While the cables do not differ dramatically from statements that Kerry, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has made publicly, they portray him as a statesman who is constantly seeking a middle ground and appearing to hold out hope that longtime foes of the United States — such as Syria and Iran — might be prodded into friendlier relations with the United States.The paragraph says "...portray him [Kerry] as a statesman...".
My dictionary on my computer says "a skilled, experienced, and respected political leader or figure." I will grant you that Wikipedia says "The words statesman or stateswoman are applied loosely to any head of state, any senior political figure, or anyone who in a given moment exhibits a certain quality of statesmanship."
My point is that Senator John Forbes Kerry is no statesman. I am assuming some editor stuck that in there and not the two reporters, who I think well of.
To make my point again, Senator Kerry is no S I Hayakawa, Professor, Senator and Statesman.
Language...is the indispensable mechanism of human life.... To be able to read and write...is to...learn to profit by and to take part in the greatest of human achievements—that which makes all other achievements possible—namely, the pooling of our experience in great cooperative stores of knowledge.... From the warning cry of primitive man to the latest scientific monograph or news bulletin, language is social. Cultural and intellectual cooperation is, or should be, the great principle of human life.♠He is not even, really, a George Lloyd Murphy, Performer, Director of Entertainment for the Inaugurations of both Eisenhower (both times) and Kennedy, Senator and Statesman.
Regards — Cliff
♠ From the month of August in my 2010 Rand Corporation Calendar.