John Kerry: Greatest Challenge To US Foreign Policy is Congress
Joining Obama in pressuring Republicans to cave (again) on taxes, John Kerry, in his very first appearance as Secretary of State, said the greatest challenge
to U.S. foreign policy is not emerging China or Middle East instability.
In prepared remarks for a speech at the
University of Virginia, Kerry cites the adage that "we can't be strong
in the world unless we are strong at home." He calls the budget impasse a
The State Department has said automatic spending cuts
would jeopardize $2.6 billion in aid, security assistance and other
In the final presidential debate, last October, that focused almost exclusively on
foreign policy, moderator Bob Schieffer asked the candidates, “What do you believe is the greatest
future threat to the national security of this country?”
“Well, I think it will continue to be terrorist networks. We have to
remain vigilant, as I just said. But with respect to China, China is
both an adversary, but also a potential partner in the international
community if it's following the rules. So my attitude coming into office
was that we are going to insist that China plays by the same rules as
"We as a nation must have the foresight and courage to make the
investments necessary to safeguard the most sacred trust we keep for our
children and grandchildren: an environment not ravaged by rising seas,
deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a
dramatically changing climate," said Kerry, according to prepared remarks.
We are in such great hands.....