At Hot Air by ALLAHPUNDIT --
“Another thing he will be wrong about,” quips Ben Shapiro.
Question: Did Kerry mean this the way it came out or did the audience detect a joke that wasn’t really intended?
JOHN KERRY: We’ll have injured our own credibility in, conceivably, an irreparable way. Not irreparably. There’s time, and that’s just too dramatic. But we will have done great injury to ourselves. And it will hurt for the endurance of a year, two years, whatever, while the [Trump] administration is there.Kerry gets a sheepish look on his face that suggests he meant it, or at least caught the unintended meaning that made the audience react. It sounds to me in context, though, like the reference to “a year, two years, whatever” isn’t a guess at how long the Trump administration will last but rather a guess at how long tensions between the U.S. and its allies will last if/when the Trump administration pulls out of the Iran deal or whatever.
[crowd laughs and claps]
That’s when he catches himself and corrects himself as he first says America’s credibility will have been damaged “in an irreparable way.” Well, not irreparably, he continues — maybe for “a year, two years, whatever.” That’s what I think he was trying to say. But the audience at Davos, filled with anti-Trump “globalists,” heard it differently. A little wishcasting creeping in, no?