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Kerry Rejects ‘Premature Judgment About the Failure of Everything’ in Obama’s Foreign Policy

Takes it from both sides at hearing as senator notes, "What you're doing is talking strongly and carrying a very small stick -- in fact, a twig."

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Bridget Johnson

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April 8, 2014 - 7:15 pm
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WASHINGTON — A visibly irritated secretary of State battled with Republicans and Democrats alike at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, at one point happily steering to the issue of climate change while one senator accused the administration of talking tough and wielding “a twig.”

John Kerry appeared before the committee to discuss the fiscal year 2015 budget request for international affairs but the lawmakers came out of the gate with concerns about Russia, Syria, Iran, and more — wrapped in warnings of a permissive foreign policy and crumbling credibility.

“I do think that from a bipartisan standpoint, people are very concerned right now about U.S. credibility, and Syria I think was the beginning of that,” ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told Kerry. “I think there are concerns about Ukraine, our actual willingness to go forward and do something after we lost so much credibility around the red line issue, and so much credibility on the ground with just people in the neighborhood regarding not following through on commitments that were made. And I know that you know they were made.”

“…I will say to you that if things don’t change, you in effect could be presiding over a period of time where more U.S. credibility is lost than anyone could have imagined, and a time when the world is becoming less safe as a result,” Corker added.

Kerry insisted that his 29 years on the committee — he was chairman before moving into the Obama administration — gave him broad perspective on foreign policy.

“I’ve seen the ups and downs. I’ve seen the merry-go-round and the roller-coaster of American foreign policy up close and personal. And I will tell you that we’re living in a different time,” Kerry said.

“We’re living with a far more, almost 19th century, 18th century diplomatic playing field, where interests and, you know, some cases mercantilist interests, in other cases just security interests or territorial interests, other kinds of things are raising their head in ways that they didn’t during the Cold War, because they were suppressed,” he said.

Kerry’s successor at the helm of the panel, Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), lamented that the administration chose to slash the Western Hemisphere budget by 21 percent from fiscal year 2013.

“I don’t dispute the importance of other priorities laid out in the administration’s proposal, but I have seen year after year after year a continuous cut in the hemisphere,” Menendez said. “And I believe that those cuts lead us to lack a comprehensive approach to Latin America and the necessary resources to back it up.”

Menendez also panned a recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Obama Administration Shows Optimism on Iran Nuclear Talks.”

“I’m trying to glean where that’s from,” he said. “…With no sanctions regime in place, and understanding that every sanctions that we have pursued have needed at least a six-month lead time to become enforceable, and then a greater amount of time to actually enforce, that the only option left to the United States to this or any other president, and to the West, would be either to accept a nuclear-armed Iran or to have a military option.”

Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything, to deliver it, to have any mechanism to do so, and otherwise.”

He then admitted that “our goal” is not eliminating nuclear capability as much as “proving that this is a peaceful program.”

When Menendez told the secretary that the Russia was acting “in ways that are contrary to just about all of our interests,” Kerry replied that “the relationship with Russia produces both moments of consternation and conflict, as well as cooperation and effect.”

“This is not the bipolar, straightforward choice of the Cold War,” Kerry argued. “We’re living in an incredibly challenging time where some of the things that the East-West order took for granted most of my life, are suddenly finding a world in which American engagement is more critical.”

Corker said it’s difficult “to discern the good things that have occurred relative to our negotiations with Russia.”

“But, you know, when the president talked about his red line back in August of 2012, 30,000 Syrians were dead. Today, 150,000 Syrians are dead. We continue to talk about this shiny object, the chemicals. But people daily are being killed with barrel bombs,” the senator continued.

In a testy exchange with Corker, Kerry eventually agreed to share the administration’s Syria policy in a closed session with lawmakers “to the degree I am allowed to under the process and the law,” then proceeded to give a recounting of the timeline in the revolution and deterioration of the opposition.

“All of which everyone said was going to happen on the front end; very predicted,” Corker interjected. “Yes.”

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Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything, to deliver it, to have any mechanism to do so, and otherwise.”

He then admitted that “our goal” is not eliminating nuclear capability as much as “proving that this is a peaceful program.”
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Either Kerry is that G-D'ed dumb or he thinks his audience is 'that G-D'em dumb.

Inch by inch - ounce by ounce Iran is closing in on having nuclear weapons and this fool of an idiot pompous ass is trying to prove Iran is in the process of developing a peaceful program? "Yes Mr. Kerry, we are developing these nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes" say the Iranian mulas (look that up! It fits). As Bugs Bunny would say - "What a maroon."

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McCain: "which is a sovereign right to try to defend themselves, which is something that we have done historically"

So Juan McAmnesty believes in defending Ukrainian sovereignty. He certainly doesn't believe in defending American sovereignty.
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Well here is a partial success in Obama's foreign policy, at least for those who support the "rebels" in Syria and committing war crimes.

It would appear that Obama, Clinton and Petreus are all war criminals, assisting in murdering Christians in Syria with at the minimum their depraved indifference, and the Weeper of the House, Boehner, is helping to cover up for them. Maybe peckerhead Jeb Bush can chime in and say "It was all about love".

shoebat.com/2014/04/09/cia-involved-benghazi-attack/

"It has been learned that one week prior to the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, CIA Director David Petraeus met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan. This finding, reported by Hurrieyt at the time, further bolsters brand new claims by Seymour M. Hersh, the man who broke the Abu Ghraib prison scandal story in 2004.

In early 2012, the Obama administration, along with the administration of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached an agreement that would have Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia provide funding for an operation run by then CIA Director David Petraeus (the Petraeus Operation). The purpose of the operation, carried out by the CIA and Great Britain’s MI6, was to move weapons from Libya into Syria, using back channel ‘rat lines’.

U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who’d recently met with the House Intelligence Committee just days prior to this death, met with Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin within two hours of the attack.

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Last year, after outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in front of a Senate Committee about Benghazi, Boehner appeared on a radio show one day later and admitted to having knowledge about weapons being shipped to Turkey:

If Boehner had classified information about weapons being shipped to Syria from Libya, via Turkey as far back as January of last year, how long before that did he know about it? Despite a majority of House Republicans (185 – 38) who are calling for a Select Committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi, Boehner continues to refuse to appoint one. It stands to reason that if Boehner knew what was going on in Benghazi prior to the attacks, he wouldn’t want the truth about Benghazi to come out now....

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If the U.S. presence in Benghazi was about arming Syrian jihadists through Turkey, countless innocent Christian lives have been ended as a result. Any member of Congress who knew that before the September 11th attacks in Benghazi has blood on his hands and any member of Congress who continues to remain silent about it is complicit in war crimes."
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Gomer Kerry has already bought and paid for a peace prize, he has got to make it look like he deserved it to avoid being a laughing stock like obooba was
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The Obama Doctrine: Whine loudly and carry a very small, limp stick. Michelle can confirm, I promise.
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Russia's Secessionist Strategy Exposed
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/04/russias-secessionist-strategy-exposed/

Should one like to make a new figure out of already assembled Legos, one must first dismantle the existing figure into separate pieces. It is clear from the analysis that this leaked conversation between the aforementioned Russian ambassadors was almost certainly authentic and earnest. Russian intelligence is active in a number of national secession movements around the globe. The foreign policy of Moscow, under the influence of Dugin and other nationalists, looks to destabilize and replace the existing world order with a new Eurasianist order. Given the preponderance of evidence, including the words and deeds of Russian officials and military officers, it would be wise to view these separatist movements as potential collaborators with the Kremlin.
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Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything, to deliver it, to have any mechanism to do so, and otherwise.”

He then admitted that “our goal” is not eliminating nuclear capability as much as “proving that this is a peaceful program.”
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Either Kerry is that G-D'ed dumb or he thinks his audience is 'that G-D'em dumb.

Inch by inch - ounce by ounce Iran is closing in on having nuclear weapons and this fool of an idiot pompous ass is trying to prove Iran is in the process of developing a peaceful program? "Yes Mr. Kerry, we are developing these nuclear weapons for peaceful purposes" say the Iranian mulas (look that up! It fits). As Bugs Bunny would say - "What a maroon."

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"One senator accused the administration of talking tough and wielding 'a twig.'”

I believe the phrase he's looking for is "Speak stickly and carry a Big Soft."
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Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything, to deliver it, to have any mechanism to do so, and otherwise.”

He then admitted that “our goal” is not eliminating nuclear capability as much as “proving that this is a peaceful program.”


So, his fallback is "they're only getting one nuke, not a whole bunch", as though the genie will ever go back into the bottle. That's followed with "I'm really hoping the American people are stupid enough to believe the lie we're telling them."

Dear God, how does he dare to admit to having utterly failed to stop proliferation and admit to trying to convince people of something that is simply untrue? No one who vote for them religiously cares (and may actually be happy with the result) and most of the people in the middle will never know because the LSM will never tell them.

When a mushroom cloud goes up in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, will the American people realize that Iran has evil intentions for its nuclear WEAPONS program?
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Every time Kerry brings up the 18th and 19th centuries (why is he so obsessed with this silly meme?) I picture him wearing a powdered wig and knee britches. The look would perfectly suit his gloomy horse face and pompous personality. Heaven save us from bootless idiots like this.
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Clearly in terms of Secs of State, we have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous. The position has become the consolation prize for those less-than-not-qualifed for the highest office, as determined by the likes of Reid, Pelosi, et al.

"In all the years that I've been alive, and of all the things I can remember, I cannot recall anyone stupider, less-qualifed, more antagonistic than this collection of idiots and arrogant fools as we have today"

Who said that?

I said that.
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Its painfully obvious that Obama refuses to hire anyone smarter than himself. That narrowed the field of contenders for SecState considerably - leaving Kerry standing virtually alone like the klutz kid left last to be picked for a game of neighborhood baseball - and somewhere a village is missing one idiot.

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My opinion of Kerry is so low I am astonished when he says anything coherent, but amazingly enough sometimes he does. However I have not yet seen him *succeed* at anything, he is presenting himself like a joke around the world, so his few isolated insights are clearly overwhelmed by his brutal ignorance about the rest.
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John Kerry's single qualification to diplomacy is that he can say "Pass the sweet and sour shrimp" in three languages.
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pass thé sweet and sœur shrimp
Passare il gambero dolce e sœur
Передайте сладкий и Soeur креветки

I have the same qual
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