A Glimpse of the Judgment of Obama's Likely Second Term Secretary of State
3:45 PM, Jul 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
At the end of an interesting op-ed, Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevy relates an interesting and revealing anecdote about Senator John Kerry, who is believed to be in the running for the secretary of state position should Barack Obama be reelected.
"Western naiveté about the Middle East is hardly confined to Egypt," Klein Halevy writes.
So John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in the 2004 election, left Damascus believing that Syrian strongman "Bashar al-Assad was ready for peace with Israel." A year later, Assad would still be killing his own people--and have come no closer to a lasting peace with Israel.
All Israel had to do, according to Kerry, was give up land to a murderous dictator to achieve peace.
Kerry likes to play foreign policy statesman, but his judgment on these issues is, well, not reliable.