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Kerry in Spotlight; Hot Issues Remain for Next Secretary of State
Posted By Helle Dale On December 18, 2012 @ 8:00 am In Featured | Comments Disabled
Last week, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice took herself out of the running for Secretary of State as Hillary Clinton’s successor. It did not take long for the rumor mill to pick up that President Obama is leaning toward Senator John Kerry  (D-MA) for the post.
Though Rice did not acknowledge any misjudgment as far as the Benghazi affair is concerned, she did show a sense of realism  when she cited “urgent national priorities—creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security” as issues that an ugly confirmation battle would distract from.
The successor to Hillary Clinton will face a long list of pressing foreign policy issues:
The list is lengthy, but it reflects the neglect of serious international challenges under the first Obama term. There is much that urgently needs to be done to reclaim America’s global leadership position.
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URLs in this post:
 Senator John Kerry: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/12/john-kerry-secretary-state-rumor-mill-picking-steam/60029/
 sense of realism: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDQQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fopinions%2Fsusan-rice-my-withdrawal-from-secretary-of-state-consideration-was-right-call%2F2012%2F12%2F13%2Fad69b3fc-4578-1
 long-range missile advancements: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/12/12/morning-bell-north-korea-threatens-with-successful-missile-launch/
 South Korea: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/12/03/statement-president-announcing-us-korea-trade-agreement
 Colombia: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/06/fact-sheets-us-colombia-trade-agreement-and-action-plan
 Panama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/19/fact-sheets-us-panama-trade-promotion-agreement
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