President Obama has just nominated John Kerry to replace Hillary Clinton as our next secretary of state. I think this is a mistake.
What will Kerry do differently? Nothing. Will there be world peace? Unlikely?
Clearly, the president is missing a bet by not nominating a man capable of transforming the world; a man whose insight into human nature can resolve conflicts with a few syllables from his mellifluous voice and that piercing I-get-what-you’re-feeling stare of compassion
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Secretary of State Mandy Patinkin.
“I would go to war with words, not weapons. I would die talking before I lifted a weapon,” he explained. “I think that’s the answer to peace in the Middle East. Peace in the Middle East isn’t going to be created by another war or violent act on the other side. It’s going to be created by someone like yourself and someone like me, two individuals who have a belief and who can talk to another group of individuals and people start changing their minds. It’s not a magic trick.”
Talking—it’s the new Uzi. If only someone had thought of it before.