When Susan Rice, the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew her name from consideration for the post of secretary of state last week, rumors abounded that next in line would be Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). That rumor was confirmed on Friday, putting in place the first change in President Obama’s second term as Kerry is set to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary.
This is a position that Kerry has coveted ever since Obama was elected in 2008. It was Kerry who first introduced Barack Obama and launched his political career in 2004 by inviting him to give the keynote speech at the Democratic convention. He endorsed Obama in January 2008, and when the position of secretary of state went to Clinton, Kerry put his head down and went to work for the president, carrying out several diplomatic missions for him, including behind-the-scenes trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria to “engage” the political powers there.
The only problem with Kerry, according to David Sanger, writing for the New York Times, is that he is a white male, and Kerry “would be the first white man to serve in the post since Warren Christopher left the job in early 1997. His successors have been Madeleine K. Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Mrs. Clinton.”
Other than that, Kerry fits the mold perfectly. A graduate of Yale, where he majored in political science, Kerry joined Skull and Bones, the secret society that has had unheralded but remarkable influence in American political affairs for decades. Antony Sutton, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, wrote a major investigative work covering Skull and Bones, America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones, which he considered his most important work. Far from being a campus fraternity, Skull and Bones is a recruiting tool to absorb the best and the brightest into the insider establishment. Other members of the Skull include Tafts, Rockefellers, Pillsburys, and Bushes, and many have become senators, judges, Cabinet secretaries, and even presidents (i.e., George W. Bush).
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