What’s the Rush Senator Kerry?

Sen. Kerry seen here with President Obama

Armenian Weekly Editorial

President Obama, clearly in no hurry, waited more than a year to fill the empty U.S. Ambassador position in Azerbaijan.

Unfortunately, the President’s choice wasn’t worth the wait.  He nominated Matthew Bryza, a controversial diplomat, widely viewed as pro-Azerbaijani and carrying heavy conflict of interest baggage tied to his wife’s professional advocacy at a Washington, DC think-tank in support of Azerbaijani interests.  This think tank, the Hudson Institute, significantly, has refused to reveal its foreign sources of funding, but public records show that its programs have been funded by interests from Azerbaijan, Turkey, and the Caspian energy industry.

The Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry, from The Armenian Weekly’s home state of Massachusetts, rather than opposing this flawed nomination, or, at the very least, using his powerful position to demand careful scrutiny of this nominee, has, instead, stretched the Senate’s rules to rush through Mr. Bryza’s confirmation as quickly as possible.

Under Senator Kerry’s leadership, the Foreign Relations Committee did not provide the traditional one-week notice for Mr. Bryza’s nomination, and then, unusually, allowed only one day for Senators to submit written Questions for the Record.  Today, as we go to press, it remains unclear if Senator Kerry will again seek to rush through this process by scheduling Mr. Bryza for this coming week, despite the fact that his fellow Senators and, more broadly, concerned elements of American civil society, have yet to have a chance to meaningfully review, investigate, and respond to the written responses just released by the State Department.

Senator Kerry’s unusual “fast-tracking” of this nomination is all the more troubling in light of the sustained efforts over the past several months by Armenian Americans, in Massachusetts and nationwide, in calling upon him to ensure careful scrutiny of the U.S. ambassadorial nomination to Azerbaijan.  The urgency of the Armenian American community’s communications with the Senator have reflected profound reservations over Mr. Bryza’s demonstrated unfairness on Armenian issues, as well as concern that the confirmation of a nominee who has consistently turned a blind-eye to Azerbaijani threats, aggression, and acts of cultural desecration will substantially set back the cause of peace in Nagorno Karabakh.  The community’s concerns about Senator Kerry’s actions are compounded by unanswered questions about why he has remained so conspicuously absent, during this session of Congress, as a cosponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, a measure is backed by the Senate Majority Leader and that he had, until now, consistently backed throughout his tenure in public office.

All citizens and Senators deserve a chance to meaningfully participate in the important Constitutional process of ambassadorial confirmations, especially when vital life-and-death issues are at stake, as they are in Nagorno Karabakh.  As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Senator representing America’s oldest and one of its largest Armenian American communities, John Kerry should put the brakes on the Bryza nomination.


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  1. Robert said:

    The senate rolls their collective eyes up ever Spring when, like clockwork, those “genocide recognition” bills start poping up! A buddy of mine is an aide to one of the US senators. He relates that the senators try to be cordial and nice to the Armo diaspora, but in reality view Armenians by this time as nothing more than parasites! Once more, another example of you doing it to yourselves!!

    • john said:

      The Turks are a human cancer, a creeping agony in the flesh of the lands which they misgovern, rotting every fiber of life … I am glad that the Turk is to be called to a final account for his long record of infamy against humanity…

    • john said:

      Same old knuckle dragging turkish baboon. All this time in civilization absolutely NOTHING to show for. ZERO, ZILCH NADA.

      Sorry monkeys, don’t intend to insult any of you. LOL

    • john said:

      Voltaire characterised the Turks as:
      “tyrants of the women and enemies of arts”
      “to chase away from Europe these barbaric usurpers

  2. sebouh from australia said:

    Hahahahah…to all those Armenian democrat sychophants…you all got suck in by them again…hahahahah

  3. aruke said:

    Robert: I told this many times and saying again: All Congressmen and Congresswomen know that taking Armenia’s side while opposing oil-rich Azerbaijan and a strong US ally Turkey will only harm our country. I’m sure they are wise people and I don’t think they will ever do anything to harm the US.

    • john papazian said:

      When you say “harm our country” wich country do you mean? And your right about congress not doing anything to harm the US,except your confusing wisdom with selfishness.

      • aruke said:

        John: When I say “our country”, I mean the United States – the country of my family, my kids and myself.

        And sorry if it disappoints you, but a good politician is the one who loves his/her country, and who weights alternatives to see which one benefits his/her country the most. If we start talking of selfishness, we have to pull all our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

        • john said:

          William Ewart Gladstone, a 19th century British Prime Minister was quoted in the same book as saying:
          Let me endeavor, very briefly to sketch, in the rudest outline what the Turkish race was and what it is. It is not a question of Mohammedanism sim­ply, but of Mohammedanism compounded with the peculiar character of a race. They are not the mild Mohammedans of India, nor the chivalrous Saladins of Syria, nor the cultured Moors of Spain. They were, upon the whole, from the black day when they first entered Europe, the one great anti-human specimen of humanity. Wherever they went a broad line of blood marked the track behind them, and, as far as their dominion reached, civilization disap­peared from view. They represented everywhere government by force as opposed to government by law.—Yet a government by force can not be main­tained without the aid of an intellectual element.— Hence there grew up, what has been rare in the his­tory of the world, a kind of tolerance in the midst of cruelty, tyranny and rapine. Much of Christian life was contemptuously left alone and a race of Greeks was attracted to Constantinople which has all along made up, in some degree, the deficiencies of Turkish Islam in the element of mind!

        • john said:

          then you should stop you criminal now you claim you “love” america now? you piece of shit.

  4. Samvel Jeshmaridian, PhD said:

    Mr. Bryza is in deadly conflict with the Armenian illegal President. That is why, in D.C., after shaking the Armenian illegal President’s hand (which has harmed Obama’s reputation and will harm even more, in future), President Obama, by sending Mr. Bryza, to Baku is doing desparate steps “to through Bryza teach” his illegal counterpart from tortured Armenia. Mr. Obama is full of errors.