TALLAHASSEE, March 4, 2014 — A decade after the American electorate rejected him for the presidency, Secretary of State John “Spitballs” Kerry held a press conference to talk about the growing crisis in Ukraine. With Russia’s Vladimir Putin prepared to gobble up the entire country, Kerry had two major tasks. He had to defuse an international crisis. He also had to counter long-held perceptions that the Obama administration and its State Department led by Kerry are useless, impotent entities unable to counter world crises.
Kerry failed in his press conference because he did what doves do. He showed empathy, restated the problem, and insisted that Russia would face consequences. What he did not do was state what exactly the United States would or even could do. He did not have an answer for what to do when Putin told the Western world to pound sand.
First came the empathy. Kerry “was moved” and was proud that the “Ukranian people stood up.”
Then Kerry waxed poetic, stating that democracy “will never be stolen by bullets” or “silenced by invasions.” The families of murdered innocents would vehemently disagree.
Kerry turned to stale platitudes. America “Reaffirms our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty.” We “condemn the Russian federation’s act of aggression” and “we will stand with the people of Ukraine.”
He then praised Ukranian restraint. The next step was to tell the world what America will not do.
In Kerry’s world, it is “diplomacy, not unilateral force that can best solve problems like this in the 21st century.”
“We are not seeking confrontation.”
The only question that deserves to be asked and answered is what the Obama administration and the Kerry State Department actually would do.
As expected, the answer was absolutely nothing.
There would be “international monitors” in the form of “large numbers of observers.”
That is the entire American foreign policy, speak softly and carry no stick
Kerry even opined about “how Russia could deescalate the situation if they wanted to.
Earth to Kerry: Putin wants this escalation.
Kerry actually tried to convince Americans that the slights meaningful action was taken when he stated that “we have suspended bilateral dialogue.”
Putin is not interested in dialogue. Putin has less interest in what Obama and Kerry have to say than the American people. When people who blather on endlessly threaten to stop talking, the result is happiness. The next time a man is watching football, his wife should threaten to suspend bilateral dialogue while the game is on and see how well that tactic works.
Kerry ended with the obligatory meaningless sop.
“The United States and its partners will support Ukraine.”
In a stunning development, Kerry’s press conference was interrupted by President Obama holding his own press conference on Ukraine. This could not have happened by accident, and somebody should ask why Obama would interfere with his own Secretary of State’s remarks.
Obama offered absolutely nothing. He would rely on “international mechanisms.”
People have “deep concerns and suspicions.”
Obama then tried to resort to his 2008 rhetoric when his words still mattered.
“We stand on the side of history…”
History is written by the winning side. Putin is winning. The world knows this.
Talk is cheap. Actions matter. Obama and Kerry are talking. Putin is acting.
The only thing collapsing faster than hopes for Ukraine is the rationale for ever placing people as unserious as American liberal Democrats in charge of something as serious as American foreign policy.