WASHINGTON — With apologies to Jay-Z, President Obama has 99 problems, but John Kerry ain’t one. With a trip over the fiscal cliff all but inevitable, growing opposition to other rumored Obama appointment choices and a potentially bruising gun control battle on the president’s plate — at least Obama can take the gloves off when it comes to Kerry’s road to confirmation. First, Kerry will go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which he currently chairs. Then, he’ll face the full Senate — full of folks with whom Kerry has worked for decades. Republicans call Kerry “Mr. Secretary.”
Respected in every corner?.......It´s obvious Ms. Atkins, that you did not bother to take membership surveys of The American Legion, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars or The Swift Vets And POWs For Truth before penning your totally misleading article.
A question that will never be asked: Senator Kerry, you were awarded 3 Purple Hearts during you 4 months in Vietnam. As Secretary of State, if you suffered from a stomach flu and possible mild concussion, do you think that you would be able to testify about the murder of our ambassador two weeks later?
Kimberly, you´re totally full of, well whatever it is, it isn´t truth!
This is one corner who loathes John Kerry and has lost all respect for those members of congress who approve of this nomination.
You may or may not believe the "swiftboaters" (I do), but his actions regarding the VVAW, his medal throwing/not throwing, his false testimony under oath in front of congress regarding atrocities, and his unapproved discussions with North Vietnam are all acts which should have landed him in jail, not congress.
Of course in either place he still consorts with criminals!
Kerry promised to release his discharge papers when he ran for President and never did. How about he does that now? Giving Aid and Comfort to the enemy evidently qualifies one for serving this country now. We are in the sewer now. Traitors, tax cheats, liars, race baiters..plenty of room for Kerry.
The Senate has been described as a club, and clubbiness is why the traitor Kerry will easily be confirmed.
This club attitude, however, needs to be eradicated, in the interests of the American people-- preferably by Tea Party or conservative newcomers. November 2014 will come soon enough. Maybe we´ll get some good news in that election.
When Republicans call Kerry "Mr. Secretary," it is not in tribute to his wisdom and competence but rather a taunt about his lack of them, and to point out his obvious long-standing drooling over the thought of obtaining a Cabinet post.
Truly, one of the least qualified candidates for this post in my lifetime.
Didn´t the last time the media and Kerry tangled with the Swift Boaters teach them a lesson? Spineless cowards can´t stand up against real vets. And I also seem to remember the meme in O´s first campaign that ´finally, the world will respect us again´. What I want to know is, where is that respect? All I see is the world laughing their well dressed fannies off at the boy wonder. What they had against Bush was a combo of envy that he was Presidential in every sense, and a healthy uncomfortable fear that he meant what he said and said what he meant. Unlike Obama.
“I think you have to go back centuries to find someone with the same gravitas that he brings to the job,” said Boston University professor and former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Charles Stith.
“He will be respected in ?every corner of the world.” --------------------------
And just who, pray tell, is Charles Stith? Besides a Boston University professor and the former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania? Thanks to the internet and Google, it is easy to find out.
It is also easy to refresh one´s memory about John Kerry´s despicable behavior during the Vietnam war and the so-called Winter Soldier investigation. Terrible slanders were voiced by Kerry and his buddies against U.S. troops. Claims were made that atrocities and butchery of civilians by American soldiers were routine and that they were the result of orders. These claims were thoroughly investigated by the U.S. military. Many of those who testified changed their stories, retracted them, admitted they were speculations, could not give substantiating details, etc. Not one single criminal prosecution could even be initiated as a result of exhaustive inquiry into the validity of these slanderous allegations of commonplace war crimes committed on orders.
Kerry and others lied about this. Anyone acquainted with the story of his Purple Hearts has no doubt he lied and exaggerated to obtain them. Practically all the men who knew and served with Kerry in Vietnam despised him as a schemer and phony. He is a gigolo. And he is not the brightest bulb in the Senate, which presently does not contain very much mental wattage to begin with.
Then there is the $7 million dollar yacht out of state docking to avoid $500,000 Massachusetts taxes story...
ANYBODY who claims respect for this idiot is a dope, and that includes dopes who purport to be conservative or Republican, if you respect this idiot, you are a dope! He should have been court-martialed and incarcerated! This is bizarro world!
I´ve long reconciled myself to Jon as SOS - given that Hillary had so sullied the position that she would be such an easy act to follow. I was not, however, ready to see him as Sec Def - given his appalling record with the military.
So with Susan Rice´s crash-n-burn opening the slot for Lurch (who would also be a fine WH butler btw) and thus opening a vacancy in the Senate for another Scott Brown run, I can live with the nomination.
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