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  •  A state away from becoming president.... (0+ / 0-)

    Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, been a student of FR since Moses.....I ran a poll on here between Kerry in Rice on who was better for job and Kerry won Overwhelmingly....he is THE best person for the job, because he is a well known, well respected, almost-president who has seen it all.

    •  I wouldn't dispute that he is better than Rice (0+ / 0-)

      But "stature" should only be part of the job.  

      The S of S ideally needs to be a "personality" as well.  Someone who can engender trust and exude empathy with divergent positions and peoples.  Someone who can "broker" people internationally towards the American point of view while remaining likable.  Kerry does not seem to excel with those kinds of people or personality skills.  Maybe he is better behind the scenes.  But his undistinguished Senate career would suggest not.

      •  Kerry has already done those as head of the (0+ / 0-)

        Senate Foreign Relations committee, hardly the hallmark of an undistinguished Senate career.  It was Kerry who smoothed over the Pakistani's ruffled feathers after the Bin Laden raid.  

      •  Kerry engineered a treaty with Vietnam (0+ / 0-)

        He got both the Senate and the Vietnamese to agree to a settlement of the POW issue, opening the way to tourism and trade. Not a small accomplishment.

        Conservation is green energy

        by peggy on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 05:29:15 PM PST

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