Under Senator Kerry's leadership, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee addresses the key foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, nuclear nonproliferation and global climate change. As nations across the Middle East face unprecedented political upheaval, Kerry will discuss current affairs in that region as well as a variety of domestic issues.
A U.S. senator for nearly three decades and a former Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, Kerry has distinguished himself as one of today's most highly respected and influential leaders. Kerry has been a leading voice on a wide array of issues -- from expanding health care to supporting small business -- but his most notable work has been in regard to international affairs and national security. Kerry now chairs the very committee he notably testified before in 1971.
Gloria Duffy is President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California.
Gloria Duffy previously served as US Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton Administration. Her mission was to convince the countries of the former Soviet Union to give up their weapons of mass destruction, and to prevent the spread of their nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and material.
In years prior, she was the first Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund, a public charitable grant making foundation in San Francisco; Assistant Director of the Arms Control Association, a public interest group in Washington, DC; editor of Arms Control Today, and a resident consultant at the RAND Corporation.
A San Francisco native, Dr. Duffy holds M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University in New York, and an A.B. magna cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles. Gloria has also worked with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, and been a member of Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation since 1980.
John Kerry is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to incumbent President George W. Bush. Senator Kerry is a decorated Vietnam veteran, and was a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War when he returned home from service. Before entering the Senate, he served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.
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Kerry would not admit that war in Viet Nam was a FALSE FLAG OPERATION. THE NAVY WAS NOT ATTACKED IN BAY OF TON KIN, YET SAID THEY WERE ATTACKED TO UPGRADE THE WAR IN THE REGION FANTASY ATTACK SO YOU CAN ATTACK. WRONG WAR SET UP BY CIA KILLED 56,000 USA TROOPS AND ONE MILLION OTHERS DEAD ON A USA LIE FALSE FLAG.
KERRY NOW NEVER MENTIONS THAT OBAMA SOLD THE WEAPONS TO GADAFFI IN 2009, USA MAKES MONEY ON ARM SALES, regardless, and KNOWING THAT GADDAFI WOULD USE THE WEAPONS ON ANY ONE MAD MAN GADAFFI 35 year reputation of being a MURDER. SELLING ARMS TO AN IDIOT, the idiot kills his own and NOW USA wants to GET GADDAFI TAKE THEIR WEAPONS BACK? KERRY JUST ANOTHER AMERICAN LIAR AND ANOTHER CARTOON, WE ARE ALL A LITTLE DUMBER FOR LISTENING TO ANOTHER CORPORATE CREEP, never tells the truth.
Hmm, so Mr. Kerry lists basically the same reasons for going into Libya, freedom of the people etc, as we went into Vietnam. Yet, Mr. Kerry had a huge problem with Vietnam and had no problem pulling out and letting the south Vietnamese languish under the North communist dictatorship.