

    Great. That means our last 4 secretaries of state believed there were WMD in Iraq.

    • Hokma

      There were.

      They were Weapons of Mass Delusion. Hussein do a heck of a job deluding people into believing he had these weapons.

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Bronwyn wrote: “Kerry is regarded as weak and as a meddler. ” Perfect! Our Secretary of State will match our President in the opinion of the world.

    • Deapster

      You forgot to add to the potential Obambi/SOS similarities weak, meddling and narcissistic, anti-American with a strongly opinionated wife to boot.

      • win43

        Yeah, opinionated women are just the WORST, right??

        Sigh.