Sigh, John Kerry

 

It’s hard to like John Kerry. Ask the other 99 members of the US Senate. His staff. The American people. But it is a testament to Obama’s other dreadful nominations floated for national security jobs that Kerry suddenly looks…ok. Susan Rice for SecState, who lied to the American people about Benghazi for whatever reason — political expediency, stupidity. Chuck Hagel for SecDef, still out there floating like a lead balloon despite an execrable record on everything from Iraq to Syria to Hamas to Afghanistan to Iran. Another (former) member of the senate who left that institution with no friends in his own party, and few among his newfound political allies either.

I’ve written on many occasions about Kerry’s own ineffectual and wrongheaded record on national security, here and here for a start. Kerry was wrong on the surge in Iraq, embarrassingly wrong in his faith in the reforming credentials of Bashar al Assad, wrong in his bizarre support for managed aid to Pakistan (for which we should also blame outgoing Senator Dick Lugar and Rep. Howard Berman), and too often just… wrong. His chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been an exercise in futility. But… he is not a loon. He is not a fool. That, apparently, is now the bar that must be leapt over for the Obama cabinet.

I don’t know about the rest of my compadres in the foreign policy community, but I for one will miss Hillary Clinton.

 

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  • As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.


    Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011) and “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan” (AEI Press, 2012). Her most recent study, “America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East,” was published in January 2014.


     


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