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Kerry's 'Realism' Slips Into Callousness

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 3:59 PM
In 1971 Kerry protested the Vietnam War by throwing someone else's medals over the Capitol fence. I suggest that he let someone else take the oath of office as Secretary of State.

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...