John Kerry may be the most incompetent Secretary of State in living memory

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In the Land of Worthless Politicians, John Kerry is king. How much longer do we have to put up with him? If there was ever a time when someone ought to ride off quietly into the sunset, it’s Kerry and the time is now.

Mildly stated, Kerry is the kind of politician that makes you cringe. A genuine puzzle why anyone continues to take him seriously.

Joe Biden put Kerry where he is today, which tells us Biden confuses experience with aptitude. He thinks that if a guy like Kerry has “been around” for a long while and has been involved in a bunch of issues, that makes him qualified and talented. That’s like saying a homeless guy who’s wandered the streets for 10 years is an expert in real estate. And Fidel Castro was around a long time too, but he wrecked an entire country, sent it spiraling down the drain. I can visualize Kerry putting daisies in the barrels of our enemies’ guns believing that action would cause a sudden shift to peace and harmony.

Probably due to his lack of common sense, it’s hard to put a finger on anything Kerry has done well. Except to marry an immensely wealthy woman.  In 2003, he did manage to win the prize of National Journal’s “Number 1 Senate liberal”.  I can’t give the reader a complete list of his failures because I try to limit these columns to 700 words. But here’s a shot at it:

We begin with the controversy of Kerry’s military service in Vietnam and the awarding of his “combat” medals. A group of 200 Vietnam Swift Boat sailors questioned Kerry’s military service record and his medals, and they denounced his post-Vietnam anti-war activity. He met with America’s wartime enemies. There’s no question: Kerry joined the “America is Evil” crowd, testified in the Senate against America, and “equated his fellow Vietnam veterans’ actions to those of Genghis Khan”.

Using abominable judgment, Kerry proceeded to support a list of communist dictators including Nicaragua’s Ortega, Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Grenada’s Marxist dictator Coard.

In 2013, as Obama’s Secretary of State, Kerry “suggested Syria be let off the hook, after gassing…its own people.” The gassing was done by Bashar al-Assad, the “butcher of Damascus”, Kerry’s “dear friend” and favorite Middle Eastern dictator. Kerry finally admitted his Syrian diplomacy ended in impasse. In the same year, Obama and a bumbling Kerry offered Iran a nuclear-arms deal that would have guaranteed Iran becoming a nuclear power, but the West was saved from the disastrous deal only because the French government objected. Kerry capped it off by testifying to the Senate that “Elections in Iran… aren’t much different than elections in the U.S.” In April, he adopted a toothless “peace-through-weakness stance toward North Korea”.

And it was 2014 when a weak-kneed Kerry, inhabiting a fantasy world of international rules with no military clout, failed to stand up to the “hard men of the Kremlin” as Putin and Russia began their conquest and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. This happened near the time that Kerry, holding no cards, convened hollow negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict; the talks collapsed in confusion, with a “truce” that was broken in two weeks. Then his Israeli-Palestinian talks disintegrated as Kerry suggested publicly: Israel is “becoming an apartheid state”. Objective media outlets blamed Kerry, “Mr. Retreat”, as the main reason the talks failed while Charles Krauthammer stated, “Kerry legitimized Hamas’ war criminality”. This was about the same time Kerry handed power in the Middle East over to Putin.

And you may recall how Kerry swapped the American deserter Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists. Kerry said it was “baloney” to suggest the released Taliban will kill more Americans.

After the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks in Paris, Kerry’s first instinct was to call them “perhaps even a legitimacy”. Huh?

It was revealed that former Secretary of State Kerry held two secret meetings in 2018 with Iran’s foreign minister to undermine Trump’s plan to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran– colluding with the enemy against an American president. Now, in 2021, we learn that before joining Biden at the White House, Kerry owned eight oil & gas stocks, proving that Kerry’s “climate crisis” spewings are nothing more than a political game for him and the Democrats.

Oh how the admired mighty have fallen, because of incompetent leaders like Kerry, a man resuscitated by Biden to commit more ineptness. Bye-bye glory days.

John R. Smith

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