Secretary of State John Kerry (go ahead, just try to type those words) is making his first overseas trip since confirmation as a member of the president’s cabinet—and as fourth, dear lord, in the line of succession. Via Heritage:
Secretary of State John Kerry’s first overseas trip began by sending mixed signals before he even left U.S. soil—by not visiting key U.S. allies in Eastern Europe and Israel.
Kerry’s first foreign trip commenced on Sunday and began with a stop in the United Kingdom. He will also visit Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. By choosing to eschew Israel and Eastern Europe, Kerry is sending the wrong signal to the international community.
But of course, Kerry is sending exactly the signal that he and his boss intend to send, just as Chuck Hagel remains steadfastly the man Obama most wants to carry out his vision of the Department of Defense.
Under the glass-houses/cast-the-first-stone theorem, it’s awkward for Secretary Kerry to raise the issue of human rights with countries from China on down. All except for one.
The only country in the world that Obama knows won’t spit Kerry’s congressional testimony back in his face is a little democracy in the Mideast surrounded by totalitarian enemies that refuse to recognize its existence.
There’s nothing mixed about these signals.
UPDATE: Chuck Hagel has just been confirmed. This means that we have a secretary of defense who believes Iran is legitimate but Israel isn’t; a secretary of state who once compared American soldiers to the Mongol hordes; a first lady who never felt proud of her country until her husband was about to become president; and a president whose stated goal is to fundamentally transform America. Good times.