In a visceral, non-scripted response to one of his own diplomats having been murdered by a terrorist car bomb attack, John Kerry stated that [State Department diplomat, Anne Smedinghoff] “was met by a cowardly terrorist determined to bring darkness and death to total strangers. These are the challenges that our citizens face, not just in Afghanistan but in many dangerous parts of the world — where a nihilism, an empty approach, is willing to take life rather than give it.”
25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff was among the six killed when a car bomb exploded in Afghanistan, Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Furthermore, Secretary of State John Kerry addressed U.S. consulate workers stating, “Folks who want to kill people, and that’s all they want to do, are scared of knowledge. They want to shut the doors and they don’t want people to make their choices about the future. For them, it’s you do things our way, or we throw acid in your face or we put a bullet in your face.”
This is quite a departure in rhetoric from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “what difference does it make” policy and President Obama’s “it’s not optimal” response in regards to the brutal death of U.S. Ambassador, Chris Stevens, and the three other courageous Americans heroes murdered on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi.
We have seen recent examples of this turnabout in ideology on our side of the aisle as well. When Senator Rob Portman’s son, Rob, came out as a homosexual, Sen. Portman (R-Ohio) reversed his stance on gay marriage. Whatever your stance on gay marriage, it is refreshing to hear elected leaders speak from the heart as opposed to hearing the usual, cold, removed, mind-numbing, bureaucratic rhetoric of the political class.
Back in 2004, John Kerry referred to terrorism as a “nuisance” equating terrorism to prostitution and gambling as a law enforcement issue, which required good faith negotiations. After the death of one of his diplomats, Secretary of State Kerry has gone off the reservation using words like terrorist and nihilism to accurately characterize radical Islamic extremists rather than euphemistically calling them freedom fighters.
Unlike his predecessor who hides behind a ‘patsyfied’ video and the cover up behind it, I guess some of that U.S. Army “no-man-left-behind” training has yielded results after all. Speaking from the heart rather than for political expediency gains my appreciation and respect.
I never thought I would compliment John Kerry on anything. Maybe Hell hath frozen over. Now I predict the Cubs to win the World Series.
All we ask of our elected leaders is not to marginalize the death of our brave Americans by using euphemistic language in efforts to dissipate the sensitivities of radicalized Islamic regimes. We want our leaders to acknowledge evil over moral relativism for the brave men and women in Benghazi and Afghanistan who died not for the broad, concept of a never-defined greater good but for freedom of individuals. In Anne Smedinghoff’s case, she lost her life delivering books to an Afghani school in an attempt to give those children the freedom to read.
Thank you John Kerry for exhibiting leadership qualities that have been lacking for so long on the left.