April 29th, 2014

Kerry was only reflecting Obama

I’m in agreement with Andrew McCarthy on this:

In what he foolishly thought was a safe place to let his hair down, Kerry merely gave voice to what the Obama administration thinks. “Apartheid” trips easily off his tongue because it is part of the Islamist narrative that the administration has internalized.

Forget Kerry. This was made explicit in Obama’s 2009 Cairo speech—for anyone who didn’t infer it already from Obama’s friendships with notorious Israel bashers like Rashid Khalidi and Bill Ayers (see P. David Hornik’s FPM report on Ayers joining his fellow tenured radicals in a 2010 petition accusing Israel of — all together now — apartheid policies). As I recounted in The Grand Jihad, Obama’s speech “combined fictional accounts of Islamic history and doctrine, a woefully ignorant explanation of Israel’s claim to its sovereign territory, and an execrable moral equivalence drawn between Southern slave owners in early America and modern Israelis besieged by Palestinian terror.”

I would take small issue with a couple of things McCarthy said. The first is “That the current secretary of state is a clownish figure has been well known for decades.” It’s the word “clownish” that troubles me. Yes, Kerry’s been made fun of (why the long face, John?) for his patrician windsurfing ways and overwhelming arrogance (do you know who I am?). But those who remember him from his Vietnam testimony days find him anything but clownish. The man has done a great deal of damage.

McCarthy also says that Kerry’s use of the word “apartheid” was “not a gaffe.” I maintain, however, that it was somewhat of a slip, but only in the sense that he didn’t mean his real point of view to come out. It was therefore more of a “tell” than he’d planned. But he probably has run way too long in circles where the only thing that would happen if he were to talk about Israel as a potentially (or actually) apartheid state would be for his listeners to nod sagely in agreement. So I think that not only did he suppose that the text of his remarks wouldn’t surface, but he failed to realize how inflammatory his words would seem if they ever were publicized.

15 Responses to “Kerry was only reflecting Obama”

  1. NeoConScum Says:

    “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone.” (*John—Did’ja know I served 4-months in Viet Nam 44+years ago?—Kerry statement yesterday.*)

    Do’ya hear that N-Neocon?? Are ya sternly admonished?? Gawd, what jokes thes Twits are.

  2. Eric Says:

    The man can be clownish and do a great deal of damage.

  3. Ann Says:

    Let us not forget Jimmy Carter, who even wrote a book about it — Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.

  4. Eric Says:

    NeoConScum,

    You reminded me of this 2006 Kerry gaffe and his ranting refusal to apologize for it:

    Senator John Kerry: “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

    Rather than apologize, here was Kerry’s official press release responding to the criticism:

    “If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they’re crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

    I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

    The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

    Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they’re afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work because we’re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq.”

    Kerry’s foolish public speaking has remained consistent from the Senate to the State Department.

    Of course, why would Kerry change? He’s been continuously rewarded for it, from his Vietnam War actions to the Senate and now to Secretary of State.

  5. blert Says:

    The boy has oral disease.

    He’s in THE position where circumspection is ALL.

    He runs his mouth off like Mel Gibson on a one-litre vodka high.

  6. Ymarsakar Says:

    Kerry’s wealth comes from his wife. His political power comes from shooting civilians in the back of the head in Vietnam and selling out his side. His wife’s wealth came from a conservative businessman.

    So this is the Perfect example of Hussein’s “spreading the wealth around”.

  7. Ymarsakar Says:

    NeoConScum, sounds like Z boy here, that JFingK liner.

  8. Artfldgr Says:

    Kerry and this stuff as well as a lot of other stuff are symptoms of the end of the modern era, and the American century.

    you can sit and dissect the cracks in the shattered table or you can notice the table is shattered.

    in the eyes of the bigger picture is a world and its leaders using their customs and behavior to pretend that what they are dealing with is functional and not dysfunctional (and oblivious).

    Saving the System
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/opinion/when-wolves-attack.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

    “The lesson-category within grand strategic history is that when an established international system enters its phase of deterioration, many leaders nonetheless respond with insouciance, obliviousness, and self-congratulation. When the wolves of the world sense this, they, of course, will begin to make their moves to probe the ambiguities of the aging system and pick off choice pieces to devour at their leisure.

    this is what is happening all over and right on time given that whatever one takes advantage of should still be in place when one takes advantage.

    John Gaddis, another grand strategy professor, directs us to George Kennan’s insights from the early Cold War, which he feels are still relevant as a corrective to the death-by-a-thousand-cuts mentality.

    very relevant, which is why i pointed that stuff out long ago… no dialogue though… the rest of that point though i don’t share as the dysfunction wont allow it.

    the larger picture if you put things together in one place and look at it is not a good one. from retiring the old guard everywhere, to rule by EO and the death of lex rex. last is the scariest part. People in control who have been taught by academics that the ideas of academics about what to do in terms of wars, and oil, and so on, are not theories but alternatives that just have not been tried (the idea that they have been tried but the ones who tried them dont exist anymore, is lost on them).

    kerry is a symptom of a deeper issue in terms of state an the cohesion needed for states to stick together, not fight, and prevent such..

    oh.. and the world waited right to the point i said it would… after the competency of the current administration is a known quantity, the actions of said over the past years in terms of cohesion, and waiting till near the end of that so at worse, the same thing sticks around (somehow), or a new inexperienced someone has to replace. either way, its the best time to act in terms of strategy.

    academic ideas don’t work in the real world because they are not formed with the real world in mind, they are formed with the idea of a “how it should be world” and forget that in their world a higher power shadows over them and imposes certain behaviors, and outside of that, that dont work.

    perfectly expressed by kerrys admonition towards the invasion as being a last century (fashion) thing…

  9. Eric Says:

    Artfldgr,

    We had a chance for a reboot with the soldiers and diplomats who passed the crucible in Iraq, but it appears they’re being systematically marginalized or removed altogether along with the policymakers who stood fast on the Iraq mission.

  10. Matt_SE Says:

    Kerry thought his remarks were private…so did Brendan Eich and Donald Sterling.
    Apologists should be reminded of this at every opportunity.

    Burn the witch.

  11. Beverly Says:

    Has anyone else noticed that the Leftists’ hatred of unfortunate fat people is positively Unhinged?

    They always attack Rush Limbaugh so viciously for it — even Joy Behar, who’s hardly a sylph. Really, they’re deranged on the subject.

    Rush, BTW, has some good stuff on this today (his transcripts at his site are free access). He dismembered Kerry’s attitude expertly, as usual.

    As far as the two-state solution goes, in my dreams I see Bibi evicting all the Pali squatters — yes, squatters — out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and sending them, free of charge, to the territory that was Meant to be their “turf”: JORDAN.

    Wasn’t that supposed to be the deal? Muslims who hated Jews so much they couldn’t stand living alongside them were supposed to go to Jordan; the others were free to stay in the new nation. And, of course, the Muslims expelled all the Jews from every majority-Muslim country in the Mediterranean region. Wasn’t it some 600,000 Jews forced out of their homes?

    The whole situation is completely FUBAR and has been for a long time.

  12. Ymarsakar Says:

    Really, they’re deranged on the subject.

    Is there a subject they are sane on?

  13. neo-neocon Says:

    Matt_SE:

    Kerry did not think and should not have thought his remarks were private. He was “addressing a “closed-door meeting of the Trilateral Commission of private sector leaders from North America, Europe and Asia.” “Private sector leaders” means the people were not government officials, not that the communication was a private one. He was addressing an official meeting in his official capacity as Secretary of State. And in fact, “media are invited” to such meetings, although they agree not to report on them. Private? Hardly.

    As for Eich, there is a statute in California that allows political contributions of this type to be publicized in the newspaper (see the addendum here). I suppose he may have been ignorant of the law, although it was passed in the 1970s. But with such a law in place he should not have considered that his contribution would be kept private.

    Sterling’s communication is the only one that was truly private in the usual sense of the word. It was a one on one conversation with a “friend” in the privacy of his home. As such, there are laws against taping it without his consent.

  14. blert Says:

    Beverly…

    What I can’t quite get over is how an amnesia blanket has been dropped over the fantastic surge in Arab in-migration, 1945-1948.

    Many, many ‘West Bank’ Arabs are got there barely one-step ahead of Jewry fleeing war ravaged Europe.

    This was an orchestrated in-migration campaign. The explicit intent was to create a new demographic right in front of the big vote.

    The Arabs came from all quarters to sit down only on the lands that were laid out by the Balfour declaration as being explicitly for the Jews. The numbers were, and are, astounding. This land rush — the Arab version of Oklahoma — gets almost no press at any time.

    Now we’re all to shed tears for a situation that was engineered by the Arabs generations ago, a demographic Gerrymander, if you will.

    It’s a new style of warfare: Passive-Aggressive Womb War.

    In this mode, the aggressive power loses all martial confrontations — then pursues a sustained campaign of whining, complaining and begging.

  15. Matt_SE Says:

    neo-neocon:

    Pish-posh. Someone from the trilateral commission apologized to Kerry because somehow a reporter recorded the comments. One can infer that the TC people would’ve prevented that if they’d known about it. Old boys club, and all.

    Referring to Eich, the list was misused to target people retroactively. Charles Krauthammer has changed his stance on such lists as a result. While maybe not meeting the legal standards of “expectation of privacy,” the list wasn’t intended for that.

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