Though it has been buried by the news of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, there was an important reminder last week for anyone paying attention who is not hopelessly tied to political tribalism.
On the day after President Trump presided over historic peace accords and the normalization of relations between Israel and two Arab states, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, a clip surfaced of former Senator and Obama Secretary of State John Kerry – a man whom our mainstream media has relentlessly portrayed as a public intellectual – sharing his wisdom on the impossibility of such an event ever taking place. It was astounding to behold how wrong he was:
"There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world. I want to make that very clear with all of you. I've heard several prominent politicians in Israel sometimes saying, 'Well, the Arab world is in a different place now. We just have to reach out to them. We can work some things with the Arab world and we'll deal with the Palestinians.' No. No, no, and no. I can tell you that, reaffirmed within the last week because I've talked to the leaders of the Arab community, there will be no advanced and separate peace with the Arab world without the Palestinian process and Palestinian peace. Everybody needs to understand that. That is a hard reality."
Regardless of what we think of the "teeth" behind or the lasting impact of the normalization of relations brought by the Abraham Accords, there is no escaping that Secretary Kerry could not have been more wrong. The mere presence of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Foreign Ministers al-Nahyan and al Khalif at the same peace table last week is all the proof that is necessary. Not only is it true that these Democrat foreign policy masterminds would have never pursued the kinds of peace accords, it's true that they didn't even think it possible.
That has to matter to thinking people, to pragmatic minds. One of the things we are voting on in this election is the type of foreign policy we want for the next four years. Voting for Biden means that we are choosing to bring voices like Kerry and the philosophy of the Obama team back into power.
- That means men like Kerry and his utter foolishness about Mid-East peace.
- It means women like Hillary and the deception that surrounded the Benghazi tragedy.
- It means men like Ben Rhodes and the tarmac Iranian cash payoff.
- It means men like Joe Biden himself, who according to Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates has, "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."
One doesn't have to be a fan of Trump, one need not be a conservative, or even a populist Republican to see that as a really bad idea.
But again, I don't believe Americans think like this anymore. Sadly, I don't think we gauge ideas by their merits or men by their ideas. Americans have become trained tribalists, ignoring the bad in their own and denying the good in the other.
It's a recipe for disaster – in far more than just foreign policy.