America’s newly minted top diplomat hasn’t yet finished his nine-country, 11-day swing through Europe and the Middle East, his first overseas trip as secretary of state, but the first tough reviews are already in print. It doesn’t help that John Kerry’s most widely reported comment thus far was a boast to German students that Americans “have a right to be stupid” or that, as if to prove his point, he seemed to create a new central Asian republic known as “Kyrzakhstan”. He’s “off to shaky start”, warned one headline. “Kerry hits a bumpy road in world diplomacy” announces another. Read more
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