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7/27/2014

Kerry’s Betrayal (Again)

Filed under: General — JD @ 9:51 pm

[guest post by JD]

This editorial from the Times of Israel pulls no punches.

They are no fan of Sec Kerry, to say the least.

It was hard to pull a representative quote that gave the proper tone for the linked article. The final paragraph wrapped it up quite succinctly. Click the link above.

Whether through ineptitude, malice, or both, Kerry’s intervention was not a case of America’s top diplomat coming to our region to help ensure, through astute negotiation, the protection of a key ally. This was a betrayal.

Correction – I referred to the linked article as an editorial. It is not. It is an op-ed. That doesn’t change Kerry’s perfidy and ineptitude.

—-JD

50 Responses to “Kerry’s Betrayal (Again)”

  1. Horse face

    JD (9ac469)

  2. John Kerry has spent his whole adult life betraying the good guys.

    JVW (feb406)

  3. What are you gonna do? Massachusetts is a small state with a few people people and two Senators. It really doesn’t do a whole lot except elect useless liberals. Honestly, if people could vote for states that matter, good old original colony Massachusetts would rank right up there with Rhode Island.

    Ag80 (eb6ffa)

  4. john kerry is a j street boy

    what more do you need to know

    Israel seriously needs to get a better class of allies as soon as possible

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  5. As senators trickled into the chamber later in the afternoon for the final vote, Kerry watched from his nearby office, then headed over to the Capitol accompanied by Senator Lindsey Graham, ­Republican of South Carolina…

    The three nay votes in the full Senate vote were cast by Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas, John Cornyn of Texas, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma. Kerry abstained.

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  6. I love this part of the Senate resolution that Mr. happyfeet linked to above:

    (4) Secretary of State John Kerry is to be commended for his efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution;

    John Kerry is like the last-place finisher at the debate tournament and the Senate resolution is like a participation trophy.

    JVW (feb406)

  7. I think this excerpt carries the flavor well:

    But none of those [previous] episodes … provoked the kind of outraged disbelief at Kerry’s performance that has been emanating from the Israeli leadership in the past 48 hours. Leaked comments from unnamed senior government sources to Army Radio, Channel 2 and other Hebrew outlets have described the secretary as amateurish, incompetent, incapable of understanding the material he is dealing with — in short, a blithering fool.

    But actually, it’s worse than that. What emerges from Kerry’s self-initiated ceasefire mission — Israel had already accepted the Egyptian ceasefire proposal; and nobody asked him to come out on a trip he prefaced with sneering remarks about Israel’s attempted “pinpoint” strikes on Hamas terror targets — is that Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  8. “Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.”

    Many Americans have regarded him that way for a long time. How embarrassing to be an American now.

    machinist (313c6a)

  9. not so much embarrassing as meaningless i think

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  10. Kerry might be a phony war hero, and he might be a money-grubbing gigolo, and a flop-flopper, a wind surfer, and a tax cheat, but he sure has one heck of a nice sailboat. David Roth’s lyrics come to mind.

    I’m just a gigolo and everywhere I go
    People know the part I’m playing
    Paid for every dance, selling each romance
    Ooh, and they’re sayin’

    There will come a day when youth will pass away
    What will they say about me?
    When the end comes, I know
    They was just the gigolos
    Life goes on without me…

    ropelight (7de793)

  11. This is Obama paying off the Arabs who put half a billion in his campaign coffers with pseudonymous small electronic donations.

    nk (dbc370)

  12. As far as Netanyahu’s cabinet’s assessment of Kerry, well, not everybody in Israel is a fan of Bibi either. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607476

    nk (dbc370)

  13. Clarification: the piece is *not* an editorial by the Times of Israel. It’s an op-ed by David Horovitz which was run in the Times of Israel.

    aphrael (98d2d0)

  14. Ropelight… it’s an old German song dating back to before the Great Depression. And it was sung much better by Louis Prima than that Spandex-wearing jackass DLR!

    Colonel Haiku (c1e551)

  15. Speaking of jackasses… John Kerry, Secretary of Botox.

    Colonel Haiku (c1e551)

  16. Haaretz is Israel’s combo of Dog Trainer and Carlos Slim’s (New York Times) caveat emptor

    narciso (ee1f88)

  17. Correction above

    JD (3a9424)

  18. In his defense, Kerry perfectly represents the general perfidy and ineptitude of the State Dept.

    SarahW (267b14)

  19. Heckuva job, Johnny!

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  20. #10: “David Roth’s lyrics”? ‘Just a Gigolo’ has been around since the ’20s.

    Dr. Weevil (c6dfba)

  21. From the wiki:

    “Just a Gigolo” is a popular song, adapted by Irving Caesar in 1929 from the Austrian song “Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo”, written in 1928 in Vienna by Leonello Casucci (music) and Julius Brammer (lyrics)

    The original version is a poetic vision of the social collapse experienced in Austria after World War I, represented by the figure of a former hussar who remembers himself parading in his uniform, while now he has to get by as a lonely hired dancer. The music features a simple melodic sequence, but nonetheless has a clever harmonic construction that highlights the mixed emotions in the lyrics, adding a nostalgic, bittersweet effect.

    And yeah, DLR aping Louis Prima was almost sad. Prima was a genius.

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  22. #s 14 & 20, thanks, I first heard the Gigolo refrain in English from a German former girlfriend born in Berlin. Here’s another favorite:

    I’m a little pimp with my hair gassed back
    Pair a khacki pants with my shoes shined black
    Got a little lady…walk the street
    Tellin’ all the boys that she can’t be beat
    Twenny dollah bill (I can set you straight)
    Meet me onna corner boy’n don’t be late…

    ropelight (7de793)

  23. Thanks carlitos, I’ll have more to say later. Gotta run now.

    ropelight (7de793)

  24. And the Catholic girls go
    Tu tu-ru tu-ru turuturu
    Tu tu-ru tu-ru turuturu
    Tu tu-ru tu-ru turuturu
    Tu____!

    nk (dbc370)

  25. Sheet4Brains Government will not pass from this Earth, that is not to say ‘will endure’.

    Nebuchadnezzar was twenty years a flightless bat before returning to his senses.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  26. JD, at 17, thank you for the correction. :)

    aphrael (98d2d0)

  27. Jerusalem now regards him as duplicitous and dangerous.

    Ah, but how does Tel Aviv regard him? Maybe there’s the problem. After all, the USA, along with most other countries, pretends that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. So maybe Kerry thinks so long as he’s popular there he doesn’t have to care what they think in Jerusalem.

    (I don’t know why they chose Tel Aviv for this pretense, rather than any other city, but they did. The Israeli government was temporarily based in Tel Aviv during the War of Independence, from May 1948 to December 1949; as soon as it was possible to set itself up in Jerusalem it did so. This seems like a slim basis for pretending nearly 70 years later that it’s still the capital. Even slimmer than pretending that New York is still the USA’s capital; at least it was the official capital for nearly two years, whereas Tel Aviv was never anything but a temporary base during war time.)

    Milhouse (c63fe5)

  28. I have been trying to think if there is anyone that a normal person (meaning not rabidly partisan on either side) could consider to be a competent member of the upper echelon of the Obama government.

    elissa (ed94eb)

  29. As far as Netanyahu’s cabinet’s assessment of Kerry, well, not everybody in Israel is a fan of Bibi either. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.607476

    It’s true that not everyone is his fan (I’m certainly not), but quoting Haaretz only tells you what the extreme intellectual left thinks. It’s like quoting Noam Chomsky or an ANSWER rag to show US public opinion. Haaretz is often nicknamed Al-Ard, because it reliably takes the enemy view.

    Milhouse (c63fe5)

  30. Greetings:

    Kerry’s betrayal, you say ??? Well, my Oyrish granmama ued to say, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” And Kerry’s twig was bent a long, long time ago.

    11B40 (844d04)

  31. Obama and Kerry’s policy: Never propose anything that you think has zero chance of being agreed to because peace is TOO BIG TO FAIL.

    Sammy Finkelman (a551ff)

  32. 27. Milhouse (c63fe5) — 7/28/2014 @ 8:37 am

    whereas Tel Aviv was never anything but a temporary base during war time.

    The Ministry of Defense was based there for decades, but now even that’s gone. Although theer may be still be some military headquarters there.

    Sammy Finkelman (a551ff)

  33. The distinction between the Israelis and the US Federal Government is that the former, from mailroom clerk to the top, are not lying with every breath.

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  34. Waffles wasn’t greeted as a returning war hero, and has been alternately trying to become that, and trying to punish the country for not recognizing him as such, ever since. By now, that grievance is so deep-set in his psyche that he’ll never get over it.

    htom (412a17)

  35. “This was a betrayal.”

    If the author looks around, he’ll notice he has lots of company.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (43cb76)

  36. not everybody in Israel is a fan of Bibi either

    Hell, I’m not a fan of Bibi. Three-faced scoundrel by all accounts. Then again, given their politics, maybe you need that. I remember him as being their ambassador during the Reagan years and he sure was slick and on-point. But at least Bibi knows when he’s lying.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  37. I knew it was a bad idea for Lurch to throw those medals on Bibi’s desk.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  38. Not necessary; Bibi has his own medals, and unlike Kerry’s they were earned.

    Milhouse (c63fe5)

  39. I suspect that Bibi is a little proud of his medals, as he should be, although he’d never say so.

    htom (412a17)

  40. Jen Psaki is running around trying to come up with a new hashtag.

    JD (c66fec)

  41. Louis Prima….You’re showing our age, Colonel.
    Louis, Keely, and Sam….it didn’t get much better.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  42. 28- elissa, Huckabee on Sunday IIR called them the Clown Car Cabinet…
    so, NO!

    askeptic (efcf22)

  43. Heh, Jen is so cute. As if there is someone they could call who would care or listen.

    Psaki said the U.S. was “surprised and obviously disappointed” to see the draft proposal made public. She also argued that there was a difference between the characterization of Kerry’s handling of the negotiations by Israeli media and what government officials were telling the U.S. privately.

    “No one is calling to complain about the secretary’s handling of the situation,” Psaki said.

    elissa (66ca2e)

  44. i promised not to use the t word anymore so Jen Psaki conversations are very challenging for me to engage with in a meaningful way

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  45. I think the problem with the Kerry proposal is that it could lead to a “permanent” ceasefire without Hamas having agreed to gte rid of its weapons war crimes tools.

    Sammy Finkelman (a551ff)

  46. Maybe there ia a good precedent:

    Beirut 1982.

    Sammy Finkelman (a551ff)

  47. What, you expected something other than mealy-mouthed mendaciousness form Obama and Kerry?

    mojo (00b01f)

  48. 28. I have been trying to think if there is anyone that a normal person (meaning not rabidly partisan on either side) could consider to be a competent member of the upper echelon of the Obama government.

    elissa (ed94eb) — 7/28/2014 @ 8:44 am

    Cabinet level, no. They’re all incompetent political hacks.

    But at the level just below, which also requires Senate confirmation, I can think of a least one.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_O._Work

    I’m familiar with his work on the LCS program. He’s competent.

    The boat isn’t any great shakes. I wouldn’t want to go war in it. But after a certain point your only option is to salute and make do with what you got, deal with the fact your country is sending you to war in a death trap, and do the best you can.

    Army pilots in the early days of WWII can probably understand what I’m driving at. Especially if they drove the export version of the P-39 Bell AiraCobra, the P-400. The joke at the the time was that “P-400″ stood for a P-40 (Curtis Warhawk) with a zero on it’s tail. Or, more recently, in the ’90s Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF). Taiwanese test pilots forced to wring out the thing claimed IDF actually stood for,”It Doesn’t Fly.”

    The ironically named Bob Work wasn’t the cause of the problems with the LCS. He wasn’t the single point of failure who saddled the Navy with it. I can’t blame him for that. If the POS doesn’t turn out to be an absolute disaster (It will be, if there’s a war; it’s not survivable), a huge part of the credit will go to Bob Work.

    Point being (and yes there’s a point) I a curious about the premise of your question.

    (meaning not rabidly partisan on either side)

    I’m probably thought of as one of the most, if not the most, partisans who comments here. And yet, I don’t hate Ds because they’re Ds. I don’t love Rs because they’re Rs.

    I went out of my way to get an autographed copy of Jim Webb’s “Lost Soldiers.” Last I checked he was a Democrat.

    I would walk across the street to shake Bob Kerrey’s hand. Democrat.

    I wouldn’t walk across the street to pee on John F’n Kerry if he was on fire. Democrat.

    Same thing for McCain. Republican.

    Wherein is my partisanship?

    Steve57 (7f8e80)


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