Tag Archives: Secretary of State John Kerry

Candidates mislead voters on trade

All three presidential candidates are pandering to voters on trade rather than educating them to the complexity of the issue. Demagoguing it, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders simplistically blame trade pacts for disappearing jobs and dimmed future prospects. Back in 2012,  Hillary … Continue reading

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Iran nuclear deal better than doing nothing

Figuring out how I feel about the Iran deal has been a struggle. But, as I have read more about it and talked with informed people over the summer, I come to the conclusion that, while the deal is far from … Continue reading

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Kerry Havana speech: clear-eyed, optimistic

Friday morning, a glorious day in Havana with the sun sparkling on the water along the Malecon sea wall, marked an historic event for the United States and Cuba. After 54 years of enmity,  the U.S. Interests Section (for half a … Continue reading

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Kerry said the “A” word; so have many Israelis

Secretary of State John Kerry prompted a diplomatic gasp and a Ted Cruz hissy fit  by warning of the dangers of apartheid if Israel and the Palestinians can’t achieve a workable two-state solution.  Kerry’s  private comment was uncharacteristically undiplomatic but not … Continue reading

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Palestine/Israel negotiations: no partners for peace

The latest  bad news from the Middle East is that the Palestinian Authority (the Fatah faction) has entered a “unity pact” with militant group Hamas, which has pledged never  to recognize the right of Israel to exist. The talks were … Continue reading

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Struggling with the Syria conundrum

Both writer George Santayana and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill have reminded us how those who ignore history are condemned to repeat it.  But, when it comes to chemical warfare in Syria, which history shall we remember and heed?  Seventy-five … Continue reading

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