Diplomacy a contact sport in Kerry's first year
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kerry has spent nearly half of his first year as secretary of state jumping on and off airplanes and diving headlong into some of the world's most difficult problems.
Since taking office Feb. 4, 2013, he has brought opposing sides to the negotiating table over Syria, Iran and Israel in high-stakes diplomatic gambles that promise big payouts but could fail with catastrophic results.
Kerry's major initiatives remain works in progress and so far they have yielded few concrete results. And while they have not failed, they have opened him up to criticism not only from expected political foes but also from traditional friends and allies.
"Incomplete" may be the most appropriate grade to give to his first 12 months on the job.