Obama nominates John Kerry for Secretary of State

The world goes round and round …

Just 8 years after Vietnam veteran John Kerry was swiftboated to the tune of more than $10 million in GOP propaganda cash, a president who might have been unimaginable during the George W. Bush era has just nominated an anti-war anti-Vietnam War activist-turned Senator and presidential candidate John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton (an unthinkable choice during the Bush years) after a stellar arc as Obama’s top diplomat. (amended – see huntsu’s comment)

The likely successor to Kerry in his top spot as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee? Bob Menendez.

Menendez is the current chair of the committee’s Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs.

During Kerry’s campaign for president in 2004, the well-funded front group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth called Kerry “unfit to serve” as president, challenged the validity of his service medals, and harmed other soldiers by speaking out about the war that defined America’s own military and diplomatic course during two decades of the 20th Century.

And now Kerry has been named by the president to carry out America’s foreign policy. And it’s likely the senator from New Jersey, one of only three Latinos in Congress’ upper house, will move up to chair one of its most powerful committees.

Comments (44)

  1. huntsu

    Kerry was an anti-Vietnam war activist. It may seem pedantic, but Kerry is most surely not opposed to the use of military force to support American goals.  

    He protested the Vietnam War because he thought it was a mistake, not because he thought taking military action is wrong.

  2. 12mileseastofTrenton

    A senate vacancy needlessly created that will be difficult to defend.  And Menendez is anti-normalization of relations with Cuba and is a flack for AIPAC


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