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The Humiliation of John Kerry

May 9th, 2013 - 7:59 pm

The secretary of state was back in Washington on Thursday, begging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to take it easy on the poor Iranians.  Enough with the sanctions, he said.  Secretary Kerry has joined decades of his predecessors, buying  into the latest version of the 30-year old illusion that we can make a deal with the Tehran regime if only we deal properly and humbly with them.  He said there was a “window of opportunity” for a couple of months.  It doesn’t much matter if he really believes this legend, or is following instructions from President Obama, who is still pursuing this unholy grail despite five years of swift kicks in his behind.  The one he so loves to lead with.  Either way, it’s an embarrassment.

But then our new secretary of state has great flair for embarrassing us.  In Obama’s community of narcissists, Kerry is a bit different.  He excels at self-humiliation, as he showed in his recent sortie to Moscow, where Czar Putin kept him waiting for many hours before sparing some time to “discuss” Syria and related topics, no doubt including Iran.  As per the British Daily Mail, “Russian President Vladimir Putin kept Kerry waiting three hours before their meeting at the Kremlin on Tuesday and continuously fiddled with his pen as the top American diplomat spoke about the ongoing crisis in Syria.”

I’m told that when Kerry landed in Russia, he was told a) that his hotel rooms weren’t ready, and b) that a military parade made it impossible for the Americans to drive to the Kremlin anyway, so he’d just have to wait.  Add two hours (check-in delay at the hotel) to the Mail version.

Many years ago, I traveled abroad on behalf of Henry Kissinger, by then a simple citizen, and I spoke with some important people.  I was instructed never to wait more than twenty minutes, and on two occasions I informed the important person’s assistant that I had waited fifteen minutes, and would have to leave in five more. Nothing personal, just a condition of my employment.  Both times the important person appeared almost immediately.  And I was not a cabinet member, I was a messenger boy of a famous–but former–high U.S. official.  But the American secretary of state couldn’t bear the thought of returning to Washington without even talking to Putin, and Kerry waited.

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Mr. Ledeen, in this context, it's not the humiliation of John Kerry; it's the humiliation of the United States, which Kerry allowed and exacerbated.
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We thought he was worthless as a Senator, but he has managed to out do even that worthlessness now that he is Secretary of State!
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John Kerry is just not a serious man. He is not intelligent. He does not know history. He does not understand Putin. He did not understand Assad. He lacks street smarts. Kerry has a naive faith in "diplomacy" that is, his own diplomatic skills. This faith has no foundation in reality. Kerry is a rich dilettante.

In a way Putin did Kerry a favor. He sent Kerry a message, a personal message. "You are not a man that I can take seriously." Let's hope that Kerry is smart enough to understand this truth about himself.
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How a moron like John Kerry, could rise so high in our government, shows only how low we have fallen.
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The Russians are furthest down the line to a completely crony capitalist society. While some of us here still despise crony capitalists, they are heroes in Russia.
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I prefer to think of him as "Secretariat of State"....
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I despise Putin but he has a point.

The USA is descending in to Soviet Style Communism.

Who would have ever thought Pravda would be a more reliable news source than NBC?
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Kerry and Hagel. You have to lower the bar pretty far to make Obama look good and now we see the results.
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There would be no sense of urgency on the part of the Russians no matter what U.S. party was in office. Much like Russia coming out of Afghanistan, we too are broke, war torn and public sentiment against anymore wars for some time. I don't think Putin gave Bush the time of day either, especially in the last administration term.
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To negotiate with the Persian perverts, nuke Tehran.
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I'm shocked! Putin doesn't respect John Kerry. Shocking! Putin doesn't doesn't respect the United States. Might be because Kerry is a traitor to the United States and Obama is now "more flexible" when it comes to dealing with international problems. I'm amazed Putin wasted any time with Kerry. Why bother. The US is not even a paper tiger under the present regime.
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Given that Putin is a man who doesn't suffer fools gladly, his treatment of Kerry doesn't come as any great surprise!
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The Chinese, too, made our people wait in the hall. It shows who has the power in the relationship, as well as a sign of dislike.
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