Kerry Chews Up Right Wing Fodder on Bergdahl Swap

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry made his first remarks on the release of Bowe Berghdal in exchange for five members of the Taliban freed from Guantanamo, stressing that he “felt confident the five Taliban detainees freed in a swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl posed little risk to Americans.” Kerry added that “Qatari officials were not the only ones monitoring them — and that while the five might be able to return to the battlefield, “they also have the ability to get killed doing that.”” Mr. Kerry, in some of his first public remarks on the exchange, struck a decidedly tough tone, dismissing as “baloney” the suggestion that terrorists would have new incentive to kidnap Americans. He also hinted, without offering … Continue reading

The Appalling Demonization of Bowe Bergdahl

I have been appalled by the demonization of Bowe Bergdahl, which began hours after his release culminated by the “exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders,” earlier this week. Most notable in the right wing uproar over the prisoner of war exchange is the flip flop of Senator John McCain who told CNN four months ago, “I would support… Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.” No sooner had the exchange been made when Senator McCain, “as he has so often in the past, switched positions for maximum political advantage. “I would not have made this deal,” … Continue reading

Vlad the Assailer in: Annexing the Sudentenland!

The Soviet Union’s Russian Republic’s greatest per capita consumer of Viagra® has played his dictator card again, following the template he established with the military bullying of Georgia (the country, and not the American  state which has long since left civil society). Hands are wrung: Why Russia no longer fears the West Ben Judah / Politico The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine.  German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned.  Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West? Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry on ‘This Week’

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz for “This Week,” Secretary of State John Kerry said, “the United States had not abandoned former FBI agent Robert Levinson — the 65-year-old American who went missing in Iran seven years ago — and said he was personally involved in the effort to locate him.” Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. In his interview with Raddatz, Kerry rejected the Levinson family’s claim that Robert Levinson was working for a rogue CIA operation when he disappeared. “There hasn’t been progress in the sense that we don’t have him back. But to suggest that we have abandoned him or anybody has abandoned him is simply incorrect and not helpful,” Kerry said. “The fact … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry Returns to Mekong Delta

Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the muddy waters of the Mekong Delta this weekend, decades after commanding a Swift Boat there during the Vietnam War.  Serving in that war would ultimately turn Kerry against the war and take him full circle from military service, to activist, to decades of public service in the Senate, to presidential candidate, and now as the U.S. Secretary of State. John Kerry’s visit to the Mekong Delta was to “investigate climate change in his role as Washington’s top diplomat.” Kerry, who arrived in Ho Chi Minh City Saturday on a trip aimed at shoring up ties with Southeast Asia, travelled by boat through Ca Mau, a once-dangerous Viet Cong stronghold, an official with the local … Continue reading

The Significance of the Presidential Selfie

I have been watching the media and social media expound over the Presidential Selfie taken at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service and wondering if all the hubbub was not much ado about nothing. What started as a Twitter storm launched at Michelle Obama for her “angry black woman” look in the photo has turned into a full blown “international” incident in the eyes of some of the punditry and new media writers. My first reaction to seeing the photo in my Twitter feed the day of the memorial for Mandela, was what a great candidate moment of our president interacting with other dignitaries, who are people just like the rest of us. The media storm around the Selfie even caused the … Continue reading

Obama: Mandela, ‘The Last Great Liberator of the 20th Century’

In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela today, President Obama called Mandela “the last great liberator of the 20th century,” while “tens of thousands of South Africans, joyously cheering and singing despite a cold rain, mourned the passing and celebrated the life of the father of their modern nation.” Speaking in large open soccer stadium with world leaders from around the globe, Obama “likened Mandela to historic giants of the past century, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Like them, Mandela willingly “suffered the consequences of his actions” in standing up to powerful oppressors.” He also likened Mandela to Abraham Lincoln. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” said Obama, who has long regarded Mandela as … Continue reading

Obama Shakes Hand, Conservative Heads Explode

President Obama shook the hand of Cuba’s President Raul Castro today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, marking the first time in a longtime since leaders of the U.S. and Cuba have had personal contact. The simple gesture of the handshake, has caused conservative heads to explode across the punditry and social media chanels. CNN notes that “President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders,” as he made his way across the stage. It was merely a moment of politeness, was it not. Image the uproar had Obama snubbed Castro and passed by him without an acknowledgement. Indeed, those crowing now about the handshake would crow just as loud had Obama snubbed Castro. Folks are over-analyzing the handshake Kabuki Theater … Continue reading