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Morning Bell: John Kerry, President Obama’s Ideological Twin
Posted By Amy Payne On January 29, 2013 @ 8:38 am In American Leadership | No Comments
Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is likely to be confirmed today as the next Secretary of State after sailing through a Senate hearing last week. What does this mean for America and its foreign policy?
As Heritage’s Helle Dale wrote  after last week’s hearing:
The bad news for the United States is that Kerry is President Obama’s ideological twin and can be expected to enthusiastically embrace the Obama doctrine  and continue the Administration’s pursuit of arms control, international treaties, and climate-change agreements. This is a classic liberal agenda, which will only lead to a further erosion of American global leadership.
Though Kerry talked tough on Iran, The Wall Street Journal described  Kerry’s stance as a “vision to wind down America’s military operations in the Islamic world and to pursue a foreign policy more driven by aid, economics and environmental issues.”
Kerry, a former presidential candidate who served in Vietnam and then protested the war , has chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee—the committee where his confirmation hearings take place—since 2009. He has been a Senator since 1985. Some of his key positions:
His Senate colleagues have failed to press Kerry on any meaningful issues, which is unsurprising but still a negative for the country and U.S. allies.
The Secretary of State’s priorities should be defending American sovereignty, promoting economic freedom, and restoring American leadership in the world. Kerry’s track record and his fidelity to Obama’s worldview give us little hope for those priorities.
Guide to the Hearings:
Heritage experts have put out a guide to the confirmation hearings for Kerry, former Senator Chuck Hagel (R–NE) for Secretary of Defense, and White House chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for director of the CIA. See their analysis of major issues facing each nominee in these categories:
Views on Russia 
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URLs in this post:
 wrote: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/25/john-kerry-at-state-department-good-for-obama-not-america/
 Obama doctrine: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/24/no-the-obama-doctrine-is-not-the-reagan-doctrine/
 described: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323539804578261583133926530.html
 protested the war: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/story?id=123495&page=1
 Law of the Sea Treaty: http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2012/12/no-time-to-get-lost
 Arms Trade Treaty: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/07/23/5-fundamental-flaws-in-the-u-n-arms-trade-treaty/
 U.S. Policy on Asia: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/kerry-hagel-and-brennan-senate-confirmation-hearings-us-policy-on-asia
 Middle East and North Africa Issues: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/hagel-kerry-and-brennan-confirmation-hearings-middle-east-and-north-africa-issues
 U.S. Strategic Forces: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/hagel-kerry-and-brennan-senate-confirmation-hearings-us-strategic-forces
 U.S. Policy on Europe: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/hagel-kerry-and-brennan-senate-confirmation-hearings-us-policy-on-europe
 U.S. Policy on Sub-Saharan Africa: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/kerry-hagel-and-brennan-senate-confirmation-hearings-us-policy-on-sub-saharan-africa
 U.S. Policy on Arctic Security: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/hagel-kerry-and-brennan-senate-confirmation-hearings-us-policy-on-arctic-security
 U.S. Policy for the Western Hemisphere: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/kerry-hagel-and-brennan-senate-confirmation-hearings-us-policy-for-the-western-hemisphere
 Views on Russia: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/senate-confirmation-hearings-for-hagel-and-kerry-views-on-russia
 Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/01/cybersecurity-and-internet-freedom-confirmation-hearings-of-kerry-hagel-and-brennan
 Image: http://www.morningbell.org
 more than $1.6 million: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-fly-over-9-hours-just-speech-immigration_698171.html
 eight years in a notoriously brutal Iranian prison: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/27/iran-sentences-american-pastor-saeed-abedini-to-8-years-in-prison/
 Boy Scouts of America: http://www.chron.com/news/texas/article/Under-pressure-Boy-Scouts-may-ease-no-gays-policy-4230852.php
 Tune in online: http://www.istook.com/
 The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/28/why-you-want-to-be-a-heritage-intern-summer-internships/
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