Secretary of State John Kerry has once again shown how backwards the “smart power” administration of Barack Obama has been on international issues. President Obama and his minions have managed to wreak havoc around the planet in just five short years. They have alienated our allies and given comfort to our enemies. Meanwhile, we’ve grown ever weaker on the international stage and even more despised -- something we once thought was impossible.
From Libya to Syria, from Brazil to Venezuela, from China to North Korea, from Iran to Russia and across Europe, President Obama has actually managed to make everything worse.
Apparently President Bush isn’t to blame for everything.
Recently, John Kerry managed to do a lot of damage on a trip to Israel where he spoke as though he had no idea what was going on in the region. He was roundly criticized by Israeli media, politicians and the average Joe on the street. Some creative Israelis went so far as to create a video mocking the Secretary of State and it’s going viral.
The best line?
“Dividing Jerusalem is not an easy thing. We must realize it is holy to all religions - Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Klingons and Hobbits. But what I’m saying is: why fight over an old wall? I’ll build you a brand new wall, close to the beach.”
Making fun of John Kerry is fun!
So why’d they make this video?
Dani Dayan, the Yesha Council’s international envoy, said the video aimed to “highlight the infeasibility of John Kerry’s proposals, which are at best unrealistic and at worst a danger to the State of Israel.”
It was released after several high-ranking Israeli politicians launched apparently coordinated attacks on Mr Kerry for warning at a security conference in Munich last weekend that the Jewish state faced the risk of an economic boycott if no peace deal was reached with the Palestinians.
Naftali Bennett, the industry minister and leader of the far-Right Jewish Home party, accused Mr Kerry of acting as a “mouthpiece for anti-Semitic boycott threats”…
Moshe Yaalon, a hawkish Israeli cabinet minister, triggered the diplomatic row by dismissing Kerry’s frenetic peacemaking efforts as meddling motivated by “an incomprehensible obsession and a sense of messianism.” “The only thing that might save us is if John Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us be.”
Whoa. Let’s just say that Israel is not happy with John Kerry (or Barack Obama, for that matter). Susan Rice, she of the great Benghazi lie, was not happy. She took to the internet to heap scorn upon the Israeli politicians for daring to believe that they know better about the situation they live in than does some Northeastern Liberal Elitist like Kerry.
Rice tweeted her defense of Kerry. “Personal attacks in Israel directed at Sec Kerry totally unfounded and unacceptable,” Ms Rice wrote in one tweet. Another said: “U.S. Govt has been clear and consistent that we reject efforts to boycott or delegitimize Israel.”
Whatever transpires from Kerry’s recent Middle East jaunt – we can be sure that one outcome is that Israel is watching us with a skeptical eye. This latest dustup is just more evidence that the only thing President Obama has accomplished with his foreign policy in the last five years is to make the USA less relevant and less influential. Way to go. (Sarcasm intended.)