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letters | john kerry’s new job

Though unfit for presidency, John Kerry is a good pick for secretary of state

I OPPOSED the presidential candidacy of the ill-suited John Kerry in 2004 as I did that of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. However, I find myself in agreement with the Globe that Kerry will make a fine secretary of state (“Kerry will be a wise, seasoned steward of US foreign policy,” Editorial, Dec. 22).

Many of his political positions and his missteps as a youth after returning from Vietnam that would disqualify him from the nation’s highest office actually strengthen him as a candidate for our top diplomatic post. When I met Kerry in Kabul last year during a visit to us Massachusetts guardsmen, I did not see the radical firebrand or partisan bomb-thrower that he was at various points in his career, but rather a wizened and measured man of experience and patience.

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