John Kerry: Flying Everywhere, Getting Nowhere

John-KerryForget the headlines: John Kerry has been jetting everywhere and getting nowhere.

Kerry thinks putting the PLO in a room with Israelis will solve the “Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” which he thinks is the most important issue facing the world.

“The core issue of instability in this region and in many other parts of the world is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” said Kerry.

Rarely have time, words and jet fuel been so wasted.

First Reason: The PLO does not want peace with Israel, only a piece of Israel, and then another piece of Israel. Palestinians  had several chances for a Palestinian state—in 1947, in 1949, in 1967 in 1981, in 2000, in 2006—but always overreached, trying to dismember Israel rather than build Palestine.

Late PLO leader Yasser Arafat said he did not want to be “mayor of the West Bank,” and he did not like fixing sewer lines, but preferred to build concrete bunkers.

Second Reason:  The PLO and the Palestinians have nothing to do with problems facing the world. Kerry and Obama think otherwise.

Kerry got off the plane and apparently concluded: a. Syria’s war—the Palestinians; b. Iran’s bomb—the Israelis; c. Egypt’s unrest—the Zionists;  d. problems with North Korea — the Israelis; e. trade crisis with China—the Palestinians; and  so on.

Before assuming Kerry bumped his head, like Hillary Clinton, we must recall that Obama sent Kerry abroad and also thinks “Palestine” is the center of the universe.

This need not mean that all foreign policy travel is a waste of tax dollars, because travel is often really good for the soul—and for policy.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page, ” declared Augustine, centuries ago, and his words are even truer today.

We must see the world, taste other cultures, hear different tongues in order to grow. When we stay in the same place all the time our thoughts get as stiff as our muscles.

Mark Twain, the great writer-traveler, was a boat-hand on the Mississippi River, and he found that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Twain warned against “vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

But, as Obama and Kerry have shown, travel is no guarantee of success.

Travel will not help world leaders who do not broaden themselves before going abroad, who do not really study history, culture or languages. Barack Obama is often called bright and worldly, but his policies and statements show he lives in his own Obama-centric world.

Obama thought Russian despot Vladimir Putin was his buddy. He pledged to be even more “flexible” with Putin if he (Obama) got re-elected, and he felt Chinese leaders would cooperate on economic and political matters. Sino-Russian support of terror, tyranny and Edward Snowden show how wrong Obama was.

Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made colossal errors, claiming a “re-start” in ties with Russia, but they could not even get the word “re-start” right in the big signs they placed in front of cameras at a Russian-US summit.

Westerners who grew close to Communist Russia and China were once called “fellow travelers.”  For Obama-Clinton-Kerry, a better term is “frequent fumblers.”

After four years in office and much travel abroad, Obama has a foreign policy built  on Obama’s initial gut feeling, not lessons learned from experience or travel. Mark Twain would call this “prejudice,” or “vegetating” because when Obama travels or sends Clinton or Kerry, he keeps his mind closed, effectively staying at home.

That explains why Obama-Clinton ignored warnings that Arab-Islamic terror might strike again on 9-11. The idea did not fit with their world view. They ignored reports from their Arabic-speaking ambassador in Libya, Chris Stevens, who told them repeatedly that Al-Qaeda was targeting Americans in Libya.

That is why Obama-Clinton felt Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was a better bet for America than President Hosni Mubarak. Obama’s gut, not empirical data, is why Obama says the Guantanamo base in Cuba caused terror rather than the truth: terror caused the need for the Guantanamo base to house terrorists.

That is why Obama believes hostility to the US among Arab extremists or by the regimes of Russia and China is tied mostly to imaginary offenses or insults inflicted by America. That is flat-out wrong. Real travel and real study could have mitigated the error, but the real cure is real inquiry and an open mind.

The dean of US foreign policy in the post-war era was George Kennan, who knew Russian and German well. Kennan felt many US officials did not recognize Soviet and Nazi goals early enough, fooled by myths circulated by those regimes.

Kennan felt US officials needed to take the time and effort to penetrate the cultures of the societies who were the main rivals to America in the world. That is still true.

To make good foreign policy one has to do more than travel by plane. One has to be able to travel with one’s mind.

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  • muchiboy

    “The PLO does not want peace with Israel, only a piece of Israel, and then another piece of Israel.”

    You mean,sort of like what the Jews wanted?First one piece of Palestine,then another,again and again.Gave them an inch of Palestine,they took a mile,etc.

    • Raymond_in_DC

      No, sort of like what the Muslims wanted. First, one piece of Arabia. Then all of Arabia. Then Mesopotamia, and Palestine and Persia. Then Egypt, and northern Africa, and Spain. (But failed to take France.) Then the Balkans. Then India. But failed to take Vienna. Then lost a piece of Palestine. Then, and since, trying to take back Palestine.

      • muchiboy

        Good one!

      • victoryman

        You are 100% correct, Raymond in your historical statement. As Thucydides stated; “History is philosophy, teaching by example.” The Muslims have been practicing this for centuries. They are very patient – patient in reaching their ultimate goal – world domination. Europe is finished, as are many other smaller countries. Demographics are siding with the “Religion of peace.” They reproducing at a much faster rate than their “Host” countries. This fact, combined with a policy of non-assimilation on their part will eventually doom the west and western culture. The muslim population of England is projected to double in the next, I believe, ten years. The #1 boy’s name in England is now Mohammad. Sharia law is creeping into legal systems. Banking systems are making “Adjustments” to accommodate their muslim customers, foot baths are being installed at airports so muslim cabbies can wash their feet, etc. We have multiple “Iftar” dinners being held at the White House and the Muslim Brotherhood influence on our chief executive and his policies are there for all to see. CAIR is one of the most powerful lobbying groups now and exerts tremendous influence in Washington. Islamism combined with political correctness will doom us all.

    • StanleyT

      muchiboy, more nonsense. In 1948, Israel offered to share the Holy Land with the Arabs, but they wanted it all. In 1967, Israel offered to give back the territory it had reclaimed. The Arabs said “No negotiations, no peace, no recognition of Israel” (google Khartoum three no’s). In 1993, Israel offered to give Arafat control over 97% of Judea and Samaria and 98% of the “Palestinian” population – a situation that stands today. In 2005, Israel withdraw completely, down to the last dead Jew, from Gaza.

      How on earth do you arrive at the conclusion that it is Israel taking land that’s the problem?

    • tokoloshiman

      making “peace” with arabs is like cuddling up to a rattle snake.

  • muchiboy

    You say; “trying to dismember Israel rather than build Palestine.”
    They say;”trying to reclaim Palestine,rather than accepting their losses from occupation and ethnic cleansing.”

    • StanleyT

      Where have you been muchiboy? May I suggest you go back there, because really, the world hasn’t changed. We still don’t buy your lies and nonsense.

      How many times do we have to debunk your garbage about “occupation” and “ethnic cleansing”? How many times do we have to tell you that Israel has better claim under international law than any other entity, to all of Judea and Samaria and all of Jerusalem? How many times do we have to tell you that the only people “ethnically cleansed” in the Holy Land were the Jews? They were cleansed from the Old City of Jerusalem and Gush Etzion in 1948, by the Jordanians, they were cleansed from Gaza in 2005 by their own government, and that same government, in cahoots with the Waqf, makes sure parts of Jerusalem – even today, and what’s even worse, the parts holiest to the Jews – remain ethnically cleansed of Jews.

      So yes, go back to where you came from and this time, stay there. Please!

      • David Rosenthal

        Correction: Although Jews were ethnically cleansed in the Holy Land, without dispute, Christians have also been subjected to merciless subjugation and persecution by Muslims, in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East, where they are now being sunjected to genocide by their Muslim neighbors.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      You say; “trying to dismember Israel rather than build Palestine.”
      They say;”trying to reclaim Palestine,rather than accepting their losses from occupation and ethnic cleansing.”

      Uhm…Islam is not a so-called “religion of peace” but instead a very aggressive and destructive totalitarian cult that intends to subjugate all religions and all infidels into Islamic totalitarianism via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. You don’t think that has something to do with it instead?

      Indeed, every non-Muslim country in the world that like Israel happens to border an Islamic country is also a victim of chronic violent and non-violent jihad, i.e., see India, Sudan, Nigeria, Thailand, etc… Is that just some sort of strange coincidence or is it a direct manifestation of the very aggressive and destructive totalitarian nature of Islam?

      As a matter of fact, besides the obvious reality that all Muslim states are also Islamic totalitarian hellholes or are moving in that direction, all non-Muslim infidels, i.e., Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Druzes, Yazidis, Ba ha’is, Zoroastrians, etc., etc., etc. living in those Islamic totalitarian hellholes with Muslims are all subjugated into harsh and degrading dhimmitude, which is a kind of oppressed second-class citizenship designed to force conversion over time.

      Moreover, no matter where mass Muslim immigration to the West has occurred, we have observed a systematic refusal of Muslim immigrants to assimilate and integrate, and to form Muslim enclaves instead, which in time inevitably morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia and that are in effect tiny Islamic statelets within the larger host infidel states.

      Thus, are you just too dumb to observe the obvious or are you so consumed by the hatred of Jews that it blocks you from seeing the obvious? By the way, the absence of a space after you punctuate, which is standard, is very annoying. It also indicates that you don’t have much of an educational background as well, which kind of explains some other things about you if you catch my drift.

    • WhiteHunter

      Not sure where you’re getting “reclaim” from; you can’t “reclaim” something that was never yours in the first place, and Israel has been the political and religious capital and homeland of the Jews for, oh, the past 3,000 years or so — millennia before a caravan-raiding cutthroat woke up in his tent one morning and started muttering that he’d had a “vision” in a “dream,” and continued to have these self-serving hallucinations for the rest of his life.
      Israel cannot, and should not, make any concessions at all to the “Palestinians,” or even talk with them, until they stop screaming about killing Jews, and poisoning each new generation of vipers to do the same.
      The “Palestinians” claim they want “land,” eh? For what? To smash Israeli greenhouses and orchards, and create more filthy squatters’ camps with open sewers while their ayatollahs howl at their bloodthirsty pagan moon-god five times a day?

  • Poupic

    The speech in Cairo followed by a 30 years ally of the USA under a bus, Erdogan’s Turkey “a friend and ally” where journalists are more likely to be in jail than at their paper. Now the pressure is on Israel for the benefit of the PLO, a terror group founded for the destruction of The Jewish State of Israel. Do you see a pattern here? Barack Hussein is a Islamists’ dream come true. It is time to impeach Barack Hussein.

  • sundance69

    I am so sick of this crap, these people are one step-up from animals……They have no respect for human life whatsoever. Why do we have to keep buying their loyalty when they all they want is our money and burn our American flag like some religious ceremony. We need to close our embassy’s, stop giving money to people that hate us and let the whole dam place implode. Give them one and only one warning that if they do harm to the United States we will turn the country responsible into a sheet of glass………and see how that works. That would be one very short war.

  • victoryman

    The headline says it all. “Flying everywhere, getting nowhere.” Poor Lurch. However, isn’t this what Hillary did? Rack up the miles with zero accomplishments? Isn’t this just carrying out obambi’s “Non” Foreign Policy?

  • David Rosenthal

    Hamas Charter articles 7 and 13 reveal that there is no interest in the Palestinian leadership in peace or negotiations. Hamas members comprise the majority of the Palestinian legislature, so article 7 shows that genocide of Jews is the agenda of the Palestinian legislature.

  • Moliminous

    John Kerry is a lot like California’s new high-speed train. They both go nowhere for no apparent reason, but at a very high cost.

  • The Dead Critic

    I’m more shocked by the morons who voted for this phony, than the phony himself. The BLIND leading the blind.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    That is why Obama-Clinton felt Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was a better bet for America than President Hosni Mubarak. Obama’s gut, not empirical data, is why Obama says the Guantanamo base in Cuba caused terror rather than the truth: terror caused the need for the Guantanamo base to house terrorists.

    Actually, you guys including the writer in this particular instance are all wrong, as jihad, in stark contrast to terrorism, is holy fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law, and manifests, also in stark contrast to terrorism, both violently and non-violently but astronomically far more non-violently relative to violently. Moreover, jihad is strictly a Muslim manifestation, while terrorism, on the other hand, is the purview of all cultures and societies.

    Thus, self-hating loons like Samantha Powers, Barack Hussein Obama, and Ron and Rand Paul, who all always blame America first for creating terrorists, don’t have the first fricking clue, as 9/11 was not a random act of terrorism but a jihad attack instead and the 9/11 perpetrators were not terrorists, because they were jihadists fighting in the cause of Allah for the establishment of Islam instead.

  • AbsolutelyRight

    His idea of middle east diplomacy is taking some Palestians and Sheiks windsurfng and yachting and talking about the Jews behind their backs..Kerry is anti-semitic trash

  • USA Retired

    The only thing Kerry is accomplished at is, Disparaging traitorous acts against America!