December 8, 2013 |
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term? He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's taken on a list of assignments that looked distinctly unpromising: nuclear negotiations with Iran, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the civil war in Syria. But in 10 months, Kerry has embarked on a whirlwind of diplomacy.
October 20, 2011 |
Sen. John Kerry, who joined Sen. John McCain earlier this year in supporting the use of force to assist the Libyan rebels, praised the U.S. role in the conflict Thursday as deposed Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi was reported dead. Kadafi's death is a development that “marks the end of his reign of terror and the promise of a new Libya,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a statement. Kerry, who was an early supporter of the NATO mission in Libya, cast Kadafi's death as “a victory for multilateralism and successful coalition-building in defiance of those who derided NATO and predicted a very different outcome.” PHOTOS: Moammar Kadafi | 1942 - 2011 “The United States demonstrated clear-eyed leadership, patience, and foresight by pushing the international community into action after Qaddafi promised a massacre,” he said in a statement.
May 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Cameron Kerry will serve as acting Commerce secretary starting June 1, joining his brother, Secretary of State John Kerry, in President Obama's Cabinet. Cameron Kerry, who has been general counsel at the Commerce Department since 2009, will take over after the current acting secretary, Rebecca Blank, steps down at the end of the month, she told her staff in an email Monday. Kerry would hold the job while Obama's nominee for the job, Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker, awaits Senate confirmation.
January 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to confirm Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next secretary of State, filling a crucial national security spot in President Obama's second-term Cabinet. The 94-3 vote clears the way for Kerry to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton after she steps down Friday. Kerry, who will become America's 68th top diplomat, failed to win only three Republican votes - those of Sens. John Cornyn and Rafael “Ted” Cruz, both of Texas, and Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma. A spokesman for Cornyn said Kerry supported liberal positions that most Texans oppose.
February 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- John F. Kerry arrived at State Department headquarters Monday morning to begin his new role as secretary of State, telling employees that he wanted to answer the question: “Can a man actually run the State Department?” The former Massachusetts senator, who was preceded in the post by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, acknowledged that “I have big high heels to fill.” Kerry addressed the troops from the staircase rising from the headquarters lobby, the exact spot where Clinton gave good-bye remarks to a rapturous foreign service crowd last Friday.
March 31, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Jerusalem on Monday evening to begin talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a bid to keep the troubled peace negotiations on track. The immediate obstacle Kerry seeks to overcome is a deadlock over Israel's delay in freeing about two dozen Palestinian prisoners to complete its promise last year to release 104 people jailed for crimes predating the 1990s Oslo peace accords. Palestinian officials expected the final release to be completed by the end of March, but by Monday night Israel had yet to set in motion the process, which usually takes 48 hours.