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Republicans: Put John Kerry on a plane (Kerry vacations while Egypt burns)
Boston Herald ^ | July 5, 2013 | Chris Cassidy, Gayle Fee

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 it’s a bad time for the nation’s top diplomat to be seen cavorting on an island getaway.

“It doesn’t look good, and I think it sends the wrong message” said Republican strategist Brad Marston. “If I were advising him, I’d 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 O’Connell: “Egypt’s 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 nation’s top diplomat vacationing on Nantucket doesn’t send the right message to the international community.”

Kerry’s staff yesterday insisted he’s 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 man’s been working 24/7 for weeks to create peace in the Middle East — I think he’s entitled to a day on Nantucket,” said Johnston. “If there’s anything we know about John Kerry, it’s that he’s a very hard worker. The American people don’t need to worry about that.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: egypt; kerry; middleeast
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What difference does it make?
1 posted on 07/05/2013 4:26:19 AM PDT by abb
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Kerry’s staff yesterday insisted he’s 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.

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?

Nice.

2 posted on 07/05/2013 4:31:54 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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“It doesn’t look good, and I think it sends the wrong message” said Republican strategist Brad Marston. “If I were advising him, I’d already have him on a plane.”

To do what?

3 posted on 07/05/2013 4:32:42 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: abb

Please, keep him as far away as possible.


4 posted on 07/05/2013 4:33:01 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Timber Rattler
for

"with no"

5 posted on 07/05/2013 4:33:23 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: abb

Precisely. The Rats have turned the job into a showcase for their understudy turds such as Shrillery.


6 posted on 07/05/2013 4:34:12 AM PDT by Postman (.......................................................Boehner - Enforce the Hastert Rule!!!!)
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John Kerry vacations during Egyptian coup | Boston Herald

8 posted on 07/05/2013 4:35:23 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

Haven’t the Egyptians suffered enough?


9 posted on 07/05/2013 4:36:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 0.E.O

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.


10 posted on 07/05/2013 4:40:16 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: abb
This is what one of the things that bothers me about the GOP.

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.

11 posted on 07/05/2013 4:40:18 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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"Dang, I have to work too? On a holiday? I got this post so I could tell OTHERS what to do."

What he should do is to make sure American personnel are out of harms way or adequately protected.
Any other action, like grandstanding or opening his mouth in public on any subject, is likely to make matters worse.

12 posted on 07/05/2013 4:41:46 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: abb
The American people don’t need to worry about that.”

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.

13 posted on 07/05/2013 4:43:06 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: abb
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.

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?

14 posted on 07/05/2013 4:43:56 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Venturer
...we have a President who took a 1000 million dollar vacation to Africa while he furloughed nurses at Walter Reed.

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.

15 posted on 07/05/2013 4:44:07 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Timber Rattler

“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?


16 posted on 07/05/2013 4:47:59 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Jim Noble

.....Sadly until we attack again on our soil.


17 posted on 07/05/2013 4:48:10 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: abb

Kerry knows it’s just a seasonal thing. We are now in Arab Summer.


18 posted on 07/05/2013 4:48:56 AM PDT by stevem
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To: abb

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.


19 posted on 07/05/2013 4:49:15 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Jim Noble

“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.


20 posted on 07/05/2013 4:49:29 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: abb

Is that John Kerry in his SWIFT boat?


21 posted on 07/05/2013 4:51:13 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: abb
What is going on in Egypt is great for all of us.

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!

22 posted on 07/05/2013 4:53:14 AM PDT by dan on the right
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To: abb

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!


23 posted on 07/05/2013 4:56:17 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Biggirl
.....Sadly until we attack again on our soil.

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.

24 posted on 07/05/2013 4:57:46 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: abb

Beat me to it...


25 posted on 07/05/2013 5:00:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: abb

But..........
Kerry ain’t STUPID...........
He remembers 9/11................


26 posted on 07/05/2013 5:00:51 AM PDT by Flintlock ("The redcoats are coming" -- TO SEIZE OUR GUNS!!--Paul Revere)
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Oh, so that’s what a “swift boat” looks like.


27 posted on 07/05/2013 5:01:21 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: abb

Those ‘cwazy’ libs.


28 posted on 07/05/2013 5:02:21 AM PDT by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: abb

Better to keep that jackass away.


29 posted on 07/05/2013 5:12:05 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: abb

30 posted on 07/05/2013 5:12:07 AM PDT by Errant
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To: abb

when the going gets tough, the tough go yachting


31 posted on 07/05/2013 5:18:38 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Errant

pack your bags lovie- we’re off to the Levant!


32 posted on 07/05/2013 5:20:18 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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kerry is a winter soldier, don’cha know

This is 4th of July in Nantucket! Par-Tay!


33 posted on 07/05/2013 5:21:34 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: abb

He is just biding his time while Obama decides what American policy should be...Or make that Valerie Jarrett.


34 posted on 07/05/2013 5:21:56 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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No problem John has done his job time for a vacation..His job was to give money away and that is what he did.. $250 Million.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/world/middleeast/kerry-announces-millions-in-us-aid-for-egypt.html?_r=0

In a statement issued after his two-hour meeting with President Mohamed Morsi, Mr. Kerry said the aid decision reflected Egypt’s “extreme needs” and Mr. Morsi’s 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.

35 posted on 07/05/2013 5:25:53 AM PDT by PLD
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Worst Secretary of State ever.


36 posted on 07/05/2013 5:26:29 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: dan on the right

Second it.


37 posted on 07/05/2013 5:26:46 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Hoodat

Don’t know ‘bout that. Between Hillary and himself, I’d call it a tie. Hillary does have a bigger set.


38 posted on 07/05/2013 5:32:45 AM PDT by Errant
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What difference does it make?

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..

39 posted on 07/05/2013 5:36:25 AM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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Put John Kerry on a plane

Hopefully one-way.

40 posted on 07/05/2013 5:40:50 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: abb

There once was a man from Nantucket...


41 posted on 07/05/2013 5:58:08 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: Flintlock

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’.


42 posted on 07/05/2013 6:06:26 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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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?


43 posted on 07/05/2013 6:16:50 AM PDT by onedoug
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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.


44 posted on 07/05/2013 6:19:24 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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Anything referencing “hard” to skerry is a joke.


45 posted on 07/05/2013 7:22:58 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: abb
JFKerry was working to find out who was still in charge!

Kerry Called Deposed (Egyptian) Foreign Minister, Asked If He Was Still in Power
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3039299/posts

46 posted on 07/05/2013 7:31:56 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

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.

Thanks abb.


47 posted on 07/05/2013 7:42:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Just mythoughts

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.


48 posted on 07/05/2013 7:44:05 AM PDT by binreadin
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49 posted on 07/05/2013 7:46:13 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: abb

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.


50 posted on 07/05/2013 7:52:01 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely expressed as advice)
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