CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 30, 2014 — Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest statements about Israel have prompted yet another round of excuses from the Obama Administration. Aren’t we all tired of the explanations, lies, denials, misinformation, retractions, superior attitudes, controversies, scandals and other baloney?
Forrest Gump said “Stupid is as stupid does.” Comedian Ron White has a corollary to that which goes, “You can’t cure stupid.” Secretary of State John Kerry had barely uttered the words “apartheid state” in reference to Israel before he was apologizing, backing down and making a statement that his commitment to Israel is unquestioned and the reports of his comments were for “partisan, political purposes.”
Right. Oh, and by the way, “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Charles Krauthammer and Katie Pavlich, both of FOX News, were quick to respond. That’s because all the other liberal media outlets were either ignoring Kerry’s ignorance or pretending he didn’t really say what he really did say.
Krauthammer called for Kerry to resign. That would be a positive move, but the truth is that Kerry should never have been confirmed as Secretary of State.
Pavlich, on the other hand, raised a firestorm of her own by Tweeting that Barack Obama is “anti-Semitic.” That point is arguable but if Obama is not anti-Semitic, then he is definitely pro-Muslim. He is certainly one or the other. As evidence, Pavlich pointed to some of Obama’s appointments, such as Chuck Hagel, who do not support Israel, as well as the president’s infamous Cairo speech, bowing to Saudi royalty and other questionable diplomatic gaffes during his tenure.
Kerry’s comments about Israel were recorded during a closed door meeting last Friday and later released by The Daily Beast. Since then Kerry has been quick to retract his statement by saying, “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe.”
There’s that phrase we have come to know and love again, “crystal clear.” When you hear those words it is time to turn and run the other way.
“If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word,” said Kerry. No kidding. So would Donald Sterling.
Kerry has been playing political ping-pong for nine months going back and forth between Israel and Palestine with a treaty in hand in the arrogant misguided belief that he could personally resolve a dispute that has been raging longer than anyone can remember.
If anyone wants to see why an agreement between the two parties is so difficult, all it takes is a visit to the region. Both sides live in the same region. Israel has turned barren rocky desert into paved highways, landscaped cities, hospitals, schools and all manner of contemporary infrastructure. On the other hand, Palestine doesn’t look much different than it did two thousand years ago. That just about tells you everything you need to know and why a solution cannot be negotiated by someone from the West.
One publication stated that, “Kerry’s reported comments, and his retraction, come at a sensitive time for the peace process.” Question. When is it not a sensitive time in that part of the world? In the Middle East, it is always a sensitive time. In other words, diplomacy and statesmanship are at a premium when dealing with that region of the world. Neither of which are part of the Obama administration’s foreign policy playbook.
Democratic Senator, Mark Begich of Alaska, said, “Last time I checked, the U.S. didn’t negotiate with terrorist organizations and we shouldn’t expect the Israeli government to either.” Begich is wrong too. After all we are currently negotiating with Iran and giving them billions of dollars in the process.
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California senator Barbara Boxer, also a democrat, added, “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous.”
Speaking of the negotiations between Israel and Palestine one Israeli official stated, “There is unlikely to be any diplomatic movement for months. Perhaps until September at the earliest”
Here is a sure bet. September will come and September will go and there still will be no “diplomatic movement” on either side.
In the meantime, John Kerry would do well to go work on his yacht, keep his mouth shut or, better yet, play golf with the president and stay the hell out of the way.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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