This survey of Secretary of State John Kerry’s infamous quotes and blunders is not in any particular order. The reader is encouraged to add to this list in the comment section as we usher out this era of history having endured arguably the most polarizing, divisive, weak and embarrassing administration in United States history.
Secretary of State John Kerry broke onto the national political scene after returning home from four months in Vietnam. He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1971 and had this to say about his fellow brothers in arms:
“They had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam.”
This atrocious testimony and backstabbing launched his political career.
Longtime Boston radio host and author Howie Carr wrote:
In 2004, delivering his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic national convention in Boston, he began by saluting the crowd and saying, “This is Lt. John Kerry, reporting for duty!”
As a member of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, he went to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and, as network TV cameras rolled, he threw medals and ribbons over the fence – his own, it was naturally assumed.
Years later, a reporter in his Capitol Hill office noticed that he had framed his decorations, prominently mounting them on the wall. Asked about the famous moment at the White House, Kerry explained that he had thrown some other guy’s medals over the fence.
2. “Death to America” doesn’t mean they want to kill us
In July of 2015 John Kerry told Congress that the “Death to America!” chants by Iran’s leaders does not mean they want to kill us.
When Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday to defend the Iran nuclear agreement, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) asked him about Tehran’s policy in the light of the “death to America” chants common at events presided over by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hasan Rouhani.
“It is the policy of the ayatollah – if you can answer for him – that Iran wants to destroy the United States?” Poe asked Kerry. “Is that still their policy, as far as you know?”
[Kerry:] “I don’t believe they’ve said that. I think they’ve said ‘Death to America’ in their chants, but I have not seen this specific.”
“Well, I kind of take that to mean that they want us dead,” Poe said. “That would seem like that would be their policy. He said that. That – you don’t think that’s their policy?” …
“I think they have a policy of opposition to us and of great enmity, but I have no specific knowledge of a plan by Iran to actually destroy us,” Kerry replied.
In Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei leads, “Death to America!” chants.
Even the parliament chants “Death to America! Death to Israel!”
3. Air conditioners and refrigerators are as dangerous as ISIS
Secretary of State John Kerry said, in Vienna during July of 2016, that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.
The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.
“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”
4. and 5. Disrespects troops (1971, 2005), suggests they are lazy, not bright
During a rally for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides, John Kerry said the following to the students at Pasadena City College in Southern California:
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq. …”
Audience reaction to the comment included gasps and laughter, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
Of course, insulting the troops is nothing new for John Kerry.
Kerry angered many in the military in 2005 with remarks in an interview with CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, accusing U.S. soldiers of “terrorizing” Iraqi children.
“And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs,” Kerry said. “Whether you like it or not … Iraqis should be doing that.”
6. Shaming journalists into not reporting the reality of radical Islamic terrorism
While in Bangladesh earlier in 2016, John Kerry met with the country’s top officials in the capital of Dhaka and explicitly stated that the media should cover terrorism less so that “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.” Here’s the full quote:
Remember this: No country is immune from terrorism. It’s easy to terrorize. Government and law enforcement have to be correct 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But if you decide one day you’re going to be a terrorist and you’re willing to kill yourself, you can go out and kill some people. You can make some noise. Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.
Media manipulation is a theme of the Obama administration and always has been for John Kerry.
7. In America, you have the right to be stupid
Kerry was in Germany addressing a town hall meeting in a packed Internet cafe, telling them what he thinks makes America great.
The 2013 trip was Kerry’s first as secretary of state. At the town hall, Kerry urged Germans to be tolerant, noting that in America, ‘you have a right to be stupid.’
‘In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be,’ he said. ‘And you have a right to be disconnected to somebody else if you want to be. And we tolerate that – we somehow make it through that.
8. The Iran Deal
John Kerry negotiated the Iran Nuclear Deal, the most naive accord in modern American history. There are so many flaws with the nuclear deal Kerry signed with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that it almost parodies itself. The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro points out Senate Democrats and Obama loyalists even “held a party on Capitol Hill to celebrate the disastrous Iran Deal that will allow Iran to go nuclear without consequence in a decade, and fund them with billions of dollars that will go toward expansionist terrorism in the meantime.” Other than the self-evident submission of will to Iran’s apocalyptic-minded mullahs, Kerry’s diplomatic baby is almost certain to fail. Independent Journal lists the major pitfalls of the disastrously stupid deal:
1. A Final Deal is Not Guaranteed.
2. Both Parties Interpret the Framework Differently.
3. The Framework Does Not Include Measures for Enforcement.
4. A Final Deal Will Not Prevent a Nuclear Bomb.
5. Iran Benefits from Lifted Sanctions without Complying.
6. The Balance of Power Will Tip in a Chaotic Middle East.
7. The Framework Leaves Out Human Rights.
9. Syria, meeting with Bashar Al-Assad
John Kerry made this statement in 2010 about Syria after meeting with Assad:
Let me just say that I am convinced, and it’s why I come back here, and it’s why I am engaged in this effort. I am absolutely convinced that carefully calibrated diplomacy, that if that is what we engage in, that Syria will play a very important role in achieving a comprehensive peace in the region and in putting an end to the five decades of conflict that have plagued everybody in this region,” Kerry told reporters after a three-hour meeting with Assad.
He was spectacularly wrong about Syria, but what is worse is his assertion that Israel should overlook the fact that its alleged peace partner won’t affirm its right to exist.
10. Throws Israel under the bus, then makes outrageous claim
The most recent action by John Kerry will be long remembered and at present time has the most stinging effect.
Secretary Kerry and President Obama abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution Friday that demands an immediate halt to all Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, enabling the measure to pass. Resolution 2334 was approved with 14 member states voting in favor, none voting against and one abstention — the United States.
As if this refusal to veto the resolution,in effect throwing Israel under the bus, wasn’t enough, Kerry defended the administration’s actions and went on to make outrageous claims about Obama’s commitment to Israel.
Here is the quote:
“On this point, I want to be very clear. No American administration has done more for Israel’s security than Barack Obama’s.”