Skip to comments.The WaPo Kerry Endorsement: Curious and Curiouser
Posted on 12/29/2012 7:13:25 AM PST by Kaslin
Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
The editorial staff of the Washington Post, surely meant well. They wanted readers to think that Sen. John Kerrys vast experience in foreign policy over four decades equips him to serve as Secretary of State in the second Obama administration.
The editorial, titled John Kerry: Well-suited to be Secretary of State, gets that part right. The natty Mr. Kerry certainly looks the part of a globe-trotting senior U.S. diplomat.
As to his qualifications for that role, were reminded of Frederick the Greats response when he was urged to make a less than stellar general a field marshal. Reminded the only occasionally victorious general had been in every battle for years, Frederick pointed to his mount: So has my mule. Must I make him a field marshal, too?
The Post editorialists offer a tour dhorizon of world hot spots and suggests Kerry has already been helpful in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan.
Can anyone point to improvements in U.S. policy toward any of those benighted lands under this administration? Do we really need Kerrys help to persuade Hamid Karzai take more U.S. gold to hold more dubious elections?
The millions of Christian refugees who have fled Sudan will find cold comfort in the thought that John Kerry has helped smooth their flight.
Pakistan? Only two percent of Pakistani citizens pay taxes, NPR tells us, but now Americans will face tax hikes in part so we can continue lavishing money on a country that hates us.
The Post editorial helpfully reminds us that Kerry was convinced by Syrias cynical Bashir al-Assad that the Damascus butcher was actually a reformer. And this is evidence of his fitness for office?
Perhaps the most curious part of the Post endorsement of Kerry is the notion that defeated presidential candidates have something special to offer as Secretary of State. Nice thought, if it doesnt collide with the test of history.
Consider William Seward, Lincolns defeated rival and hand-picked Sec. of State. Seward gave Lincoln shrewd advice on the Emancipation Proclamation, to be sure, and on shepherding the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery through a lame-duck Congress (as the movie Lincoln memorably records).
But Sewards foreign policy ideas were positively dangerous. In the midst of Civil War, he welcomed a war with Great Britain. That could have proven fatal for the embattled Union. Lincoln wisely leashed the wily New Yorker, saying: One war at a time, Seward.
Another presidential loser, William Jennings Bryan, was Democrat Woodrow Wilsons disastrous choice for Sec. of State. Pacifist Bryan busied himself concluding binding arbitration treaties with scores of foreign stateslike Uruguay and Switzerland.
When Germany sank the Lusitania in 1915, killing thousands of civilians, Bryan quit in a huff. Despite the deaths of hundreds of Americans, including infants, Bryan thought Wilsons stiff notetyped on his own typewriter--was too one-sided against the Germans. It seems Bryan thought the doomed Lusitania had put herself right in the path of those German torpedoes.
Republican Charles Evans Hughes lost to President Wilson by a whisker in 1916. Former President Theodore Roosevelt, frustrated with Hughes, who hailed from T.R.s native New York. He dismissed the wishy-washy Hughes as Wilson with whiskers.
A poor campaigner, Hughes was even worse as Warren Hardings Sec. of State. Hughes pursued naval disarmament after World War I. That antagonized Japan. And stripped U.S. defenses in the Pacific. Thousands of the nearly 80,000 U.S. and Filipino troops taken prisoner died on the infamous Bataan Death March of 1942. The crosses over their makeshift graves bear mute testimony to unwise foreign policies heedlessly pursued.
Speaking of New Yorkers who failed to catch the presidential gold ring, we come to former senator, now Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton. We sincerely hope Madame Secretary recovers from her concussion soon. But while her widely anticipated congressional testimony on the Benghazi debacle will grab headlines, the totality of her tenure should not be passed over.
She badgered Canadas Prime Minister Stephen Harper, most undiplomatically in public, in Ottawa for not pushing abortion in pro-life East African nations. She helped Vice President Biden force abortion into the new Kenya constitution, threatening these African Christians with a cutoff of U.S. aid. This, from a Secretary of State who once admitted abortion is "wrong."
[Newsweek, Oct. 31, 1994]
While claiming to champion women worldwide, Hillary Clinton has been mum about the global war on unborn baby girls. Estimates range in the hundreds of millions of unborn children killed because they were female.
But, we digress!
Given the record of defeated presidential candidates trying to make a comeback as Secretary of State, the Postsendorsement becomes curious and curiouser. Senators should press Sen. Kerry hard before taking the Posts advice on this nomination.
So it is an American tradition to put losing presidential candidates in as secretary of state? What is wrong with us? Are we daft?
Remember you are talking about Don-Juan Skerry, the GIGOLO, and Vietnam traitor. ‘Nuf said
And a TAX cheater tooooo!!!
Seeing it written in black & white, just some of the naive policies facilitated by unqualified people elevated to their high positions “just because” makes one realize - the more things change, the more things stay the same.
Kerry is a total embarrassment
That is disturbing.
Maj General Patrick Brady, from 9 years ago when Kerry was running for president.
I think Bammy's gonna take the money and run.
Brain dead Biden wont even be considered to take the #1 slot.
That leaves SOS JoKe.
“That leaves SOS JoKe”
Naw. Speaker of House, then President Pro Tem of the Senate precede SecState.
“When Germany sank the Lusitania in 1915, killing thousands of civilians”
Death toll of the sinking was 1,195.
“Despite the deaths of hundreds of Americans,”
128 Americans died in the sinking. This guy exaggerates too much. (and yes I am the chief of the Lusitania sinking police...)
Kerry has been helpful in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Sudan.
Helpful to who???
The Muslim Brotherhood...
Millions of Christans fear for their lives there.
Thank You John F’in.
Let’s not forget,3 band-aid wounds in Viet nam.
Traitorous dealings with the Viet Cong in Paris.
He shot and killed a wounded Viet cong teen aged prisoner. I suppose because he wanted to see how it felt to kill someone.but it makes him a war criminal, and then he came to Congress and accused American soldiers of being war criminals.His contacts and treason with Jane Fonda.
I live in Maryland so I can understand how people in Massachusetts who would like to get rid of this puke feel each time he is re-elected by liberal a-holes. We feel the same way here about our Senators and Steny Hoyer, but as long as these professional government slackers keep passing out pork it is impossible to outnumber those who eat at the trough.
However being a liberal Senator from Mass. who slops the hogs does not qualify one to be Secretary of State.
...we're reminded of Frederick the Greats response when he was urged to make a less than stellar general a field marshal. Reminded the only occasionally victorious general had been in every battle for years, Frederick pointed to his mount: So has my mule. Must I make him a field marshal, too? The Post editorialists offer a tour d'horizon of world hot spots and suggests Kerry has already been helpful in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt and Sudan. Can anyone point to improvements in U.S. policy toward any of those benighted lands under this administration?The term "improvements in U.S. policy" is defined by those in power, rather than by patriotic U.S. citizens.
Sounds like the crack of the bat and home run.
Thanks A, it’s a relief to *not* see anyone on the thread claiming that the US joined WWI (1917) because of the sinking of the Lusitania (1915). Wilson ran for 1916 reelection on “he kept us out of war” but almost miraculously the US raised a huge force, trained it, and shipped it over to Europe in record time, not many months after the election — almost as if a lot of prep work had been done. The pretext was the Zimmerman Telegram.
You are welcome
Yeah, sure they will.
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