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Kerry wins a case of beer from Canada

Let no one say Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t scored any diplomatic victories in his short time in office – today in London Kerry won a case of beer from Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. The case of Molson Canadian was Baird’s way of settling a bet with Kerry over the world women’s hockey ...

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Let no one say Secretary of State John Kerry hasn't scored any diplomatic victories in his short time in office - today in London Kerry won a case of beer from Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

The case of Molson Canadian was Baird's way of settling a bet with Kerry over the world women's hockey championship game April 9, in which the U.S. narrowly defeated Canada by a score of 3-2. Kerry and Baird exchanged the beer during a break in the G8 ministerial meetings in London.

Let no one say Secretary of State John Kerry hasn’t scored any diplomatic victories in his short time in office – today in London Kerry won a case of beer from Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird.

The case of Molson Canadian was Baird’s way of settling a bet with Kerry over the world women’s hockey championship game April 9, in which the U.S. narrowly defeated Canada by a score of 3-2. Kerry and Baird exchanged the beer during a break in the G8 ministerial meetings in London.

This is the second time Baird has lost a hockey bet to the U.S. secretary of state. He was forced to don a New York Rangers’ jersey after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s team defeated the Ottawa Senators in the NHL championships last year.

The State Department put out the photos of the beer exchange on its own Tumblr, which is subtitled "Diplomacy in action." Commenters felt the choice of beer could have been better.

"Molson Canadian? Who really won and who really lost here?" read one comment.

"They could have at least given him a decent beer. A Boreale at the least," read another.

There was also another bet on the game betwee White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Canadian Prime Minister Spokesman Andrew MacDougall that played out on Twitter.

"@PMO_MacDougall Canada wins: I buy u 2 tix to #Sens#Caps in Ottawa on 4/18. US wins: u buy tix to #Caps#Sens in DC 4/25 for my son & me," Carney tweeted April 9.

"@PressSec ready to settle the bet. Nosebleeds fine, I presume?" MacDougall responded today.

 

Josh Rogin covers national security and foreign policy and writes the daily Web column The Cable. His column appears bi-weekly in the print edition of The Washington Post. He can be reached for comments or tips at josh.rogin@foreignpolicy.com.

Previously, Josh covered defense and foreign policy as a staff writer for Congressional Quarterly, writing extensively on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantánamo Bay, U.S.-Asia relations, defense budgeting and appropriations, and the defense lobbying and contracting industries. Prior to that, he covered military modernization, cyber warfare, space, and missile defense for Federal Computer Week Magazine. He has also served as Pentagon Staff Reporter for the Asahi Shimbun, Japan's leading daily newspaper, in its Washington, D.C., bureau, where he reported on U.S.-Japan relations, Chinese military modernization, the North Korean nuclear crisis, and more.

A graduate of George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, Josh lived in Yokohama, Japan, and studied at Tokyo's Sophia University. He speaks conversational Japanese and has reported from the region. He has also worked at the House International Relations Committee, the Embassy of Japan, and the Brookings Institution.

Josh's reporting has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, C-Span, CBS, ABC, NPR, WTOP, and several other outlets. He was a 2008-2009 National Press Foundation's Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow, 2009 military reporting fellow with the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and the 2011 recipient of the InterAction Award for Excellence in International Reporting. He hails from Philadelphia and lives in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @joshrogin

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