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Smooth Sailing For Kerry In Secretary Of State Confirmation Hearing

January 24, 2013 2:37 pm Category: Memo Pad 24 Comments A+ / A-
Smooth Sailing For Kerry In Secretary Of State Confirmation Hearing

Massachusetts senator John Kerry breezed through a relatively uneventful Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing Thursday morning, leaving the former presidential candidate poised to become President Barack Obama’s second Secretary of State.

Kerry was introduced to the committee that he currently chairs by freshman senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and longtime friend Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Warren declared that she “will be proud” to say Kerry represents the United States, while Clinton called Kerry “the right choice” to replace her at the State Department.

McCain — who sharply criticized Clinton during yesterday’s hearings on the September 11th attack in Benghazi — had nothing but praise for his longtime colleague and fellow Vietnam veteran, saying “I recommend his nomination without reservation.”

In Kerry’s opening remarks, he argued that “foreign policy is economic policy,” and warned that Congress must put “its fiscal house in order.”

“In many ways the greatest challenge to America’s foreign policy will be in your hands, not mine,” Kerry said, “and as a recovering member of the supercommittee, I am especially cognizant of the fact that we can’t be strong in the world unless we’re strong at home.”

In an emotional moment, Kerry recalled his father’s diplomatic work by saying “If you confirm me, I would take office as secretary proud that the Senate is in my blood, but equally proud that so, too, is the Foreign Service.”

“I wish everyone in the country could see and understand first-hand the devotion, loyalty and amazingly hard, often dangerous work that our diplomats on the front lines do,” he added.

Kerry went on to reference the Benghazi controversy by saying he was looking forward to discussing “the commitment that we make in our foreign affairs budget — less than one percent of the entire budget of government — at a time when the world is getting smaller, that our economy depends on its relationship with every other country in the world, that we face a more global market than any other time in our history.”

Towards the end of Kerry’s hearing, a protestor burst into the room and began shouting about U.S. policy in the Middle East. Kerry refused to condemn the woman, noting “when I first came to Washington and testified, I obviously was testifying as part of a group of people who came here to have their voices heard. And that is, above all, what this place is about…People measure what we do. And, in a way, that’s a good exclamation point to my testimony.”

Kerry offered few unexpected answers to the senators’ questions, primarily using his time to advocate for President Obama’s foreign policy. On Iran, Kerry stressed “We will do what we must do to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and I repeat here today, our policy is not containment. It is prevention, and the clock is ticking on our efforts to secure responsible compliance.”

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  • highpckts

    I’m sorry but he is a POOR replacement for Hillary!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1710087686 Bob Shipp

    Damn right the gop wants him confirmed! They are salivating at the prospect of Scott Brown returning to the Senate.
    As a VVAW fellow traveler with Kerry I support most of the positions he has taken but I just don’t know about him as SoS.
    Kerry is an ok guy but I still think someone with a John Huntsman like background and world view could do a better job.
    I don’t expect to be disappointed in Kerry’s performance as SoS, I just think we could have done better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      Yes Kerry Is A Great Choice!! But Don’t Forget These Thugs In Congress Most Of Them Are Way Pass The Retirement Age They Are Just Saving Their Energy To Screw With Hagel!! Cause Hagel Will Cut Down The War Monger Money Train The Defense Budget!!! And All They Are Doing Is Putting The Nails In Their Own Coffins!! People Are Really Getting Tried Of Their Never Ending Bullshit Witch Hunting!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Now Harry Reid Turn Traitor!!! He Cave In!! :-(

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Teri-L-Travis/703689896 Teri L Travis

      Bob; You took the words out my mouth. “Damn right the gop wants him confirmed! They are salivating at the prospect of Scott Brown returning to the Senate.” The Republicons are dying to get dwindle down the dems majority in the senate. I Really Hope the Dems have a great candidate to replace Kerry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.hoover2 Dennis Hoover

    Did you catch Kerry’s open minded and accepting reaction to the lady protester ? THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST SIGNS THAT HE’S A GOOD MAN FOR THE JOB.

    He’s got plenty of experience, he knows how to handle himself in dealing with the public and humble enough to listen to someone with a complaint. He’ll do a great job for our country as long as he can stand up to pressure from the Lobby and not do everything they want, Its time our state department show them the road a little more often.

    • latebloomingrandma

      He is one of the few “statesmen” left in the Congress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Sen Kerry is not Hillary Clinton, but he will do an acceptable job. I can’t help wondering how he would perform if there is another terrorist attack against U.S. interests abroad and a Congressional investigation takes place. Good thing we didn’t have those investigations when W was in office or the do-nothing Congress of yesteryear would not have been able to go to the restroom considering the frequency of terrorist attacks in those days…

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HGC4BGWVYXV76PHZBPSPOOU5GA Independent1

      Dominick, I agree completely. I did a little research and came up with the following list of “frequent terrorist attacks in those days …” (I’m assuming you meant under GOP presidencies)”: There’s actually quite a list and lots of people killed.

      Bush Years:
      2001 – World Trade Center, New York and Pentagon, DC; 3,000 Americans killed

      2002 – US Consulate in Karachi Pakistan attacked, 12 killed; 51 injured.
      2003 – International Compound, Saudi Arabia, 17 killed
      2003 – US Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 2 killed
      2004 – US Embassy bombed in Uzbekistan, 2 killed 9 injured
      .
      2004 – US Consulate Saudi Arabia, 8 killed

      2006 – US Consulate, Karachi, Pakistan, 4 killed including US diplomat
      2006 – US Embassy, Syria, 1 killed and 13 wounded

      2007 – Grenade launched into the US Embassy in Athens.

      2008 – US Embassy, Serbia, attacked by thousands, no one killed

      2008 – US Consulate, Turkey, 3 killed
      2008 – US Embassy in Yemen bombed, 13 killed.

      Also:
      -Under George HW Bush, there were 12 Embassy attacks with 60 being killed
      -Under Reagan, there were 7 Embassies attacked with 31 being killed including 17 Americans. – Under Nixon, 3 Embassies were attacked with 3 killed.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

        Independent1, your list needs to be published in every newspaper, magazine and reported repeatly on national news to remind the people with selected memories how many people were killed that worked for the state department at the embassies and the other places when Bush 2 was president. In his first 4 years 3o51 were murdered . Four deaths are bad but not as bad as the lost of 3043 people and there was not one investigation into any of them. Have you sent this list to Senators Graham and McClain to ask them why they didn’t hold any investigations into those deaths? It would be interesting to find out what they say if they answer you back.

      • neeceoooo

        Wow, that is amazing. Hillbilly is right, the US needs to see these totals. And they have the nerve to blast Hillary.

      • hfassihi

        Yes my friend . If we look closer we ‘ll see that Iran has no place in all these crimes! That’s why I posted my opinion about 15 minutes ago that where Sen.Kerry should start working to bring peace and stability to the world. Please read my opinion that I posted 15 minutes ago! Let me know if I am wrong and why. And what is your solution and how you can help to make the world full of love, joy , peace and hope to specially young people. I have two grandsons and I want them to live in a secure world. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

    Kerry is a coward and a traitor having appeared with Hanoi Jane . Kerry is also the richest member of congress but he was incapable of earning it himself …He simply married his wealth ..Then he moved his Yacht from his home state to avoid paying taxes on it …Can we see his Tax returns ? Naw didnt think so . He will do as well as Hillary Concussion did . That is to say he will be a treasonous failure . Since Obama took Office Iran is on the verge of Nuking up and he wants that to happen . Obama and Hill have told Israel to rotate on it and go back to 1967 borders as a starting point in negotiating with Hamas terrorists ( of couse they are Muslim and Obama always sides with his faith ) Iran protestor could’ve overthrown the dictator and Mullahs there but when they did their Arab spring Obama offered NO support . He did in Egypt and in Libya and now we have two new countries under the control of Obamas Muslim Brotherhiod brothers . Al Qaeda has spread its wings and instead of being dead or on the run are openly attacking us with weapons we gave to Libya . they are now in over 12 countries in N Africa from Somalia and Mali to Algeria Libya Egypt Chad Sudan the list is long and distinguished like my Johnson. You Liberals are so Indoctrinated it is funny ….Sith mind tricks do work on the weak minded

    • Sand_Cat

      So what medication did you fail to take before penning the above mass of fabrications and delusions?

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        LMAO!! You Just Made My Day!!! LOL

      • neeceoooo

        Maybe he has been drinking the cool aid again.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

        Im not a Democrat collecting disability while I do Heroin and watch Maury all day . I deal in fact and common sense as you can see . What are you on ? Meth po mans crack ? hairwon( spelled ebonically ) ?

    • hfassihi

      It’s people like you that promote war! Believe me war is nothing but devistathing . We all should speak nicely. Nice words can bring peace. Let’s help Sen.Kerry to solve the problems and bring peace to the world.

  • Sand_Cat

    I agree we should “find out exactly what happened” on September 11th. September 11, 2001, that is. And also exactly what happened subsequently when our government was transformed from an at least nominal adherent to international law and the Geneva Convention to a criminal abusing prisoners of war and flagrantly violating both US and international law on torture. And how much time the perpetrators of these outrages should serve in Federal Penitentiaries.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFYZP2APYPP7H6PWS2ZDQRWFEQ Hillbilly

    Republicans want Kerry confirmed as Secretary of State they think they can replace him with a Republican, but they can’t the people of Massachusetts are smarter than that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RGOUPZ3JYNMPBVOHLZRCRVRD6Q ivory69690

    tell the GOP that one of them will have to be the new secretary of state there would be a rush to the door none of them have the cookies to take that job thy like it just fine being cowards and just trying to mess up the country and the Pres. from with in

  • hfassihi

    I am sure Sen. Kerry will do an excellent job in this new post. I have posted my opinion on this matter since it was brought up last couple of months. He is accepted around the world. This is the best time and opportunity for peace an security around the world. Talk with Iran Sen. Kerry. Getting closer to Iran and having a good relation based on mutual trust will solve so many problems around the world,economically and politically. Living in Massachusetts for years and knowing Sen. Kerry’s ideas I strongly believe that he is able to bring peace to the world. As an Iranian- American I mentioned before and I mention now that Sen. Kerry is Secretary of States , I am ready to help him like every peace loving people to achieve his mission of PEACE. At least telling the world who he is.

  • bchrista

    Hey Michael Stoll if your predictions are true as posted here today then if I were in your shos I would be finding the deepest hole I could find and crawl in and pull the dirt in after me because usually they target the strongest and smartest Americans so they can intimidate the weak into surrender and since the President is a card carrying muslin and his followers are sheepie who follow him blindly you will be the only brave American left behind to defend the country, Oh by the way when you leave please bring the flag with you, since as you say Obama is a Muslin he has no need for it and you our great american hero will have to protect it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PCU4APA43XE4W53NMP7HQNJXWU cdozatuck

    welcome another Edomite into the fold!Shalom!!

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