During the Cold War–
John Kerry secretly met with representatives from the Vietcong in France while the Vietnam War is raging in southeast Asia in 1970.
Senator John Kerry and Senator Tom Harkin during the Cold War met with the communist radical Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua in 1985.
John Kerry (left) and Tom Harkin (middle) both democratic senators with the communist radical Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, April 1985. The woman is unidentified.
Today, John F. Kerry said, “It was easier,” during the Cold War.
Secretary of State John Kerry attested Tuesday to the massively complex challenges Washington faces in Ukraine, Russia, Iran and the Middle East, declaring “it was easier” during the Cold War.
In a candid moment during a State Department speech, the top US diplomat said changing global power dynamics made a quaint memory of the early East-West stalemate, when American children would “crouch under our desks at school and practice” safety steps for a possible nuclear attack.
“During the Cold War… it was easier than it is today — simpler is maybe a way to put it,” Kerry told aid and development experts.
“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”
He said “multiple emerging powers,” unleashed forces like radical Islam, and “too many failed states” have dramatically complicated the landscape, requiring a form of diplomatic precision that was not absolutely necessary decades ago.
In the post-war 1950s and 1960s, Kerry said, “we could make really bad decisions and still win, because we were pretty much the sole dominant economic and military power around.
What he means is – it was easier – working against his country.