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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Jackson Diehl, "John Kerry’s departure from reality": The Blind Leading the Blind or a Narcissist Leading the Narcissist-in-Chief?

Hear me now oh thou bleak and unbearable world
Thou art base and debauched as can be
And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled
Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!

I am I, Don Quixote, the Lord of La Mancha
Destroyer of Evil am I,
I will march to the sound of the trumpets of glory
Forever to conquer or die


- "Man Of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)"


Earlier this month, The Washington Post published an editorial entitled "President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/president-obamas-foreign-policy-is-based-on-fantasy/2014/03/02/c7854436-a238-11e3-a5fa-55f0c77bf39c_story.html). Today, Jackson Diehl, WaPo's Deputy Editorial Page Editor, has written an opinion piece entitled "John Kerry’s departure from reality" (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jackson-diehl-john-kerrys-departure-from-reality/2014/03/30/63bc85a8-b5c6-11e3-b899-20667de76985_story.html?hpid=z3). Diehl bluntly informs us:

"During a tour of the Middle East in November, Secretary of State John F. Kerry portrayed the region as on its way to a stunning series of breakthroughs, thanks to U.S. diplomacy. In Egypt, he said, 'the roadmap' to democracy 'is being carried out, to the best of our perception.' In Syria, a peace conference would soon replace the Assad regime with a transitional government, because 'the Russians and the Iranians . . . will make certain that the Syrian regime will live up to its obligation.'

Last but hardly least, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was on its way to a final settlement — by April. 'This is not mission impossible,' insisted the secretary of state. 'This can happen.'

. . . .

Four months have passed, and, sadly for Kerry and U.S. interests, the verdict is in: delusional. Egypt is under the thumb of an authoritarian general. The Syrian peace talks imploded soon after they began. Kerry is now frantically trying to prevent the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, which are hanging by a thread — and all sides agree there will be no deal in April."

"Delusional"? I would argue "egotistical." Kerry was going to show us all how it's all done, but the world refused to mold itself to his narcissism. Remind you of someone?

And so, we have the blind leading the blind, or perhaps a narcissist leading the Narcissist-in-Chief.

Now we need only wait for Obama's "negotiations" with Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei to unravel.

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