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Kerry Op-Ed: Diplomacy Not 'Reducible to 140-Character Bites'

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By    |   Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 12:13 PM

Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry touted the diplomatic achievements of President Barack Obama's administration in an op-ed for The New York Times, writing "I will leave office convinced that most global trends remain in our favor, and that America's leadership and engagement are as essential and effective today as ever."

Obama "restored assertive diplomacy as our foreign policy tool of first resort and deployed it time and again to advance our security and prosperity," Kerry wrote.

He cites American efforts against the Islamic State, the nuclear deal with Iran, and the response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"Diplomacy requires creativity, patience and commitment to a steady grind, often away from the spotlight," Kerry said, in an apparent dig at President-elect Donald Trump. "Results are rarely immediate or reducible to 140-character bites. But it has helped build a world our ancestors would envy."

Kerry also celebrated the limited use of military force during his time at State, noting how much Vietnam has changed since he fought there decades ago.

"I am not a pacifist," Kerry said. "But I learned as a young man who fought in Vietnam that before resorting to war, those in positions of responsibility should do everything in their power to achieve their objectives by other means.

"I just returned from Vietnam, where smart and sustained diplomacy has accomplished what a decade of war never could: Developing a dynamic capitalist society, opening an American-style university with the promise of academic freedom and, perhaps most improbably, strengthening ties, not just between our people, but also between militaries that once saw each other as enemies."

Kerry's potential replacement, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, caught ire from Chinese state media after saying the country should be denied access to artificial islands it build in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to CNN.

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