The true message of John Kerry’s Waitangi Day statement

by Toby Manhire / 06 February, 2013
Hidden symbolism in the first official release from the new US Secretary of State.
John Kerry has stamped his mark on the US Department of State by issuing his first statement: a message to the people of New Zealand to mark Waitangi Day.

The symbolism of starting out with such a release may have the Washington Post’s politics blog sniggering ...

... Look, a picture of Gandalf – I know, your sides! – but more perspicacious observers of international affairs will have noticed the true subtext of Secretary Kerry’s first official pronouncement: a signal of unflinching continuity with his predecessor.

For here's Hillary Clinton’s message from a year ago, and Kerry’s today. As they like to say in the White House: I know, right?

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