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The Humiliation of John Kerry

May 9th, 2013 - 7:59 pm

And Kerry waited some more.  When the czar was in the proper mood, he received his American visitor.  Kerry was full of good cheer.  And why not?  We share a common vision, don’t we?  ‘The United States believes that we share some very significant common interests with respect to Syria — stability in the region, not having extremists creating problems throughout the region and elsewhere.’

I’m not a big believer in stability as an American strategic objective, since change and turmoil are the constant themes of world history, and America is in any event a revolutionary country.  For extras, the idea that we and the Russians have common interests regarding Syria flies in  the face of our proclaimed objectives:  Putin wants Assad to win and rule on, while Obama wants Assad to lose and go away. So I refuse to believe that Kerry went all the way to Moscow, and sat impatiently for hours and hours just to deliver that drivel.  There had to be more to it than that.  No doubt Iran came up.  And maybe Putin told Kerry that sanctions were a very bad idea, what with the next Iranian electoral farce scheduled in a few weeks.  That might “explain” Kerry’s call to Congress to take it easy.

The good news is that Congress isn’t buying it.  New sanctions were being voted, and implemented, even as the secretary of state was lobbying for the mullahs.

The bad news is that Hezbollah’s supreme leader, Hassan Nasrallah, announced that his terror organization would soon receive “game-changing” weapons from Assad.

A sure sign of stability, I suppose.

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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.
1 year ago
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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"....
1 year ago
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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?
1 year ago
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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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