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Unsurprisingly, John Kerry was easily confirmed today as President Obama's next Secretary of State. (For the record, the vote was a lopsided 94-3.)

According to The Moscow Times, Kerry is "widely seen as a preferred candidate for both Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin."

Here is the link: Kerry Seen as Best Choice for Putin | News | The Moscow Times

The very fact that his selection would be especially congenial to apparatchiks in Moscow should be a cause for alarm, in my opinion...
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I hope he does a good job.
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I hope he does a good job.
Well, no rational person should hope that he does a bad job.

Still, I remain skeptical; especially given Moscow's gleeful embrace of the man.

To put it another way: I am old enough to remember then-President Richard Nixon; and I never cared for the man--for reasons entirely apart from the Watergate fiasco, for which he will be long remembered.

Still, there was one thing about the man that I did like, viz.: He made Moscow very nervous. (Reportedly, Leonid Brezhnev and others in the Kremlin believed that Nixon was not quite stable, mentally--that he might just wake up one day and decide that it would be great fun to nuke Moscow.)

I much prefer that our enemies should fear America, rather than wanting to cozy up to its ambassador; which helps explain why I strongly disliked the policy of detente practiced by Henry Kissinger, during that same era...
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Washington (CNN) John Kerry was overwhelmingly confirmed Tuesday as the 68th secretary of state by his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

The vote was 94-3, with Republican Senators John Cornyn, Ted Cruz and James Inhofe voting no. Kerry voted present on his own nomination.



Earlier in the day he received the nod of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The panel approved his nomination unanimously by a voice vote.

Kerry, the longtime senator from Massachusetts and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, has served on the committee for decades and was the panel's chairman the past four years.

President Barack Obama last month nominated Kerry to succeed outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the country's top diplomat.

In a statement, he said, "I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed John Kerry as our next secretary of state with overwhelming bipartisan support. From his decorated service in Vietnam to his decades in the Senate as a champion of American global leadership, John's distinguished career has prepared him to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead.

"John has earned the respect of leaders around the world and the confidence of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, and I am confident he will make an extraordinary secretary of state," Obama continued. "I look forward to his counsel and partnership in the years ahead as we ensure American leadership in the world and advance the interests and values that keep our nation strong."

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who will appoint a temporary successor to the seat, said in a statement that he thanks "Senator Kerry for his decades of service to the people of Massachusetts.

"From his days as lieutenant governor to his nearly thirty years in the United States Senate, he has been our steadfast champion," Patrick said. "I know that he will bring the dedication, intelligence, and passion to his new role that he brought to representing Massachusetts. We are sad to lose him as our senator, but excited about and grateful for his service to the nation on the international stage."

Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts freshman who becomes the state's senior senator with his resignation, said, "John Kerry is a true statesman, and he will be an extraordinary Secretary of State. His experience as a Navy lieutenant, veteran, prosecutor, Lieutenant Governor, Senator, and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee uniquely qualifies him to represent the people of the United States around the world. I was proud to cast my vote and I am excited to call him Mr. Secretary."

Decmoratic Rep. Ed Markey, the only declared candidate so far for Kerry's seat, praised him, saying: "Americans can be confident that John Kerry is the most qualified, knowledgeable, and passionate person to represent our interests around the world. Going from Hillary Clinton to John Kerry at the State Department is like the Red Sox going from Ted Williams to Carl Yastrzemski, both possessing hall of fame talent and passion for the job.

Kerry has served in the U.S. Senate since 1984.

Kerry's confirmation makes him the first new member of Obama's second-term cabinet to be installed. Obama has also nominated candidates to lead the departments of defense and treasury.
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I think the old boys were pulling for him. Some may have thought he was the natural choice in the first place. But I'm awfully glad Hillary had her term. I think he will do well. And I pray he will do well.
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I think he'll do well. Certainly qualified for the job and has the backing of the administration.
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This is as exciting as..... . . .
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