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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

“John Kerry Hasn’t Supported Enough Wars to be Secretary of State”

If Susan Rice doesn’t become the next Secretary of State, the next most likely contender might be John Kerry.  Fortunately, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol has nipped that idea in the bud:  John Kerry hasn’t supported enough wars to be Secretary of State.

On Fox News, Bill Kristol said:

“I rather think [President Barack Obama] will appoint Susan Rice and I think — I’m not a huge fan of hers — but I think she’s likely to be confirmed by the Senate.  And an awful lot of people might decide, you know, given the range of alternative appointments, maybe she’s not — John Kerry, in my opinion, might be a worse secretary of state. Maybe one just goes ahead and lets him have the secretary of state he wants.  I think Susan Rice has been a little more interventionist than John Kerry.  John Kerry was a guy who loved the Assad regime in Syria. John Kerry has been against our intervening in every war we’ve intervened in, the first Gulf War. In Iraq, he was for it before he was against it.”

Somewhere underneath all that doddering and halting and rambling, Bill Kristol has a point.  We need a secretary of state who’s just champing at the bit to start a war.  And the more wars, the merrier.

In addition to being “against our intervening in every war we’ve intervened in,” John Kerry has an even larger blight on his record:  John Kerry himself has actually fought in a war (Vietnam).

Disqualified!  A true warmonger would never ever join the military and do his own fighting.  That’s for lowly working-class people, the unwashed masses, you know, blue-collar types.  The Secretary of State needs to be a foaming Neocon who loves war, but recoils in horror at the thought of actually taking part in it.

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Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Very true. Often the very ones who are calling for a very aggressive action have never been in a war, let alone the military. They think war is a video game. If you get killed, you respawn in 5 seconds.

November 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Yeah. Exactly. Truth is, if one has actually experienced that worst of human activities, one is more likely to be opposed to it in the future. The John Wayne bullshit is precisely that...bullshit. Unless, of course, you are the one writing the script and reaping the profits from it all.

As to Kristol's logic, it follows what a mentor of mine once told me: Give them two or three choices, one of which is so unacceptable to them that they are going to pick the one you really want. Could this be Obama's plan?

November 28, 2012 at 4:34 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Actually, I would not like to see Kerry leave the Senate. We need every liberal vote we can get. And you, my friend, need to quit watching Fox News or you will for sure turn into a flag waving, cross bearing, Zombie.

November 28, 2012 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

To his credit Tom is doing us this great service. He'll watch it so we don't have to. We can only hope he won't go totally blind from the experience, start listening to nascar and start wearing three corner hats complete with tea bags.

November 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: I think that's exactly it; these neocons think war is just a video game.

jadedj: That's definitely a common tactic among politicians, presenting several alternatives that are so unacceptable that the opposition will go along with the plan you wanted all along.

Mr. C: Good point about needing Kerry in the Senate. And I never watch Fox News. I got this from Raw Story. They do the dirty work -- watching Fox -- so the rest of us don't have to.

Demeur: I'm afraid it's too late. I love to watch NASCAR with Toby Keith blaring in the background, and my car is plastered with flag decals.

November 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

These guys never got to play with Risk or GI Joe when they were kids, so they are making up for it with real life little green men in uniforms.

I hope beyond hope he doesn't nominate Kerry, because that will allow that odious prick Scott brown to run for the seat and he very well could be back in the senate. Although, it would be funny because then the woman he ran against, would be the senior senator from MA. Hmm, have to chew on that for a moment. No, he needs to stay in the senate. Look what happened to AZ when he tagged Napolitano and Arkansas when he tagged Sebellius. Those were winnable senate seats by those two women.

November 29, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: Maybe somebody could give these chickenhawks a video war game and tell them it's real. They could get their rocks off killing imaginary enemies on the screen, and they'd never know the difference.

November 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Jess, I always questioned the wisdom of pulling Senators out to run your administration when the balance of power is so iffy. No guarantee that he would be replaced by a Democrat and we need all hands to fix the economy.

last years rumors had Clinton and Biden doing a swap anyway


November 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I agree. I hadn't thought of it when I was writing this post, but you and Mr. Charleston and Jess have convinced me. We need Kerry to stay in the Senate.

November 29, 2012 at 1:42 PM  

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