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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Citizen of the world or U.S. senator?

The Atlantic Council, headed by former Sen. Chuck Hagel (who never evidenced much fondness for Israel or saw a sanction he liked), is bestowing an honor on a U.S. citizen. The email announcement, with not a shred of self-awareness, proclaims: “We are delighted to announce that Senator John Kerry will also receive a Global Citizen Award.” And here we thought it was enough to be an American citizen, representing American interests, in the world’s greatest deliberative body (and I don’t mean the U.N. Security Council).

Kerry got himself into trouble before with his unbridled internationalism in the 2004 presidential debate:

President Bush said Saturday Democrat John Kerry’s debate remark that U.S. preemptive military action should be subject to a “global test” would give other nations a veto over American national security decisions. . . . “When our country’s in danger the president’s job is not to take an international poll. The president’s job is to defend America,” Bush said. . . . “I think the first debate will be long remembered for the night when Kerry made some really serious tactical mistakes,” said Bush campaign communications director Nicolle Devenish. . . . . Bush called it the “Kerry doctrine” and summed it up this way: “He said that America has to pass a global test before we can use troops to defend ourselves.” The friendly crowd responded with boos for Kerry.”Senator Kerry’s approach to foreign policy would give foreign governments veto power over our national security decisions,” he said.

The left doesn’t learn, though, and in effect the White House is now inhabited by the first global-citizen president. He’s a global warming man, a multilateralist, a speak softly and carry a small stick fellow. If there isn’t global consensus in the international community, why then, what is America to do? (We must ask the Arab League “Mother may I?” to enter Libya, and Obama tried his best to get through a term without exercising a veto in the U.N. Security Council.) He demands consensus and since there rarely is such a thing on the international stage he is stymied at every turn.

After Hillary Clinton leaves, if there is a second Obama term it is expected that he’ll name Kerry as secretary of state. That’s a little dicey since his personal diplomacy with Bashar al-Assad was an embarrassing bit of delusion that enabled a butcher. But if we get that far, the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee might want to ask if he can really represent America’s interests when they conflict with those of the “international community.” Maybe the secretary-general of the U.N. would be a better fit.

By  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Categories:  foreign policy, Culture

 
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