Reset Button II: Kerry Can’t Get Russia to Return His Phone Calls as North Korea Tests Nuke

Soft power. It’s well… soft. Really, really soft.

But there’s an answer. Kerry needs to make up a new Reset Button and take that along to Moscow and reset relations since the time that Hillary Clinton reset relations. And the Russians will have a good laugh.

Following Monday night’s nuclear test in North Korea, newly installed secretary of state John Kerry placed calls to get in touch with his counterparts from the key regional powers. That night, according to the State Department, he spoke with the foreign ministers of South Korea, China, and Japan. But one key player didn’t deign to get back to JFK: Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.

On Wednesday, one reporter suggested that it seems Kerry has been “frantically trying to call Foreign Minister Lavrov,” but State’s press secretary retorted, “There’s been nothing frantic about it. He reached out to Foreign Minister Lavrov yesterday [and] made it clear that he’s ready to talk whenever Foreign Minister Lavrov has the time.”

And that’s how you know you’re a world power. When another country calls you and offers to talk whenever you have the time.

To be fair, Kerry’s voice is annoying and he has nothing to say that the Russians actually care about. Obama is weak. His foreign policy is a joke. And the Russians hardly took Bush seriously. They think of Obama as highly as they do Kerry.

A phone call from Kerry means having to nod along while he talks about getting North Korea to the negotiating table and trying not to laugh at the realization that the greatest power in the world is run by complete idiots with no understanding of how the world works.

One reporter pointed out to press Secretary Victoria Nuland on Tuesday, after it was revealed that Kerry hadn’t spoken to Lavrov, that it’s “funny how Foreign Minister Lavrov always seems to be traveling and unavailable when the secretary of state of the United States wants to make an urgent phone call to him.” Nuland explained that “our understanding is he’s traveling in Africa.”

And apparently they have no phones in Africa. But that’s soft power. When Africa takes precedence over America.

  • Mary Sue

    John Kerry is so very, very LAME.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Imagine if his conversations with Biden were written down for posterity, now that would
      be real comedy………………Williaim

    • JacksonPearson

      "John Kerry is so very, very LAME."
      Yep, and the Russians know he's a phony as well.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Maybe Lavrov knows it is just talk to be on record to have talked and does not want to be
    falsely positioned by a known liar and fraud over issues the Russians are amused over.
    It could be that he was preoccupied with trying to beat Putin in and early Easter egg
    hunt for real chocolate bunnies or maybe he had a bad hair day……..My hamster
    Napoleon wouldn't take or return his call………………….Kerry who?

    • JacksonPearson

      I would imagine the Russians are still aware of "Hanoi John" crashing the Paris Viet Nam peace talks. They gotta be laughing, while this country slips, and slides on it's own banana peels with people Kerry in charge.

  • Edward Cline

    Kerry? Kerry? John Kerry? Can't recollect the name. Oh! That fellow! The anti-war protester who threw his medals out the window, or were they medals he found in a pawn shop? My memory is foggy. Oh, that guy! The one who traded up in gradually increasing wealth in some marriages. Didn't he model for the Heinz pickle? Let me see. Oh, that guy! The tax dodger. His name really wasn't Kerry, was it? He really isn't Irish, is he? Didn't he complain about those Swift Boat ads in 2000? Those "combat" movies he showed, they looked like they were made somewhere in the Florida Everglades. Frankly, I think the guy is dull as dish water, who'd want to return his calls?

  • ChrisS

    I had the displeasure of numerous interactions with then-Senator Kerry at his uber-exclusive golf club on Nantucket Island. There were some big egos among the power players there, but none so mammoth as the one he regularly displayed. If I (as a mere "server") found his persona and observed behavior as repugnant and unworthy of respect as I did, how are world leaders expected to take him in any way seriously…?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That's interesting.

      Got any anecdotes to share with us?

    • Mary Sue

      Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Mary Sue

    Sure they have phones in Africa, it's just that the roaming charges are murder [/sarcasm]

  • kasandra

    Didn't the Chinese (now) President Xi Jinping refuse to meet with then Sec. of State Clinton last September when she was visiting China? I'm sure that and Lavrov's rebuke to her successor has absolutely no relationship to their perception of U.S. weakness under Mr. Obama's leadership. In fact, it's probably all George Bush's fault.

  • Marc

    Maybe Lavrov doesn't have a phone? Maybe his cell phone is off. So knows with these Russians.

  • Armyvet

    These are the only types of people Osammy is able to surround himself with (notice the trend). Why? Because no reputable, right-minded thinking individual would EVER be caught dead associating with such unqualified, parasitic, depraved losers like this. Obammy is the host, Kerry and the ilk are the carriers.

  • Brian

    It's not Kerry or Clinton who Lavrov and Xi Jinping feel contempt for. It's the United States of America. The fact that the US allows itself to be bullied into fighting two wars that are not in its interest while it squanders blood and treasure is reason enough to lose respect for the United States. The fact that America's industrial base has been outsourced and is in hock to the Chinese Communist Party contributes to this contempt. The fact that the US can't choose its own Defense Secretary without Israel's approval and "vetting" contributes to this contempt. So no, it isn't Obama, Kerry, or Clinton they are looking down on. It is the country which they represent.