John Kerry Overwhelmingly Approved by Senate to Become Next Secretary of State
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 30, Jan 2013
John Kerry has officially been sworn in as the Secretary of State, taking the command from Mrs. Hillary
‘What difference does it make if the State Department lied about what happened in Benghazi?’ Clinton. Kerry was approved by a margin of 94 to 3 in the Senate, with only Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn of Texas, and James Inhofe of Oklahoma voting against him.
Inhofe said voting against Kerry, whom he called a “good friend,” was a no-brainer.
“We joke around a lot,” the Republican lawmaker said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “But I told him I never agreed with him on anything, going all the way back to the Sandinistas.”
Inhofe said that he was concerned in particular that Kerry appears to make global warming a centerpiece issue and that Kerry has been too deferential to global organizations such as the United Nations.
Kerry will have his work cut out for him. Syria is in the midst of a civil war responsible for the deaths of an estimated 60,000 people, the Iran nuclear drama has not really quieted down, Israel does not seem very satisfied with US relations (especially after the UN General Assembly and their recent missile launching exchange with Palestine), relations with Russia are at a low point (even though Obama has ‘more flexibility’ now in his second term), Egypt – led by the Muslim Brotherhood – remains a question mark, North Korea is still blatantly ruining their population in a Hitler-esque way, and China and their gigantic economy continue to grow.