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John Kerry and Barack Obama: A Dangerous Foreign Policy Duo

The Democrats' 2004 presidential nominee has his eye on the secretary of State spot in the next term.

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Anne Bayefsky

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September 7, 2012 - 9:06 am
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John Kerry, the man who failed to become president in no small measure because his foreign policy ideas scared the heck out of Americans, was determined to get even at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last night. He delivered an angry, derisive speech, which he hopes will catapult him into the position of secretary of State under a second Obama administration. Along with the few lines that the president devoted to foreign relations, the tag team’s performance was a stark reminder of the serious dangers which an Obama-Kerry duo would pose to our national security.

In the presidential debates eight years ago, John Kerry was the man who championed a “global test” for legitimizing American action to protect our country. At the centerpiece of this global test was the United Nations. In his view, earning approval abroad was essential to an America deserving of respect.

On September 30, 2004, Kerry insisted that any use by a president of the option of a “preemptive strike” must be done “in a way…that passes the global test where…you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.” “You don’t help yourself with other nations,” he said, “when you refuse to deal at length with the United Nations.”

Imagine having to prove to the thugs running UN states – a majority of which are not democratic – that a president’s actions to protect Americans are legitimate.

Like so many others, Kerry the presidential candidate connected venerating the UN with denigrating the United States: “…with other nations…you have to earn [their] respect. And I think we have a lot of earning back to do.” No wonder that yesterday Kerry was stumping center-stage for a president who bowed to a Saudi king.

Kerry’s defense of Obama’s foreign policy, and the specter the two men presented of the next four years, were alarming yet familiar. Kerry told the DNC that before the era of Obama “our moral authority was in tatters. America was isolated in the world.”  Apparently we will know if America has moral authority by asking folks like the Russians and the Chinese. And then Kerry had the audacity to worry about outsourcing – having just outsourced adjudicating America’s “moral authority” to the rest of the world.

The irony is that Kerry defended the president by bragging: “Our forces have eliminated more of [al-Qaeda’s] leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before.” Someone ought to tell him that his buddies at the UN have repeatedly called such activities morally reprehensible “extrajudicial execution.” To paraphrase the senator, before Barack Obama debates Mitt Romney on foreign policy, he better finish the debate over whose values he really cares about with himself.

Kerry repeated the empty mantra that President Obama “promised always to stand with Israel” – for which he felt he had to offer proof (with good reason). So he reached back to quote Prime Minister Netanyahu in March 2012. Then the Israeli leader expressed the view that Obama shared Israel’s policy on Iran. Evidently Kerry has been offline for the past two weeks.

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