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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Secretary of State John Kerry?

Consider this the "snort-worthy" post of the day care of Allah @ Hot-Air. He picked up on this story from the AP:

The airplane came to a stop, the door opened and out popped Tony Blair. At the bottom of the stairs to greet the former British prime minister on Saturday was Sen. John Kerry, looking every part the diplomat.

Four years after a failed presidential bid and amid a race for a fifth Senate term this fall, Kerry's moves have prompted some questions ...

Kerry aides insist he's not angling for the job and point to his long involvement in foreign affairs. It started with his famous testimony as a 27-year-old veteran questioning the Vietnam War before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. It continues today, at age 64, as the No. 3 Democrat on the same panel.

But envisioning him in the post would hardly be a stretch given Obama's chances at securing the Democratic nomination, a general election shaping up as a "change" campaign and Kerry's relationship with the Illinois senator.

Kerry would likely face competition from Sen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, a former Peace Corps volunteer who also sits on the panel, and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota, a top Obama adviser.

Over the weekend, Kerry wrote a Washington Post op-ed column chastising President Bush and John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting, for criticizing Obama after he said that, as president, he would be willing to negotiate with U.S. opponents such as Iran.

In recent weeks, the Senate has also passed Kerry-sponsored resolutions seeking humanitarian aid for Burma and Robert Mugabe to step aside as president of Zimbabwe, while Kerry has filed legislation to remove South African President Nelson Mandela from U.S. terrorist watch lists.

The senator invited Blair to this island getaway last weekend so they could discuss the Middle East and climate change. ...

Yet an Obama spokesman kept a respectful distance from questions about a potential Cabinet appointment.

"Senator Obama appreciates his close friendship with Senator Kerry, his service to this country and his early support for our campaign. It is obviously far too early to even speculate about the makeup of an Obama administration — as we are still in a nomination fight — but with his depth of expertise, especially on issues of foreign policy, Senator Kerry would be on the short list for anyone's Cabinet," said spokesman Bill Burton.

Oh wow. Could Senator Obama be deluded enough to actually consider Senator "Global Test" for that position? We thought the possibility of a Barack Obama presidency would be a disaster, but with John Kerry heading up the foreign policy team for the United States would make things even worse.

We remember his "global test," right? From the 2004 presidential debate at the University of Miami?

No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America.

But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons.

Can anyone imagine John Kerry instituting his "global test" as a policy of the United States as Secretary of State? Can we imagine the sort of policy he would run in such a way. Imagine this scenario:

It has just been discovered that Iran has built not one, but a few nuclear weapons. They are using them in blackmailing the region into engaging in hostilities against Israel. John Kerry presents the finding to the United Nations, and awaits the United Nations decision as to what to do. Meanwhile, Iran is preparing to launch a nuclear weapon at Israel. Israel has always been an ally of ours, and we have never turned our back on them. But in this scenario, but waiting on the United Nations determination, we would be, in fact, doing precisely that. Waiting on a group of corrupt bureaucrats to tell us we can do something to prevent the attack.

Please. John Kerry could not carry out this job. The very thought is as scary as it is amusing. He has worked consistently to neuter the United States, and his idea of a "global test" would have humbled this nation; to a point that would have made us look weak and ineffectual to our allies, and our enemies.

We could hope that should Barack Obama become president, he would choose more competent individuals for Cabinet positions than a man who has constantly sought to weaken the nation.



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