George Schultz, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State, recognized that a great many employees of the State Department, including many ambassadors, thought their job was to represent the interests of foreign nations in America rather than to represent America’s interests in those foreign nations. It’s commonly called “going native.” Americans become far more interested in and sympathetic to the nations and peoples to which they are assigned than to their own.
To combat that dangerous way of thinking, upon meeting a newly appointed diplomat in his office, Schultz would direct them to point out their country on a globe on his desk. When they invariably pointed out the country to which they’d been assigned. Schultz would make plain their country was America. This did not solve the problem, but it was necessary.
Now consider our current Secretary of State, John Kerry, via Powerline:
At a Senate subcommittee hearing yesterday Senator Mark Kirk questions Secretary Kerry yesterday regarding Ibrahim al Oosi, a terrorist released released by the Obama administration from the detention facility at Guantanamo who has since returned to work for al Qaeda. Kirk asked Kerry for his thoughts on Ibrahim al Qosi while a staffer held up a picture of al Qosi to jog Kerry’s memory… Kirk expressed the fond hope that ‘we would end the policy of issuing terrorists to terrorist nations, and where they can get out.’
Kerry responded with the master key to Obama administration foreign policy:
‘Well, uhh [sniff], Senator, he’s not supposed to be doing that.’
Kerry goes downhill from there as he explains: ‘And there are consequences for that, and there will be. But apart from that, the fact is that we’ve got people who’ve been held without charges for 13 years, 14 years in some cases. That’s not American, that’s not how we operate.
Here’s a brief, certainly not all-inclusive, list of other things terrorists are not supposed to be doing:
* Sexual slavery
* Maiming and mutilating
* Mass murder
* Burning people alive
* Building nuclear weapons
* Destroying priceless archeological sites
Certainly, terrorists are not supposed to get out of Gitmo and return to the war against western civilization and modernity, but somehow, they do just that, and with the willing assistance of people like Kerry. As to consequences, what, except the rare drone strike, might they be? For people who embrace death and think being killed in Jihad makes them a holy martyr, can even death be considered a consequence?
And keeping illegitimate, terrorist combatants until the end of a war to prevent their rejoining the fight is indeed the way America operates, or should. The duration of the war is up to the terrorists, not America. The length of their incarceration is entirely up to them. It’s a part of the legitimate, negotiated, laws of warfare, to which America is a signatory. Under the civilized laws of war, we could simply shoot these people on the battlefield and have done with it, but that’s certainly not the way socialist narcissists like John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, operate.
I wonder which country Kerry would pick. Iran? Libya? Russia? Cuba?