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.
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.
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)