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Kerry's 'Realism' Slips Into Callousness

Neal from PA Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 10:47 AM
“Both realism and idealism have a role to play in US statecraft, but the problem with the "realist" approach is that it too easily slips into callousness. Autocratic regimes may brush off mass murder or violent repression as other countries' "internal affairs," but such coldness is unworthy of the United States.” Totally unworthy of the United States of America is an understatement of the highest order. This unworthiness is the catalyst for what is currently taking place and will lead to a global conflict never imaged by the so called “realist”. They are not “realist”, they are dreamers.

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...