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Even for the second-worst secretary of state in American history, this was one for the books.
America’s chief diplomat, John Kerry — his party’s nominee for the presidency a decade ago — showed that he hasn’t gotten better with age when he told a news conference in Asia this week that the world’s real concern with international terrorism isn’t so much all the blood and death and human misery it causes — it’s the headlines and nightly news broadcasts they generate that are really the problem.
Fortunately, conservative favorite and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton was around to introduce a big dose of sanity into the conversation.
“Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize,” Kerry said during a news conference Monday in Bangladesh.
“Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.”
It was a classic “blame the messenger” picture that Kerry tried to paint as he urged the media to keep the world in the dark about the dark deeds of radical Islamic terrorists.
According to the State Department transcript, Kerry got applause for that line, but if he did, it was from a room full of diplomats paid to make nice and curry favor with the representative of the United States of America.
Because when Kerry said “do us all a service,” he didn’t mean the folks going home from work on the crosstown bus.
The media might well be doing someone a service if reporters skipped covering the latest “Allahu Akbar” suicide bombing in Yemen, say, or the ISIS-allegiance pledging mass murderers in Orlando, or San Bernardino, or Paris, or Nice, or London. But it wouldn’t be the citizens of the West who’d be getting any benefit from blissful ignorance.
It would be the ineffectual leaders Kerry was speaking for — personified by Barack Obama in the White House — who would be getting a pass for their feckless policies. Without media coverage, their incompetence — the rank incompetence of the past seven-and-a-half years — might be as big a public mystery as Hillary’s yoga schedules, Chelsea’s wedding plans, and anything else that was on those 30,000 “personal emails” Kerry’s predecessor destroyed when the existence of her private server became public knowledge.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, former U.N. Ambassador Bolton really nailed it.
Kerry’s comment, he said, was the “perfect embodiment of how they see the terrorist threat. That’s it’s just a series of unrelated, unfortunate incidents that don’t work out to a coherent threat …
“Obviously, this is the furthest thing from the truth,” Bolton emphasized.
A problem that goes unreported only gets worse, Bolton noted.
One example of that is the level of conflict between American naval forces and Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf. While there have been several high-profile incidents, such as the January seizure of 10 American sailors by Iranian forces, the American public has been largely unaware of how frequent American military brushes with the Iranians have become. According to a Fox News report Monday, the number of “provocative interactions” between American and Iranian forces more than doubled in the first half of 2016 versus the first half of 2015.
In other words, since President Obama signed his “peace in our time” deal with the mad mullahs of Tehran over their nuclear ambitions, they’ve behaved exactly like dictators have always behaved toward those who appease them — they’ve pushed and pushed and pushed some more.
Check out the Bolton interview here:
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“Speaking of things the media doesn’t cover,” Bolton said. “This level of threatening, provocative, dangerous incident is really much higher than was publicly known before,” Bolton said.
Instead of improving the Islamic Republic’s behavior, he said, the deal hasn’t only made things worse.
The deal, Bolton said, “is a resounding failure on every count.”
Midway through the interview, though, he hit with the wit he made famous on the world stage as President George W. Bush’s U.N. ambassador. Kerry, he said, should consider a career stop at the internet’s funniest satirical site.
“If you really think that less publicity would help reduce the terrorist threat, really, you should apply for a job, after secretary of state, to be the editor in chief of The Onion,” he said. “They’d probably jump at you.”
Don’t bet on it. After Kerry’s spent four years as Obama’s secretary of state, including negotiating the Iran deal, The Onion has more credibility.
Always remember, don’t believe the mainstream media’s push and never let them demoralize you. Make America Great Again!