Senator John Kerry, who is President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is expected to follow the same policies Washington has had over the past four years.
Stephen Lendman, a Chicago-based writer, radio host and columnist at Veterans Today says: “One thing is absolutely sure. He [Kerry] will continue the same imperial policies that have continued for 4 years under Obama, for eight years under George Bush, for many, many other years under Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Bush one, etc.”
In his phone interview with the U.S. Desk, Lendman described Clinton as one of the worst U.S. secretaries of state and predicted that Kerry would “easily be confirmed by the Senate” because the senator is a good follower of Washington's previous policies, that include CIA’s deadly drone program overseas.
On Thursday, Kerry declared in his Senate confirmation hearings that U.S. foreign policy “is not defined by drones and deployments alone,” as he tried to emphasize humanitarian assistance and development projects instead of American militarism.
Critics say while it’s true that drones and military deployments are not the only policies that define U.S. foreign policy, they are the central tools of how the U.S. implements its national security strategies abroad.
Since November 2002, there have been 400 more documented U.S. targeted killings in the non-battlefield settings of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and the Philippines, resulting in about 3,400 people being killed, writes Micah Zenko, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.