Thursday, January 30, 2014

We Are Not Disengaging

Responding to criticism from allies, former allies and even the Washington Post editorial page, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a 37 minute speech in Davos denying the U.S. is withdrawing from world affairs.

“I’m perplexed by claims I occasionally hear that somehow America is disengaging from the world – this myth that America is pulling back, or giving up, or standing down. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth,” Kerry told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also made a similar case.

Critics, such as Senator John McCain, said President Obama’s Syrian decision was the catalyst for the viewpoint. France and Saudi Arabia representatives also voiced criticism.

As the President delivered his State of the Union speech, the latest ABC/Washington Post poll did not deliver good news as to his handling his job and foreign affairs.

The Washington Post editorial, which referred to Kerry’s Syrian diplomacy as “feckless” and the President’s unwillingness to consider any military option “defeatist” may be the most worrisome for a president trying to regain traction after a hellacious bad year.
Reuters: Secretary of State Kerry rejects notion U.S. is disengaging from world

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