John Kerry, America’s ever-more-pontifical secretary of state, recently began an answer about Middle East peace negotiations by declaring, as he often does: “I want to make this crystal clear.”
He then went on to do the opposite, blathering on about “facilitation,” building eventually to this howler: “The president is desirous of trying to see how we can make our best efforts in order to find a way to facilitate.”
Listening, I marvelled. Why would such an accomplished, educated man gum up an answer so thoroughly?
Surely it would have been simpler to say the president wants to help.
I covered Kerry’s presidential run in 2004, and while he’s always liked pompous language, his rhetoric since becoming Obama’s top diplomat has become positively constipated…