Continued speculation over President Obama’s selection of Carolyn Kennedy as the next US Ambassador to Japan clearly demonstrates a disconnect between the President’s knowledge of National Security Policy and events on the ground in Northeast Asia. With new leadership in Beijing, Seoul and for the that matter Tokyo, juxtaposed to an irrational, belligerent and also relatively new leadership in Pyongyang, it is frankly unfathomable how the President of the US could select someone so totally out of their element and over their head in meeting the strategic challenges which await America’s top diplomat in Japan. Furthermore, such a decision would also be a very poor reflection upon Secretary of State John Kerry. Where is his judgement? Being a hack and towing the Democratic Party line in Massachusetts and in the US Senate is one thing but now as America’s top diplomat – do your damn job and look out for our countries best interests.
X ‘ “being a hack” ? John Kerry gave distinguished service to our State for almost three decades. So far he seems to be doing an excellent job — the Turkey-Israel reconciliation is a big accomplishment — and I expect more of the same. As for Carolyn Kennedy as ambassador to japan, I think it’s an inspired suggestion,l a compliment to Japan, a nation for which face is crucial. you were thinking maybe we should appoint a general ? Don’t think so. ’
The primary responsibility of an Ambassador is to provide informed and expert knowledge and judgement, fully cognizant of all nuance, about the strategic, geopolitical, economic and cultural dimensions of the ‘said country’ to which one is posted. My point is that with such a potentially volatile situation at hand, it is absolutely critical that we have such expertise. Send Caroline Kennedy to the Court of St James for all I care (she would certainly be a vast improvement over her grandfather) but do not send her to a posting where any misreading of the situation can be catastrophic for the region and for our own country. As for former Senator Kerry, you are certainly entitled to your own opinion. One does not have to look any further than his support of New START in 2010 which amounted to little more than unilateral disarmament for the US to see what an informed decision that was by the Chairman, no less, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Nonetheless, I thank you for your posting.