Multiple sources are reporting that Massachusetts Senator and 2004 Democrat Presidential candidate, John Kerry, will be President Obama’s first choice for secretary of state now that U.N. Amb. Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration. The U.S. Senate will most likely confirm Kerry, who is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
CNN reported a formal announcement from the President might come within the next few days. “Kerry is noted for the experience, gravitas and relationship-building skills that could help him succeed as the United States’ top diplomat,” said CNN.
However, recall the scrutiny and criticism Sen. Kerry faced over his Vietnam experiences from a group called “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.” The group accused Kerry of lying about his service during the war that earned him several medals and combat decorations.
Back in November when speculation began over Kerry as a nominee for either secretary of defense or state, Sean Hannity interviewed the co-founder of Swift Boat Vets, John O’Neill. O’Neill, who is very critical of Kerry, told Hannity, “To make him [Kerry] secretary of defense or the secretary of state would be a disaster for our national security. It really would be a total forfeiture of the loyalty that we owe the troops in the field.”
When Hannity asked O’Neill if the Swift Boat Vets would resurface if Kerry was nominated, O’Neill responded, “We will do the very best we can, Sean.”
Watch the Nov. 15 Hannity interview with Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s John O’Neil: