One is caught between pity and admiration for Secretary of State John Kerry, a man seemingly born for the job.
On any given day, Kerry must deal with Ukraine, the worst crisis in East-West relations since the end of the Cold War. Then there is the stalemate over Syria, which means not only angry disputes among the Syrian opposition to the regime of Bashar Assad, but also profound differences in approach to the Syrian crisis between the State Department and the Pentagon. The State Department is urging tougher action in dealing with Damascus, while the Pentagon is calling for military restraint, fearing an open-ended conflict for which the country is not prepared.
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