Who Was John Kerry Really Speaking For?

Was Kerry's remark about Israeli 'apartheid' his opinion or the president's?

Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement on Ukraine at the briefing room of the State Department on April 24, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

Kerry chooses poor words to describe a delicate situation, yet again.

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United States Secretary of State John Kerry must be thinking he should have paid more attention to those FDA warnings. Apparently he’s has so much Botox shot into his forehead that it’s begun to eat away at his brain.

Kerry’s in the hot seat for letting people know what’s really on his mind which, in Washington, constitutes a major lapse in judgment. According to The Daily Beast, he told a room full of world leaders Friday that Israel risked becoming “an apartheid state” if it did not agree to a two state solution to the Palestinian question.

He expected the remarks to remain private – or at least unpublished – but they leaked out, no surprise. Equating Israel with the old South Africa is pretty strong stuff. In fact, in the current lexicon of the left it’s close to calling someone a Nazi, given the level of contempt and intolerance that exists for racism.

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Shortly after the news of his comments broke, Kerry began to walk them back along the usual road. He offered up excuses, saying he had poorly chosen his words, he didn’t really believe what he said – remember this is the same guy who bragged in the 2004 presidential campaign about having been for a piece of legislation before he was against it – and that we all needed to look past what he had said to focus on what he really meant. The State Department issued a statement Monday in which the secretary is quoted as saying, “Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one.”

It’s fair to ask if he’s delusional or if, like the rest of us, he typically doesn’t pay attention to anything he says. Of course, this is the same guy who lied repeatedly about the conduct of U.S. troops in Vietnam to garner personal gain and glory, so we ought not to expect any better now.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t buying the secretary’s excuses, no matter how they are parsed. On Monday, he took to the senate floor to demand that Kerry resign, saying he had come to the conclusion that “Secretary Kerry has proven himself unsuitable for the position he holds.” Then he got tough.

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“Before any further harm is done to our national security interests and to our critical alliance with the nation of Israel,” Cruz continued, “John Kerry should offer President Obama his resignation and the president should accept it."

You don’t have to be a genius to realize he won’t – and Obama wouldn’t even if he did. The modern Democratic Party is badly split over Israel, with Kerry and Obama and those around him representing the wing that believes the world’s only official Jewish state is the villain of the peace. What Cruz and others really ought to be doing is asking if Kerry, when he used the word “apartheid” to describe Israel and its policies, was speaking for President Barack Obama. Is this a sentiment the president shares or did Kerry climb out on the limb all by himself and start sawing? And they shouldn’t stop until they get an answer.