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Kerry's 'Realism' Slips Into Callousness

Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 2:01 PM
Marc, I did not mean to send you so far over the edge on New Year's Eve - it's supposed to be a holiday. I apologize and promise this will be my last rejoinder. Please indulge my setting the record straight: (a) I'm pretty sure I am the opposite of a communist, (b) if speaking out in despair over the current path of our nation is treason, then so be it*, (c) a major, bowl-winning university has declared me non-stupid three times, (d) I am so far from being a liberal I could make even you cringe, and (e) I have never seen American Idol, though I do occasionally enjoy American Hot Rod despite its contrived drama. * "If this be treason, then make the most of it." - Patrick Henry, who is no one's idea of a traitor

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...