A resurgent Russia, under a ruthless and savvy autocrat, is flexing its muscles in Eastern Europe. Communist China is threatening our allies and our interests in the Pacific. That same Russia and China appear headed for closer relations. Iran, thanks to the feckless naivete of Obama and Kerry, are poised to have nuclear weapons, with which they have vowed to destroy Israel. North Korea, in league with that very same Iran, continues to act provocatively, with full approval of the PRC, despite public protestations to the contrary. The “Arab Spring” has unleashed radical Islamists throughout the region. Russian influence throughout the Middle East has been exponentially enhanced by America’s “leading from behind” fiasco. We are without a viable grand strategy, and are slicing our Armed Forces to well below the levels at which we can defend our interests and deter our adversaries.
So what is Secretary of State John Kerry’s “critical mission” in his message to his diplomatic corps?
“Protecting our environment and meeting the challenge of global climate change is a critical mission for me as our country’s top diplomat,” Kerry said in the letter issued on Friday to all 275 US embassies and across the State Department.
Yep. Climate change. America’s foreign policy team is being pushed around and laughed at for the pathetically weak milquetoasts they are. Our credibility in the world is sinking alarmingly. Our adversaries and rivals are acting with impunity, virtually without fear of repercussion from what remains (for the time being) the most powerful nation on earth. Our allies are frantically scrambling to fill the security gap where America once stood. What strategic leverage we might have, abundant sources of fossil fuel energy, is being deliberately suppressed by these same far-left “environmentalists” in the name of “saving the planet”.
An editorial this Friday in the leftist rag that passes for the local paper here in Upper Valley of Vermont tried to make the argument that somehow Republicans were being disingenuous in claiming Obama to be a strong-arm quasi-dictator on the one hand, while accusing him of being pathetically weak on the other. Of course, the columnist assiduously avoided the fact that Vladimir Putin (and Rouhani in Iran, Assad in Syria, etc.) is immune to intimidation by Eric Holder, or Lois Lerner, or Kathleen Sibelius. Foreign policy means dealing with people whom cannot be silenced by Obama being able to sic the apparatus of government upon those who defy him. Alinsky’s “rules for radicals” work for domestic politics, when opponents are not willing to kill and starve and imprison on a massive scale to achieve their goals. But ideologues like Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry, and Barack Obama are way out of their element in dealing with foreign leaders who understand REAL power. Leaders who call their bluffs regarding “red lines” and “severe consequences”, and such. Which results in President Obama “prancing around swinging his purse at Moscow”, as SKK so eloquently expressed. Putin and Lavrov have shown utter contempt for Obama and Kerry, and it is not difficult to understand why.
So in place of actual statesmanship, John Kerry injects tripe about “climate change”. (Which used to be “global warming”, if you are keeping score, until far-left environmentalists could no longer obscure the fact that the world was not, in fact, getting warmer. Not to be confused with “global cooling”, which 40 years ago was the “settled science”, until they could no longer obscure the fact that the world was not, in fact, getting cooler.) It is not at all clear how a diplomat in an embassy or a consulate can quite go about “elevat(ing) the environment in everything we do”, or how that got to be the job of a diplomat in the first place. Oh, wait. Because it was one of John Kerry’s “causes”.
“The environment has been one of the central causes of my life.”
Right. Along with claiming America was “the world’s monster”, advocating for wealth-redistribution statist socialism, collaborating with our nation’s enemies (worthy of a drone strike?), and fomenting anti-American sentiment wherever he went. Oh, and avoiding taxes due on his yacht (where he spent significant time during the recent Egypt crisis and then lied about it, by the way). And jet-setting to any of several multimillion-dollar homes. No word on whether advancing America’s strategic interests appears anywhere in there.
And it ain’t like his boss drove a Prius to his Florida golf vacation. Which comes just weeks after his Hawaii golf vacation.
The United States will pay a terrible price for the mind-boggling incompetence resident in the people entrusted with our foreign policy. They, themselves, the Kerrys and Obamas, the Hillarys, they won’t. But we will. It is difficult to overstate that incompetence. Though, between last week’s appearance on Meet the Press, and this inane memo to our diplomats this week, Kerry seems as if he is sure giving it a try.