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Better Late Than Never
Kerry to Begin Shuttle Diplomacy over Brexit
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  • vb

    You overlooked Obama’s great accomplisment in allowing trannies to choose their bathrooms at National Parks.

    • Jim__L

      Every time someone outside the bubble of elite Liberal opinion rolls his or her eyes at Obama’s social agenda, the US loses a bit of ground diplomatically.

      Hearts and minds? Who needs ’em?

  • jeburke

    Ditto that.

  • sacip

    Committing trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives, plus hundreds of thousands of maimed and disabled, to prevent the imminent use of non-existent WMDs—-sorry, but where exactly are the “good intentions”? Yeah, I know–“But he kept us safe”, right?

  • Anthony

    “The central weakness of the Obama Administration has been its repeatedly demonstrated lack of strategic insight: an inability to differentiate between the important and the trivial, the symbolic and the substantive, the necessary and the optional, the truly dangerous and the inconsequential. It is also bad at understanding linkages: the ways that problems and policies in one set of issues or in one region of the world impact American options, prestige and effectiveness in others.”

    Historical continuity, American rooted experience, appreciation of range of job (again history), legitimate diplomatic preparation (soft/hard power deftness), and, yes, the linkages and their 21st century tensions and risks reveal themselves as significant factors in WRM’s lament, seven and half years later. The Presidency remains a high powered position despite our general horse race distraction.

    • Angel Martin

      “The Presidency remains a high powered position…”

      Not with Obama there it doesn’t. Foreign leaders are more interested in what Trump has to say. This election is about Trump and his agenda, so he is the central figure.

      Obama is irrelevant and Hillary only matters if Trump doesn’t win.

      • Anthony

        asch.org/news/2016/06/26/anti-intellectualism-is-biggest-threat-to-modern-society/

  • Andrew Allison

    Judging by the results of his shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, it’s a waste of jet fuel.

    • f1b0nacc1

      And that contributes to global warming!!!!!! Why don’t we think of the children and make Kerry STAY HOME

  • adk

    “Finally Obama parachuted in, made a speech, and expected his charisma and wisdom to work miracles.”

    Yeah, just like with that summer Olympics awarded to Chicago by the IOC after a similar Obama intervention. Or when he ordered the oceans to stop rising. Or when he made his famous speech on America’s respect for Islam in Cairo in 2009 which turned around the Arab world’s attitudes towards the US in an instant. Or when…

  • Fat_Man

    I tend to regard Brexit as a tempest in a very tiny teapot. I believe that no matter what the outcome is, very little will change in the lives of anyone who is not wear in an expensive suit while in his office in London, Brussels, and, maybe, New York. They idea that John Kerry has anything useful to contribute to this situation is laughable. But, his entire tenure at DoS has been laughable., or at least I have to laugh to keep from crying.

  • GS

    The best obaa can do about any situation is to parachute not IN, but OUT OF, it.

  • Tom

    Why is it that the smartest guy in the room always seems to be a day late and a dollar short?

  • FriendlyGoat

    The world markets seem to be believing that full Brexit will never happen.

    • Angel Martin

      No, they have realized that the impact will be insignificant.

      If UK trades with EU under WTO rules, the average tariff is 4.5%. The decline in the Pound since the vote will cover that.

      • FriendlyGoat

        I’m inclined to think that traders are relying (as they always do) on confidence in central banks and accommodations from central banks.

  • Angel Martin

    What is John Kerry needed for here, anyway ?

    i don’t think the way forward for the UK is any great mystery.

    1) revoke the UK law defining EU law as supreme
    2) pass an enabling law encoding current EU law as UK law until such time as it is changed (so everything stays the same for now).
    3) pass an omnibus Trade law under WTO rules that penalizes EU export surplus industries (like autos)
    4) invoke article 50 and start the clock

    the next two years will be spent negotiating the EU trade relationship with the UK opening position defined in 3).

    also, the next PM can get some early wins by voiding some of the most idiotic EU rules like the size and shape restrictions on fruits and vegetables, banning electric kettles, requiring horse passports, banning unsupervised children from blowing up balloons, banning the composting of tea bags, banning diabetics from driving cars, banning sales of any food by number instead of by weight, banning unsupervised children from using party favour whistles, banning car insurance that charges men more, banning the deportation of dangerous criminals, banned incandescent light bulb and decent shower heads, limiting cinnamon in pastries etc.. etc.. etc…

  • Samuel Adams

    With Kerry, less is definitely more. Couldn’t we just use global warming, er, “climate change” to ground him until next January? The British are perfectly capable of handling the Germans (the rest of the EU really doesn’t matter). The Germans, who have used the Euro as the cornerstone of the world’s greatest seller financing scheme for exports have no interest in losing one of their largest markets.

  • Reginald Pettifogger

    Could they book Lurch’s flights on Air Malaysia?

  • gvanderleun

    Sad that Mead still doesn’t want to cop to the oceans of democrat drool, but he’s hopelessly intellectually colonized.

  • Icepilot

    “… expected his charisma and wisdom to work miracles.”
    There’s a word for people who keep doing something over & over (with the same result), yet expecting a different outcome.

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