Secretary of State John Kerry took exception Tuesday to an assertion by a Republican senator that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is “spinning out of control,” declaring that “that’s just not true.”
“You can’t help but get the impression our foreign policy is just spinning out of control,” Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department budget. “And we are losing control in virtually every area that we are trying to do something in.”
Risch cited developments in Russia, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – but focused on the Russia-Ukraine situation.
“This administration said they were going to hit the reset button [with Moscow] and I can’t help think that somebody hit the wrong button,” he said.
The Russians were behaving “worse than they have in decades,” Risch said, pointing to Russia’s continued presence in Georgian territory it seized in 2008, its current actions in Ukraine, and its support for the Assad regime in Syria as tens of thousands continue to die.
SOURCE: Patrick Goodenough