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article imageOp-Ed: John Kerry defends Obama against Fox News, Lindsey Graham, others

By John Presta     Jul 21, 2014 in Politics
Washington, D. C. - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was busy on Sunday, appearing on five Sunday talk shows and completing the "full Ginsburg." Kerry spent time praising Obama foreign policy and defending against political enemies seeking gain in the mid-term elections.
Kerry spent his Sunday defending President Barack Obama, himself and the administration against the unending attacks by the Fox News crowd, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and an endless list of right-wing neocons, ready to pounce on every foreign policy issue, whether justified or unjustified, for purely political motives with an eye toward the mid-term elections.
The critics on the right also want to reverse the narrative that Democrats are stronger on national security and defense than the Republicans. A new Politico poll shows Americans are fed up with foreign interventions around the world, yet the right continues its defense of intervention anywhere and everywhere. "Americans are recoiling from direct engagement overseas and oppose U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine by large margins," Politico reported on the poll results.
On NBC's Meet the Press, Graham called Kerry's foreign policy ventures "delusional," but offered no substance to back up that claim. McCain is fond of claiming that the world is in greater turmoil than any time in his lifetime.
“I agree with the analysis, to the degree that it says that the world is in turmoil right now,” Kerry responded to the McCain claim. “And the world is, because enormous numbers of forces have been unleashed with globalization, with the Arab Spring, with the radical religious extremism, none of which are the fault of President Obama.”
In a highly-charged interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, Kerry was on the offensive. “You like to ask questions, but you don’t like to get answers!” pointed out that when Wallace of Fox News asked about tougher sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program, Kerry reacted. “I know you and others don’t ever want to give the Obama administration credit for almost anything,” he charged, “but the fact is this is the first administration to get a [nuclear] rollback in ten years.”
So it went on Sunday, as Kerry vigorously defended the Obama administration's foreign policy successes. Kerry went on to list the successes on NBC's Meet the Press with David Gregory. "But the facts could not be more clear. The United States of America has never been more engaged in helping to lead in more places than we are now," said Kerry.
"I just came back from China, where we are engaged with the Chinese in dealing with North Korea. And you will notice, since the visit last year, North Korea has been quieter," said Kerry. "With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out. With respect the Iraq, we are deeply involved now in the process of government formation, helping the Iraqis to be able to choose a government of unity that can reunite it."
Kerry went on listing the successes. "On Afghanistan, we helped strike a deal recently to help warring parties in the contest of the election to be able to come together and hold Afghanistan together. With respect to Iran, this president has taken the risk of putting together a negotiation. For the first time in ten years, the Iranian nuclear program is actually being rolled backwards."
Kerry wasn't finished yet. "We negotiated a ceasefire in an effort to try to bring troops into south Sudan. We've negotiated a disarming of the M-23 rebel group in Democratic Republic of the Congo. We're negotiating a major economic treaty, a package trade agreement with Europe."
In completing, Kerry said, "I would tell you something, David. One thing I've seen for certain, people aren't worried around the United States and sitting there saying, 'We want the United States to leave.' People are worried that the United States might leave."
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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