John Kerry is a good fit for the U.S. State Department

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What kind of secretary of state would Sen. John Kerry make?

Kerry is a familiar figure to America and the world.

Three qualities make Kerry a good fit for this moment.

Second, Kerry appreciates the importance of quiet diplomacy, especially now.

Third, while Kerry sometimes comes across as stiff, he’s surprisingly willing to challenge conventional wisdom, especially about engaging America’s adversaries. This unlikely contrarian streak would be an advantage, especially because it’s so well disguised: With his stolid demeanor, Kerry would find it easier to take diplomatic chances than other potential nominees, especially the younger, less experienced Rice.

If Obama does what White House sources predict and nominates Kerry for State, the two will need to establish a better bond. Washington gossips report that Obama sometimes found Kerry long-winded during the hours of debate preparation when Kerry played the role of Mitt Romney.

Perhaps the best thing about Kerry is that he’s safe.

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Columnist/2012/Dec-17/198588-john-kerry-is-a-good-fit-for-the-us-state-department.ashx#ixzz2FIQcSmqO
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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