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Kerry's 'Realism' Slips Into Callousness

Dan7309 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 9:02 AM
How about you, Dave64, being named Secretary of State. I like to base foreign policy on the great words of Clint Eastwood in 'Dirty Harry', "When are you going to quit messing around with this guy'. This coddling done by our government of all our true, identified enemies has led this once great country down the nauseating role as no longer the great world power we once were. We have, sadly, now become useful to the much wealthier countries such as China as only a debtor with a large consumer base willing to sell their very soul just for a chance to buy the latest gadget. The future no longer exists to this generation. They want it and will do anything to get it now.

WHEN IT COMES to foreign policy, John F. Kerry is no John F. Kennedy.

In his 1961 inaugural address, the 35th president of the United States declared that Americans would "pay any price, bear any burden" in their ongoing defense of liberty and human rights "at home and around the world." Like other presidents before and since – Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush – JFK believed that it was America's destiny to advance freedom and democratic self-government, and oppose the world's tyrants. This is the "idealist" approach to US foreign policy.

Kerry sees America's role differently. For nearly...