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Monday, November 11, 2013

John Kerry’s ‘third intifada’ -- By David Keene, The Washington Times

Illustration by Taylor Jones (Illustration by Taylor Jones)

John Kerry is a man who likes to talk, but at times doesn't seem to appreciate the fact that words have consequences.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, our current secretary of state spent most of his career as a U.S. senator. One of the dirty little secrets of American politics is that most senators don't do much else. They talk to each other, to the media and to their constituents. They can and do say whatever will get them the attention they crave because very little they say is remembered from one news cycle to another.

Some years ago, a Democratic friend of mine and I were trying to round up Senate support for an amendment to a bill that was working its way through a subcommittee chaired by Mr. Kerry, then the junior senator from Massachusetts. My friend knew Mr. Kerry fairly well and before long, we found ourselves having dinner with him and making the case for the amendment.

Mr. Kerry listened and enthusiastically agreed with us. He offered to put out a statement praising what we wanted to do. He did not, however, offer that this good idea on which we all agreed would be acted upon by his own subcommittee.

As we said our goodbyes, I asked my friend why Mr. Kerry didn't actually seem anxious to help us. "A statement?" I said. "He has the power to make it happen, and all we get is a statement?" My friend was surprised by my reaction. "In his world, 'a statement' is doing something. Don't you realize by now that all senators like John do is talk?"

A senator can talk without worrying much about precision, but secretaries of state live in a very different world. Everything the secretary says is studied by reporters and analysts for friendly and unfriendly governments for clues as to what the government he represents is doing or expects to do. A secretary of state has to speak clearly and precisely, lest other nations misunderstand him and act on that misunderstanding.

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