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  • Kerry Excited to Be ‘First Sec. of State in 60 Years to Visit Cuba’

    12/17/2014 10:50:05 AM PST · by PROCON · 42 replies
    mediaite ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Evan McMurry
    John Kerry’s going to Cuba. The Secretary of State praised President Barack Obama’s announcement of the normalization of relations with Cuba, the neighboring country under an embargo for over fifty years, in a statement Wednesday. As Obama did in his noon remarks, Kerry likened the thaw of relations to those that followed with Vietnam after the Vietnam War, in which Kerry served. “This new course will not be without challenges,” Kerry said, “but it is based not on a leap of faith but on a conviction that it’s the best way to help bring freedom and opportunity to the Cuban...
  • Netanyahu Springs his Trap

    12/08/2014 6:44:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 8, 2014 | Steven Plaut
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may demonstrate foolishness regarding a great many things in public life, but no one ever accused him of demonstrating foolishness with regard to his own electoral prospects. His enemies are suddenly foaming at the mouth. In response to the remarkable jump in Likud popularity in the polls, they claim, Bibi has decided to pull a fast one and has decided to take the undemocratic decision of holding elections. That Netanyahu’s rivals claim it is undemocratic when elections are held is only the tip of their problems. What really has them worried is that the Israeli electorate...
  • John Kerry Advised Russian Foreign Minister ‘Just Ignore Obama’

    11/25/2014 8:58:19 AM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    observer.com ^ | Nov. 24, 2014 | Kevin B. Sanders
    US Secretary of State Adivses Russian Counterpart Not To Take US President's Words At Face Value Though it went entirely unnoticed in the Western press, all major Russian news outlets – RIA Novosti, Sputnik, RT, and others – were only too happy to report on what US Secretary of State John Kerry said last week to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in private: “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” According to Mr. Lavrov, John Kerry advised him not to pay too much attention to the US President’s harsh rhetoric directed toward his state. As recently as September, during his speech to...
  • John Kerry Stays In Vienna In Bid To Hammer Out Iran Nuclear Deal

    11/21/2014 5:10:31 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | November 21, 2014 | Julian Borger
    John Kerry Stays In Vienna In Bid To Hammer Out Iran Nuclear Deal Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif also cancels flights Four days of negotiations had failed to bring breakthrough US secretary of state John Kerry leaves a meeting in Vienna on Friday. Julian Borger 21 November 2014 The US secretary of state, John Kerry, and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, cancelled flights on Friday and held unscheduled late-night talks in an attempt to break the deadlock on Iran’s nuclear program. Zarif had planned to fly back to Iran from Vienna to consult leaders in Tehran on the next...
  • John Kerry arrives for Iran nuclear talks in Vienna (4 days to deadline)

    11/20/2014 10:48:07 AM PST · by Dave346 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 20 November 2014 11.32 EST | Julian Borger
    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, arrived at nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Thursday, insisting negotiators were focused on reaching agreement by the Monday deadline. Kerry was responding to remarks on Wednesday by his British counterpart, Philip Hammond, who suggested that the deadline would have to be extended. “We are not discussing an extension. We are negotiating to have an agreement. It’s that simple,” Kerry said in Paris before boarding the flight to Vienna. “I know that secretary Hammond is concerned about the gaps. We all are. Both sides are taking this process seriously and both sides...
  • Editorial-John Kerry: Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change

    11/13/2014 2:17:40 AM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2014 | John Kerry
    The United States and China are the world’s two largest economies, two largest consumers of energy, and two largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Together we account for about 40 percent of the world’s emissions. We need to solve this problem together because neither one of us can solve it alone. Even if the United States somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, it still wouldn’t be enough to counteract the carbon pollution coming from China and the rest of the world. Likewise, even if China went down to zero emissions, it wouldn’t make enough of a difference if...
  • Greenfield: The Price of Restraint is Death

    11/11/2014 3:12:29 PM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 11 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 The Price of Restraint is Death Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Yesterday afternoon a young woman stood by the side of a road holding up a sign. It read “Gush Etzion”. Those two words summon up spittle-flecked rants about Zionist settlements from the anti-Israel left. But for Dalia, it was just home. And then it wasn’t. Dalia caught a ride to a bus stop on the way home from her job as a children’s occupational therapist. Her next stop was a shift at Yad Sarah, a volunteer organization for the elderly and...
  • Are You There Allah? It’s Me, John Kerry

    11/03/2014 8:46:49 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 3, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Are You There Allah? It’s Me, John KerryPosted By Daniel Greenfield On November 3, 2014 @ 12:40 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 15 Comments A week before the anniversary of September 11, John Kerry announced that he had been given a divine mission to protect Muslim countries from Global Warming.The Secretary of State had spent September arguing that the Islamic State was Un-Islamic. He told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that it was a war against the “enemy of Islam.” Kerry was so eager to go native that he even switched from calling the Islamic State by the acronym...
  • Top aide to Iran Supreme Leader may join Oman talks with John Kerry (16 days left until deadline)

    11/08/2014 2:03:56 PM PST · by Dave346 · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | 2 hours ago
    A top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may join talks in Oman between the United States and Iran in the coming days, in a sign that a breakthrough may be imminent in reaching a nuclear deal, Al-Monitor has learned. Ali Akbar Velayati, longtime foreign policy adviser to Khamenei and a former Iranian foreign minister, may join the talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union negotiator Catherine Ashton, in a signal that the Supreme Leader may be preparing to sign off on a deal, sources told Al-Monitor on...
  • Greenfield: The Islamization of Jerusalem

    10/30/2014 12:53:54 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Thursday, October 30, 2014 The Islamization of Jerusalem Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog Chaya Zissel Braun was murdered on her first trip back from the Western Wall where the indigenous Jewish population of Israel continues to pray in the shadow of the shrine established there by the Muslim conquerors from which the racist Muslim settlers rain down rocks on the Jewish worshipers. The three-month old baby girl died when a Muslim terrorist rammed a car into a crowd hurtling her into the air and headfirst into the pavement. Her death did not take place in isolation....
  • US Officials Say Obama May Replace Kerry

    10/31/2014 12:35:13 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 79 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-31-14 | Ari Yashar
    US President Barack Obama's administration is coping with underwhelming performance on various fronts according to officials cited in the New York Times on Friday, who suggested he may replace some senior administration officials - including US Secretary of State John Kerry. "There is an inflection point in every presidency, and this certainly is a logical one, if the president feels he might be better served by some replacements on his team,” Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the paper. Citing the Ebola crisis in Africa that has spread to a few isolated cases...
  • Kerry, Qatar and the Poisonous Tree

    10/28/2014 5:09:32 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 28, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    Originally published by the Jerusalem Post. It would be interesting to know which Arab leaders are telling US Secretary of State John Kerry that the absence of peace between Israel and the Palestinians is “a cause of recruitment” to Islamic State. Is that something he is hearing from Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani? The Qatari leader, whose kingdom has been cited by the US Treasury Department as a major funder of Islamic State (IS), is certainly one of Kerry’s favorite regional leaders. If Thani did blame Israel for the rise of IS, then his statement would constitute yet...
  • Abbas’ UN Plan and Bibi’s Building Give Kerry Chance to Get Off the Hook

    10/27/2014 6:36:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 10-27-14 | Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
    Now Kerry can concenrate on makes problems elsewhere. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s announcement of big building plans for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria give President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry their golden opportunity to dump their self-defeating peace process before it makes their foreign policy look almost as pitiful as it is. “We are not going to make peace for the Israelis and the Palestinians, Obama and Kerry have said over and over again.” The truth is they have been lying through their teeth. They have turned almost every trick in the book to pressure...
  • American silence fuels 'Palestinian' terrorism

    10/24/2014 11:45:09 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 10/24/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    This New York Post piece by Eliyahu Federman is spot-on (Hat Tip: Victor Shikhman). Abbas called Jews visiting the Temple Mount (Judaism’s holiest place) a “herd of cattle,” with no right to visit or worship there. Jewish visits, he said, were a desecration that must be stopped “by any means.” “Any means” turned out to include the murder of baby Chaya. What’s most remarkable is the US silence on Abbas’ remarks. Neither Secretary of State John Kerry nor any State Department spokesman condemned Abbas’ words comparing Jews to cattle. Even the US embassy in Israel failed to issue a...
  • PLO Supports Kerry Claim That 'Israeli Occupation' Behind ISIS

    10/18/2014 3:48:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/10/14 | Tova Dvorin
    The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the terror organization behind the Palestinian Authority (PA), called for a comprehensive strategy against Islamic extremism on Saturday - by blaming Israel for rising radicalization a la' the remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry insisted on Friday that the failure of peace talks between Israel and the PA - not Western apathy to Islamism nor the US's failures to resolve tensions in Iraq - was the culprit for the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, sparking outrage from Israeli officials. "There wasn't a leader I met... who didn't raise with me...
  • Kerry: 'Life as You Know It on Earth Ends' If Climate Skeptics Are Wrong

    10/12/2014 10:28:46 AM PDT · by PROCON · 93 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Oct. 10, 2014 | Craig Bannister
    "Life as you know it on Earth ends" if climate change skeptics are wrong, Sec. of State John Kerry declared Thursday. But, even if climate alarmists are wrong, nothing bad can come of enacting their taxes, restrictions and regulations, Kerry said in a speech at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center:I'd just say to all of you here that people need to feel the pressure from you. You all know what politics is about. I'm not in it now, but I'm dependent on it to help make the right decisions so that we move in the right direction. A clean energy...
  • 353 US Reps to Kerry: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ on Nuke Detonator

    10/03/2014 8:32:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    INN ^ | 10/3/2014, 5:47 PM | Mark Langfan
    In a stunning bi-partisan “Congressional Letter” from over 353 out of 435 U.S. congresspersons to US Secretary of State John Kerry, the 353 U.S. representatives issued a stark warning that, “As you wrote in the Washington Post earlier this summer, if Iran’s nuclear program is truly peaceful, “it’s not a hard proposition to prove. The only reasonable conclusion for its stonewalling of international investigators is that Tehran does indeed have much to hide.” The Congressional Letter’s signatories included almost all of both parties’ leaderships, and was greatly aided by Republican Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL-06) of Illinois, a stalwart, and...
  • John Kerry: Threat From Climate Change is Just Like ISIS

    09/22/2014 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Secretary of State John Kerry, the world's top diplomat, is warning that global warming climate change poses as much of a threat to the world as ISIS. More from The Hill: Secretary of State John Kerry said the threats posed by climate change should be addressed with as much "immediacy" as confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the Ebola outbreak. During a meeting with foreign ministers on Sunday, Kerry said global warming is creating "climate refugees." "We see people fighting over water in some places. There are huge challenges to food security and challenges to the...
  • ISIS Lashes Out at Kerry “The Uncircumcised Old Geezer” in Latest Audio Release

    09/21/2014 8:31:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/21/14 | Jim Hoft
    Here is the English translation to the latest speech by al-Adnani. They call John Kerry “the old uncircumcised geezer” and Obama “the mule of the Jews” and take on his lecturing on Islam: So America and its allies rose in order to save the world from the “terrorism and barbarity of the Islamic State” as they allege. They rallied the entire global media, driving it with false arguments to delude the masses and lead them to believe that the Islamic State was the root of evil and the source of corruption, and that it was the one killing and displacing...
  • Kerry: Islamic State Not Driven By . . . Islam

    09/22/2014 6:29:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Could the "Islamic" in "Islamic State" be a clue? Not for John Kerry. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, our clueless Secretary of State insisted that what drives ISIS is a "radical, extremist, cultish" philosophy, but not--perish the thought!--a "religious attitude." Kerry was of course echoing the analysis of that noted theologian, Barack Obama, who two weeks ago declared that ISIS is "not Islamic." In fairness, Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton have expressed similar sentiments. For a thorough debunking of the ISIS Islam-deniers, see here. View the video here.
  • Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Department’s anti-ISIS effort

    09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Department’s efforts against ISIS. Two of the members — Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk — seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter. In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as “one of our nation’s top diplomats deeply respected in the region.” But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate...
  • Secy. Kerry says Iran can help defeat ISIS

    09/19/2014 3:58:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States welcomes potential action on the part of Iran to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while the Obama administration maintains it is not coordinating militarily with the nation. In remarks to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Friday, Kerry called for a "holistic, global campaign" to defeat ISIS, noting, "the coalition required to eliminate ISIL is not only, nor even primarily, military in nature," he said using an alternate acronym for the group. "The fact is there is a role for nearly every country...
  • John Kerry Says U.S. At War With ‘This Enemy Of Islam’ ISIS

    09/19/2014 4:29:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 9/19/2014 | Ben Barrack
    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) came to prominence and notoriety when he famously shouted, ‘You Lie’ at Barack Obama during the president’s speech to a joint session of Congress. If ever there was a prime opportunity for a reprise, it occurred during an exchange between Wilson and Secretary of State John Kerry.Wilson asked Kerry if the U.S. was at war. If Kerry’s response had been a yes or no, the clip below would be no more than five seconds. As it was, Kerry took a more circuitous route to his answer, which was beyond ridiculous. After several seconds of hemming and...
  • Saving Private Kerry

    09/19/2014 5:18:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Secretary of State John Kerry didn’t appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to lay out an offensive strategy for defeating ISIS. Instead his real mission was a defensive strategy to protect Obama from critics on the right and the left. Obama’s delayed strategy hasn’t won over liberals and conservatives. It certainly hasn’t won over the American people. For the first time, Obama’s counterterrorism policy no longer has the support of a majority of Americans. Americans don’t believe that Obama can keep them safe. They suspect that he’s just trying to protect the last shreds of his fading popularity by...
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • Kerry: We Must 'Put Real Islam Out There'

    09/16/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 53 replies
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that to counter the ideology of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its claim of a "religious foundation" for its actions, part of the strategy of the international coalition he is attempting to assemble must be to "begin to put real Islam out there." Kerry, in Paris for talks with various world leaders to build that coalition, further said that all of the Arab leaders he had spoken with earlier concurred about their focus on "real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are." The secretary of state recently...
  • Kerry 'taken aback' by James Foley's mother's reaction to handling of case

    09/12/2014 9:51:23 PM PDT · by plain talk · 82 replies
    The U.S. government Friday defended its handling of James Foley's case after the slain journalist's mother told CNN that officials suggested the family could be charged if they tried to raise money to free him. Saying everything possible had been done to bring the journalist home, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters officials worked very closely with Foley's family and with his employer, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni. "Any advice that this department or other departments give to the families about what they should do in these situations is based solely on what is best for returning their loved one...
  • Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

    09/12/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Jason Szep
    ANKARA--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday played down chances of an imminent broad coalition against Islamic State militants, illustrating the difficulty Washington faces winning commitment for a military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure support for U.S.-led action against Islamic State, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the challenges of building a willing coalition to wage what will likely be a tough offensive. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Barack Obama's plan, announced on Wednesday, to strike both sides...
  • Obama Administration Says U.S. Is 'At War' With ISIS (until tomorrow)

    09/12/2014 3:52:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration said for the first time Friday that the United States is “at war” with ISIS militants. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, used the language at least three times during his daily briefing with reporters. “The U.S. is at war with ISIL in the same way the U.S. is at war with al Qaeda,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Minutes earlier, a Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, used similar terminology. “This is not the Iraq war of 2002,” he told reporters. “But, make no mistake, we know we are at war...
  • White House: Yes, this is a war against ISIS

    09/12/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/12/14 | Stephanie Condon
    A day after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned against "war fever," administration officials on Friday said the U.S. is indeed waging a war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL). However, the administration is still trying to draw a distinction between this new "war" and the previous war the U.S. waged in Iraq, which included putting American troops on the ground in Iraq for combat operations. "The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way that we are at war with al Qaeda and its al Qaeda affiliates all around...
  • President Obama's Politically-Driven, Hastily Taped-Together, Counterterrorism Strategy

    09/12/2014 3:12:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    (P) resident Obama came into office in 2009, telling the American people he would end the wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. Six years later, facing a broader and more lethal terrorist threat, he is now telling us why we need to go to war again. To say Obama can't seem to make up his mind in the war on terrorism (a designation his administration stopped using the day he entered the Oval Office), is putting it mildly. If anything, his naive plan of withdrawal and retreat and the way it was carried out in the face of a...
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. “In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • John Kerry says airstrikes alone won't defeat ISIS militants (Kerry vs. Obama)

    09/12/2014 2:31:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 8/31/2014 | By ANI | ANI
    U.S Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that airstrikes alone will not be effective in defeating the genocidal ISIS militants. In an op-ed which appeared in the New York Times, Kerry suggested a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force in order to tackle ISIS, reported the Guardian. The U.S Secretary of State also added that he and defense secretary Chuck Hagel would be using Nato summit-scheduled for next week at Celtic Manor in Wales- to meet European ministers and to seek to "enlist the broadest possible assistance."
  • ISIS Fighters 'Three Times as Many' as CIA Feared; 10 Arab Countries Join US in Fight

    09/12/2014 10:20:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    There might be as many as 31,000 fighters in terror group ISIS' army, the CIA has said, which is three times more than it previously feared. Ten Arab countries have meanwhile said that they will be helping the U.S. in the war against ISIS. "This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence," CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said, according to BBC News on Friday. ISIS has captured a number of cities across Syria and Iraq; it has attacked minorities including...
  • Kerry: U.S. not at war with ISIS

    09/11/2014 1:14:51 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 50 replies
    cnn ^ | 9-11-2014 | Elise Labott, Laura Smith-Spark and Ray Sanchez
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday would not say the United States is at war with ISIS, telling CNN in an interview that the administration's strategy includes "many different things that one doesn't think of normally in context of war." "What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation," Kerry told CNN's Elise Labott in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "It's going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it's a major counterterrorism operation that...
  • John Kerry: 'I'm Sort of Thinking 2016'

    09/04/2014 6:32:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jeryl Bier
    Secretary of State John Kerry's speech at the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C. Wednesday included an intriguing aside that appeared to reference the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Kerry spoke after remarks by each of the five former secretaries of state in attendance: Henry Kissinger, James Baker, III, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton (Condoleezza Rice and George Shultz were not present.) After extolling the accomplishments of each of the five former top diplomats, Kerry said, "Join me, all of you, in thanking five of our six living former secretaries of state... They all look...
  • 'Stamp Out This Disease': Kerry Calls on the World to Help Defeat ISIS [Crybaby's Help?]

    08/30/2014 10:25:15 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    NBCNews ^ | August 30, 2014
    'Stamp Out This Disease': Kerry Calls on the World to Help Defeat ISIS Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for a "much fuller response" to fight against brutal Islamist militants in Iraq, and suggested that "airstrikes alone won't defeat this enemy." Kerry — in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Friday — wrote that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) isn't satisfied wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, and "poses a threat well beyond that region" that could include strikes in the U.S. as well as "anywhere they could manage to travel undetected."
  • A World In Chaos, And Kerry's Talking Climate Change

    08/14/2014 4:05:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 14, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Diplomacy: Great leadership isn't necessarily about intelligence, expertise or background. It's more about wisdom and judgment. Based on this, Americans should be very concerned about Secretary of State John Kerry. As the world melts into chaos and threats to the U.S. homeland multiply, America's top foreign policy official seems bizarrely, even dangerously, fixated on ... global warming. In remarks at the East-West Center in Honolulu on Wednesday, Kerry repeated his claim that climate change is "the biggest challenge ... we face right now." To which we respond: Can he be serious? In recent days, we've seen the establishment of a...
  • State Dept: We’ve Been ‘Looking At’ a Long-Term Strategy Against ISIL For a Year

    08/13/2014 6:45:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 8/13/14 | Staff
    The State Department claimed Wednesday that they have been “looking at” developing a long-term strategy to fight ISIL in both Iraq and Syria for a year. The United States has stressed repeatedly that its current limited missions in Iraq against ISIL are not long-term solutions. “We are looking long-term at how we fight ISIL,” said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Asked by a reporter to clarify, Harf said, “We’ve been looking at that for quite some time. That’s not new.” “We’ve been looking at that for months and months, even before the latest offenses that started in June against Mosul...
  • Kerry: Climate Change is ‘The Biggest Challenge of All That We Face Right Now’

    08/14/2014 7:53:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 60 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    The global impact of climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,” Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience in Hawaii Wednesday, putting an issue he feels passionately about at the center of a speech entitled “U.S. Vision for Asia-Pacific Engagement.” “The science is screaming at us,” he said. “Ask any kid in school. They understand what a greenhouse is, how it works, why we call it the greenhouse effect. They get it.”
  • US-Israel ties at new low after Netanyahu-Kerry phone 'disconnect'

    08/06/2014 4:06:09 AM PDT · by Makana · 12 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | August 6,2014 | JPost.com staff
    ow badly have US-Israel relations deteriorated in recent weeks? If Israeli media reports are any indication, tensions boiled over to the point where a phone call between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ended due to "communications problems" earlier this week. Both men have not spoken since, according to the State Department. Kerry's spokesperson, Jen Psaki, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that the two men have not spoken since a brief phone call over the situation in Gaza ended because of "communications problems."
  • Netanyahu to US: Don't Second Guess Me on Hamas

    08/02/2014 9:36:54 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. The strong reaction came as top Israeli officials questioned the effort to forge the truce, accusing the U.S. and the United Nations of being naive in assuming the radical Hamas movement would adhere with its terms. The officials also blamed the Gulf state of Qatar for not forcing the militants to comply.
  • Clueless in Gaza

    08/02/2014 5:35:08 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt. The talks also undermined Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected (and would have prevented the vast majority of the casualties on both sides). “Kerry tried through...
  • Don’t second guess me again: Netanyahu to US

    08/02/2014 4:13:49 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 2, 2014 | 5:50am
    WASHINGTON — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel. Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks. An Israeli official said the Netanyahu government viewed...
  • Legitimizing Hamas’s War Criminality

    08/01/2014 6:54:31 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 12 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/01/2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent ceasefire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.</p>
  • With Kidnap of Israeli Soldier, John Kerry’s Ceasefire Has Made Matters Much, Much Worse

    08/01/2014 6:49:17 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 35 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | August 1, 2014 9:26 am | Arik Elman
    Let’s just recap what happened with the abduction of an Israeli soldier this morning. The Israeli government believed the word of the Secretary of State of the United States that, via his Turkish and Qatari friends, he had obtained acceptable terms for a ceasefire with Hamas. Mr. Kerry’s flunkies even bragged about the success of his Turko-Qatari connections, chiding those who looked askance at his bromance with friends and sponsors of Hamas. What happened next – a surprise attack on Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip an hour and a half into the “ceasefire”, an abduction of a soldier...
  • The Evil Mind of John Kerry

    08/01/2014 2:39:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    ".....From the moment he burst on the national scene in 1971 as a young Vietnam vet, his family connections and anti-war views landing him a spot testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, right straight through to today as the U.S. Secretary of State, Kerry has demonstrated repeatedly that he is unable to grasp not only serious threats to the United States and the larger world as well. What has been on display again and again in Kerry’s public career is a tone-deafness when it comes to the manifestation of evil. Unless, of course, in the style of that old...
  • Danny Dayan: Obama, Kerry Caused 'Long-Term Damage'

    07/28/2014 3:40:26 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 19 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/7/14 | Yaakov Levi
    Danny Dayan, head of the Council of Judea and Samaria, said Monday that asking Israel to stop its attacks on Hamas at this time was “a perversion of morality and diplomacy.” Israelis understand quite well, he said, that “they are fighting for their homes. No matter what we do the enemy will never be satisfied” without Israel's destruction. “We must continue fighting until our goals are reached.” Dayan was speaking in light of the heavy pressure being placed on Israel by US President Barack H Obama for an immediate and unconditional cease-fire. In his proposal, Obama said that the issue...
  • Kerry Accused of Promoting Hamas’ Ceasefire Demands, Prompted by Qatar and Turkey

    07/27/2014 7:14:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 7/27/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – The Obama administration Sunday disputed reports in Israeli and Arab media suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had tried to push a Gaza ceasefire plan promoted by Hamas-supporting Turkey and Qatar, at the expense of proposals put forward earlier by Egypt and backed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas. In a conference call with Israeli reporters, a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity disputed reports that a plan, which was flatly rejected by the Israeli cabinet on Friday afternoon, amounted to...
  • ´John Kerry is an alien, an ongoing embarrassment´: what Israel thinks of US secretary of state

    07/27/2014 7:14:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/27/14 | Robert Tait
    John Kerry has almost certainly been called worse things than a space alien--particularly by Israel´s Right-wing camp, where contempt for the US secretary of state and his failed peacemaking efforts is unabashed. But when the insult is levelled by the previously supportive Haaretz newspaper, standard-bearer of the country´s liberal-Left, it may be time for him--and by extension, President Barack Obama--to take notice. The withering description was coined by Barack Ravid, the paper´s well-informed and normally restrained diplomatic editor, to describe Mr Kerry´s attempts at brokering a truce to the bloody conflict in Gaza--rejected by Israel amid widespread mockery.