Is Kerry Going Rogue on Foreign Policy?

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Obama didn’t get his first choice for the Secretary of State job because of all the lying about Benghazi that Susan Rice did on his orders, but his second choice seemed relatively safe.

John Kerry was supposed to be another Hillary Clinton, another legacy liberal senator past his sell-by date, who would go to international meetings and pose for photos, but would have very little influence or power.

Hillary Clinton took that arrangement to position herself for a White House run while staying close to the center of power. She did next to nothing while in office, with her subordinates claiming that she was blocked at all turns by the White House. That’s probably true since foreign policy these days is run by the CAP boys around Obama.

But John Kerry may have no further presidential ambitions. Even if he does, he doesn’t think that the path to them is to be a team player and shut up until the campaign begins.

Kerry was a loose cannon in the Reagan years. He calmed down somewhat since, but he’s always marched to the beat of his own left-wing drummer. And now he may be becoming as much of a problem for Obama as he was for Reagan.

The clashes over Egypt and Syria show that Kerry is going to go his own way. He may have very little real power, but other countries assume that the Secretary of State represents the United States.

There’s not much to stop Kerry from saying what he wants except being removed from his post. And such a process would be as damaging to Obama as it would be to Kerry.

Hillary Clinton kept her mouth shut and didn’t dissent much from the administration’s line. Kerry has. The question is what can Obama do about it. With the ObamaCare woes, Obama probably isn’t all that interested in stepping into a fight between his people and Kerry on foreign policy. But Valerie Jarrett will probably get her way. Either Kerry will settle down or a campaign of “leaks” targeting him will begin.

You’ll know it’s underway when outlets like FP, the New York Times and WaPo are suddenly running stories about a State Department out of control, Kerry’ spending habits and that sort of thing. For the moment though, it doesn’t seem to be happening. Perhaps even Jarrett knows when to pick her fights and when not to.

  • CaoMoo

    If anything if Kerry did have further presidential ambitions he might be making a smarter move than clinton did. Disagreeing with Obama and calling him out will likely get more votes from americans than worshiping him by the end of his term. Because he has said let them eat cake to america and only his fellow worshipers are asking cheerfully “What Kind.” Hillary would only get those votes and they are a diminishing commodity.

  • CaoMoo

    If anything if Kerry did have further presidential ambitions he might be making a smarter move than clinton did. Disagreeing with Obama and calling him out will likely get more votes from americans than worshiping him by the end of his term. Because Obama has said let them eat cake to america and only Clinton’s fellow Obama worshipers are asking cheerfully “What Kind.” Hillary would only get those votes and they are a diminishing commodity.

  • Charles

    “Kerry was a loose cannon in the Reagan years. He calmed down somewhat since, but he’s always marched to the beat of his own left-wing drummer”

    “He’s never been a yes-man” – Texas Patriot

    Kerry mostly seems to take the leftwing position all the issues. But he is respectable if he is not going to play “Simon Says” with whoever is in the white house. so that is it. He nearly consistently wrong but at least he is respectable.

  • Charles

    “Kerry was a loose cannon in the Reagan years. He calmed down somewhat since, but he’s always marched to the beat of his own left-wing drummer”

    “He’s never been a yes-man” – Texas Patriot

    Kerry mostly seems to take the leftwing position all the issues. But he is respectable if he is not going to play “Simon Says” with whoever is in the white house. so that is it. He nearly consistently wrong but at least he is respectable.

  • michellerville

    Or Obama will let Kerry go because he’s talking sense about the Arab Spring, and everyone is starting to see it too. It’s unimaginable but maybe they’ll all see the light. Nah, Kerry will get screwed.

  • michellerville

    Or Obama will let Kerry go because he’s talking sense about the Arab Spring, and everyone is starting to see it too. It’s unimaginable but maybe they’ll all see the light. Nah, Kerry will get screwed.

  • The March Hare

    Or is it that he is out there seeding the ideas the leftists want, which the administration is reluctant to come out and say or push. This might be the leftists means to establish a new world view. If it works, fine. If there is too much blow back, then they can just replace him with plausible deniability.

  • The March Hare

    Or is it that he is out there seeding the ideas the leftists want, which the administration is reluctant to come out and say or push. This might be the leftists means to establish a new world view. If it works, fine. If there is too much blow back, then they can just replace him with plausible deniability.

  • Texas Patriot

    John Kerry hasn’t gone rogue. The foreign policy of this administration has run off the rails, and at this point, Kerry is one of the only remaining voices of truth and reason.

  • Texas Patriot

    John Kerry hasn’t gone rogue. The foreign policy of this administration has run off the rails and into the ditch. At this point, like him or not, John Kerry is one of the few remaining voices of truth and reason representing the best interests of the American people.

  • Lanna

    This administration fails to support Israel, the consequences for not supporting God’s soverign nation in the MIddle East, and his will, trying to eliminate Israel and the Jews will have serious consequences!