The foragainst method

This column by David Brooks on John Kerry may be his first great one as a Times columnist: “The Boston fog machine.” I didn’t know that Brooks could be so sarcastic:

The Iraq problem returned in 1998, and Kerry proved again that there is no world crisis so grave it can’t be addressed with a fusillade of subordinate clauses. Teams of highly trained spelunkers have descended into the darkness of the floor speech he gave on Oct. 10, 1998, searching for meaning, though none have returned alive.
In a characteristic sentence, which admittedly sounds better in the original French, Kerry exclaimed: “We know from our largely unsuccessful attempts to enlist the cooperation of other nations, especially industrialized trading nations, in efforts to impose and enforce somewhat more ambitious standards on nations such as Iran, China, Burma and Syria, that the willingness of most other nations

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