Wednesday, January 30th 2013 - 01:34 UTC

With almost unanimous support John Kerry confirmed as US Secretary of State

Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry won overwhelming confirmation from his fellow US senators as secretary of state, succeeding Hillary Clinton as the top US diplomat. The vote was 94-3. Dissenters were Republicans Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Texans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Kerry.

Kerry accomplished two tours of duty in Vietnam and on his return became a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War

With Kerry easily winning Senate confirmation, attention will turn to Obama’s more contentious choices for other national security positions. Confirmation hearings are scheduled on Jan. 31 for former Senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defence and on Feb. 7 for John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency.

Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who will replace Kerry as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Kerry as “uniquely qualified” for the job because he has “already built relationships with leaders across the world.”

Menendez cited Kerry’s wartime service in Vietnam as having schooled him in the horrors of war and the importance of using diplomacy when possible. He also said that during Kerry’s years in the Senate he led investigations into drug trafficking and money-laundering by former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega and criminal wrongdoing at BCCI, an international bank that was closed by regulators.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the committee, also praised Kerry’s readiness for the job, while predicting they won’t always agree on policy. Corker referred to inadequate security at the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, that was attacked in September as an example of weaknesses at the State Department that Kerry will need to overhaul.

Kerry will inherit a “sclerotic” State Department “that needs some oversight,” Corker said.

On foreign policy, Kerry shares Obama’s preference for working through multinational alliances and for avoiding open- ended engagement, such as the Iraq war. Kerry’s approach to US intervention abroad has been reflected by his comments on the war in Syria, in which he has shared Obama’s reluctance about direct military involvement.

After graduating from Yale University, Kerry volunteered for the Navy. In two tours of duty in Vietnam, he rose to the rank of lieutenant and served on a Swift Boat that travelled treacherous river deltas. He was decorated with a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts.

Kerry came to see the war he fought as futile, and on his return to the US he became a leader of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Kerry made an unsuccessful bid for a House seat from Massachusetts the following year, then worked as a prosecutor before being elected lieutenant governor in 1982 and senator in 1984.

In related news former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said to be optimistic about the future of democracy in Latin America, and assured that she's still working with President Barack Obama in order to outline “the best proposals for the region.”

“I’m working with President Obama on some new initiatives that will show the entire world how much we care about our nearest neighbours.”

“There are many reasons for being optimistic about the institutionalization of democracy in Latin America. It has shown a robust economical growth since the 2008 international financial crisis, plus levels of poverty have been reduced.”

To end, Clinton, who’s seen as a potential presidential candidate for 2016, also remembered that “Unfortunately there is still a dictatorship in Cuba, but we expect it to end shortly”.
 

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1 ChrisR (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 12:30 pm Report abuse
Does anybody care now the old cow has gone?
2 Hepatia (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment210324: And which old cow might that be?
3 ChrisR (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 04:01 pm Report abuse
@2

Unfortunately not TMBOA but Hilary Rodham Clinton.
4 Hepatia (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 05:04 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment210394: If Secretary Clinton has managed to raise the ire of at least on European then I consider that she has done her job.

You will not find any joy in Secretary Kerry - he has no love for the British.
5 ChrisR (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 06:32 pm Report abuse
@4 Hapatia

“You will not find any joy in Secretary Kerry - he has no love for the British.”

Really? No doubt you will be able to justify this claim with a link demonstrating 'this as fact' instead of just your opinion.
6 screenname (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 08:27 pm Report abuse
@4 Hepatitis: “If Secretary Clinton has managed to raise the ire of at least on European then I consider that she has done her job.”

Fantastic bit of Argentine political logic there. Well done on being such a stereotype.
7 Hepatia (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 01:23 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment210540: “Argentine”? What are you talking about? Did you actually read the article? If so you would have seen that the subject is the US Secretary of State. In fact Argentina is not even mentioned in the article.

The time of America propping up Europe is over. And not too soon. I, for one, am sick of Europeans disrespecting the US!
8 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 05:42 pm Report abuse
ARE YOU GOING TO ANSWER THIS OR KEEP DODGING THE QUESTION
@4 Hapatia

“You will not find any joy in Secretary Kerry - he has no love for the British.”

Really? No doubt you will be able to justify this claim with a link demonstrating 'this as fact' instead of just your opinion.
9 Hepatia (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment210830: The justification well be presented as time progresses.
10 ChrisR (#) Jan 31st, 2013 - 06:08 pm Report abuse
9 Hepatia
“The justification well be presented as time progresses.”

So you were bullshitting as I thought and have NO evidence to support your ludicrous post.

Situation normal then.
11 Hepatia (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 02:21 am Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment210838: Not at all. You are probably not aware of this but Kerry has been on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since about 1986. There is no doubt that Kerry is a patriot and an American. The problem is not a lack but a super abundance of evidence.

You are right to be concerned. Your little pissant country is going down. This is why your wingnuts are going crazy, accusing the US of abandoning them. Ironically they seem to have some vague understanding of the true nature of the relationship.
12 ChrisR (#) Feb 01st, 2013 - 09:04 pm Report abuse
11 Hepatia

Of course, I see it now, you are correct about everyuthing in the universe.

LOL's
13 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 05th, 2013 - 05:12 pm Report abuse
Former Senator Kerry is an asshole in the highest order. I am all too happy to see him leave as my Senator. I find him to be an far left liberal but I cannot say that he is “anti British”. If you are up on American polls, you would know that 89% of Americans believe our relationship with the UK is the most favorable and important, despite what some politicians may say. The power of politicians come and go, but the people always stay.
14 Hepatia (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 01:10 am Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment212995: 89%? And which US poll might that be?
15 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 11:32 am Report abuse
Watch the news....you will find it.....oh...you are not an American......
16 Hepatia (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 12:16 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment213842: So you do not have a source. (I do not consider Fox a source for anything - do you?)
17 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 04:37 pm Report abuse
Who referenced Fox? Have you seen me reference FoxNews. Try Gallup if you need to know, but get your own research assistant. Funny how you latin trolls refer to utube but ask for real proof from others. Typical rgentine shit. Quinipeac is another if you need it. Look for Rgentina!

www.gallup.com/poll/146090/Iran-North-Korea-Americans-Least-Favorite-Countries.aspx
18 Hepatia (#) Feb 07th, 2013 - 10:11 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment214106: That poll does not indicate that 89% (or 88%) of Americans support the US-UK “special relationship”.

In any case you will note that the public view of the favorability of any particular country can change fairly rapidly. For instance, the favorable view of Mexico has dropped from 74% in 2005 to 45% in 2011 and the positive view of France plummeted from 79% to 34% in 2002/2003. So your statement that, “the people always stay”, is not true.

But further than that the Pivot to Asia is driven by economic and geopolitical realities, not public sentiment about which countries are viewed as favorable.
19 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 01:21 am Report abuse
Yawn!!!!!! lol a typical rgenturd response. Clean the shit off your streets, one can barely walk down Santa Fe without stepping into it. You are in Rgentina to know that.....right?
20 Hepatia (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 04:24 am Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment214417: Is that really the best you can do? As the response to a comment about US foreign policy and in the context of an article about the new US Secretary of State you propose that I clean a street in Argentina. What a hard hitting argument!

If you dislike Argentina so much why do you go there? Are you weak or stupid? Do you not have a mind of your own? From you posts I can see that you are a negative and angry person, and not much fun to be around. So I would think that the Argentinians would like appreciate it if you were not to pollute their country with your presence
21 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 11:07 am Report abuse
I would hardly use my best for a RG troll. I've made that statement numerous times, why I go to Rgentina, do your research. Of you course would think that but go there and see if they think that. BTW..........get original with your rebuttals, ........tell Fatsimo the Fat Fuck Kirchner to write new scripts.
The USA has given up on Rgentina and moved onto other countries in SA.....get use to it. But it should not matter unless you live there so no worries.
22 Hepatia (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 03:57 pm Report abuse
en.mercopress.com/2013/01/30/with-almost-unanimous-support-john-kerry-confirmed-as-us-secretary-of-state#comment214547: Then I suggest that you should get another job. You are clearly unsuited to the one you presently have. Or is this the best job you can get?
23 Captain Poppy (#) Feb 08th, 2013 - 07:09 pm Report abuse
Another job....please, tell me what my occupation is since you know it all?

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