Skip to comments.Republicans: Put John Kerry on a plane (Kerry vacations while Egypt burns)
Posted on 07/05/2013 4:26:19 AM PDT by abb
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry who spent the Fourth of July on sun-splashed Nantucket even as the chaos from a military takeover rocked Egypt drew fire from Republican critics who said its a bad time for the nations top diplomat to be seen cavorting on an island getaway.
It doesnt look good, and I think it sends the wrong message said Republican strategist Brad Marston. If I were advising him, Id already have him on a plane.
As first reported on bostonherald.com, Kerry, who owns a house and a yacht on the ritzy retreat, was seen yesterday strolling down Federal Street away from July Fourth festivities on Main Street in jeans and a light-colored polo shirt.
Later in the afternoon, Kerry was seen offloading bags from a single-person kayak to a boat in Nantucket Sound after launching from the beach behind his home at 5 Hulbert Ave.
Republicans pounced on the image of the vacationing secretary of state and sought to use it as a symbol of what they deem a big Obama administration failing the inability to convey a clear message on foreign policy on hotspots like Syria, Turkey and Egypt.
I would think the secretary of state would interrupt his vacation and at least send a very clear signal even by flying back to Washington for a day or two that on our Independence Day we are very concerned about the freedom and democracy that we hope is instilled for some period of time in the Arab World, said Patrick Griffin, a New Hampshire-based GOP strategist.
Added Republican operative Ford OConnell: Egypts in a very fragile place, and the U.S. needs to be out front doing what it can to return Egypt to civilian rule. Having the nations top diplomat vacationing on Nantucket doesnt send the right message to the international community.
Kerrys staff yesterday insisted hes fully engaged and has been logging long hours and high miles, including a recent 12-day, 25,000-mile trip to the Middle East and Asia.
Yesterday he dialed into a meeting with President Obama and members of his national security team in the Situation Room, according to the State Department. Kerry also called foreign dignitaries from Egypt, Israel, Norway, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
Secretary Kerry has been working tirelessly around the clock since he returned from his 10-day trip and there has not been a moment where he has not been focused on doing everything possible to communicate with his team in Washington and in Egypt, within the administration and with his counterparts around the world, Kerry spokeswoman Jen Psaki told the Herald last night.
Former state Democratic Party chairman Phil Johnston said these days the secretary of state can effectively work out of anywhere in the world.
The mans been working 24/7 for weeks to create peace in the Middle East I think hes entitled to a day on Nantucket, said Johnston. If theres anything we know about John Kerry, its that hes a very hard worker. The American people dont need to worry about that.
So he spends two weeks flying around the globe and grandstanding for with discernible purpose, but when a real crisis breaks out, he dials it in and then sneaks off for his vacation on his yacht?
To do what?
Please, keep him as far away as possible.
Precisely. The Rats have turned the job into a showcase for their understudy turds such as Shrillery.
John Kerry vacations during Egyptian coup | Boston Herald
Haven’t the Egyptians suffered enough?
I would rather have Kerry anywhere but giving our country away in a crisis. He may not be where he should be ,but he is where he belongs.
By the way why pick on Kerry when we have a President who took a 1000 million dollar vacation to Africa while he furloughed nurses at Walter Reed.
They do not articulate (probably because they have no idea) why we should care about the latest Arab mob doing what Arab mobs do. They presume most Americans care about Egypt, when they clearly do not. They attack John Eff'in Kerry for going on vacation (his life is a vacation) with no concept of what he should do instead.
When the reboot comes and both current parties are destroyed, it will be in no small part because of pointless political sniping like this.
There we have it - the BIG LIE that the left has successfully messaged beginning with the New Deal.
We got this - nothing to see here - move along.
What an idiot.
First of all, "freedom" is the worst possible thing to be granted an uncivilized, cult-following, sullen and hostile population. The less free the Arabs are, the better off the world is.
Second of all, "democracy" is a terrible evil, as our Founders well understood. Look at how far the US has fallen since universal suffrage was achieved between 1919 and 1965.
We should be minding our own business. If Arabia is in revolt with mobs killing each other, well?
And a US Congress that WHORES and STEALS
(no SEC laws for them)
as it ignores criminality and keeps the borders open,
while it installs Sharia [eg. Moslems exempt from ObamaCARE]
and while it ARMS al Qaeda (ignoring 911)
first with MANPADs, and now with WMD.
“So he spends two weeks flying around the globe and grandstanding for with discernible purpose, but when a real crisis breaks out, he dials it in and then sneaks off for his vacation on his yacht?”
The rest of this sterling, committed administration does the same. Hell, they’re not even going to answer the 3AM phone call. So , what difference does it make, who doesn’t answer when they’re just following the bosses leads?
.....Sadly until we attack again on our soil.
Kerry knows it’s just a seasonal thing. We are now in Arab Summer.
After the crap we had to listen to about Bush being at his Crawford ranch, we’re supposed to just roll over and accept this crap?
I don’t think so.
“Second of all, “democracy” is a terrible evil, as our Founders well understood. Look at how far the US has fallen since universal suffrage was achieved between 1919 and 1965.”
But give that period CREDIT because you got more conservative voters out of that.
Is that John Kerry in his SWIFT boat?
You have a fairly sophisticated group of people forcefully rejecting the muslim brotherhood's influence on their new government. Best thing that has happened in the region in 2 years.
We should be fully behind this; take the opportunity to push for secular leadership and hope the anger spreads throughout northern Africa and the Middle East.
But, I'm sure, Kerry is tired from trying to negotiate a settlement between the Israel hating Palestinians and the best friends we have in the region, Israel. No one cares! Get the middle east to move more secular and less Islamic and things will cool down. Egypt is the perfect example. Seize on it!
But...but...but Kerry was fully engaged with the regime’s National Security team as all of this was going down. The State Department PR stooge said so!
Look, I am very aware of the need to prevent terrorist attacks on "our soil", as well as on Americans anywhere.
Here's a question for you: Why are young Japanese men not crashing planes into our aircraft carriers anymore? Is it because we encouraged Japan to embrace freedom and democracy? Or is it because we kicked the living s*** out of them, incinerated their women and children by the hundreds of thousands if not more, made them so afraid to displease us that they accepted an occupation government and the re-education of their children?
Instead of idiotic social reform chatter punctuated by periodic Vietnam-type wars, let's either get on with it or stay the Hell away from Raglandia.
Beat me to it...
Kerry ain’t STUPID...........
He remembers 9/11................
Oh, so that’s what a “swift boat” looks like.
Those ‘cwazy’ libs.
Better to keep that jackass away.
when the going gets tough, the tough go yachting
pack your bags lovie- we’re off to the Levant!
kerry is a winter soldier, don’cha know
This is 4th of July in Nantucket! Par-Tay!
He is just biding his time while Obama decides what American policy should be...Or make that Valerie Jarrett.
In a statement issued after his two-hour meeting with President Mohamed Morsi, Mr. Kerry said the aid decision reflected Egypts extreme needs and Mr. Morsis assurance that Egypt would reach an agreement with the I.M.F. after more than a year of talks over a $4.8 billion loan package.
Worst Secretary of State ever.
Don’t know ‘bout that. Between Hillary and himself, I’d call it a tie. Hillary does have a bigger set.
Once again this buffoon is MIA. He should have been sitting at the side of Morsi when he was deposed as he was when Morsi was installed. Johnny does not get any points for bravery..
There once was a man from Nantucket...
If I recall correctly, he admitted he didn’t know what to do on 9/11 so for the first 45 minutes, he sat with some others at a conference table, watching the murders unfold and ‘prayed’.
How can you all be so insensitive. Don’t you know that kerry’s practically crippled from that piece of rice in his brain from his nightmarish exploits in Vietnam?
Here’s a novel thought, missed by our genius gop and the dems too. It MIGHT be obama’s policies and Kerry’s “hard work” that has gotten the result of revolution in Egypt. Because the Egyptians don’t want another stooge of the US, esp. not from the moosleem bro-hood.
Kerry’s absence might be making things better in getting rid of Morsi— though not his/their intent.
Kerry’s hard work is a complete joke.
Anything referencing “hard” to skerry is a joke.
Kerry Called Deposed (Egyptian) Foreign Minister, Asked If He Was Still in Power
Why, hasn’t he done enough damage?
The only reason to put him on a plane is to toss him out from high altitude, no ‘chute.
Anyone besides me thinking Kerry is being left out of the loop on this one? I’ll bet President Valerie Jarret and her stooge Obama have been working feverishly behind the scenes trying to salvage Morsi and the MB. I don’t think they are leaving this one for the State Dept.
Where did he get THAT hairpiece?
And whatever happened to Theresa Hines Kerry? Last seen she was facedown on the barroom floor, but that was long ago. I just googled her and came up with nothing but carefully crafted PR pieces.