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.