Editorial: John Kerry a solid choice as top U.S. diplomat

  • Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 8:40 PM

Globally focused senator knows diplomacy, military and politics.

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owatonnabillDec. 19, 12 9:15 PM

I dunno. Hillary had star power as well as the name. Kerry has all the pizazz of soggy Cheerios. Then again, at least his last name isn't Rice...

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probsolverDec. 19, 1210:32 PM

you think the king will hang him out to dry like he did Rice?

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elmore1Dec. 20, 12 4:18 AM

Kerry is an old school, career politician who brings nothing new to the table. If the President is looking to make progress in unifying the two parties why would he pick a "good ole boy"? I am disappointed that he isn't bringing in new blood.

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rms316Dec. 20, 12 7:18 AM

Wouldn't surprise me if the GOP tries to block this one too.

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obamafone4meDec. 20, 12 7:59 AM

I'm sure he has good table manners and would be a fine dinner guest with the likes of the royal family of England.

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goldengoph3rDec. 20, 1212:36 PM

Kerry's nomination will sail through the Senate, clearing the way for: 1) his appointment to State; and 2) the last step of the GOP con game. If Obama is going to play along by putting a Senate seat at risk, he better be fully invested in supporting the Massachusetts Democratic candidate against Scott Brown.

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wilson55436Dec. 20, 1210:06 PM

As a libertarian, I strongly disagree with many positions John Kerry stands for. He's a modern liberal who supports American Imperialism overseas while running the Treasury through massive debt on programs that we can't afford. However, more important than anything, is the understanding that the President needs his cabinet to be made up of his most trusted advisers. Kerry must be confirmed by that account. The only way that a cabinet nomination should not be confirmed is if they engaged in illegal conduct detrimental to US citizens. Advise/Consent is not a mandate to obstruct.

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garagewineDec. 21, 1210:07 AM

"Advise/Consent is not a mandate to obstruct."---I heard Robert Bork died a couple of days ago.

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hardrainDec. 23, 1211:20 AM

Both Hillary Clinton and John Kerry are aging baby boomers and failed presidential candidates. Isn't it time we got somebody at State with a fresh perspective on the world?

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hrearden57Dec. 23, 1211:48 AM

Unfit for command.

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