Globalist Colleagues Give John Kerry a Poor RatingPosted: May 16, 2016
Globalist Colleagues Give John Kerry a Poor Rating
by JBS President Emeritus John F. McManus
It’s not often that this writer finds himself agreeing with liberal internationalists. But a collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project at the College of William & Mary has rated the effectiveness of recent Secretaries of State and placed John Kerry at the very bottom of its list. If Kerry is ineffective, we should be very pleased. The more effective any Secretary of State has been during recent decades, the more harm is done to our country.
FP’s 1,615 participating “scholars” rated Henry Kissinger as the their favorite over the past 50 years. Other holders of the post given high to low ratings of effectiveness were James Baker just below Kissinger, followed in descending order by Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, George Shultz, Dean Rusk, Warren Christopher, Cyrus Vance, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice, Lawrence Eagleburger, and Kerry. All but one of these individuals holds membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, the exception being Hillary Clinton who has stated that she looks to the CFR to implement its goals.
Foreign Policy magazine is surely no friend of conservatives who believe that our nation should mind its own business and cease forcing other countries to accept what our government leaders want. It would be wonderful if a Secretary of State believed in non-intervention in the affairs of other nations except if ours is attacked. As George Washington counseled, America’s policy should include our people having “commercial relations” with counterparts elsewhere, and our government having ”as little political connection as possible” with others. The attitude of the sages at Foreign Policy and the CFR could hardly be more different.
Founded in 1970 by Samuel Huntington, FP favors the same policies as Foreign Affairs, the journal published by the Council on Foreign Relations. It’s hardly surprising to note that Huntington has been a CFR member since 1964 and current FP editor David Rothkopf is also a CFR member. Published by Graham Holdings Company, formerly The Washington Post Company, FP has always been dominated by CFR.
These two magazines, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs have similar, if not identical, viewpoints. For whatever reason, FP didn’t indicate why the 1,615 it polled awarded John Kerry its least effective rating. We can guess that these “scholars” don’t think too highly of the recent pact he engineered with Iran, his latest “accomplishment.” Or they may have a poor opinion of his poor record as a deal maker in his confabs with Russian, Chinese, and Saudi leaders.
John Kerry recently outdid himself in paralleling the attitude frequently presented by FP when he delivered his May 5th commencement address at Northeastern University in Boston. He told the graduates they would be entering a “borderless world.” No borders? If there are none, then there are no nation states including the one he has frequently sworn a solemn oath to defend. In what was his clearly expressed preference for terminating nationhood, he pointed to “dangers like climate change, terrorism, and disease [that] do not respect borders.” And he scolded the nation he represents because the U.S. spends “just one penny of every dollar of our federal budget for foreign aid.”
Kerry’s commencement speech dwelled in part on “climate change,” the issue believed by FP’s scholars to be the most important. Had those FP scholars known how much emphasis our current Secretary of State places on that topic, they might have given him higher marks. Among the internationalist elite, insistence on the unproven threat known as climate change is mandatory.
John Kerry has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations for more than 20 years. He wants world government; he tries very hard to force other nations to accept the demands of the liberal U.S. establishment; and he crusades for dangerous solutions to questionable problems. All of this and more earn him a very low rating from this writer. But there is no way our judgment of America’s current Secretary of State is based on the policies promoted by Foreign Policy and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and President. Mr. McManus has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is also author of a number of educational DVDs and books. Now President Emeritus, he continues his involvement with the Society through public speaking and writing for this blog, the JBS Bulletin, and The New American.