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May 29, 2014 - 8:46 pm

Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”

“I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”

“In Syria, the president obviously made his decision to strike Syria, and appropriately sent that decision to Congress. Congress didn’t want to move. But we came up with another solution, which was get all of those chemical weapons out, rather than just have one or two days of strikes,” he added.

Kerry then claimed “the president has now succeeded in getting 92 percent of those weapons out of Syria.”

“There is one last transfer that has to take place to get to 100 percent,” he said. “I believe it will take place.”

A May 23 letter to the UN Security Council from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon obtained by the New York Times paints a bleaker picture, noting that only five of 18 known chemical weapons production facilities had been closed in Syria. The deadline to clear the program is supposed to be June 30.

The Assad regime has also been using chlorine gas as its new chemical weapon of choice, a substance prohibited for weapons use under the Chemical Weapons Convention that Assad joined last year to avoid strikes.

The 1,300 metric tons of chemical weapons declared by the regime included some mustard gas and sarin.

Kerry denied that the administration is essentially letting Bashar al-Assad stay in power for cutting this chemical weapons deal.

“This is a completely phony, fraudulent effort by Assad to claim legitimacy for an election that nobody in the international community with significance is going to respect,” he said of next week’s dog-and-pony-show elections with the dictator. “The United Nations is not to going to respect it. The global community that is supporting the opposition is not going to support. So, it’s — it doesn’t take you anywhere.”

He wasn’t done with the lavish praise for his boss’ accomplishments.

“In addition, the president has engaged with Iran. We were on a course to absolute collision, where they were building a nuclear system and the world was standing opposed to that. But the president put in place a series of sanctions, a capacity to be able to bring Iran to the table,” Kerry continued.

“We are now in the middle of negotiations. Everyone will agree the sanctions regime has held together. The weapons — the nuclear program has been frozen and rolled backwards. And we now have expanded the amount of time that Iran might have for a breakout. That’s a success.”

Kerry argued that the “case is there to be fully proven and laid out” that he and Obama are the most engaged team on the world stage, but blamed the media for pushing a “not fully informed, not factual” view on this.

“And, of course, there is an industry in Washington today of oppositionism, oppositionists, oppose anything. And the Congress and its current pace of legislating tells the whole story,” added the former senator.

Kerry also credited Obama for rescuing the Afghanistan war in 2009 when it was “adrift and in danger.”

“We have done it. They had a very successful election. And they provided the security and they did the planning, and they did the execution. That is exactly what the president is now trying to do with respect to the final steps.”

He panned former Vice President Dick Cheney’s criticism of the timetable. “I’m not surprised to hear from Dick Cheney that — something that’s, obviously, number one, negative, and, number two, wrong,” Kerry said, claiming that Bush and Cheney “turned topsy-turvy the entire region” in regard to Sunni-Shiite relations by going into Iraq and ousting Saddam Hussein.

Kerry also indicated some engagement still needs to happen with Nigeria regarding the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram last April.

“I think an all-out assault — I’m not sure what that means. I would want to know what that means. It could be very risky to the young women. And there may be a time and place for that. But I think we have to look at this very, very closely,” he said of Nigeria’s declared plan to plunge into the area where the schoolgirls are believed to be held.

“I actually hope to be talking to President Goodluck Jonathan somewhere in the course of today or tomorrow. And we are, as I say, prepared to be as helpful as we possibly can,” Kerry added. “He has not, to my knowledge, specifically said, I want your help in a military operation with respect to these young women. But we will obviously have discussions with them about what the right way to proceed is.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The scariest part is that these clowns, from the President down, believe their own BS.
29 weeks ago
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The Narrative, foreign affairs division.

The Nepotism Brigade is going to have to start reining in stray reporters. Brothers at CBS will have to be instructed and spouses all over will be sleeping on couches if the Narrative isn't pushed with all deliberate slobber.

Benghazi, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan and Iran have been monumental disasters.

Libya is a complete and utter catastrophe.

The Ukraine is a nightmare. The South China Sea is a powder keg.

The Israeli people despise this administration. Spying on national leaders has lead to frosty relationships all over the globe.

Kerry and Obama are ignored and often disrespected on the big stage.

Clinton, Obama, Kerry, Hagel look like clumsy amateurs. Hippie Doofus policies leftover from Woodstock.

They get an icy reception from West Point because the military knows that Clinton and Obama WILL leave a man behind, abandoned in a firefight they caused. That Kerry WILL try to slander them with phony testimony "seared" in his planted memories. And he will consort with the enemy. And, if they happen to return from the front and need care...they can go to hell.

The Woodstock Klan that spat on them and called them baby killers tries to hide their disdain and scorn.

But the antipathy is barely beneath the surface. This Clown Mafia, La Bozo Nostra IS engaged all over the globe. Their big, floppy shoe pratfall act is evident everywhere you look.

China, Russia, Iran are doubled up in laughter.

Psaki and Kerry have issued the lapdog fetch order. Time for the siblings and spouses to tuck tails and run interference.
29 weeks ago
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Kerry "blamed the media for pushing a “not fully informed, not factual” view on this"

Go easy on the media...they are in the middle of a 2 front campaign - shifting to support and differentiate Hillary and still largely committed to the current regime. Life is hard carrying all that water...
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The world, no; that's a lie. Obammie's muslim brothers, yes.
29 weeks ago
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Kerry is far too lavish with his compliments to the Obama regime. People may stop believing all of them.
29 weeks ago
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....your, "People may stop believing all of them."......ha ha ha ...that's Pulitzer candidate material for a Sarcasm Award, right?

Candidly, I don't see why Kerry and that whole bewildered tribe now so busy-busy-busy in Foggy Bottom and inside the White House have any credibility at all. Let's read these periodic articles on their sayings as only a growing catalogue of bull sh*t.
29 weeks ago
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Words like 'laugh', 'farce', & 'fraud' immediately come to mind upon reading this tripe.
29 weeks ago
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I was howling when I saw Kerry do this one.
I laughed even harder when he complained about Reid (D) doing all his opposition and blocking. Senate and House have nothing to do with implementation of state dept existing policies...but, hey, when you fail blame it on someone else...its the lib way.

My guess is Kerry could not come up with a lie big enough to cover Obama NSA spying in Europe and South America.....other than calling it after the fact "reaching out"....and calling it "more engaged".

Are Clinton's Partython Around the World and Obama's Paid For Vacations considered international policy? Kerry et al make me puke with all their lies.
29 weeks ago
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How is it possible for anyone to be so stupid? I mean, how does Secretary Muldoon get up in the morning, get his pants on, and get to work?
29 weeks ago
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John Kerry is Maj. Frank Burns
29 weeks ago
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I stopped reading when the lie count got too burdensome.
29 weeks ago
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People who do, do. People who don't say they do with words.

If only Obama would go away like he dismissed Shinseki.
29 weeks ago
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When the Obamabots can't even get the NY Times and the WaPo to play along in their game of The Emperor's New Clothes, they sound as pathetic as John Kerry does here.
29 weeks ago
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Obviously Kerry and the rest of us are probably living on different planets with alternate realities. Kerry has always been out for no one but Kerry. This whole administration's foreign policy has been basically not to have one. We see the results more everyday with dismal world news slapping us around about what a failure Obama has been. The world sees what many of this nation's citizens fail to admit. Kerry, Clinton and Obama are all zeroes intent on just making themselves look good.
29 weeks ago
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I diagree; the adminiistration's policy has been to apologize for being American to all the third world countries he could, and to appoint as many Muslims as possible to federal positions.
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