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Kerry's Middle East dream world [conspicuously detached from on-the-ground realities]
Pittsburg Tribune ^ | November 11, 2013 | Jackson Diehl

Posted on 11/12/2013 12:30:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Imagine a world in which the Middle East is not descending into carnage and chaos but is on the brink of monumental breakthroughs. In this world in spring 2014, Iran's nuclear program has been secured and Egypt has become a liberal democracy. Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has stepped aside. And Israelis and Palestinians have settled on the terms for a Palestinian state.

This is the world that John Kerry inhabited as he shuttled across the world last week: a fantastical realm created by his billowing vision of what he can accomplish as secretary of State. Meanwhile, on this planet, aid agencies reported starvation and an outbreak of polio in Syria; Egypt's last elected president was put on trial; Israeli and Palestinian leaders described their U.S.-brokered peace talks as broken; and France's foreign minister suggested the would-be accord with Iran was “a fool's game.”

Call it Kerry's Magical Mystery Tour. On Nov. 3 in Cairo, he announced that “the road map to democracy in Egypt is being carried out to the best of our perception,” after failing even to mention the politicized prosecution of deposed president Mohammed Morsy.

On Nov. 5, Kerry offered the following explanation of why the Syrian peace conference he's pushing will succeed: “The Assad regime knows full well that the purpose of” the conference is “the installation of a provisional government.” And “the Syrian government has accepted to come to Geneva.” It apparently follows that Assad will show up and placidly agree to hand over power. If not, Kerry ventured, “the Russians and the Iranians ... will make certain that the Syrian regime will live up to its obligation.”

Kerry's optimism was far from exhausted. His next stop was devoted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, both of whom said the negotiations Kerry persuaded them to begin in July had gone nowhere. Not to worry, said Kerry: “I am convinced from my conversations” with them “that this is not mission impossible; this can happen.”

All this was all before his weekend trip to Geneva for what became a failed attempt to close a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Kerry's conclusion: “I can tell you, without any reservations, we made significant progress.”

It's hard to think of a previous chief of Foggy Bottom who has so conspicuously detached himself from on-the-ground realities.

All this raises the question: Does Kerry really believe his rhetoric? In fact, it appears he does, particularly on the Israeli-Palestinian account. Desperate for a legacy at the end of his long career, the former senator has convinced himself that the terms for a settlement are readily apparent and he has the political skills to convince Netanyahu and Abbas to accept them. Kerry, like President Obama, also is convinced that detente has all along been possible between the United States and Iran, if only the right people (like him) are at the table.

If any one of Kerry's dreams comes true, the world would be better off, so I hope skeptics like me will be proved wrong. If not, this secretary of State will be remembered as a self-deceiving bumbler — and his successor will have some large messes to clean up.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: china; egypt; europeanunion; france; germany; iran; iraq; israel; jacksondiehl; johnkerry; jordan; kurdistan; laurentfabius; lebanon; middleeast; nato; obama; pittsburgtribune; russia; saudiarabia; syria; turkey; uk; unitedkingdom; waronterror; wot

1 posted on 11/12/2013 12:30:31 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry’s dream was always murdered Americans. Never forget that.

It hasn’t changed.


2 posted on 11/12/2013 12:36:43 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

~~~And Israelis and Palestinians have settled on the terms for a Palestinian state~~~

Ah, the Antichrist would love that.

How’s about an, oh I don’t know, 7-year peace plan that allows for rebuilding the Jewish temple?


3 posted on 11/12/2013 12:46:41 AM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
One wouldn't hire a broccoli to be a plumber.

So, why would one hire an acorn squash to be Secretary of State?

5 posted on 11/12/2013 12:50:39 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry the winter soldier was planning to have his henchmen massmurder Republican congressmen in the capitol building.

THAT is what John Kerry is.

Everything else is from there.


7 posted on 11/12/2013 12:57:55 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kerry’s Magical Mystery Tour is consistent with Obama’s ludicrous fantasies, which is precisely why America’s foreign policy - like its economy - is in the cr*pper.

Obama’s people couldn’t care less about sound government, of course, as long as they keep on getting their “freebies” courtesy of working Americans.


11 posted on 11/12/2013 1:49:26 AM PST by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

never liked the guy never will

Kerry is doing the bidding of his masters and it sure ain’t the blamster.

when you think about it ...it’s rather creepy-esp. when you do a muckety search on Kerry & the two Clintoons.


12 posted on 11/12/2013 1:49:40 AM PST by lesliecortner (OMG! laz THAT'S SOOO FUNNY!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Is John Kerry worse for America than likely alcoholic Hillary Clinton. Amazing possibility considering Libya and Egypt but true. John hasn’t much changed since lying before the Senate to launch his Marxist political career which may well hit its climax with the attempted destruction of Israel.


13 posted on 11/12/2013 2:01:05 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Never thought America would be part of the great powers against Israel. Impossible right? Now it just opens up like a dreaded nightmare! God Have Mercy!


14 posted on 11/12/2013 2:10:39 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: poobear

“Kerry’s Middle East dream world [conspicuously detached from on-the-ground realities)....

That was incorrectly stated and should read,
“Kerry’s dream world conspicuously detached from on-the-ground realities”.....


15 posted on 11/12/2013 4:37:58 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: Progov

Two decades ago, Kerry observed, “Nothing bad happened in Viet Nam after we left.”


16 posted on 11/12/2013 5:05:06 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

-—— a fantastical realm created by his billowing vision——

BS

Kerry has a lack of vision. He was sent on a mission planned in the White House as a bifurcated last ditch effort to find a success to cover the disaster that is Obamacare.

To give Kerry credit is to be stupidly naive


17 posted on 11/12/2013 5:13:17 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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> On Nov. 3 in Cairo, he announced that “the road map to democracy in Egypt is being carried out to the best of our perception,” after failing even to mention the politicized prosecution of deposed president Mohammed Morsy.

Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055253/posts

Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.

[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]


18 posted on 11/12/2013 6:25:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Clintonfatigued

If I met John Kerry I would ask him this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xomArI4aJ0


19 posted on 11/13/2013 12:23:48 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; Cincinatus' Wife; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued

Good one; IIRC GP isn’t produced anymore.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 3:04:44 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

It seems that it is in fact still made, now owned by Kraft.

Wikipedia says they had a new commercial this year that was nominated for an Emmy (I didn’t know there was a best commercial category, one of those they give out before the TV ceremony, obviously), I haven’t seen it. Maybe it was for the UK.


21 posted on 11/14/2013 10:06:33 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

“It seems that it is in fact still made, now owned by Kraft.”

HA! Thanks for the info. Maybe it’s in selected areas because I haven’t seen it here in years. And I used to LOVE putting it on pastrami sandwiches!!!


22 posted on 11/15/2013 4:53:52 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

The American rights to the product were once held by R. J. Reynolds (I didn’t know they had any food interests, they merged with Nabisco at one point)

It’s been many many years since I’ve their commercials on tv. I haven’t looked for it in stores. Maybe yuppie stores have it. Walmart is selling online and says they have it in some stores.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Grey-Poupon-Dijon-Mustard-8-oz/10309003.


23 posted on 11/15/2013 7:13:34 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Check your email. :)


24 posted on 11/17/2013 10:01:29 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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