To mangle a favorite saying of a friend of mine: The Kerry works for the Czar.
If there’s no two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict soon, Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state,” Secretary of State John Kerry told a room of influential world leaders in a closed-door meeting Friday.
Senior American officials have rarely, if ever, used the term “apartheid” in reference to Israel, and President Obama has previously rejected the idea that the word should apply to Jewish State.
“Previously.” One of two things just happened: either Barack Obama has nominated somebody for Secretary of State who is now putting words in Barack Obama’s mouth*; or the Obama administration has decided to start the process where they can distance themselves from an ally that is cordially hated by large swathes of supporters of the Obama administration. You tell me which is worse, because I’m still scratching my head over trying to decide that one.
*The Secretary of State has an obligation to watch his or her words that is pretty much unique in the American government (the only one who has to worry about it more would be the President). This is not a matter for excuses or explanations. This is a matter of Barack Obama bringing in John Kerry and verbally flaying him alive until John Kerry gets the point. Assuming, of course, that John Kerry isn’t sending Barack Obama’s message to the Israelis in the first place.