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Fri Aug 2, 2013, 01:47 PM

Oops: John Kerry Gaffes, Washington Backpedals

By Michael Crowley

John Kerry’s week began on a high note, with the resumption of Middle East peace talks after months of dogged effort on the Secretary of State’s part. But it’s closing on a more awkward one, as officials in Washington clean up after two apparent gaffes Kerry made yesterday in Pakistan yesterday.

The gaffes came in different flavors. One amounted to wishful thinking about American policy on drones. Another articulated U.S. policy towards Egypt with a bit too much candor.

First was Kerry’s answer to a question from a Pakistani reporter about America’s ongoing, and extremely unpopular, drone campaign in Pakistan, in which he suggested the drone strikes might be about to stop:

“I think the program will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it,” Kerry said. “I think the President has a very real timeline, and we hope it’s going to be very, very soon.” Was Kerry announcing a dramatic policy shift? Nope. Within hours a State Department spokesperson had walked back his comments, saying: “This was in no way indicating a change in policy…. I have no exact timeline to provide.”

(This, by the way, wasn’t the first time Kerry has spoken in somewhat wishful tones about drone program, says the Council on Foreign Relations’ Micah Zenko. In late May Kerry, declared that “the only people that we fire on [with drones] are confirmed terrorist targets at the highest levels after a great deal of vetting.” To which Zenko replies: “That’s not true.”)

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/08/02/oops-john-kerry-gaffes-washington-backpedals/#ixzz2apnrmE3J

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Fri Aug 2, 2013, 01:58 PM

1. He seems to have difficulty dealing with reality.

A check up might be in order - hope he hasn't got a touch of the Reagans.

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Fri Aug 2, 2013, 02:01 PM

2. He THINKS president has a timeline and hopes it's going to be soon is a 'gaffe' to Crowley?

And when the spokesperson says there is no exact timeline to provide to reporters asking for ne, why is Crowley certain that means there is no timeline in mind that is on the table behind closed doors?

Crowley is overplaying this.

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