John Kerry Tackles World’s Greatest Threat In Asia

8644535655_9d7462deb9_oIf you think this refers to North Korea’s nuclear threat to the United States, guess again. China’s ever-increasing financial dominance and military buildup? Nope. Give up? The Secretary of State, while the United States is in peril abroad and at home, is in Asia to deal with what he has dubbed the major evil confronting the world today … man-made global warming.

No need to rub your eyes. Kerry, this past weekend, said the following in Beijing: “We are seeing the science of climate change come back to us now at a rate that is far faster and with far greater levels of damage than anything that scientists predicted 10, 15, 20 years ago … Every prediction that has been made is coming true, but coming true bigger and more dangerously.” Kerry made it absolutely clear that man-made global warming is a “settled fact” and that the issue is his “top priority.” He made no demands on any of the Asian nations to reduce this “threat.” America is the major culprit. It must be true; he said so, right?

The Secretary of State is tasked with the following responsibilities, according to the Department of State website:

— Serve as the President’s principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
— Conduct negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
— Grant and issue passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the United States;
— Advise the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other diplomatic representatives;
— Advise the President regarding the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of foreign governments;
— Personally participate in or directs U.S. representatives to international conferences, organizations, and agencies;
— Negotiate, interpret, and terminate treaties and agreements;
— Ensure the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;
— Supervise the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;
— Provide information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
— Inform the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
— Promote beneficial economic intercourse between the United States and other countries;
— Administer the Department of State;
— Supervise the Foreign Service of the United States.

About the author: Marilyn Assenheim

Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.

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