Most annoyingly, Kerry attempted to lecture Bolton on what liberal think-tank "intellectuals" believe is the reason behind our failure to make headway with North Korea. Kerry said, "Most of the people that I've talked to spent a lot of time in various thoughtful institutions thinking about these issues -- a career -- believe that what North Korea wants more than anything is an assurance that the United States of America wasn't going to have a strategy similar to Iraq directed at them."
That's right, we're the bad guy and the mistreated dictator needs assurances from us that we're not going to nuke him. In Kerry's world, the dictator is reasonable in being suspicious of the United States because we attacked Iraq based on WMD that Kerry says didn't exist, we employed a "preemptive strategy of regime change" and we are pursuing our own nuclear weapons, including bunker busters. Bolton exposed Kerry's sophistry here by explaining that any assurances North Korea required from us -- the thought of which is ludicrous -- could be communicated in six-party talks just as easily as bilateral ones. But Kerry wasn't finished bashing America. He said that all you have to do to understand how bad the United States is to "talk to any leader anywhere in the world" and you'll "run headlong into the isolation of the United States and the divisions that exist between us and our allies on any number of issues."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't we just establish that Kerry was chastising the administration for not dropping four other allies in our negotiations with North Korea? Man, as much experience Kerry has at lying, he is still not very accomplished at it.
Next, for good measure, Kerry shared his opinion of the moral equivalence between the United States and the Soviet Empire (aka "the Evil Empire") in pursing nuclear arms during the Cold War. So, just like the benevolent Soviet Union, North Korea is simply another good faith player on the international stage trying to protect itself against that global bully and pariah, the United States.
Sure, John Kerry doesn't blame America first; he just has contempt for those who don't.