Obama: Stop 'Nitpicking' John Kerry
President Obama defended Secretary of State John Kerry’s widely criticized failures to work out a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
“When I see John Kerry going out there, trying to broker a cease-fire, we should all be supportin’ him,” Obama said. “It should not be a bunch of complaints and second-guessing… nitpicking before he's had a chance to complete his efforts.”
Obama explained that the United States was going to be among the few countries that were actually going to try to negotiate. Even though the efforts appeared to fail, Obama argued, things tended to get better.
“More often than not, as a consequence of our involvement, we get better outcomes – not perfect, not immediate outcomes, but we get better outcomes,” he said. “That’s going to be true with respect to the Middle East, with respect to Ukraine; that’s going to be certainly true with respect to Iraq.”