January 31, 2014

Obama's Legacy Now in Kerry's Hands

Michael Hirsh, National Journal

The Associated Press

John Kerry seems to know exactly what he wants. Whether his president, much less the rest of Washington, is fully behind him is another matter. Despite President Obama's repeated endorsement of "American diplomacy" in his State of the Union speech—and Kerry's best efforts to ensure that no one detect any daylight between him and his boss—the secretary of State seems oddly out of place in this second Obama administration. It is largely a difference of attitude. By the accounts of friends and colleagues, Kerry is fearless and full of hope about remaking the world's most troubled region—to a fault, say his critics, who think he's out of touch with reality—while Obama seems somewhat weary of the world and partly in a defensive crouch against the dangers of failure....

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TAGGED: U.S. Foreign Policy, United States, John Kerry, Barack Obama


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