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Kerry's 'Realism' Slips Into Callousness

Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 11:49 AM
I am pushing the opposite of moral superiority: the recognition that we can't right every wrong in the world. We can't even right the wrongs in our own country. And if you look at conflicts like Sandinista-Contra, it's clear that we can't always decide what's right and what's wrong. This is the human situation. Some people think humans can be perfected; some people don't (read Sowell's "A Conflict of Visions"). In order to avoid the constant political vacillation on what we should or shouldn't be doing in Country X, perhaps it's better to stay out of Country X's business in the first place. BTW, a person can have an opinion without personal involvement. I think it's really cold on Jupiter, even though I've never been there.

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...