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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 11:59 AM

Kerry stresses foreign interactions for diplomats

I saw the hearing, that was very early because of an hommage to Innouye after that. Interesting and frankly, we also see what we will be losing with Lugar leaving. The GOP was asking all sorts of irrelevant questions, with Rubio and Inhoffe being the worse.

Also memorable because Kerry did not ask questions. I' ve watched a bunch of these hearings and I cannot remember one where he attended and did not ask questions.


WASHINGTON -- Drawing on his own perspective as the son of a Foreign Service officer, Senator John F. Kerry on Thursday made an impassioned plea for what he said his father called “foreign policy outdoors” – the need for American diplomats to interact extensively with foreign populations despite the risks.

“We have to be on the ground outside the wire reaching out to those people,” Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said as he opened a hearing to receive testimony on the State Department investigation into the terrorist assault that killed the US ambassador and three others in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

“That’s the enterprise of US foreign policy today,” he said. “To help men, women and children around the world share in the vision of democracy and the values of freedom, and through it bring stability to whole regions of the world and reduce the threats to our nation.”

Kerry, who is widely believed to be President Obama’s top choice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his second term, drew on his own biography to highlight what he said are the necessary risks that Foreign Service officers endure to advance US foreign policy interests.

“When my father served in Berlin after World War II I remember my mother sometimes looking at the clock nervously in the evening when he was late coming home for dinner, in a city where troops guarded the line between East and West and the rubble of war was still very fresh,” Kerry recalled. “My father knew that what he was doing was worth whatever the risk might have been -- and so do the Foreign Service personnel who we send all over the world today.


Hanging over the Senate hearing was Kerry’s future prospects as America’s top diplomat, putting him in the unusual situation of conducting oversight of an agency he will likely soon run.

“I will not be asking any questions,” he told the witnesses after his opening statement, yielding his time to fellow members of the panel.

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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:39 PM

1. Interesting he didn't ask any questions.

I would of thought he would being that he is still Chairman of this committee.

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Response to wisteria (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:43 PM

2. He made a statement at the beginning about what the foreign service was, and insisted that Congress

should have given more money for security. He said the same thing at the end.

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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 10:10 PM

3. JK is spot on about the importance of diplomat interaction

I think he'll be a great SoS

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