Secretary of State John Kerry slid in a somewhat shocking statement to graduates at Northeastern University in Boston, delivering a commencement speech that included a call for them to get ready for a world without borders.
He also took a sidebar stab at Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called several times for the building of a wall on America’s southern borders – and for Mexico President Vincente Fox to pay for it – and said “soundbite salesmen” and “carnival barkers” ought not be in charge of U.S. security, Breitbart reported.
“Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” Kerry said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others.”
So his advice?
“I think that everything that we’ve lived and learned tells us that we will never come out on top if we accept advice from soundbite salesmen and carnival barkers who pretend the most powerful country on earth can remain great by looking inward and hiding behind walls at a time when technology has made that impossible to do and unwise to even attempt.”
Kerry then told graduates they ought to realize a “borderless” world was something they couldn’t stop, and should instead accept.
“For some people,” he said, “that is all they need simply to climb under the sheets, close their eyes and push the world away. And shockingly, we even see this attitude from some who think they ought to be entrusted with the job of managing international affairs. The future demands from us something more than a nostalgia for some rose-tinted version of the past that did not really exist in any case. You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.”