by Michael Barone, Washington Examiner
If you want to read a stinging critique of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Middle East diplomacy, take a look at Adam Garfinkle’s take in The American Interest blog. “Malice or incompetence?” is the headline, and it gets tougher as it goes. Excerpt:
“Then it got worse. By ministering to Qatar, where the head of the Hamas political wing lives at the invitation of the Al-Thani, Kerry strengthened that troublemaking little pissant of a country. If you thought U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia—which in this dustup is a tacit ally of Egypt and Israel—could not get worse than they already are, you goofed: They just did. (But if you want to hear anti-Qatari venom that can singe the hair on your chin, better to go to Abu Dhabi or Dubai.) Then worse still: Kerry ministered to arguably the world’s foremost anti-Semite, [Turkish Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
“Now John Kerry, with Barack Obama’s fulsome help, has reduced the U.S. position to that of a message carrier for Hamas via Doha and Ankara. We have fallen from being the undisputed master of ceremonies to creeping around the region as a second-echelon go-between—and a failed one at that.”
Garfinkle also takes some whacks at the Bush administration, in which he served.