Perception or Truth?
10:01 AM, Jan 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In his time on stage at Davos, Secretary of State John Kerry felt obliged to assert that the United State is not withdrawing from the international stage. That it is, in fact, more involved and more of a player than ever. As Terry Atlas of Bloomberg reports, Kerry was:
Kerry used the word “myth.” And one can understand why “domestic critics” might have a reason to make such criticisms and perpetuate such a myth. These critics, it should be pointed out, include Fareed Zakaria who is not normally considered a strong opponent of the administration (the president, after all, reads his stuff) and who recently called the administration’s deal with Iran “a train wreck."
But what about those “foreign officials?” If the U.S. is not retreating, what is the incentive for them to say so and, presumably, to act accordingly. Hard to imagine that they are doing it just to get under Kerry’s skin.
Kerry, meanwhile, argues that:
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