Is Kerry the most useless secretary of state in living memory?

Exhibit one: John Kerry’s latest speech to to ISIS backers

Incompetence hurts any organization. But it is especially disastrous when it overcomes an American president and most of his Cabinet. Yes, “incompetence” is the right way to describe President Obama’s administration. Programs and policies are not working, and damning evidence is piling up against Secretary of State John Kerry as the most ineffective of all.

There is not much that Kerry has gotten right in the year and a half he has held his Cabinet position, starting with his Senate testimony in April 2013 that elections in Iran are not “much different than elections in the U.S.”

In September, a New York Sun editorial, “Time for Kerry to Resign,” said Kerry wanted to see Syria “let off the hook for gassing its own people.”  The Sun made the point that Kerry is now in a job where “there isn’t any room for blundering.” His bungling also forfeited whatever diplomatic leverage Obama had in trying to prohibit Iran’s uranium enrichment. Kerry’s negotiations failed to stop Iran, and the Syria talks went nowhere.

Earlier this year, Kerry slammed skeptics of man-made climate change, calling them “flat-Earthers.” The real truth is that warming is being caused by factors that scientists don’t understand, and there is no “consensus science.” The science is not settled, and the Kerry/Obama man-made-warming club is not being honest.

I won’t even get into Kerry’s fool’s errand to salvage the Israeli-Arab negotiations for Middle East peace, which have gone exactly nowhere — a shining example of diplomatic futility. A stunning indictment of Kerry’s judgment came with his suggestion that Israel is becoming an “apartheid state.”

Marine who fought high school to proudly wear uniform
to graduation killed in Afghanistan

Then we have the Kerry/Obama team going up against Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s easy to tell who will win a military contest between a former community organizer and a former KGB agent. The hard men in the Kremlin laughed at Kerry’s whining about illegalities as they annexed Crimea. Putin deals in force; Kerry deals in empty words as he forfeits swaths of land in the Middle East.

Wrong-way Kerry’s recent calamities are only an extension of his earlier policy missteps he’s committed all through his adult life. His voting record in the Senate was way left, with support for gun control laws, same-sex marriage and favored-nation status for communist China and opposition to capital punishment — except for terrorists.

Kerry has a long-term infatuation with international thugs and tyrants. His favorite Middle East dictator was someone he called “my dear friend,” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, nicknamed “the butcher of Damascus,” for whom Kerry functioned as an informal lobbyist in Washington, D.C. He supported a string of communist dictators, starting with Fidel Castro in Cuba and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. In 2010, Kerry whitewashed Israel’s enemies, announcing that Israel should return the Golan Heights to Syria. When America freed Grenada from a Marxist dictator, Kerry called it a “bully’s show of force against a weak third world nation.” A man who thinks like that is a menace to national security.

Now we find Kerry making absurd statements about the five Taliban prisoners swapped for U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom, saying it’s “baloney” to think the men would kill Americans again. Kerry thinks the murderers — the worst of the worst — pose little risk to Americans because they “may get killed” if they return to battle. These terrorists are prepared to die for their god, and Kerry thinks the fear of death will stop them?

Staggering incompetence mixed with dysfunctional behavior has produced a modern-day confederacy of Obama dunces who have made U.S. foreign policy the laughingstock of the world. America has suffered too much.

When all the evidence is weighed, one question remains: Is Kerry the most useless secretary of state in living memory? He’s my nominee.


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