It’s not a secret in Washington that John Kerry, the wimp senator from Massachusetts, hopes Obama will name him Secretary of State. Obama may be toying with him and give him Secretary of Defense, but either appointment would be terrible for this country.
Today we hear that the Syrian regime under Bashir Assad is mixing chemicals for warfare, probably against his own people. Nice guy, eh?
John F. Kerry may think so. At least he has in the past.
At the Democrat convention in September, National Review’s Jim Geraghty reported:
The senator who is considered Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s best friend in Washington — a tired drone from the Foreign Relations Committee who has somehow become the frontrunner to be the next secretary of state if Obama wins a second term.
Politico describes Kerry’s desire to finish his career as the country’s top diplomat as “one of Washington’s badly kept secrets.”
The problem is that Kerry has gotten most of the biggest foreign-policy calls of the past two decades wrong.
But it is Kerry’s dedicated cultivation of Bashar Assad — one of his primary foreign-policy focuses since his 2004 presidential bid — that most clearly illustrates his naïveté.
Kerry said, “My judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it.”
The Wall St. Journal added:
A key supporter of Mr. Assad in Washington has been Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The former presidential candidate has held nearly a half-dozen meetings with Mr. Assad in recent years, according to his staff. The two men have sought to map out the terms of a renewed Syrian-Israel peace track.
Even this month, as protests starting gripping Syria, Mr. Kerry said he thought Syria’s president was an agent for change.
“President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had,” Mr. Kerry said during a March speech at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “I think it’s incumbent on us to try to move that relationship forward in the same way.”
With judgment like that, who could feel safe at night with this idiot as Secretary of State?