WaPo: Middle East peace process dead, worse off than before

posted at 10:41 am on April 30, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

In truth, the best possible spin on the Middle East peace process before John Kerry warned Israel about becoming an “apartheid state” was that it was on life support. The Washington Post declares the project DOA, blaming intransigence on the part of the participants rather than Kerry’s gaffe-ridden approach. And wasn’t Kerry arguing that he would be the one man able to bridge that intransigence through his diplomatic brilliance?

Nine months after it began, the Obama administration’s marquee diplomatic effort to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians ended Tuesday with neither a whimper nor much of a bang.

The initiative pressed by Secretary of State John F. Kerry revived a brand of Middle East shuttle diplomacy made popular in the disco era and included a hundred closed-door meetings in a half dozen world capitals. But the talks reached their expiration date with each side blaming the other (and the United States) for the impasse and saying that neither saw a true partner for peace in the other.

That “disco era” wisecrack has to sting a bit, but it’s not far from the truth. It’s also not far from the results that shuttle diplomacy provided back in the day, mainly because the issues have little to do with the miles traveled by an American Secretary of State. The reunion between Fatah and Hamas more or less proves that, as Hamas refuses to recognize Israel nor disavow violence, despite having its own territory now in Gaza.

The Post’s William Booth and Ruth Eglash parse out the blame:

The Palestinians argue that Israel was looking for an excuse to end the talks and found cause in that reconciliation between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, which controls politics in the West Bank. The two factions split in 2007 after Hamas seized power in Gaza.

“Israel never gave the negotiations a chance to succeed,” said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, on Tuesday. “If this Israeli government were sincerely interested in peace,” he said, “it would have taken Palestinian national reconciliation as an opportunity for peace rather than an opportunity for a new blame game.” …

“We’re not going to negotiate with a government backed by Hamas unless Hamas changes its position and says it’s willing to recognize Israel,” Netanyahu said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The Post never mentions that Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel as Fatah signed that reconciliation agreement. That might be one reason that Israel doesn’t believe Hamas to be a partner for peace, no? The problem of Palestinian demands for Israel’s destruction existed before Kerry took over from Hillary Clinton, of course, but his central conceit was that his diplomacy was going to be different. It turned out to be the same old thing, and it left the situation arguably worse.

In fact, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki couldn’t name a single benefit for Israelis or Palestinians of Kerry’s talks when pressed by the Associated Press’ Matt Lee, except for the prisoner releases (via the Free Beacon):

Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere is hard pressed to come up with a single Kerry initiative that’s succeeding:

Name one high-profile issue that’s going well right now for Secretary of State John Kerry. …

Even as Kerry and Obama have brought together allied international action on Ukraine, Iran and elsewhere, his administration has been under attack at home and abroad for not being better able to showcase strength or effectiveness toward Russia and Syria.

Amid that criticism, Kerry is the face of the administration foreign policy, whether announcing the preliminary breakthrough with Iran in November — still moving forward, at least for now — or standing in Geneva again two weeks ago to cautiously accept the basic agreement with the Russians, now proven useless, to de-escalate Ukraine.

And then there’s his own decision to making a renewed Middle East peace effort a central mission, which continues to have Obama’s support and which hasn’t been affected by the “apartheid” comment or the response it’s generated.

After the “apartheid” comment, which not only put the nail in the coffin of the peace talks but may have permanently damaged Kerry’s ability to interact with Israel, Senator Ted Cruz demanded his resignation. Politically, Barack Obama can’t sustain another Cabinet change before the midterms, but diplomatically, Kerry’s turning into a walking catastrophe that Obama can’t sustain for much longer, either. The best Obama can hope is that Kerry keeps his foot out of his mouth for a few months longer, but the President may need to pick a special envoy for Israel in the meantime to bypass Kerry and his foot-in-mouth disease.

Update: Walter Russell Mead reminds us that this is Obama’s foreign policy, even if Kerry is the incompetent in charge of it at the moment:

It’s clear that the White House is beginning to understand that even American liberals have to work hard these days to continue to believe that the President is doing a good job in foreign affairs. Unfortunately, it is less clear that the White House knows what to do about the situation.

But neither the President nor Ben Rhodes (who is cited later in the article) appear to be taking on the reason so many of the president’s sympathizers are shaking their heads over the state of American foreign policy today. It is clear to a child of ten that the President and all the people around him totally failed to understand the first thing about Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy agenda. They were caught utterly flatfooted by his move on Ukraine. To both the average layperson and the seasoned foreign policy professional, this looks like a major misreading of a major issue. Many will wonder how an administration that was listening in to Angela Merkel’s cell phone calls could have misread Russia so comprehensively.

A public failure of this magnitude, (comparable in a way to George W. Bush launching a war to stop a WMD program that he then failed to find) is profoundly damaging to public confidence in a political leader.

Via Instapundit.


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Is it just possible that Kerry’s little audio tape is just slightly more important than Mr. Sterling’s? Sorry, I lost my head there for a minute.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

It’s clear that the White House is beginning to understand that even American liberals have to work hard these days to continue to believe that the President is doing a good job in foreign affairs. Unfortunately, it is less clear that the White House knows what to do about the situation.

So where’s the criticism for Killary? We did have a SecState for the first four years of this lazy stupid bastard’s reign of terror. What the hell did that filthy partisan-whore do when she was in charge of foreign affairs?

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Smart Power!

And this shit again?

A public failure of this magnitude, (comparable in a way to George W. Bush launching a war to stop a WMD program that he then failed to find) is profoundly damaging to public confidence in a political leader.

17 reasons for taking out Saddam Hussein. Every single one of the valid.

HumpBot Salvation on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

“Disco era” is a kind way of saying “Jimmy Carter Malaise Era”.

However, I have a new found respect for Jimmy Carters incompetence. Carter actually thought he was helping. Obama’s foreign policy is by design. He wants Western power diminished. His global views are shared with those who hate America.

portlandon on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Jon Carry still has one more accomplishment at SoS than Hillary — and no body count.

jdpaz on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Given The Won’s little hot mic aside to Medvedev, why are we treating this like it was a mistake?

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Kerry: “but, but, wait – I speak French fluently!”

jake-the-goose on April 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

“You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference with Mr. Aquino. “But we steadily advance the interests of the American people and our partnership with folks around the world.”

I’d be happy if, just once, this miserable SCOAMF wouldn’t trip and fall on his face walking up to the batter’s box.

bigmacdaddy on April 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

To be frank, I don’t believe that Machiavelli, Churchill, and Varys the Spider (from Game of Thrones) would not make any progress there. The Israeli-Arab conflict can only be resolved by obliterating one of the sides. Unfortunately, we all know which side Obama and Kerry would prefer obliterated.

Rix on April 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Given The Won’s little hot mic aside to Medvedev, why are we treating this like it was a mistake?

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Because thou must use kid gloves, in order for the Won to understand.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

At least Carney can think on his feet. Psaki can’t even think.

Walter L. Newton on April 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

You mean to tell me that after 3000 years of war – we can’t settle things in the Middle East?

jake-the-goose on April 30, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Darn those Joos–they never learn. They don’t like bombs dropped on them or getting pushed into the sea. How dare they!!!

/Kerry off

Steve Z on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

How I wish that the average LIV paid attention to foreign policy but alas they don’t. Thats why they are Dems.

neyney on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Why should the peace process hang on what Kerry says?

I would assume that Israel and the Palestinians would want peace because it is in their best interest. They are not doing America or Kerry a favor by working to find a solution on their problems.

If they are looking for excuses not to proceed to peace, not they never wanted it in the first place. So if the peace process is dead because a foreigner to their land said “apartheid,” may I suggest it was never alive to begin with.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Obama can’t get rid of JFK. There aren’t enough people to choose from who are dumber and less competent than Obama to choose from.

ConstantineXI on April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Don’t worry, Obama will give a speech and issue another red line.

Problem solved.

World Healed.

Kumbayah.

Skipity on April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Given The Won’s little hot mic aside to Medvedev, why are we treating this like it was a mistake?

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Correct again Ms Munford.

It is all by design. From the Arab Spring, to the cancelling of the missile shield, the fall of Egypt, Obama’s shares the world view that the West has done nothing but hold back the rest of the world. He has done everything to undermine the West and world powers to strengthen and embolden those who wish us harm.

It’s shockingly obvious.

portlandon on April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Kerry: “but, but, wait – I speak French fluently!”

jake-the-goose on April 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Even that isn’t really all it’s cracked up to be. I have a passing knowledge of Francais (that’s “French”) and every time I’ve heard him speak it it’s like first semester stuff.

“I am called John Kerry. I make happy to be here and speak the French. I have a little red pencil box.”

jdpaz on April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

WaPo is racist

“I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this, with such disrespect.”

faraway on April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

With Russians taking over the Ukraine, it’s signaling the imperialism is now back. The world to about to try into one giant crap factory as small countries try to take over each other territories. Plus, China will attempt to take over a small country too.

Right now, we need to build to protect our own interests and not be the worlds policeman.

Oil Can on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

A public failure of this magnitude, (comparable in a way to George W. Bush launching a war to stop a WMD program that he then failed to find) is profoundly damaging to public confidence in a political leader.

Buuuusssssshhhhhhhhhhh…6 yrs later…

hillsoftx on April 30, 2014 at 10:58 AM

It’s clear that the White House is beginning to understand that even American liberals have to work hard these days to continue to believe that the President is doing a good job in foreign affairs. Unfortunately, it is less clear that the White House knows what to do about the situation.

Yes indeed. My, my, how far we have come from the Greek-columned coronation of the New Liberal Utopia. Those were heady early days my friends. It was thought that anything could happen.

And, unfortunately, that turned out to be true. Anything did happen.

Mr. Shelley; take us to the denouement, if you please -

`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.

dissent555 on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

No President’s foreign ‘policy’ can be so feckless and destructive at the same time – but this admin’s managed it. Time and again it has been caught flatfooted, except for the ones fully implanted in Killary’s and Kerri’s mouths – the left one in Kerri’s. It has snatched complete failure from the jaws of much-less-destructive, inertia. They just can’t seem to either leave well enough alone, instead of making inane, idiotic (yes, they’re both) statements that leave the diplomatic world staring in disbelief and the despots, laughing all the way to ‘victory’. It. All. Must. Be. By. Design…

vnvet on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

How close was this guy (Kerry) to being president?

It shows the quality that the dems elect.

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Shocked! SHOCKED I tell you!!!!

You mean Billary was incompetent and Lurch couldn’t find his navel if his life depended on it? Shocked!

Get these loons out.

Chuck Ef on April 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

“Forward.” didn’t mean what you thought.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

How close was this guy (Kerry) to being president?

It shows the quality that the dems elect.

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Please don’t remind me.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

“Forward.” meant to bend forward.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

You can’t have a peace process when one of the parties to the process has as its underlying raison d’être the complete destruction of the other. If your neighbor wants you dead, your home razed, and your bodies tossed in the sea, you’re not going to have much success with ANYONE attempting to help ‘negotiate’ peace between you. It’s a farce on its face. The Israelis know this, and for that matter so do the Palestinians. If the PA had wanted peace, they had their shot and could have had the VAST majority of what they wanted. Arafat refused.

If America wants to try this again, the underlying requirement BEFORE peace negotiations begin is a change in the PA and Hamas charters in order to recognize Israel’s right to existence. Without that, there is no possibility of success.

xNavigator on April 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Right now, we need to build to protect our own interests and not be the worlds policeman.

Oil Can on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Exactly, and Israel is part of those “interests”…

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The Odumbo doctrine-”Let me work my charm and personality on these folks and all will be well” is an epic failure. Any reasonable thinking person knew that from the start.

rjoco1 on April 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

WaPo is racist

“I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this, with such disrespect.”

faraway on April 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Yep! Any criticism is because Obama is black. The WaPo has been seething since 2008 that a black is in the White House.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

If America wants to try this again, the underlying requirement BEFORE peace negotiations begin is a change in the PA and Hamas charters in order to recognize Israel’s right to existence. Without that, there is no possibility of success.

xNavigator on April 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Yes, no use talking unless that very valid point is made and put in writing…

All the talks are meaningless, is one of the parties wants to destroy the other.

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

There goes Kerry’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Bummer.

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Chalking it up to stupidity isn’t as easy for me. I just don’t think he has the views most think that all presidents of the United States have. I think that’s why he gets so annoyed at being questioned about the “Obama Doctrine”. He just can’t say it out loud because even the most self loathing American citizen doesn’t want to be viewed as a loser.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

The Odumbo doctrine-”Let me work my charm and personality on these folks and all will be well”

rjoco1 on April 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Well, it is how Chicago got the 2016 Olympics. He just had to show up in Copenhagen with Mooch and Oprah (another fat racist cow) and charmed the pants off the IOC.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Hey, at least John Edwards has better hair than Plugs.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

How close was this guy (Kerry) to being president?

It shows the quality that the dems elect.

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Obama was just a smidgeon closer.

fogw on April 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

He does stupidity well. I really don’t think he knows everything that is going on. He has Valorie to help him along, so he doesn’t sound like a complete moron, but then he puts people in a position of power who are just as “tongue tied” and say the most absurd things, it really makes me wonder if they are put into that position to deflect from Obama and his constant flub ups.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

There goes Kerry’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Bummer.

Bitter Clinger on April 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Oh please, if there was a Nobel Peace Prize to be collected, they’d bookend the Obama regime and Kerry would be left out in the cold.

The reality is that the Palestinians were never honestly working toward a solution. They were just holding out until the Israelis released the terrorists that Kerry coerced Tel Aviv to offer up as a gesture of goodwill.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The best that can be said of these two bumbling idiots, is “they could f*-$ up a junk yard”.

Tater Salad on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Notice hardly a mention of Chuck Hagel in the news recently as well.

Obama truly has a foreign policy dream team of incompetence.

airupthere on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

One thing for sure. We will never know. He will continue to be the most shining example of intelligence every elected to the office in the history of the nation. And he’s cool to. I’m sure he’ll release a picture of himself later to calm us all down.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

“Israel never gave the negotiations a chance to succeed,” said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, on Tuesday. “If this Israeli government were sincerely interested in peace,” he said, “it would have taken Palestinian national reconciliation as an opportunity for peace rather than an opportunity for a new blame game.”

Well Israel has this other funny notion of being sincerely interested in existing.

Until the Palestinians acknowledge Israel’s right to permanently exist as a Jewish state, there is no peace process or negotiations.

rbj on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

One thing for sure. We will never know. He will continue to be the most shining example of intelligence every elected to the office in the history of the nation. And he’s cool to. I’m sure he’ll release a picture of himself later to calm us all down.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Maybe for pajama boy. I on the other hand, may hurl.

upinak on April 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Why should the peace process hang on what Kerry says?…

If they are looking for excuses not to proceed to peace, not they never wanted it in the first place. So if the peace process is dead because a foreigner to their land said “apartheid,” may I suggest it was never alive to begin with.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The Captain Obvious hat goes to coolrepublica.

Dolce Far Niente on April 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

The solution is obvious: Dust-off the Reset Button, put some Hebrew and Arabic words on it (Doesn’t really matter what those words mean – it’ll just look bitchin’!) Then hold a new round of talks. Have each of the representatives involved in negotiations, pose for pictures with the new and improved Reset Button – and voila! Problem solved. Toss in a couple of #hashtags4mideastpeace and you’re done. Duh.

Hill60 on April 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Well Israel has this other funny notion of being sincerely interested in existing.

Until the Palestinians acknowledge Israel’s right to permanently exist as a Jewish state, there is no peace process or negotiations.

rbj on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

But Kerry even took recognition of a Jewish state off the table.

This whole debacle was never going to work and not because of Israel. The Muslim thugs on the other side of the table are invested in right of return, the 1968 borders, and (oh yeah) the eradication of the Jews. That last one is a deal-breaker, unless like Kerry you are an anti-Semite.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Yes John the Traitor Kerry is a fool, but at least here in America he has lot’s and lot’s of company.

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Sometimes it becomes crysral clear that the real problem around here and similar forums is that you guys really aren’t very smart.

everdiso on April 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Sure does, as mud…

everpisso is so smart, however, and flukes camels.

Also, Jeantel and the obama-phone-lady have registered as commenters on HA. Enjoy. They are my favorite blacks in America.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

It is clear to a child of ten that the President and all the people around him totally failed to understand the first thing about Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy agenda.

That’s going to leave a mark.

JusDreamin on April 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

One thing for sure. We will never know. He will continue to be the most shining example of intelligence every elected to the office in the history of the nation. And he’s cool to. I’m sure he’ll release a picture of himself later to calm us all down.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Well, America has brutally and viciously murdered 50 Million of our most precious, innocent and defenseless citizens, the Obamanation Administration IS the Government we deserve.

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Notice hardly a mention of Chuck Hagel in the news recently as well.

airupthere on April 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Not true, he’s stamping out racial hatred in the military…..


First World Order Problems (part 3)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday ordered the DoD to review its policies concerning hairstyles popular with black women, telling critics of new Army regulations banning large cornrows, twists and dreadlocks that he takes “very seriously” concerns that military rules on hair have unfairly targeted black women.

This on the heels of the Army banning “toe shoes” because they looked funny.

Happy Nomad on April 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Obama Doctrine: Death to America

parody?

faraway on April 30, 2014 at 11:29 AM

It is clear to a child of ten that the President and all the people around him totally failed to understand the first thing about Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy agenda.

Putin presumably has access to intelligence info stole by Snowden. He has also had 5 years to measure up Obama.

It’s a safe bet that Putin has a team of experts that understand Obama better than the American media or the American people.

This truly is a game of chess and Obama is proving to be a rank amateur.

To understand what a complete utter miserable failure Obama is, just look at the space program. America no longer has the capability of launching astronauts into space. We are reliant on Russia for that.

MichaelGabriel on April 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The Poison Ivy League strikes out again.

Jayrae on April 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Is it just possible that Kerry’s little audio tape is just slightly more important than Mr. Sterling’s? Sorry, I lost my head there for a minute.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

I sorta think audios like Sterling’s come out because of the Obama Administration’s failings.

magicbeans on April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

And it’s only going to get worse. Unemployed and smoked up is not way to go through life but that will be the case for the majority of voters.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:38 AM

magicbeans on April 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I don’t know if I will go as high as Obama but I think I might agree with Steyn that it might have been to get Magic a better deal.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.

And stop whiffing.

Don’t whinge off the record with columnists and definitely don’t do it at a press conference with another world leader. It is disorienting to everybody, here at home and around the world.

I empathize with you about being thin-skinned. When you hate being criticized, it’s hard to take a giant steaming plate of “you stink” every day, coming from all sides. But you convey the sense that any difference on substance is lèse-majesté.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

It doesn’t feel like leadership. It doesn’t feel like you’re in command of your world.

— Maureen Dowd, really

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Incompetence is a hallmark of this administration. As for the Palestinians – every one of them should have “I’m STUPID!” tattooed on their forehead.

GarandFan on April 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

The decades-long charade of Middle East shuttle diplomacy has always been a con game.

The Israelis, as the ‘reasonable’ party, are pressured by the West to compromise. Their weaker factions succumb periodically to the pressure and agree to give up land, abandon settlements and release terrorists. All against their own interests.

The Palestinians demand hundreds of millions USD as ‘development aid’ to help their long-suffering populace. Which somehow never filters down to the general population.

If the PA doesn’t get money from the US, they can count on Russia, other bad actor states and ‘Islamic charities’ to fund their never-ending terror war.

Conversely. if the PA gets the ‘aid’ from us, they use OUR cash to fund their never-ending terror war.

Whether Fatah or Hamas ever truly recognizes Israel is irrelevant. The Palestinian leadership structure is financially dependent on the con game. They must keep it going.

That means no real peace process is possible.

LaserBeam on April 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Notice hardly a mention of Chuck Hagel in the news recently as well.

But “chuck” is a verb. What we should also do with Kerry.

Steve Z on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

…Dumb and Dumber!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Does she lack memory? the same reporter asked her jsu a week ago about tangible benefits of Hillary Clinton’s term as Secretary of State and she had no answer.

Shouldn’t she be ready with something for this guy? I mean he is obviously interested in tangible results, not pablum.

Of course, the sad truth is there are no tangible benefits from anything happening at State.

Blaise on April 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

New campaign question: “Is your Middle East peace process better than it was four years ago?”

Texas Zombie on April 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

What? the O’Barry doctrine isn’t working?

Sven on April 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

If you like your mideast peace plan.

Bishop on April 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

“Israel never gave the negotiations a chance to succeed,” said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator, on Tuesday. “If this Israeli government were sincerely interested in peace,” he said, “it would have taken Palestinian national reconciliation as an opportunity for peace rather than an opportunity for a new blame game.”

The Palestinians had a great opportunity for peace in 2000 when another Barack (then-Israeli PM Ehud Barack) made an extremely generous offer negotiated by then-President Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat slammed the door and walked out. If the Palestinians want to play the blame game now, they should blame Arafat.

Steve Z on April 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

As Leon Wieseltier wrote in the latest New Republic, oppressed and threatened swaths of the world are jittery and despairing “because the United States seems no longer reliable in emergencies, which it prefers to meet with meals ready to eat.”

By obama’s design, Maureen Dowd, by design. Hillary and Kerry are obama’s executioners.

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

The Times’s Mark Landler, who traveled with the president on his Asia trip, reported that Obama will try to regain the offensive, including a graduation address at West Point putting his foreign policy in context.

Mr. President, don’t you know that we’re speeched out? It’s not what we need right now.

You should take a lesson from Adam Silver, a nerdy technocrat who, in his first big encounter with a crazed tyrant, managed to make the job of N.B.A. commissioner seem much more powerful than that of president of the United States.

Poor Maureen Dowd

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Could we please have our dumb foreign diplomacy back? Much more of this SMART Power diplomacy and WWIII is here.

Speaking of that why do world wars only happen under progressive democrat presidencies?

A) INCOMPETENT FOREIGN AFFAIRS
B) INCOMPETENT DOMESTIC ECONOMIC POLICY
C) NAIVETE OF THE REAL WORLD
D) HATRED OF THE FREE WORLD
E) ALL OF THE ABOVE

jukin3 on April 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

How sweet it is, schadenfreude pure!

Once you liked to have the stage to yourself, Mr. President, to have the aura of the lone man in the arena, not sharing the spotlight with others.

But now when captured alone in a picture, you seem disconnected and adrift.

What happened to crushing it and swinging for the fences? Where have you gone, Babe Ruth?

— MD

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Time to go?

Go where? Kerry’s doing exactly what Obama wants him to do – producing plane and mouth CO2, and nothing else.

Marcola on April 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

I’d be happy if, just once, this miserable SCOAMF wouldn’t trip and fall on his face walking up to the batter’s box.

bigmacdaddy on April 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I’d be happy if he would stop using analogies to explain away his incompetence. To wit: Nobody gets blown up in baseball because the “he could only hit a single”.

In the real world, when bad decisions are made by bureaucrats, people die. He will never say that.

BobMbx on April 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The Obama administrtion isn’t anything more then center ring of a three ring circus

rocknrobert on April 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Schadenfreude on April 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I don’t think I’d get too excited about anything Ms. Dowd has to say. By next week she will be on her knees again.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Exactly, and Israel is part of those “interests”…

right2bright on April 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Or better yet, just let them off the “rules of war for Israel only”.

Oil Can on April 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Name one high-profile issue that’s going well right now for Secretary of State John Kerry. …

The document shredding plan is on schedule?

BobMbx on April 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Name one high-profile issue that’s going well right now for Secretary of State John Kerry. …

Well no dead ambassadors….yet.

Also unlike Hilary and Obama, Kerry has yet to directly lie to the parents of the people they killed. One more, didn’t put an innocent American in jail for political reasons.

Sure that’s not an accomplishment but in the current Obama Regime of incompetence and corruption it should be mentioned.

jukin3 on April 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

It takes 2 to make Peace, but only 1 to make War. Until Palestinians really want Peace (a 1st step would be removing the Destruction of Israel from their constitution), it will NEVER happen.

LouisianaLightning on April 30, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Kerry: “but, but, wait – I speak French fluently!”

jake-the-goose on April 30, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Malheureusement, l’idiotie transcende la langue parlée.

Annar on April 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

“Dumb and Dumber-3″

tomshup on April 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

“A public failure of this magnitude, (comparable in a way to George W. Bush launching a war to stop a WMD program that he then failed to find) is profoundly damaging to public confidence in a political leader”

We found them.

In Syria.

Right where the CIA said they went.

Funny how the Lefty media missed that one.

As for the “peace talks”, they never were alive, so how can they be dead now?

formwiz on April 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

…Dumb and Dumber!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Dumb and Dumber-3″

tomshup on April 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Sorry, KOOLAID2, I didn’t see your earlier post. At least we think alike, maybe.

tomshup on April 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM

George Bush at least based his actions on Intelligence reports that showed actual weapons earlier in the decade, and probable then, while Obama the Incompetent said his charm offensive, and total lack of knowledge, and dislike of israel, would solve the middle easts problems with Clinton and Kerry’s help.

leader4hru on April 30, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Too bad the NBA can’t fine John Kerry 2.5 million dollars and force him to resign.

This guy was a loser before he became Secretary of State and so far nothing’s changed.

kcruiser on April 30, 2014 at 1:26 PM

…Dumb and Dumber!

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Dumb and Dumber-3″

tomshup on April 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I’ll see you both, and raise you:

Dumber and Dumbest.

bigmacdaddy on April 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Middle East peace process dead, worse off than before

Hmmm, its almost as if they really and deliberately don’t want a peace that includes the existence of Israel.

hawkeye54 on April 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I find it amusing that the one administering the diplomatic equivalent of a naked frog march to these old hippies is the current despot in charge of the home of their most favored ideology. Don’t think the irony is lost on them. When Hillary produced that big reset button, she might as well have bent over and grabbed both cheeks. She thought they’d recognize fellow travelers and embrace them and all would be right with the world. The Ruskies had to be disbelieving their own good fortune.

Immolate on April 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Why should the peace process hang on what Kerry says?…

If they are looking for excuses not to proceed to peace, not they never wanted it in the first place. So if the peace process is dead because a foreigner to their land said “apartheid,” may I suggest it was never alive to begin with.

coolrepublica on April 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Bravo!!! now, I am taking back all that I said about you :)..you are bright, you have managed to actually state the most obvious of the obvious :).

jimver on April 30, 2014 at 9:12 PM