President Obama is expected to formally nominate Sen. John Kerry as the next Secretary of State, according to a source familiar with the process.
“It’s now basically a done deal,” said the source.
The source said now that US ambassador to the UN has bowed out, Kerry will be named to the post shortly, possibly within days. But the timetable is not precise because the President would like to unveil a slate of national security nominees and right now not all of the picks are finalized.
A second source familiar with the process noted the President is also not going to imminently announce a new foreign policy team just as the nation is grieving over the tragedy in Connecticut.
“They told the stories 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.”