COMMENTARY | Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to dig himself out from the mother of all gaffes in which he suggested that the State of Israel is in danger of becoming an “apartheid state.” The resulting firestorm was huge and bipartisan.
Kerry was quite defensive about his alleged support for Israel.
“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe.
“First, Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that without a shred of doubt.”
Still Kerry conceded that he may have misspoke and expressed the wish that he could “rewind the tape.”
In a way Kerry has brought Democrats and Republicans together in condemnation to his smear of Israel with both Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Tex Cruz expressing outrage. Cruz, understandably, took to the senate floor and demanded Kerry’s head in the form of a resignation. Sadly Kerry is not likely to do the decent thing and comply. He is just content to suggest that he was for name calling Israel before he was against it.
The flap is somewhat telling of the dolorous state of Obama foreign policy. The current administration has managed to make America’s enemies despise her, her friends afraid of her, and the American people outraged. It is quite a hat trick for the man who was elected to fix what he thought was George W. Bush’s foreign policy mistakes. But next to him, the younger Bush is increasingly being seen as a Prince Talleyrand in comparison. With Bush, one knew where one stood. He was not in the habit of insulting allies and appeasing enemies. Sadly the current president is in the habit of doing both, much to the detriment of America’s standing in the world.