Inside the White House
By William Koenig
John Kerry’s Legacy: One Disaster After Another, Leaving Middle East In Turmoil
John Kerry told the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2016, that in four years as secretary of state, he had 375 public conversations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and held 40 in-person visits. Kerry expressed frustration that more than 130 hours of conversation with Netanyahu have failed to slow Israel’s settlement construction in the West Bank.
Israel is “heading to a place of danger,” warned Kerry.
He stated this 2-hours after PM Benjamin Netanyahu told the same Saban Forum that settlement activity is not the reason for the absence of peace.
On Wednesday, John Kerry gave his exhaustive 1 hour and 17 minute speech on the reason there wasn’t peace, blaming it on Israeli settlement construction. Kerry’s one-sided message caused outrage among both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, as well as President-elect Donald Trump.
Former peace envoy Dennis Ross told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday, “Part of the problem with the Kerry approach is that it’s an all or nothing approach – and the problem with an all or nothing approach is that it always produces nothing.”
Furthermore, because of harsh reactions from Republicans and Democrats, Times of Israel reported,“President Barack Obama will not allow any further United Nations measures critical of Israel to pass during the remainder of his term, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes promised on Wednesday.”
Times of Israel further reported, that when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if Secretary of State John Kerry had indicated in his speech earlier Wednesday that the U.S. would veto any other potential U.N. resolution that may come forward during the rest of Obama’s presidency, Rhodes said, “Yes.”
Unfortunately, John Kerry has left behind a disaster, not only in Israel and the Middle East, but in other parts of the world as well. He will be remembered as the worst secretary of state in this past century. His incompetence along with Barack Obama’s decisions of the past eight years will leave a huge mess for the next U.S. president.
The following is a list of his actions or events that occurred under Kerry’s watch:
- Failure of the Israeli-Palestinian talks and his actions, comments and blame have further isolated Israel
- Democrats and Republicans are furious over the U.N. Resolution 2234 vote
- Lied about direct involvement in U.N. Resolution 2234
- Iran nuclear deal empowered them financially and strategically
- ISIS turned from a junior varsity team into a major international terror operation
- Iran has taken charge of the Iraqi military
- Yemen civil war worsened dramatically, pitting the Saudi-backed fighters against the Iranian-backed fighters
- The overthrow of the Obama-backed Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by General al-Sisi opened a door for the Russians
- An estimated 400,000 Syrians have been slaughtered despite the red-line violation established by Obama; his cease-fire negotiations were major failures
- The relationship with Turkey has soured dramatically
- Putin’s moves into the Ukraine and Crimea and the challenging of NATO with no meaningful response outside of sanctions
- North Korea got bolder with missile tests designed to carry a nuclear weapon
- China made an aggressive move in Southeast Asia
- Turkey’s Erdogan dropped a bombshell claim on Thursday that confirmed evidence of U.S. led coalition forces support of ISIS – Fox News
If a Republican president or secretary of state had shown this ineptness in the Middle East, the U.S. press would have obliterated them instead they will micromanage and attempt to question every response or action to contend with the international disasters Obama and Kerry have left behind.
Fortunately, President-elect Trump has selected a very formidable defense team of General Mattes as Secretary of Defense, General Flynn as National Security Advisor, Congressman Mike Pompeo as CIA Director, and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, but it won’t be easy and it will be filled with many significant challenges and complications. At least these men know the players, the territory and are extremely competent.