John Kerry gets ‘a little uptight’ when Americans refer to the U.S. as ‘exceptional’

It is no secret Secretary of State John Kerry has his issues with the United States of America. Need we remind you of his sensational 1971 testimony before Congress about the Vietnam War when he said:

They told stories that, at times, they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam, in addition to the normal ravage of war and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.

Now The Weekly Standard is reporting Kerry has once again commented about America’s role on the global stage during a recent speech in Vienna, Austria. Kerry recalled two commencement addresses he delivered at Yale University, in which he downplayed the United States’ contribution to the world:

…I was privileged to speak to the graduating class of Yale this year, and it was particularly a pleasure because it happened to turn out to be, literally, I hate to say it, 48 years to the day that I was privileged to speak as a graduating senior to my own class. And I talked to them about sort of the world we’re in right now, but at the end I tried to remind them all, which I remind you of, we are – I get always a little uptight when I hear politicians say how exceptional we are – not because we’re not exceptional, but because it’s kind of in-your-face and a lot of other people are exceptional, a lot of other places do exceptional things.

Needless to say, Glenn had a thing to two to say in response to Kerry’s assertion on radio this morning.

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“By the way, John Kerry, you tell me how many people are currently flooding the borders of Honduras and El Salvador,” Glenn said defiantly. “You tell me… all those nations south of our border are so exceptional that they’re having the United Nations actually come in and say, ‘You have a problem here. You need refugee camps.’ That’s how exceptional they are. Excuse me. The very problem we have on the border proves you to be wrong.”

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