Kerry warns U.S.: ‘The world will not wait for us’
October 24th, 2013
04:43 PM ET
7 years ago

Kerry warns U.S.: ‘The world will not wait for us’

(CNN) - Fresh off the plane from a whirlwind four days of meetings in Europe, Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by a progressive policy forum in Washington on Thursday to chide U.S. leaders for allowing the government to shut down.

“I wanted just to come here this afternoon…to reflect on the damage that events like the one we’ve just been through can do to the esteem in which the U.S. is held in the world, a key component of our national power,” Kerry said at a Center for American Progress forum.

Kerry, who attended a series of international summits in Asia during the government shutdown, warned that the United States must “be far more conscious about how our leadership looks through other people's eyes.”

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“I have seen how our allies and our partners and those who wish to challenge us or do us harm – they are all sizing us up. Every day they are taking our measure,” Kerry said. “What we do in Washington matters deeply to them. And that’s why a self-inflicted wound like the shutdown that we just endured can never happen again.”

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The former senator cautioned against letting politics “stop us from providing the leadership that the world needs.”

“We cannot afford to cede the best possibilities of this young century to others who have decided to be more disciplined than we have. The world watches us, but...the world will not wait for us,” Kerry said.

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  1. Wake up People!

    This is right up the GOP's alleys, now they can say it's because Obama is weak.

    I've been saying this for a while. The world is watching, we've made a lot of enemies running around the world of oil, spreading our " democracy", and you never know who is waiting on that right time. But they don't care. Those "patriots" are willing to let it happen, just for ammo against the POTUS.

    October 24, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. USAPeasant

    I think everyone in the World and in America can see the "leaders" are pretty terrible. Why stop at the Shutdown? Don't forget Syria. Don't forget NSA and all the other many craziness Snowden told the truth about. Don't forget IRS Scandal. Don't forget AP Scandal. Don't forget the Sequester. Don't forget the Fiscal Cliff. Don't forget that all these scandals and displays of misrule have all been revealed within one year, and don't forget 2013 ain't over yet. Plus we still have 3 more years of Obama, and unfortunately even more years with the corrupt leadership in both parties in the House and Senate.

    October 24, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. jaysy

    Im sorry but people nor police decide a trillion dollar budget plan and how its used. People cant j7st step in because they think its unfair. Its called government spending and these are the people who determine that because it ill be the day when its not the media controlling you but the government waisting billions of your tax dollars on government publicity because thats where the money really goes to in what is called elections that are made for publicity not after the election to be made into facist bad publicity because its like ohh no the gop screwed up his speach infront of 50,000,000 people lets get him.

    October 24, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  4. jaysy

    Yeah because only pschopaths play games with people more or less the government

    October 25, 2013 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  5. pete veslocki

    Obama's intention is to destroy America in every way he can.
    And we are dumb enough to let him do it.

    Time to impeach before he really screws thing up.

    October 25, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
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