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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:23 PM

John Kerry's major priorities as Secretary of State

What should they be?

1) Get dialogue running with Iran?

2) Re-engage the Middle East Peace Process?

3) Tackle the so-called "Jihadist rise" in Mali?

4) New Focus on Climate Change?

5) Contain or address China?

6) North Korea?

7) Reform USAID and MCC?

What?

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Jeneral2885 Feb 2013 OP
wisteria Feb 2013 #1
YvonneCa Feb 2013 #10
Trascoli Feb 2013 #2
Jeneral2885 Feb 2013 #5
CBHagman Feb 2013 #3
Jeneral2885 Feb 2013 #6
politicasista Feb 2013 #7
karynnj Feb 2013 #9
politicasista Feb 2013 #4
ucrdem Feb 2013 #8
politicasista Feb 2013 #11

Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:45 PM

1. The Middle East. n/t

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Response to wisteria (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:55 PM

10. Maybe we'll find out...

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:30 PM

2. Focus on the US citizens

 

And the economy

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Response to Trascoli (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:33 AM

5. How do you get a SOS

to focus on citizens? It's foreign affairs. Besides a high percentage of US foreign aid is used to increase American exports

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:49 PM

3. I'd add Latin America and Africa in general to that list.

The trouble with being in this administration is that it's like being a fire department in a town full of arsonists. There's so much catching-up to be done, quite apart from developing crises.

I wonder what Kerry's style will be as he heads to Foggy Bottom. One thing's for sure: He does have a rare knowledge of the big picture.

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Response to CBHagman (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 06:34 AM

6. How does he have rare knowledge?

He's been on the Senate Foreign Relations Committe for years beeen its chairman.

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:55 PM

7. lots of knowledge n/t

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 09:10 PM

9. It means he has an unusual amount of knowledge - as in he's very very well versed.

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 12:20 AM

4. Africa and Climate Change

And just people giving him a chance to do things his way without expecting him to do things like Hillary. Obama has chosen him for a reason.

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 03:44 AM

8. All of the above, and what's been added. And more.

To the degree that he has latitude for independent initiatives Africa will be a major one. As I understand it AFRICOM was a Bush-Cheney initiative, and apparently we're involved now in well over a dozen African countries, along with our NATO partners, in many cases covertly, stirring up various kinds of trouble. It's all got to be sorted out and set on a less aggressively colonial course or simply shut down. That won't sit will with our partners or the Pentagon so he's got his hands full every which way, no doubt about it, starting Monday with that bombing in Ankara. It's going to be a bumpy four years no matter what he does but I expect he'll do very well.

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Response to Jeneral2885 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 12:18 AM

11. Also Haiti

In addition to all of the above.

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