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John Kerry "Shocked And Humiliated" On First Day Of Middle-East Tour

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John Kerry came, saw and as usual made a horse ass out of himself.

From last night:

Secretary of State John Kerry voiced strong U.S. support for Egypt's new president and signaled that Washington will continue the flow of military aid in an American welcome of the post-coup government.

 

Mr. Kerry said that the U.S. had recently released $575 million in assistance for Egypt's military and that he was confident 10 Apache helicopters would be delivered to Egypt soon.

 

"I am confident that we will be able to ultimately get the full amount of aid," Mr. Kerry said in his first stop on a regional tour focused largely on responding to the crisis in Iraq. "I am confident…that the Apaches will come and that they will come very, very soon."

Then from this morning:

Three Al Jazeera journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail by an Egyptian judge on Monday for aiding a "terrorist organization", drawing criticism from Western governments who said the verdict undermined freedom of expression.

And then:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that he had phoned Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on Monday to register Washington's "serious displeasure" with the sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years in jail.

 

"Today's conviction is obviously a chilling and draconian sentence," he told reporters in Baghdad.

 

"When I heard the verdict today I was so concerned about it, frankly, disappointed in it, that I immediately picked up the telephone and talked to the foreign minister of Egypt and registered our serious displeasure at this kind of verdict," he said.

So... Kerry immediately "picked up the phone and talked" to someone upon this latest public humiliation of the "top" US diplomat. Is it the same someone who will be signing the receipt on the delivery notice of the 10 US Apaches, and the confirmation of the $575 million inbound wire from the US Treasury?

The Guardian sums it up best:

Egypt's military-dominated government has delivered a humiliating, public slap in the face to John Kerry, the US secretary of state, by sentencing three al-Jazeera journalists to long prison terms only hours after Kerry personally expressed his deep concern about the case in high-level meetings in Cairo. The snub represents a disastrous beginning to Kerry's already fraught Middle East tour, which took him to Baghdad on Monday for crisis talks about the Islamist extremist uprising.

 

The verdict, by a court responsive to government wishes, will also be seen as a deliberate, crude signal to President Barack Obama, who criticised Egypt's deteriorating human rights record after the former general, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, seized power in a coup last year. Sisi has since had himself voted president. His elected predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, and thousands of his Muslim Brotherhood supporters remain in jail while hundreds of others have been killed.

 

In what US officials said were "candid" talks with Sisi, Kerry "emphasised our strong support for upholding the universal rights and freedoms of all Egyptians, including freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association". He noted a number of promises by Egyptian leaders "are yet to be fulfilled", but added that "the United States remains deeply committed to seeing Egypt succeed".

 

The hollowness of all this careful diplomatic language was exposed for all to see by the court's verdict, which diplomats and observers said was reached without the complication of supporting evidence. It seems clear now that Kerry was wasting his breath; the sentences were pre-determined, intended as a stark warning to Egyptian and foreign media and as a symbol of the regime's determination to demonstrate its independence of Washington.

 

This is ironic given that, before the talks, the US had made available most of the $575m (£328m) in military aid frozen by Congress after the coup against Morsi. Kerry offered more blandishments in the form of 10 Apache attack helicopters, which he said would be supplied to Egypt "very soon". This is exactly the sort of deadly air power that Iraq's government has pleaded for but has so far been denied by Obama.

 

Kerry must now be asking himself whether it was entirely sensible to offer such diplomatic, financial and military support to Sisi unconditionally before their meeting and before the court announced its verdict. This is not the way hard-headed, worldly-wise American secretaries of state, such as Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and James Baker, would have gone about it. All old Middle East hands, they would surely have driven a tougher bargain. On the other hand, they would all probably have placed America's and Israel's strategic interest in a strong, stable pro-western Egypt above human rights issues. Perhaps this is what Kerry has done, too.

 

Whatever his reasoning, Kerry's record in the region has been similarly uninspiring. He invested considerable personal prestige, time and effort in pursuing resumed peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, to no avail. This failure was entirely predictable, given the personalities involved on both sides and the lack of new ideas.

Artist's rendering of John Kerry after said "humiliating, public slap."

As for US "foreign policy", just how many other ways can one describe a flaming, slow and increasingly faster-motion trainwreck?

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Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:40 | 4885923 Skateboarder
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What a queermo.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:46 | 4885951 TideFighter
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Kerry Krome Horse needs Breathe right Strips across his entire face. good gawd. 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:47 | 4885958 StacksOnStacks
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Poor fella just wants a carrot.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:49 | 4885967 TheFourthStooge-ing
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WTF!!!*

 

 

*whinnies through feedbag

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:52 | 4885977 General Decline
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How's the depleted uraniam taste asshole? Not u 4th stooging. That was directed at the asshole

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:02 | 4886027 Herd Redirectio...
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"The name's Kohn.  John Kohn."

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:03 | 4886032 Joe Davola
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Dear Diebold:

THANK YOU!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:13 | 4886069 ZerOhead
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Dear John,

Want to be taken seriously again?

"Kerry offered more blandishments in the form of 10 Apache attack helicopters, which he said would be supplied to Egypt "very soon"."

Just deliver the 10 Apaches to Al Sissy guns ablazing.

No more fucking Egyptian problems.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:14 | 4886085 Disenchanted
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Too bad the F-35s weren't delivered to Isreal in the same manner...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4886103 ZerOhead
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A "Shock and Awe" attack on Bandar and the Saudi Royals in Riyadh and no more AlQaeda/ISIS...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:28 | 4886142 Handful of Dust
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Merika has so many brilliant people. Why does the State Dept have so few of them?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:22 | 4886327 BaBaBouy
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Still No Evidence Has Been Provided That He In Not An ALIEN GRAY...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:29 | 4886356 johngaltfla
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Secretary of State Lurch probably should hire Cousin IT to handle all public appearances from this moment forward.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:49 | 4886425 eatthebanksters
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This is the kind of great negotiating skill one acquires when one works in government all his life and marries a reich heiress and never works a day in the private sector grinding out a living.  What else would anyone expect from this elitist diletante.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4886534 chumbawamba
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John Kerry knows Chumba's pimp hand.

I am Chumbawamba.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:26 | 4886562 espirit
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Apache gunships as in killing machines???

 

That's moar ray-ciss then Redskins.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:29 | 4886574 SoilMyselfRotten
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John Kerry walks into an Iraqi pub looking depressed. bartender: why the long face?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:38 | 4886907 ParkAveFlasher
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The convo went like this:

Bartender: Achallajachjahala?

Kerry: Brbrbrbbrbbrbrbr Whiiiiiny!

PEACE IN OUR TIMES

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:15 | 4887052 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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We did everything we could to support the bloodthirsty thief Mubarak. Then we did everything we could to push him out and install Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. THEN we did everything we could to tear down Morsi and re-install the generals. NOW we're surprised to learn we've pissed off all sides?

Americans: people hate you all over the world. Not you individually, but your government. It would be a much more fun and a whole lot cheaper if you would just leave everyone else alone.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:03 | 4888644 tonyw
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American values:

"and signaled that Washington will continue the flow of military aid in an American welcome "  we come in peace, shoot to kill

"Sisi has since had himself voted president."  how dare he have himself voted by the people, clearly underhand.

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:15 | 4887053 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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We did everything we could to support the bloodthirsty thief Mubarak. Then we did everything we could to push him out and install Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. THEN we did everything we could to tear down Morsi and re-install the generals. NOW we're surprised to learn we've pissed off all sides?

Americans: people hate you all over the world. Not you individually, but your government. It would be a much more fun and a whole lot cheaper if you would just leave everyone else alone.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:11 | 4888350 jeff montanye
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until israel gets no more than equal treatment with other mideast actors, including the palestinians, things will get worse for the u.s.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:05 | 4886495 0b1knob
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Lurch?   More like Mongo in Blazing Saddles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKRma7PDW10

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 09:30 | 4888911 MontgomeryScott
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Lurch Kohn on his first day of the 'middle-east' tour:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKVfhZoFKX8

He speaks their language, you know.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:08 | 4886505 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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One does not need to be a right-wing consipracy nutcase to understand that American politicians are generally incompetent.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:14 | 4886521 centerline
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Hanlon's razor!  lol.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:31 | 4886362 economics9698
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"Merika has so many brilliant people. Why does the State Dept have so few of them?"

They are all brilliant 138 IQ tribe members aka dumb asses.  All so special brilliant rich kids living off the peasants, just ask them.  We should import more of them from Haiti and Israel.  /sarc

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:12 | 4887987 Andy Lewis
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Too bad you were born.  Oh wait, you weren't born, you were shitted.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:18 | 4886097 BlindMonkey
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I am bit light on my Jihadi protocols.

When al-Qaeda takes delivery of the Apaches, do they have to yell 'Allah Akbar' when employing the weapon systems?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:26 | 4886132 ZerOhead
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No no... Al Qaeda is only cleared to receive Blackhawks right now...

http://www.usarmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/5-31.jpg

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:02 | 4886257 max2205
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He's got a nice mouth...que banjo music

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:11 | 4886512 Miles Ahead
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I am bit light on my Jihadi protocols.

When al-Qaeda takes delivery of the Apaches, do they have to yell 'Allah Akbar' when employing the weapon systems?

Only when they deliver the hell-fire missiles up your nan's bum methinks.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 19:48 | 4887490 SoilMyselfRotten
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  • That'd be a purr-tee mouth
Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:16 | 4888354 jeff montanye
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now let's not forget important distinctions: isis was kicked out of al qaeda for unnecessary roughness:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/al-qaeda-disavows-any-ti...

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:03 | 4886031 pods
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I thought there were laws in place about providing aid to nations suffering a coup?

I know, they are just for the little people and not the government.

When people break the law, it is a heinous crime.

When the government does it, the law was misguided or didn't apply to them because they write the laws.

What is that smell, is that Freedom Fries?  Umm, just in time for the 4th of July.

pods

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:06 | 4886043 Herd Redirectio...
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"Do as I say, not as I do."

The gov't has a monopoly on the use of force, remember.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:08 | 4886050 pods
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On the legal  use of force.

Seems at the end they always forget that caveat.  idk, nothing surprises me anymore.

pods

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:19 | 4886105 BlindMonkey
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The point is well taken sir

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 17:47 | 4887140 Sages wife
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Said the Polish foreign minister.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:28 | 4886141 bobnoxy
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Kerry's just doing his job. Selling arms to help the defense contractors deal with the end of the two wars they profited so handsomely from. Budget cuts here? No problem. Sell stuff elsewhere.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:10 | 4886065 duo
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why does Egypt put journalists they don't like in jail?

Because they don't have the IRS

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:18 | 4886538 viahj
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the journalists don't drive hackable Mercedes?

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:14 | 4886080 kchrisc
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The "law" is for plunder and control.

Next time a gun and badge thug tells you, "It's the law," remember that he is really saying that "The law is my self justification for plundering or murdering you."

 

Note: For more on the law, see Bastiat's "The Law."

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:21 | 4886116 pods
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I already have a copy. :)

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:22 | 4886326 ebear
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I'll wait for the movie.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:27 | 4886352 Skateboarder
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Starring Marky Mark.

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:23 | 4886551 pods
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Actually The Law is a very short essay, and they have it on mp3 files as well.  

Great to read/listen to an actual thinker.

pods

 

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:29 | 4886572 kchrisc
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The Ashkenazi interpretation and bastardization like Rand's work?!

No thanks.

 

Note: My opinion is that the reason they did the Rand movies was to make it hard to quote her without coming off as one of those guys that quotes movies in arguments or debates--debasement.

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:19 | 4888358 jeff montanye
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and lives in . . . .

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:58 | 4886240 FLHRS
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Laws don't apply to these incompetent, narcissistic cock suckers.

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