Scholars pick Kerry as the least effective Secretary of State in half a century

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KIEV, Ukraine – Secretary of State John Kerry was in Kiev, Ukraine hatless against the cold and the snow as Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists continue to tear the country apart. But right now, he’s probably feeling like Rodney Dangerfield in that he gets no respect at all.

That’s because a new survey by the folks at Foreign Policy ranks Kerry as the least effective US Secretary of State in the past 50 years.

Foreign Policy put the question to scholars from all over the world, and a third of them agreed that Henry Kissinger was the most effective Secretary of State. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the Vietnam War.

Coming in a surprise second was “I don’t know.”

Houston’s James Baker, Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush was third behind “I don’t know”, with Madeline Albright and Hillary Clinton tied for a distant fourth.

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State under George W. Bush, was down toward the bottom of the list at number 11.

Kerry didn’t have the last spot to himself, though. He shared it with Lawrence Eagleburger, who was GHWB’s interim Secretary of State for the final few months of his presidency.