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Kerry´s Futile Negotiations
John Kerry is the Secretary of State of the United States, and should not be. It was a mistake for America´s president to appoint him to that position. It is one of the many mistakes America´s president has made during his two terms as president. Kerry has been involved in so many disastrous and self-initiated negotiations against all advice and while he holds no cards for any success.
To start his tenure as secretary of state, Kerry decides to get involved in the Syria conflict, against all advice while holding no cards, to supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. That turned out to be a very bad move. The talks collapsed in very bad feeling among everyone and total confusion. Later, Kerry decided to try again, and it was not a surprise that the second conference ended in acrimony and confusion.
Next, Kerry turns his attention toward Russia. As Russian forces are taking over Crimea, Kerry goes chasing after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry chases after him first to Paris, then to Rome, then to London to offer a diplomatic solution. Lavrov shrugs him off, and Russia annexes Crimea.
The greatest piece of diplomatic futility, however, was Kerry´s extremely hurried and not very organized effort to salvage the Arab-Israel negotiations, also against all odds and solid advice. Kerry made 12 trips to the region. His goal was to have a final Middle East peace within nine months. At nine months the talks were going nowhere, and no peace ever resulted. It was a fool´s errand from the very first day. There was never any chance of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ever agreeing to a final peace, and Israel is tired of it all.
John Kerry should be the secretary of state for the United States. He simply is not capable, and the Obama administration keeps propping him up hoping he will become more capable. That is not going to happen. Two legacies are being effected Kerry´s and Obama´s in a very negative way as a direct result.