The Senate has approved John Kerry to be the next Secretary of State. Mr. Kerry was confirmed by a large margin, and appropriately so. He has decades of experience, strong relationships with foreign leaders, and the essential qualification: the confidence of the President. Amidst a chaotic global scene, the long-time Massachusetts Senator has a broad range of ambitions:
At his Senate confirmation hearing, Mr. Kerry said he hoped to help expand U.S. business overseas and use economic development to engage with countries such as Egypt and Libya. [ . . . ]Mr. Kerry also could have influence in holding off budget cuts mandated under a 2011 debt deal. State Department spending is part of the non-security spending that is to be cut under the law.He also has been one of the leading congressional voices in pushing to combat climate change, a position he is expected to advance at the State Department.
The Middle East meltdown, the surging post-Libya round in the War on Terror, and the Game of Thrones in Asia will give the first white male Secretary of State in 15 years plenty to think about. As we watch, Via Meadia wishes him every possible success.