In all the talk of Hillary Clinton’s experience during the election, her largely failed tenure as Secretary of State was never delved into deeply. Thanks to the fact that the man who followed her is even worse at the job, it became just another of the many free passes she got along the way.
As John Kerry gets ready to go back to private life and return to preying on wealthy women (his first love), he’s trying to help his boss make a lot of noise on the way out. Kerry’s recent speech on Israel was so awful that even the L.A. Times Op-ed page called it wrong.
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May responded to the speech and left no doubt about whether she is or isn’t a Kerry fan:
British Prime Minister Theresa May issued a strong statement Thursday denouncing Secretary of State John Kerry for a speech that was heavily critical of Israel.
“We do not believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue, in this case the construction of settlements, when clearly the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is so deeply complex,” a spokesman for the prime minister told The Jewish Chronicle.
“And we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically-elected government of an ally. The government believes that negotiations will only succeed when they are conducted between the two parties, supported by the international community,” the spokesman continued.
Translation from Diplomaticspeak: This guy is an idiot.
This response came even though Britain supported the recent U.N. resolution condemning the settlements.
May is criticizing Kerry’s trademark one-note approach and his wholly inappropriate bashing of the Netanyahu administration, which has more to do with continuing an Obama ego tantrum than finding a path to peace in the Middle East. President Obama has long been disgruntled by the fact that Netanyahu never fell under his Hope and Change spell. Quite often it seems as if the Obama administration lets this personal enmity dictate foreign policy.
This from the people who called George W. Bush a “cowboy” when it came to diplomacy.
Now that it is becoming clearer that the White House was very much involved in crafting the U.N. resolution, the charade of merely being a neutral player trying to help along a peace process is all but shattered. This administration has often felt like an anti-Israel crowd even to casual observers. As the end looms, they’re so desperate to get in more digs that they are getting sloppy.
The stunning thing here is that both President Obama and John Kerry truly believe that the Iran deal and their treatment of Israel are building a lasting legacy for them as great peacekeepers. This, of course, is the risk that is run whenever world leaders are surrounded by layers upon layers of sycophants. It is even worse when almost all media comprise several of those layers.
President-elect Trump’s reaction to all of this indicates that the United States will soon return to doing more than paying lip service to our alliance with Israel.
Happy New Year indeed.