Forty-eight years ago, amid skepticism about the country’s escalating role in the Vietnam War, Kerry, who had enlisted in the military, questioned the approach of then-Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and said “an excess of isolationism has become an excess of interventionism.”
But now, Kerry told the Globe, he sees things almost completely differently: “we’ve gone from an excess of interventionism probably to an excess of isolationism — an instinct to want to button up…[and] not necessarily exercise our leadership. I don’t think we can afford to do that.”
OK, you never want people in power to have closed minds, and it would be troubling if Kerry thought the same way at 70 that he did at 23 "
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