Kerry speaks about first trip as secretary of state
March 5th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Kerry speaks about first trip as secretary of state

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about Syria, Iran and North Korea in an interview Tuesday with CNN as he wraps up his first international trip as the nation's top diplomat.

On Syria, Kerry declined to say that the United States would never arm the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's government, but said President Barack Obama believes the current strategy of leaving it to other countries to arm the rebels is currently the right choice.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Around

    *waves at John through the computer screen*

    Enjoy your flight brought to you by the American taxpayers.

    March 5, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I don't think we should be in the business of arming rebels. If President Obama is a 'Star Trek' fan then he has heard of their 'Prime Directive", which says do not interfere in other cultures because bad things happen when you do. I think that reserved approach is best applied in Syria. They need to work out their own problems with as little western influence as possible. Influencing outcomes is one big reason why the west is so disliked in Arab nations.

    March 5, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. DC Outsider

    Somehow I fear that our new Secretary of State, Mr. Ed, will portray the United States as an eletist aloof nation that looks down on other countries........ just an opinion. And it is never a good trait to love to hear yourself talk for a Secretary of State to have

    March 5, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  4. amf140

    Easy to be a star when you're handing out money. Especially when it's not yours.

    March 5, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Following in the footsteps of the great hand out queen........more great handouts, from a country that is broke!

    March 5, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Larry L

    @Rick McDaniel

    Following in the footsteps of the great hand out queen........more great handouts, from a country that is broke!
    ======================================
    How about the money and weapons systems we give Israel? Ready to cancel that aid?

    March 5, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    $260 million, F16s, tanks etc for a country that not an ally of ours but will take our money and still expresses major hatred for our one ally in the area, Israel.

    March 5, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Larry L

    @Rick McDaniel

    Following in the footsteps of the great hand out queen........more great handouts, from a country that is broke!
    ======================================
    How about the money and weapons systems we give Israel? Ready to cancel that aid?
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    Bingo! and the response......................crickets

    March 5, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Ancient Texan wrote:

    $260 million, F16s, tanks etc for a country that not an ally of ours but will take our money and still expresses major hatred for our one ally in the area, Israel.
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    Which country are you talking about? It cannot be Syria. Read the article. It's only two paragraphs long.

    March 5, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. The rightwing still plotting America's downfall ... both domestic AND foreign. Gotta love the TeaParty Patriots.

    March 5, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Larry L

    @Ancient Texan

    $260 million, F16s, tanks etc for a country that not an ally of ours but will take our money and still expresses major hatred for our one ally in the area, Israel.
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    Go back and read the Camp David Accord – that established the Multinational Force and Observers and handed the Sinai back to Egypt. A provision giving Egypt and Israel similar aid (and trade) was one of the things that keeps Israel on the map.

    March 5, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    I don't think we should be in the business of arming rebels. If President Obama is a 'Star Trek' fan then he has heard of their 'Prime Directive", which says do not interfere in other cultures because bad things happen when you do. I think that reserved approach is best applied in Syria. They need to work out their own problems with as little western influence as possible. Influencing outcomes is one big reason why the west is so disliked in Arab nations.
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    What about Libya?

    March 5, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    What about Libya?
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    What about Libya? I don't believe in our always being the lone policeman of the world at our own expense. And, I most certainly do not believe in being aggressively and actively engaged in exporting democracy, a la George W. Bush.

    March 5, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Larry L- Egypt wasn't governed by the Muslim Brotherhood at the time of the Camp David Accord. What assurance do we have that the funds and military equipment we are giving to Egypt (with money borrowed from China) won't be used against Israel or other nations friendly to the U.S.?

    March 5, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Denny

    Kerry is so filthy rich, part of that 1% his boss hates so much and convinces others to hate. Let Kerry pay for his own trips instead of the hard working middle class that is barely keeping their head above water due to this weak administration.

    March 5, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |