In an hour-long screed to reporters, Secretary of State John Kerry railed against polls showing opposition to aggressive US military intervention abroad, dubbing it a “new isolation.”
“We are beginning to behave like a poor nation,” Kerry said of Americans’ unwillingness to support ever-larger, ever more calamitous wars the world over. He vowed that the US wouldn’t retreat anywhere in the world.
The US spends more on its military than nearly the whole rest of the world combined, and throws billions of dollars in military aid at other nations, subsidizing their own wars. Yet budget concerns have slowed the rate of growth of this spending in recent years, inconveniencing Kerry’s plans to start new wars.
Kerry insisted Americans “do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests.”
Indeed, most Americans have begun to notice that runaway deficit spending to pay for “US engagement abroad” has been a major drag on the economy in recent years, and that America’s checkered history of military conquest has not netted any decisive victories in decades, let alone any major economic boons.
Secretary Kerry was at the lead of an attempt to lie the American public into a war with Syria late last year, and after being rebuffed by overwhelming public opposition, has remained resentful about the prospect that the administration might conceivably not be able to launch whatever wars it wants whenever it wants.
24 thoughts on “Kerry Rails Against ‘New Isolationism’ Among Americans”
Sometimes a piece of crap can just sorta shock me speechless. We are becoming a poor nation because of Kerry and his kind. Federal frugality is lagging that trend.
Let them eat ketchup
Kerry's off his rocker…
What a horse's ass (and face). Kerry used to be a fairly good looking man, but now he looks possessed. Is it the ketchup? The election loss? Whatever it is, Father Merrin or Dr. Van Helsing should be summoned to kill it.
By Americans he means the parasites who work for and with Mordor on the Potomac. He doesn't mean the herd animals who live in "flyover" country. Those aren't real Americans.
isn't this the same guy that opposed the Vietnam war and flushed his medals down the toilet?
“We are beginning to behave like a poor nation,”
Nations are just collections of individuals so I guess that means that we're acting like "poor people". Which the converse would be, we're not acting like "the rich". This is consistent thinking, it seems "the rich", like Kerry, think it's their duty to impose their will on others, whether those "others" want it or not.
Time to buy some Hunt's ketchup…
Kerry's words: "(Americans) do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their jobs and wider US interests". He is 100% correct. This is one American who sees the connections between US engagements abroad and the furthering of Zionist genocide of Arabs, creating more jobs for assassins and snoops and increasing wider MCI profits.
“We are beginning to behave like a poor nation…”
Thank goodness. It's time to face reality. We ARE a poor nation, with crumbling infrastructure and more and more people unemployed or with low wage jobs.
I guess Kerry is speaking on behalf of the 1%, when he implies we are a rich nation. Of course, there's money to be made by fomenting unrest in independent countries and stealing their treasuries and natural resources.
We are a poor nation…when you consider that the USG spends more than they receive – the only difference being the USG is constantly being offered more borrowed $$$ while a normal American family who spends more than they make will eventually be denied more borrowing.
We are a poor nation…when you consider that our "leaders" – those we elect anyway – are mostly all morally bankrupt, to stay with the fiscal analogies. And they spend considerable resources to get the American people to believe them and do what they tell us is best for us. But we are not stupid – well, some of us anyway.
We are a poor nation…when you consider that despite knowing what our problems are, and that the solutions are relatively simple though noxious to life as we know it, but we whine and moan and complain and then escape into mindlessness as soon as The Voice comes on the telly.
We are a poor nation…because we've forgotten the ideals we used to portray to the world as examples they should strive to emulate.
We are a poor nation because we allow it – and those at the top know it and take advantage of it. There are those who advise us that the only solution is to revolt and overthrow the scum at the top. I believe that there is no appetite for that and hasn't been for so many years. If today's citizens had been around at the time of the colonies, we'd still be under Crown rule.
But that's just this old Curmudgeon's opinion…
No one is proposing "isolation" only less of a military footprint wherein foreign affairs are conducted with gunboats.
Kerry's wrong that Americans "do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests." But some Americans understand very well that massive military spending abroad means austerity at home, that war corporations produce destruction, not jobs, and that their own interests are not served by pursuing the "wider (financial) US interests" of an unelected self professed "elite." That's why there is little stomach for further intervention even as the USG covertly or overtly destabilizes Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela.
Kerry's wrong that Americans "do not perceive the connection between US engagement abroad and the US economy, their own jobs and wider US interests." Some Americans understand very well that massive military spending abroad means austerity at home, that war corporations produce destruction, not jobs, and that their own interests are not served by pursuing the "wider (financial) US interests" of an unelected self professed "elite." That's why there is little stomach for further intervention even as the USG covertly or overtly destabilizes Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela.
That awful knee-jerk word "isolationist". Like a liberal losing an argument and calling someone a "racist". Such a stupid, assinine word. How is minding your own business and only risking your soldiers lives for true national interests "isolationist"? That word needs to be retired.
If "isolationism" is the U.S. Government minding its own business then I'm a Proud Isolationist.
Suggested slogan: Isolationism:USGovCo Minding Its Own Damn Business and NO ONE Else's at home or abroad.
Could Kerry, or anyone, please explain when exactly international law regarding aggressive war or threats of war was cancelled?
We are a poor, debt-ridden nation because of war-mongering scumbags like Kerry wasting trillions of dollars on needless wars that do nothing but make rich people richer and everyone else poorer or dead.
Go to hell and then GFY Kerry.
America behaves like war criminal nation. Illegal wars of naked aggression and then there's that torture motif. Oh yes and illegal renditions and detentions and political corruption and warmongering that should by all rights be a crime against humanity, Think icky Vicky Nuland.
Aw jeepers there Vietnam John, shut your pie hole.
stick to making ketchup
you shouldn't be put in charge of a pair of shoe laces!
you ARE NOT fit Kerry. you sayanim sellout
we SEE YOU
What Kerry doesn't understand is Americans know for sure that we'll be really poor after psychos in DC, London and Brussels start world war 3.
You go from "leader of the free world" to Globocop in just a few short years. You spy, steal, cripple, maim, kill, lie like a filthy rug, usurp the power of people not just in your own nation, but across the world…supposedly in the name of the American people…who, by the way can be killed if the Commander In Chief says so. Wow. So much respect the people get, huh?
This gov'ts behavior should make any right-thinking peaceful person blush with shame. No wonder why the majority of us "useless eaters" want to withdraw in isolationism…Empire costs too much money and maybe after the rest of the world gets a break from us lumbering about, they won't hate us so much…for our "freedoms", of course…not for our actions, some of which, again, to the depths of which even the Communists or Fascists didn't stoop.
It's just the Royal "We" speaking again.
Those of us who know there's nothing in Washington D.C., Our Nation's Capitol, except people, a small percentage of whom are running a bankrupt multi-trillion dollar Ponzi corporation, extortion racket, international T-bill floating scam and drug stealing cartel aren't ashamed of dropping out and being poor. On the contrary.
They must take our fiat dollars at gun point. You proletariat vermin should be grateful for the few crumbs that fall into your parasitical yaps. Seig Heil.
The latest full-of-shitism from this discraced sold-out tool who has raped his own credibility right before the eyes of Americans, some of whom used to think he should be President. Worse Secretary of State ever. Sorry Hillary didn't win that one.
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