WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry has shown an eagerness to plunge headlong into some of the world’s most intractable problems, projecting optimism but raising the risk of high-profile failures.
He has flown more miles than any first year secretary of state in recent memory — even more than his predecessor, Hillary Clinton. He is so willing to negotiate and meet with other world leaders that even opponents find it admirable.
“The thing that surprises me about Kerry is his willingness to take risks,” said Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security and a former national security staffer for Senator John McCain. “He is not afraid to fail, and that to me seems to be one of his defining characteristics as secretary of state.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.