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John Kerry: "The US Is Beginning To Act Like A Poor Nation"

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The following remarks by John Kerry, borne out of his humiliation over the complete fiasco that was the US intervention in Syria last year and the even greater fiasco that was this year's attempt to get all feuding parties on the table in Geneva, only to see that outcome obliterated as well, appear to be borne out of his disgust at the defunding of the US defense budget, which for Kerry, more than his gross incompetence, is the reason why the US now finds itself in a "new isolationism" leading him to conclude that the US is "beginning to act like a poor nation." One wonders what tipped him off: the fact that the US debt just hit a record high $17,419,220,117,766.69 or that the biggest monetizers of US deficit spending are the Fed, China and just as insolvent Japan?

From Reuters:

Speaking to reporters, Kerry inveighed against what he sees as a tendency within the United States to retreat from the world even as he defended the Obama administration's diplomatic efforts from Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In comments tied to the budget that U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to present on Tuesday, Kerry suggested that tighter spending, in part at the behest of congressional Republicans, may limit U.S. clout around the world.


"There's a new isolationism," Kerry said during a nearly one-hour discussion with a small group of reporters.


"We are beginning to behave like a poor nation," he added, saying some Americans do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests.

Perhaps some other Americans are tired of America acting as Globocop, and as the world's hypocritical superpower dispensing "justice" when it fits its national interests, and ignoring all other conflicts, specifically when Mid-East oil, or the growing Russian sphere of influence is not concerned?

Kerry made the case as Obama prepares to release a budget that will adhere to spending levels agreed to in a two-year bipartisan budget deal struck late last year, entailing some spending cuts the administration would have preferred to avoid.


The U.S. State Department budget will decline slightly in the president's budget submission, Kerry said, saying this was a direct result of the bipartisan budget deal that cut funding further than Obama wanted.


"This is not a budget we want. It's not a budget that does what we need," he said, saying the budget deal entailed cuts demanded by the Republican-led House of Representatives. "It was the best the president could get. It's not what he wanted."

But hold on: wasn't it Kerry's own party that has been urging the defunding of the US defense budget at the expense of overfunding welfare and benefits? The people are confused.

Next, Kerry deflects his own personal failings as SecState, having had to be pulled from his yacht last summer, just as the Syrian conflict was reaching its climax:

In speaking of what he called the "new isolationism," Kerry cited the limited support in the U.S. Congress to back Obama's plan to launch an air strike against Syria last year because of its suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.


Obama, in a decision criticized by some U.S. allies in the Gulf and elsewhere, asked Congress to vote on a strike. With limited congressional backing, he ultimately abandoned a strike and pursued a deal to get Syria to give up its chemical weapons.


"Look at our budget. Look at our efforts to get the president's military force decision on Syria backed up on (Capitol Hill). Look at the House of Representatives with respect to the military and the budget," Kerry said.


"All of those things diminish our ability to do things," he added.

Those... and the people who are in charge. Hence: defensive mode - activate:

Kerry took particular aim at critics of his efforts to get the Syrian government and the opposition that has sought to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for nearly a year to reach a peace agreement that would entail Assad's departure.


A second round of peace talks in Geneva broke up on Saturday, with chief mediator Lakhdar Brahimi lamenting a failure to achieve much beyond agreement on an agenda for a third round.


"These people who say that it's failed or that it's a waste of time ... Where is their sense of history?" Kerry said.


"How many years did the Vietnam talks take? How many years did Dayton take in Bosnia-Herzegovina?" he added. "These things don't happen in one month. I mean it's just asinine, frankly, to be making an argument that after three weeks it's failed."

What is most ironic about all of the above, is that hypocrisy aside, Kerry is absolutely correct: the US is starting to act like a poor nation...  because it is, and Americans indeed "do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests" because all US foreign policy reflects is the interest of a select group of uber-wealthy oligrachs whose sole interests the US congress represents... and nobody else's. As for everything else, we can't wait to see how Kerry handles the current Ukrainian crisis. The popcorn is prepared.

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:49 | 4484603 Thought Processor
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Yes John, thanks to you and your evil Cabal you run with.



Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:51 | 4484626 CH1
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Translation: Please love our new war. Please!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:55 | 4484651 101 years and c...
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hey fuckhead, we are poor.  we have to print money to keep up an illusion of "wealth"......

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:57 | 4484670 Chupacabra-322
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Dude, +infinity.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484685 Pool Shark
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Mister Secretary, we've been acting like a poor nation for about a century.

Federal Reserve & Income Tax - est. 1913


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:04 | 4484714 Slave
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Pigeon-man is pretty much the best illustration we have right now of there not being a difference in the two parties. It is all a charade. Anybody remember how anti-war this jackass was in 2004? Look at him now...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:11 | 4484743 Meat Hammer
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We, the U.S., used to be a hottie; everyone wanted a piece of this.  Now we're old, wrinkled, and leathery.  We got fake tits, collagen, and lipo-suction, but everybody can see that we're yesterday's garbage.  Instead of throwing galas where everyone who's anyone wants to be on the guest list we're giving 5 cent blowjobs behind the 7-11.  

It's over and everyone knows it.  

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:13 | 4484752 john39
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Kerry's comments (and others like this) are probably meant to keep the sleeping idiots who still hold on to middle class life believing in the 'american dream'...   you know, 'you are better than everyone else'...  and the wars about helping people, and freedom...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:15 | 4484770 LawsofPhysics
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Exactly.  FYI  -“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” - William Casey, CIA Director (first staff meeting, 1981)

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:25 | 4484811 Panem et Circus
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And don't forget the Red Team/Blue Team dynamic.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:29 | 4484837 zaphod
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Maybe this is because now that welfare transfers alone represent more than total tax revenues, there is nothing left over for military spending or anything else. It's Kerrys own D team that has got 53% hooked on welfare transfers, so of course they don't want anything to impact that money train. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:32 | 4484851 Keyser
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John Kerry, by definition, is an idiot. If you lookup the term Idiot in the dictionary, there will be a picture of dear old John in the context. Why is it that the USA is always led by idiots? 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:49 | 4484958 Joe Davola
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You know John, marryin' money is a full time job.  Don't need the aggravation.  I'm a lazy slob.

Is Tuhrayzuh pulling his string there so he can mouth whatever's loaded in his voice module?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:53 | 4484973 kaiserhoff
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ET TU, Lurch?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:14 | 4485123 IBelieveInMagic
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Americans indeed "do not perceive the connection between U.S. engagement abroad and the U.S. economy, their own jobs and wider U.S. interests".

Tyler, you are engaging in providing 'plausible deniability' cover to most Americans who have benefited to large or small extent from the global economic arrangement that the US has been spearheading for the last few decades.

It is undeniable that the US has benefited from the global economy over the last few decades with the ability to endlessly purchase 'real' goods and services from the ROW in exchange for USD. Yes, it is also true that the distribution of fruits of this global engagement has been acutely skewed for the benefit of the so-called 1% but to deny that US has not benefited 'in the aggregate' would be a totally misleading position. 

The risk is that Americans will be easily misled into believing the global economic arrangement was unfair to us whereas it was really advantageous but the distribution within the US was uneven. When things get intolerable here when the distribution of benefits to the masses gets reduced, Americans will easily be misled to believe that the ROW has been engaging in unfair trade and may inflict more pain on the ROW (especially the emerging economies).

It deflects from the real issue --  our standard of living was not sustainable in the long run given the finite resources of the earth...

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:09 | 4485451 Sean7k
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The only conection we need to understand is this: we pay out 50% of our income in taxes, most of which goes to international bankers through debt payment transfers. Our children are killed or mutilated killing brown people for no discernable reason. This misuse of funds results in zero benefit to the People and 100% benefit to the MIC.

If "Americans" had benefited, we would not be the most heavily indebted people on the face of the earth. No, the zionist/illuminati nexus benefited via the system of central banks that siphons most of the wealth into the hands of a couple thousand people world wide.


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:32 | 4485541 IBelieveInMagic
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Your response just confirms what I said above about 'plausible deniability'. Example: you distance yourself from '100% benefit to MIC', you see ourselves as the most heavily indebted people whereas you know fully well that the overseas suckers who provided goods and services in exchange for the debt are never going to get any value in exchange. You say: Our children are killed or mutilated killing brown people for no discernable reason -- concern is for 'our children' but no real sympathy for the 'brown people' at the receiving end. Guess it just shows we are all sociopathic and tribal in degrees. Will be very easy for the PTB to get us stampeding when the time comes to blame the people over 'there' for our problems.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:08 | 4486011 Sean7k
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Your response illustrates plausible propaganda. How the people benefit from the MIC would be a great argument to make- please do so. Not knowing the difference betwen debt and discounted value is laughable.  Assuming a lack of compassion for the "brown people" is just that- a poorly derived assumption.

You may be a sociopath and tribal, but I am not.

You hope to paint with a broad brush, but you color with ignorance. 

I am not responsible for the actions committed by the tyrants which have enslaved us. I don't support their policies or laws. If the Russians or Chinese show up in Washington DC and New York and proceed to destroy each city? I wouldn't raise a finger to help, heck, I would provide directions.

You may join the stampede, but I like my place outside the box canyon. While many people are too ignorant and mislead to see the forest for the trees, some are not. We don't buy into the guilt your selling. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 18:04 | 4486452 boogerbently
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Who has the more valid conspiracy theory ?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:32 | 4485087 verbot
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How about the heinz products ? Check my kitchen bet there is brooks ketchup bet we can send a call for boycott that will change his tune.Lolz and the only reason America is weak is because of  john kerry. Liars use just such methods when they want things no one else wants 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:38 | 4485285 john39
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Heinz ketchup is garbage.   high fructose corn syrup and MSG (natural favors).  who knows what else.  this isn't food:


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:15 | 4485805 Rakshas
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love dirty mike and the boys





Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:25 | 4484815 fonestar
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Putin smells fear.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:34 | 4484869 Keyser
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Putin doesn't have to smell fear. The US has become a pathetic laughing stock under this administration. Lurch is merely a minor actor in the fiasco. 

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:06 | 4485060 fonestar
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This administration just shows it better than the rest.  Fifty + years of cronyism and fraud.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:08 | 4485455 dark pools of soros
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Jeb Bush 2016!!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 16:16 | 4486029 TBT or not TBT
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Rand Paul 2016.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:15 | 4485130 verbot
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Has anyone seen the video of Vladimir walking off with one rich guys superbowl ring? assured at all times is my take on the man going to be no backing down so itake any action face value fom him these days.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:20 | 4485522 Kayman
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Why would Putin want someone's superbowl ring ?  More shite for our team....

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:43 | 4485629 Apocalicious
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"What the American public doesn't know is what makes them the American public." - Ray Zalinski

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:34 | 4484872 Miffed Microbio...
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Meat hammer, I think they are hoping the old hag still has her teeth and can still shine in this game. Once the teeth are gone, it's game over. Numerous wars finally brought down Rome. We are looking at history repeating once again.

Your post reminded me of this ;-)



Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:56 | 4484996 Meat Hammer
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Nice, Miffed!

I think it's even worse than that, though.  I was thinking more like this...


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:15 | 4485126 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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dude that is nasty, i want to un-see that

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:56 | 4485966 FEDbuster
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Miss America 2014?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:03 | 4485431 Miffed Microbio...
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Well, touché. You win. I made a promise to mr to age well and dress appropriately. I can't imagine subjecting any man to that! Those perky implants surely make her the belle of the ball. Ugh!


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:56 | 4485708 Blano
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Good God MH I need eye bleach.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 21:44 | 4487236 StychoKiller
Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:23 | 4485531 Kayman
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SNAP cards and "reality" shows. Our modern day bread and circuses.

Current consumption financed by long term debt. Problem ? What problem ?

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:16 | 4485142 drendebe10
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meanwhile the arrogant narcicisstic pathologic lying illegal alien kenyan muslim fudge packing sociopath and its wookie ho and the crony ruling elie continue to live their grand omperial lifestyles at the expense of the tax paying serfs and peasants.  fukemall

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:53 | 4485957 Bangin7GramRocks
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Fuck! You must be old Meat Hammer. 5 cent blowjobs!

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 17:53 | 4486421 Rafferty
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True.  But you know, it didn't have to turn out like this.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:56 | 4485965 RafterManFMJ
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Quoting I think Fred Reed "America is a third world country with a first world infrastructure."

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:58 | 4484675 onewayticket2
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you cant make this up.  is the fucking lightbulb going on yet, free spending liberals (R and D, alike)????

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:03 | 4485044 Boris Alatovkrap
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Speak of light bulb, how many of USSA State Department is take for screw incandescent bulb? None, all is too busy start new war in Middle East. How many Russian is take? Not even for one, Putin screw incandescent bulb with pinky.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:37 | 4485277 verbot
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Boris! Tovarich! Is best bare nipple to use for lightbulb for manly gusto. Vladimir has changed many bulbs by look of wear

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:45 | 4485327 overmedicatedun...
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boris thank god, I thought you went down in kiev at the hands of snipers killing for king and country.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:04 | 4485051 ThirdWorldDude
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I doubt it. His v-shaped tongue murmurs MIC's desperation. Read his words again:


"This is not a budget we want. It's not a budget that does what we need," he said, saying the budget deal entailed cuts demanded by the Republican-led House of Representatives. "It was the best the president could get. It's not what he wanted."


Without another false-flag/war, USSA's largest industry sector grinds to a halt. It will bring heavy consequences with it, including the risk of stopped flow of "spice". Be prepared my friends, something big and shitty's afoot.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:29 | 4485234 SWRichmond
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"This is not a budget we want. It's not a budget that does what we need,"

And what do you do when you do "what we need"?  Invade other countries, build multi-billion dollar surveillance centers, provide military hardware to local police departments, build cost-overruning weapon systems, drone strike wedding parties, pay women to have babies out of wedlock, pay people to not work, bail out TBTF banks who use the cash for bonuses...


Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:58 | 4484676 Big Corked Boots
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Kerry is a shit. He's a big steaming pile of it, and all of his 'co-workers' as well. It starts at the top.

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:01 | 4484690 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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why did this douche bag get the heinz fortune?  poor heinz should have never married that bitch that kerry is dead horsing

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