John Kerry: Let’s face it, things were simpler during the Cold War

posted at 6:41 pm on April 22, 2014 by Allahpundit

Here’s what he means by “simpler”:

“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”

He said “multiple emerging powers,” unleashed forces like radical Islam, and “too many failed states” have dramatically complicated the landscape, requiring a form of diplomatic precision that was not absolutely necessary decades ago.

In the post-war 1950s and 1960s, Kerry said, “we could make really bad decisions and still win, because we were pretty much the sole dominant economic and military power around.

“It’s not true any more.”

Good question from PJ Media blogger/Hot Air alumnus Bryan Preston. If things were simpler then, how come so many leftists got them wrong?

Kerry supported the 1980s nuclear freeze movement, which was Soviet-funded in the West and aimed to disarm the free world of our nuclear deterrent. Ted Kennedy was working with the Soviets behind Reagan’s back, according to his KGB files. Numerous Democrats actually believed that Ronald Reagan was more of a threat to the world than any Soviet premier.

For his part, Kerry even got the war he fought in wrong. Vietnam was about containing international communism. He made it about smearing his fellow soldiers, with all that “Jenghis Ghan” stuff. When America abandoned Vietnam, as Kerry wanted, the communists went on a rampage and killed hundreds of thousands over the next several years.

The world is safer now than it was during the Cold War and nearly everywhere violence is in decline, which, if you specialize in diplomacy, I suppose does make your job harder. In the past, the threat of global nuclear war would have made Russia think twice about pushing too far west. Nowadays, as more international conflict is channeled into diplomatic standoffs, more subtle deterrents are required. I’d call that progress, if only for reasons of self-interest, but the thought of Waffles having to work longer hours than earlier secretaries of state does make me sad. Another key reason things were “simpler” during the Cold War is the white-knuckle terror felt by countries throughout Eurasia that the Red Army might suddenly show up in their capitals one day. It wasn’t so much America’s power that bought carte blanche for U.S. diplomats as it was Soviet power and the fear it generated in nonaligned states. When the USSR fell apart and that fear started to fade, so did some of the incentive among U.S. allies to cooperate with us.

But here’s the “good” news. Given how easy it was for Putin to seize Crimea and how little he seems to care about Obama’s latest “red line” for eastern Ukraine, you may start seeing some of the old jitters about Russia creep back into the foreign-poilicy calculations of European and Asian states. And that’ll make things “easier” for Kerry. In fact, maybe that’s O’s international legacy: He presided over Russia’s return to menacing-superpower status, which in turn launched Cold War II and made things “simple” for the State Department. That’s change you can believe it.


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How the hell would he know?

John Kerry & his filthy ilk (Teddy Kennedy) were doing everything they could to derail Reagan & Bush during the cold war era.

portlandon on April 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM

“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”

And well all know it was an easy decision for communism.

Axeman on April 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I don’t seem to recall America having any idiots as Secretary of State back then. Maybe that was a factor.

VorDaj on April 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Oh to be a young anti-anti-communist again!

derit on April 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Yeah, and you and your Democrat buddies were on the Soviets’ side!

Now that communism and the fetid ideological foundation on which it was built has been thoroughly discredited, it is tougher for you to push your ideas on an unwilling populace.

ramesees on April 22, 2014 at 6:46 PM

For Kerry to say this is so over the top hypocritical it shocks the senses.

I loathe this idiot.

portlandon on April 22, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Yes, it does make it much harder when the world doesn’t comply and erase those things you have categorized as a “part of the past”.

Ah, we rejoin the common Obama administration whine.

Axeman on April 22, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Poor John Kerry is a special needs Secretary of State and needs things to be simple.

rbj on April 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Yes, during the Cold war, we were the good guys and the Russians were the Marxist evil doer’s, now we are the Marxist tyrants and the Russian’s are the good guys.

oscarwilde on April 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM

You mean that period where a bad sneeze would bring about a nuclear apocalypse? Where one wrong move and the game is over sort of deal?

And you don’t know what might offend someone enough to launch the birds?

The sad part is that Kerry lived through that period.

His body at least did.

His brain was under a Magic Hat.

ajacksonian on April 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM

“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”

He’s almost on the right track here – he just has resultant confused with causation.

We had a clear, moral sense that Communism was the wrong road; that freedom from an intrusive government would be a better course, that capitalism, flaws and all, worked.

From these beliefs came the clarity and simplicity he refers to.

Get back to a simple value set, where we acknowledge good, and evil; friend, and foe; and it will become clearer, simpler, again.

massrighty on April 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Sure, to live under the threat of nuclear annihilation… whats wrong with that? There is nothing dumber than Cold War nostalgia.

Red Widow on April 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

We…didn’t have 18 trillion of debt.
We…still had manufacturing without excess regulatory burden
We…Had a lower spending as a % of GDP
We…Had a non-politicized CIA and IRS
We…Had lots of open space in Utah
We…Didn’t have drones.
We…had competent leadership.

WryTrvllr on April 22, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Incompetence is thy name.
Betrayal of America is in your heart.

albill on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

My collie says:

What we need now is a John Kerry doll with a pull string that says “Foreign policy is hard!”

Good Lord, this administration is SUCH an embarrassment.

CyberCipher on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Come to think of it, things were simpler during WW II as well.

WryTrvllr on April 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Aw..someone give Kerry a boat ride and a little hat so he feels more comfortable.

thatsafactjack on April 22, 2014 at 7:01 PM

People running that show made it easier. These were WWII & Viet Nam war hardened veterans who knew how to kick ass & take names. Not Nam war protester, service medal flinging jerks that works for an ex Community Organizer who who’s never held a real job & happens to be running our country.

RdLake on April 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Let’s face it. Kerry is an elitist idiot.

farsighted on April 22, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I guess that’s why Biden popped by
with the bucks ( to pay Russia ) today .
Kerry doesn’t even know that he got
B!tched slapped .

Lucano on April 22, 2014 at 7:08 PM

People running that show made it easier. These were WWII & Viet Nam war hardened veterans who knew how to kick ass & take names. Not Nam war protester, service medal flinging jerks that works for an ex Community Organizer who who’s never held a real job & happens to be running ruining our country.

RdLake on April 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Wow. I am glad I am not the only one with really crappy spelling

WryTrvllr on April 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Hey Waffles, read about Reagan, he didn’t make excuses he made things happen.

Sven on April 22, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Winter Soldier.
Sound familiar, Jon?

vityas on April 22, 2014 at 7:16 PM

It was easier because we had competent leadership. The lone exception gave us the Islamic Republic of Iran. Soon to have nukes!

hadsil on April 22, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Horseface, everything was simplier back then.

Not to mention we didn’t have to put up with your sanctimonious, ignorant self who married your money ticket (Teresa Heinz) after coming from home from the Iraq war and throwing away another man’s medals over a fence in a fake show of disdain for “your medals” and the war, and your deluded mentally-ill prezzie busy marching us off the cliff.

Just Go away. In any manner.

Quickly. Both of you.

avagreen on April 22, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Ever notice that when Democrats are in power, EVERYTHING is more ‘difficult’. Diplomacy is more difficult. Governing is more difficult. Accomplishing things is more difficult.

Why don’t they just stay the hell home!

GarandFan on April 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

No, Mr. Kerry, things were not simpler. It’s just that for the individual who has no guiding principles -no bedrock values- by which he conducts his own life, the business of the representing values of an entire nation to the rest of the world -with its’ myriad opportunities for the venal- must seem an impossibility.

M240H on April 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

GarandFan on April 22, 2014 at 7:23 PM

During the failed Carter presidency, there was actually conversation about somehow “dividing” the president’s responsibilities, because it was “too much work for one man.”

massrighty on April 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

In a nation where the US trader/Communist sympathizer John Kerry is the US Secretary of State, is a nation that deserves US Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers as the Leader of Homeland Security.

portlandon on April 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

http://archive.glennbeck.com/news/09172004.shtml

lol, project longface, Giant Kerry head made of waffles.

Murphy9 on April 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

The 1950s called, they want their foreign policy back.

Wait, my bad. They say they already have their foreign policy back.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”

Yes, and they’re still simple. You can either choose the side that stands for actual progress, and freedom of conscience, or you can choose the side that seeks to destroy both and impose a totalitarian culture on the entire world.

You may notice that “progressives” like JFKook choose the totalitarian side every single time. And as Reagan said are perfectly willing to lie, cheat, steal, and kill to achieve their goal of absolute, unchallengeable power.

Which they will use to… kill more people, on this principle;

1. Destroy Everything

2. Kill As Many People As Possible

3. THEN A MIRACLE OCCURS

4. UTOPIA! (Creates Itself Spontaneously)

5. If (4) Does Not Happen

6. Return To (1), Repeat Process As Many Times As Necessary Until (4) DOES Happen

That is the “progressive philosophy” in a nutshell. And JFKook is one of its most faithful adherents.

clear ether

eon

eon on April 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

AGITATING AND PROTESTING IS ALWAYS SIMPELER THAN COMING UP WITH SOLUTIONS

Yeah, you just showed again who you and your liar-buddy in the WH really are. agitators and protestors.
.
No, the world is not more complicated. It is just that you now need to come up with solutions.

huntingmoose on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

But see The Godfather (film version) (“Pop had Genco — look who I got.”)

NCC on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Oh for crying out loud. Put a pacifier in his mouth already and let Teresa take him home in a stroller. Geesh.

DaveDief on April 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

John Kerry: Let’s face it, things were simpler during the Cold War

…JK was a dumbass then…and a dumbass now…he is a simpleton!

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

During the failed Carter presidency, there was actually conversation about somehow “dividing” the president’s responsibilities, because it was “too much work for one man.”

massrighty on April 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Ohhhhhh……*holding myyyy head in my hands*……You’re bringing back my bad memories. I’d forgotten that.

Since Carter was a complete knuckle-dragging doofus. I can see why that made sense back then.

avagreen on April 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

The past is always easier than the present;
You know how everything turned out
Looking back gives you two perspectives; the one you had before and the one after
It takes more courage to face the present than the past
To deal with the present requires a guiding principle other than ‘Look good on the 6 o’clock news’.

thelastminstrel on April 22, 2014 at 8:32 PM

avagreen on April 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

What, no nostalgia for 18+ percent mortgages, inflation, and a US Foreign policy based on surrendering our sovereignty wherever we could?

massrighty on April 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Jerkwad with a huge clump of hair opens mouth, proves he is Jerkwad.

fogw on April 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

avagreen on April 22, 2014 at 8:25 PM

What, no nostalgia for 18+ percent mortgages, inflation, and a US Foreign policy based on surrendering our sovereignty wherever we could?

massrighty on April 22, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Heck,no! You’re bringing back really, really bad memories.

I was sooooo glad when his last coat tail hit the door as he left the WH. I got so tired of his ruminations over his “sins” of lusting after other women instead of his wife. I just cringed for her when I heard that. He should have stuck to peanut farming. The only thing he would have killed would have been the peanuts.

I really didn’t think anyone could beat him in his disgraceful prezidenzy until our current Socialist/Communist liar-in-chief.

avagreen on April 22, 2014 at 10:10 PM

The only thing simple is his brain!

Sven on April 22, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Yes. It was easier when the the administration had the support and confidence of the public. The American people generally favor competence over incompetence.

Cladinator on April 22, 2014 at 10:27 PM

The talking horse fell to earth.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

He said “multiple emerging powers,” unleashed forces like radical Islam, and “too many failed states” have dramatically complicated the landscape,

By all means, let’s return to the good old days of the Cuban Missile Crises.

As far as “failed states,” is he referring to Libya, where without Congressional approval we participated in knocking off their government? How about Egypt, where we helped push Mubarek out of office and actually supported the Muslim Brotherhood coming to power. Or how about Iraq, where our failure to negotiate a SOFA has resulted in Al Qaeda capturing cities where American blood was shed. Are these the “failed states” he means?

TarheelBen on April 22, 2014 at 11:23 PM

John Kerry: Let’s face it, things were simpler during the Cold War

Yeah, but less profitable. There’s a lot of money to be made in building missile systems and such, but with increasingly Socialist Congresses and Administrations, that was becoming less tenable as an ongoing venture.

There was much more money to be made from including something like a billion and a half potential consumers and a massive cheap labor pool, especially behind the Bamboo Curtain.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

It used to go “if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” But to address our current Secretary of State: “if you’re so rich, why aren’t you smart?”

Secretary Kerry, his predecessor, and that clueless light-worker boss of theirs has deliberately thrown away every diplomatic tool and lever in the bag. Crimeny, Mr. Secretary – if you show up at a gunfight and don’t even have a pea shooter, of course it’s going to be difficult. Duh, you blockhead.

ss396 on April 23, 2014 at 1:13 AM

John Kerry, towering intellect. Certainly proves the “Peter Principle” was ahead of it’s time. Democrats, the bench is deep, but the people that sit on it are not.

Highplains on April 23, 2014 at 3:24 AM

Kerry is absolutely correct- the world was much simpler when John Kennedy had to decide whether to fire on a Soviet ship entering Cuba,

or when Truman had to decide what to do when Soviet troops blockaded Berlin in 1947

or whether Richard Nixon should airlift supplies to Israel in October 1973 after the Soviets moved to nuclear launch status

or what Reagan should have done after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979

or what Johnson should have done in 1965 in South Vietnam

such easy decisions compared to having to deal with Bashar Assad today!!

AirForceCane on April 23, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Apparently, what he means is that it was easier for him and his buddies to be Reds back then.

jnelchef on April 23, 2014 at 4:18 PM