John Kerry, Secretary of State said that the US presidential election campaign “is an embarrassment to our country”. He says that the other country leaders are “shocked” as Republican presidential candidates make up plans to fight back terrorism by focusing on Muslims majorly.
Republican candidates Donald Trump and his rival Ted Cruz have raised the anti-Muslim sentiments since the suicide bombings in Brussels that killed 28 people.
However, Kerry did not specify those candidates whose remarks had embarrassed the US, but he was clearly pointing to the controversial proposals from the Republican candidates.
Kerry has contemplated on the growing fear of other nations because of the anti-Muslim sentiments that has been rooted in the minds of the candidates. “They cannot believe it. I think it is fair to say that they’re shocked. They don’t know where it’s taking the United States of America,” Kerry said in an interview on the Sunday CBS news show “Face The Nation.”
He also added, “It upsets people’s sense of equilibrium about our steadiness, about our reliability, and to some degree I must say to you, some of the questions, the way they’re posed to me, it’s clear to me that what’s happening is an embarrassment to our country.”
Texas senator Ted Cruz has proposed on sending a police to scrutiny, “patrol and secure” Muslim neighbourhoods, and surrounded himself with advisers whom experts call “terrifying” on issues of civil rights. Cruz also defended his proposals saying that the police force would be “proactive law enforcement”. He also added, “We can’t be forced to live under Sharia law. We need to engage and find this enemy. We have to fight Islamism at every level.”
Donald Trump has proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entry to US, and said that the military would be ordered to torture prisoners in addition to bombing the families of the terror suspects, ready to break the International peace laws.
Suggestions to fight terrorism Trump recommended, “Muslims in our country have to report bad acts”. Trump also suggested the US and Europe to completely overthrow the security systems previously established and the Nato alliance that has united them for more than half a century. “I think Nato is obsolete,” he said. “I’m not saying Russia is not a threat, but we have other threats, and Nato doesn’t discuss terrorism.”
John Kerry also defended Barack Obama’s conduct in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, which occurred while he was on the first diplomatic visit to Cuba by a US president since 1928. Republicans also blamed him for attending a baseball game on the afternoon of the attacks, though it was a long-planned event to strengthen relations with Havana.