The Secretary of Gaffe Goes to Kiev

This is a delicate moment for President Obama, as he attempts to manage the Ukraine crisis. It is unfortunate, then, that the man who will convey his nuanced goals in the Ukraine tomorrow is a serial message bungler: Secretary of State John Kerry.
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

This is a delicate moment for U.S. President Barack Obama. In the face of Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, he has to back the Ukrainians, but not so belligerently as to provoke them to violence. He's got to talk the Russians down, and without resorting to empty threats. It is unfortunate, then, that the man who will convey these nuanced U.S. goals in Ukraine tomorrow is a serial message bungler.

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