Is Secretary of State
“Pictures have emerged showing the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry dining with President
The rather clumsy wording suggests that Kerry might have been spirited away from Washington over the
Different time, different roles, different circumstances. Yet the story clucks: "The images ... come in stark contrast to comments Mr. Kerry recently made about the Syrian president, describing him as a 'thug' and drawing comparisons between Mr. Assad and Adolf Hitler over their use of chemical weapons."
When I was a high school debater, I was warned never to compare anyone to Hitler, and Kerry would have been wise to follow that rule. But is it embarrassing that he now describes his onetime dinner partner as a thug? Not really. Definitive proof of Assad's thuggishness came with his response to Syria's version of the Arab Spring, which began in 2011.
This cheap shot isn’t unique. When the U.S. began to distance itself from Egyptian autocrat
Clinton probably shouldn’t have been so gushing, especially in an interview in which she acknowledged that the
This “in happier times” phenomenon is bipartisan. Critics of the
At least (as far as we know), Rumsfeld and Saddam didn't do lunch.