John Kerry lectures nation: You should be ‘proud’ of Obama’s foreign policy

posted at 10:01 am on July 21, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In an appearance on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Secretary of State John Kerry informed the nation that he was displeased with America’s insufficiently impressed response to President Barack Obama’s handling of America’s foreign policy.

“The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading, and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult,” Kerry told NBC News’ David Gregory.

“The American people ought to be proud in terms of what this president has done in terms of peaceful diplomatic engagement, rather than quick trigger, deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice,” he added.

The administration is prepared to keep this up until morale improves.

Over on another network on Sunday, however, the idea that American’s should be celebrating our newer, smarter approach to foreign affairs was met with incredulity.

“This is an astonishingly bad time in the world,” ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz said on Sunday’s This Week.

“I think one of the things you have to do is go back look to see where they were focused over these past years,” she added. “John Kerry was completely focused on Israel, and look at it today.”

Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass seemed reluctant to suggest that he world is more dangerous than at “any time” in history, though he did conceded that the geopolitical landscape in Asia looks similar to that which preceded World War I.

“In the Middle East, though, it’s just the opposite,” he continued. “The parallel to 100 years ago is that the post-World War I settlement in the Middle East is unraveling.”

Contradicting Kerry again, Wall Street Journal reporter Carol Lee observed that the world is not satisfied with this White House’s present level of engagement in global affairs.

She added that Obama’s “reactive” foreign policy has created tension among America’s allies who are concerned about whether the United States will meet its commitments. Lee noted that much of the globe’s apprehension about America’s disengagement can be traced to Obama’s decision not to follow through with his “red line” in Syria.

“The decision to step back on that really was much more impactful than I think the White House realize at the time, and it’s still having reverberations,” she added.

Finally, Raddatz noted that the situation in Israel has grown worse in the last several years as separatism has become the dominant ideology in the region and moderates have been marginalized. “And everyone is begging for leadership,” she added.

Kerry had his hands full yesterday defending the administration’s approach to foreign affairs. Even in the press, the notion that Obama’s approach to foreign affairs should be celebrated requires a bit more poof than what Kerry offered yesterday.


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Bless His Heart….

Oil Can on July 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

trying to find an effort to make peace

Spoken like a true buffoon.

Akzed on July 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

rather than quick trigger, deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice,” he added.

Some guy named Gadaffi…Kadaffi…Quda…whatever, dude is on line two for Horse Face, Mr. Horse Face line two.

Bishop on July 21, 2014 at 10:09 AM

His FOREign policy is to golf and pretend he’s a bear on the loose. If anyone takes pride in that, they’re idiots.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Proud? No. But apparently Dear Liar’s foreign policy is working. Diminish America’s presence and let the world go to hell.

rbj on July 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

John Kerry really made quite the splash on Sunday talk shows.

-Caught lying about how much he respects Israel on Fox News Sunday.

-Going the full schoolmarm on whatever the hell Candy Crowley hosts.

-Lying his ass off on MTP………..

It’s only Monday but I think we have a winner for Worst Week in Washington.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Abject failure is to be celebrated?

I guess once again we will disappoint the Sun God.

MTF on July 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM

You know your foreign policy is great when you have to couch it in what you’re not doing that the previous president supposedly did.

BKennedy on July 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

DeLusional:

Meet The Press @meetthepress · 23h

Graham on #MTP: Kerry’s Outlook on Foreign Policy ‘Delusional’ http://nbcnews.to/1qTvtji
View summary

http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/meet-the-press/graham-on-mtp-kerrys-outlook-on-foreign-policy-delusional-309254211932

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Well, 0bama did make that strong statement about “punishing your enemies” .
Oh wait,he was talking about American conservatives and Republicans.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Feckless leadership from top to bottom.

HumpBot Salvation on July 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Isn’t he that guy who served in Vietnam?

Galtian on July 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading, and trying [...],” Kerry told NBC News’ David Gregory.

Obama’s foreign policy is trying. Very trying.

LashRambo on July 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Pompous blowhard acts according to type.

Next headline.

Joe Mama on July 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

https://twitter.com/meetthepress

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NBC News PR @NBCNewsPR · Jul 20

Kerry defends Obama’s foreign policy: “The [USA] has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now.” #MTP

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David Gregory @davidgregory · Jul 20

Kerry on terms of a ceasefire btwn Israel & Hamas: “You cannot reward terrorism. There can’t be a set of preconditioned demands…” #MTP

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Meet The Press @meetthepress · Jul 20

“The United States has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now.” @JohnKerry on #MTP

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NBC News PR @NBCNewsPR · Jul 20

On @meetthepress: “Kerry defends Israel’s right to defend itself” — via @AP http://yhoo.it/Wmk95K #MTP
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Meet The Press @meetthepress · Jul 20

.@johnkerry on Israel: “I don’t think any nation in the world would sit there while rockets are bombarding it.” #MTP

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David Gregory @davidgregory · Jul 20

Did Russia provide the weapon that shot down #MH17? @JohnKerry tells me “there’s a build-up of extraordinary circumstantial evidence.” #MTP

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Meet The Press @meetthepress · Jul 20

Strong words from @JohnKerry: “This is a moment of truth for Mr. Putin & for Russia. Russia needs to step up & prove its bona fides…” #MTP

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David Gregory @davidgregory · Jul 20

.@JohnKerry on US-Russia relations: “This is more complicated than just throwing names at each other and making declarations.” #MTP

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David Gregory @davidgregory · Jul 20

.@JohnKerry reacts to reports of rebels removing bodies and evidence from #MH17 crash site: “What’s happening is really grotesque.” #MTP

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

American soldiers chopping off ears and murdering in the fashion of gengis khan…

Sure John… You’re so credible…

Kuffar on July 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Delusional.

AZCoyote on July 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Well, 0bama did make that strong statement about “punishing your enemies” .
Oh wait,he was talking about American conservatives and Republicans.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 21, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Obama’s foreign policy is like attempting to field dress a caribou using a butter knife. Now if only we’d elected someone who knew how to field dress a caribou. No, not Putin.

/Caribou Barbie

LashRambo on July 21, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I have to move Kerry up on my list to share the top spot with Jane Fonda.

Dingbat63 on July 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

The Hopey/Changey Carry a Big Stick Foreign Policy,
oh wait,…that was a Photo-Op:

DontDoStupidShit:
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https://twitter.com/hashtag/dontdostupidshit

“Don’t Do Stupid Shit”!!

Retweeted by Edward-Isaac Dovere
Mike Allen @mikeallen · 8h

playbook: how the salty/spicy new West Wing phrase for the Obama Doctrine wound up in the @NYTimes 3 times in 4 days http://goo.gl/uUS2tm
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By MIKE ALLEN | 06/01/14 1:08 PM EDT

Welcome to June. BEHIND THE CURTAIN: For those pining for an Obama Doctrine victory for the president,

here it is: “Don’t Do Stupid Shit.”

Playbook rarely prints a four-letter word — our nephews are loyal readers. But we are, in this case, because that is the precise phrase President Obama and his aides are using in their off-the-record chats with journalists.

If the aim was to get this phrase in circulation to define the Obama doctrine, mission accomplished!

It appeared in the L.A. Times at the end of Obama’s Asia trip this spring, was reprised in the lead story of Thursday’s New York Times, and is used TWICE in today’s NYT — once in the news columns, and once in a column by Tom Friedman, who was part of an off-the-record roundtable with Obama on Tuesday:

(More…)
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http://www.politico.com/playbook/0614/playbook14123.html

canopfor on June 1, 2014 at 9:59 PM

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:19 AM

ALERT:

Ukraine, Russia political crisis
4m
President Obama to make a statement on the situation in Ukraine around 10:50 am ET – @ABC

Mark Knoller @markknoller · 1m

Just In: Pres Obama to make a statement on latest situation in Ukraine. At 1050am on the South Lawn.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

We’re not worthy!

damage done on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Did he happen to mention which foreign policy we should be proud of? I’d go with the red line over leading from behind myself.

Kissmygrits on July 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

“…trying…,” Kerry told NBC News’ David Gregory.

My boss doesn’t like that word.

Tsar of Earth on July 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Just In: Pres Obama to make a statement on latest situation in Ukraine. At 1050am on the South Lawn.

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Maybe he figured out if it was a tragedy or not.

Seriously, what the hell is he going to say that he didn’t say last week when he lectured Russia?

That being said, I’ve got a theory why he went ahead with the fundraisers the night of MH17 and Israel’s ground offensive. He needs those fundraisers for his ego. He feeds off the rooms full of stupid people adoring everything he says, laughing at his unfunny jokes, and all the pomp that comes from being the center of attention.

Happy Nomad on July 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

“The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading…”

Actually, the fact is this potato faced, delusional ridicutard is a stuttering waste of oxygen.

Reporting for doody, indeed.

GrassMudHorsey on July 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

And you should kiss my hairy a$$, you stupid prevaricating, pompous piece of progressive pinheaded poop.

Midas on July 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

The absolute arrogance and contempt for the public is jaw dropping. Telling the American public what and how to think and that we are wrong to believe otherwise is just beyond words.

Basically because we do not like their performance it isn’t their performance but our judgment that must be wrong. Why bother even voting, per this clown we do not even know how to vote and our observations must be wrong.

Skwor on July 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Even in the press, the notion that Obama’s approach to foreign affairs should be celebrated requires a bit more poof than what Kerry offered yesterday.

Most of what Kerry does goes poof, including rice in his butt.

Steve Z on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Proud. Disgusted.

albill on July 21, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Diplomacy = endless and meaningless talks while the world burns and our national interests are at more danger than ever… But what else do you expect from this most incompetent President besides talking…

mnjg on July 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

the idea that American’s should be
celebrating

Richard Haass seemed reluctant to suggest that he world is more dangerous

though he did conceded

“…more impactful than I think the White House realize at the time”

Noah still cutting Remedial Proofreading?

Barnestormer on July 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Just In: Pres Obama to make a statement on latest situation in Ukraine. At 1050am on the South Lawn.

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Another Obama speech… The most incompetent fool who believes that through his empty words and rhetoric every ill under the sun will be solved…

mnjg on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Sieg Heil Herr Reichsführer-SS Johann Kerry.

iamsaved on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

And you should kiss my hairy a$$, you stupid prevaricating, pompous piece of progressive pinheaded poop.

Midas on July 21, 2014 at 10:31 AM

.
Written in the spirit of the late, great Dr. Zachary Smith.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Noah still cutting Remedial Proofreading?

Barnestormer on July 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Rothman once tweeted that the commenters here might not be as technically-minded as others, keep that in mind, bigot.

Bishop on July 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

John Kerry lectures nation: You should be ‘proud’ of Obama’s foreign policy

…IF you are a US-hating foreign country or a terrorist.

landlines on July 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Just In: Pres Obama to make a statement on latest situation in Ukraine. At 1050am on the South Lawn.

canopfor on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

What’s he going to say, that he just watched ESPN and found out that the Israelis infiltrated Ukraine and shot down the airliner because there was a Palestinian baby on board?

Bishop on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

How did the dumb*ss who threw his Vietnam medals over the fence ever get to be Secretary of State?

What a joke.

Cry for America.

Mariadee on July 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

“The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading, and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult,”

The only thing these guys are leading is a Stupid Pride Parade toward the gates of Hell.

RadClown on July 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Obama has a coherent foreign policy? Who knew?

talkingpoints on July 21, 2014 at 10:50 AM

If you look up FECKLESS in the dictionary – you should see 0bama’s face … with the caption SEE JOHN KERRY

djl130 on July 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Even in the press, the notion that Obama’s approach to foreign affairs should be celebrated requires a bit more poof than what Kerry offered yesterday.

I’m pretty sure Kerry cannot muster the proof necessary.

I prefer to take mine poured over just a little ice.

dissent555 on July 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

“The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading, and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult,” Kerry told NBC News’ David Gregory.

If the Obama Administration is so determined to make peace, are Israel, Syria, Libya, Iraq, and Ukraine more at peace now than they were in 2008? Methinks not!

We need a President of peace through strength. Weakness invites our enemies to war, but the Reset Administration hasn’t figured that out yet.

Steve Z on July 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

“The fact is that in every fundamental issue of conflict today, the United States is in the center, leading, and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult,”

Evidently Joesph Goebbels is writing the talking points for Kerry.

GarandFan on July 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM

We should be proud of Obama’s foreign policy?
Our enemies do not fear us, our friends have been deceived-so they do not trust us. And he is destroying our Military!
If that makes the world safer-I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

polokfla on July 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Kerry is arriving in Israel uninvited today.

Blake on July 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Talking horse on display, always

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Lurch is living proof botox rots the brain.

formwiz on July 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

‘Leading from behind’ isn’t leading.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

“You should be ‘proud’ of Obama’s foreign policy”

*Illegal invaders from Mexico, Central America and elsewhere getting preferential medical treatment and supplies while American veterans get ignored and left to die and suffer in agony by VA criminals.

*Illegal invaders from Mexico and Central America creating an Afghan- dangerous no-man’s land belt 1200 miles long and 200 miles deep (240,000 square mile3s–the size of France). Anyone visiting there or living there is in constant danger.

*Illegal invaders from Mexico and Central America getting preferential treatment– while Americans and even active members of the US military get shoved aside– with education, instate tuition, housing and welfare.

*Our few friends overseas (Israel comes to mind) treated like absolute dirt while enemies who hate the very ground we walk on are literally being treated like visiting royalty.

*With the advent of Obama, Putin has morphed into the new Stalin and threatens all of Europe.

*With the advent of Obama, our former Middle Eastern friends have become our enemies and our enemies have grown exponentially stronger.

*With the advent of Obama there has been a dramatic resurgence in Muslim terrorism-especially Al Qaeda.

*Then there’s Benghazi with its four Americans murdersed and the “awful” filmmaker: The “red lines” in Syria and Crimea: the trading of 5 terrorists leaders for an American-hating traitor; the emasculation (literally!) of the American military and the dramatic world-wise drop in American prestige, power and influence.

Oh yes. My heart swells with pride and there’s a lump in my throat every time Obama’s foreign policy is mentioned. Thanks for the reminder, Secretary Lurch.

MaiDee on July 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

But, but, but I got 3 Purple Hearts in Viet Nam for slinters in my fingers.

You have to believe me.

txdoc on July 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

and trying to find an effort to make peace where peace is very difficult

Does that mean Obama is trying to find someone else to do it?

How do you find an “effort”?

“Excuse me….does anyone have an effort I can borrow?”

BobMbx on July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM

It’s bad enough that we as americans have to listen to this idiot. but as SOS the effect such lunacy has on foreign powers is cringe worthy. Who could take him seriously? I don’t. It it were just Kerry. . . but it is the US. As far as the rest of the world is concerned the US is “all hat, no cattle.” god help us. god help the world.

warmairfan on July 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Clearly Kerry is insane.

sadatoni on July 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

I can’t imagine calling central casting and asking for an actor to play a rich completely clueless buffoon as Secretary of State and getting anyone more prefect for the part than John Kerry.

Wallythedog on July 21, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Is the President “keeping score” now? Has he drawn any “red lines”?

This was a nothing burger speech, designed merely to allow him to get on the plane and fly off to the west coast. He sounds like my teenage son “I’m on it, dad!”.

MTF on July 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

“The American people ought to be proud in terms of what this president has done in terms of peaceful diplomatic engagement, rather than quick trigger, deploying troops, starting or engaging in a war of choice.”

Well, there you have it, folks. You can either (1) ineptly drift from crisis to crisis, destroying your nation’s credibility through hollow blustery statements that you have no intention of backing with action; or you can (2) invade every country on earth.

Clearly number (1) is the better option. I just don’t get why so many Americans don’t see that. It’s as if they think there can be some kind of middle ground between the two extremes.

Cash on July 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Is the President “keeping score” now? Has he drawn any “red lines”?

MTF on July 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Yes, and no. The score over Ukraine is only “1″. A red line evidently requires “a whole bunch” of Buk missiles. Meanwhile, as distinguished from Obama’s, Putin’s red lines appear to favor cartography over rhetoric.

Barnestormer on July 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

“more tranquil”…the world…I’m still reflecting on that.

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

London’s Pro-Palestine Rally Was A Disgusting Anti-Semitic Spectacle

Thousands of anti-Semites have today succeeded in bringing central London to an almost total standstill.

They marched though the centre of the city before congregating to scream outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington. It was interesting to watch this rather non-diverse crowd pass. Most of the women seem to be wearing headscarves or the burka, while their men-folk were naturally more appropriately dressed for a sweltering summer day.

But what a picture. These are the people who stayed at home throughout the Syrian civil war, stayed at home when ISIS rampaged across Iraq, stayed at home when Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab carried out their atrocities across central Africa and showed no concern whatsoever when the Muslim Brotherhood was running Egypt into the ground. Yet they pretend to care about Muslims.

And here they all are, coming out to scream because Israel is carrying out the most specific and targeted campaign in the history of warfare in order to stop Hamas – a group dedicated to the annihilation of all Jews – from firing thousands of rockets into the Jewish homeland.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Clearly Kerry is insane.

sadatoni on July 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

No! You’ve got to understand he’s suffering from an old war injury. The self-inflicted gunshot wound or, rather, the splinter fragment caused by the discharged bullet hitting the side of the boat. The flying splinter entered Kerry’s hand (albeit not deep enough to draw blood) and the painful memory of this agonizing wound still haunts him and affects his judgment. It isn’t everyone who can psychologically overcome bloodless superficial splinter injuries.

MaiDee on July 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

…how can he be more senile…than Senator Senile from Arizona?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Says the guy who just got busted on microphone makiung un of our ally Israel and who must now go over to Israel and get them to listen to anything he has to say.

easyt65 on July 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

What a loathsome character Kerry is.
With his giant elongated horse head and his pompous, Thurston Howell manner of speech. A career based on boinking some crazy rich chick (How desperate was she to have to marry a tool like him?) Filming himself in Vietnam. Lying to get his Purple Hearts. Betraying his comrades when he returned.
Hectoring the people for an abject disaster of a president and his disastrous foreign policy of which Kerry is a part. Pompous, loathsome ass.

justltl on July 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Stern warning

Schadenfreude on July 21, 2014 at 1:54 PM

…trying to find an effort to make peace…

Kerry is a total Blockhead.

s1im on July 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Even in the press, the notion that Obama’s approach to foreign affairs should be celebrated requires a bit more poof than what Kerry offered yesterday.

You really ought to hire a poof reader, Noah…There were several stupid grammatical errors along with this one.

Then again, HotAir readers aren’t known to travel in the intellectual strata that you and your peeps do, amirite?

bimmcorp on July 21, 2014 at 2:30 PM

No! You’ve got to understand he’s suffering from an old war injury. The self-inflicted gunshot wound or, rather, the splinter fragment caused by the discharged bullet hitting the side of the boat. The flying splinter entered Kerry’s hand (albeit not deep enough to draw blood) and the painful memory of this agonizing wound still haunts him and affects his judgment. It isn’t everyone who can psychologically overcome bloodless superficial splinter injuries.

MaiDee on July 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I believe he also has some grains of rice permanently buried in his butt from when they destroyed some rice stores and didn’t run away fast enough. I don’t recall which particular Purple Heart he got for that.

That can have life-long effects.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

She added that Obama’s “reactive” foreign policy has created tension among America’s allies who are concerned about whether the United States will meet its commitments.

Don’t be worried or concerned with that question, I’ll tell you the answer.

NO WAY in HELL will the US under Obama meet ANY foreign commitments. We’re violating agreements left and right, why would we honor anything at this point?

We’re basically avoiding anything difficult for us, and if that leaves you high and dry… we don’t care.

Why don’t you look happier, now you don’t need to be concerned about the possible answer, you know it for certain.

Some people just can’t be pleased I guess.

gekkobear on July 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM