After WWI the US was the major power in the world, hence whatever we did had consequences and if they were bad, well they affected other countries worse than us. Now that there are some real competition screwing up has consequences that will affect us big time. Kerry is a political hack, much like Hillary, they think in political short term advantage and have no concept of reaching a long term goal. But this is par for the Obama group. Clinton has been terrible and I expect nothing better from Kerry, but the media will love him.