Kerry at Davos: The world is getting 'better'...'faster than ever before'

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that “[c]hange is occurring in our world for the better, and it is occurring faster, moving faster than ever before.”

That Pollyannish view of world events was a theme Kerry used throughougt his address.

Bloomberg:

Kerry, who is in the final year of the Barack Obama administration, had brought a long list of reasons to be cheerful. He cited a rise in global life expectancy, the higher number of girls in education around the world, the deal that brought an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and an accord to limit climate change.

He even spoke in optimistic terms of the U.S.’s relationship with President Vladimir Putin, talking up the possibility that Russia may implement the Minsk peace accord in Ukraine, leading to the lifting of sanctions.

Kerry defended the fight against Islamic State, also known as Daesh, from the charge that there is no more evidence of progress. “Each day we are intensifying the pressure on Daesh,” he said. “Yes, the struggle is far from over, but we are headed in the right direction.”

This optimism permeated President Obama's State of the Union speech as well.  Is the administration actually trying to convince us that things aren't as bad as everyone thinks?

Not really.  But they are making a case to the media to highlight the administration's perceived accomplishments rather than its numerous failures.  And the crazy thing is, what they are touting as successes are actually epic failures.  A deal they say will stop Iran from getting the bomb will facilitate Tehran's building of a nuclear weapon.  A climate agreement that isn't a climate agreement.  A war against the Islamic State being waged in a perfunctory and incompetent manner.

This is the reality of the world, along with terrorist groups running wild, armed conflicts all over the developing world leading to untold misery for millions, and a world economy teetering on the edge of a historic meltdown.

But don't worry.  Things are getting better faster than ever before.

U.S. secretary of state John Kerry told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that “[c]hange is occurring in our world for the better, and it is occurring faster, moving faster than ever before.”

That Pollyannish view of world events was a theme Kerry used throughougt his address.

Bloomberg:

Kerry, who is in the final year of the Barack Obama administration, had brought a long list of reasons to be cheerful. He cited a rise in global life expectancy, the higher number of girls in education around the world, the deal that brought an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and an accord to limit climate change.

He even spoke in optimistic terms of the U.S.’s relationship with President Vladimir Putin, talking up the possibility that Russia may implement the Minsk peace accord in Ukraine, leading to the lifting of sanctions.

Kerry defended the fight against Islamic State, also known as Daesh, from the charge that there is no more evidence of progress. “Each day we are intensifying the pressure on Daesh,” he said. “Yes, the struggle is far from over, but we are headed in the right direction.”

This optimism permeated President Obama's State of the Union speech as well.  Is the administration actually trying to convince us that things aren't as bad as everyone thinks?

Not really.  But they are making a case to the media to highlight the administration's perceived accomplishments rather than its numerous failures.  And the crazy thing is, what they are touting as successes are actually epic failures.  A deal they say will stop Iran from getting the bomb will facilitate Tehran's building of a nuclear weapon.  A climate agreement that isn't a climate agreement.  A war against the Islamic State being waged in a perfunctory and incompetent manner.

This is the reality of the world, along with terrorist groups running wild, armed conflicts all over the developing world leading to untold misery for millions, and a world economy teetering on the edge of a historic meltdown.

But don't worry.  Things are getting better faster than ever before.