February 5, 2013

John Kerry, Secretary of Retrenchment

Seth Mandel, Contentions

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Clinton, according to the Times, was too much of an interventionist for the Obama White House. This insight illuminates the Kerry selection: John Kerry can give you a thousand reasons not to do something.

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