That's a striking admission on the part of our chief diplomat.
I agree with Kerry that things are going horribly for our interests in Syria, but I do draw the line at the idea that Team Obama even has a real policy for a positive ending to the three-year conflict that has taken nearly 140,000 lives.
Despite President Obama's happy talk in the State of the Union address about the removal of chemical weapons from Syria - a well-intentioned effort that seems to have stalled - the situation in the country is only getting worse.
First, after lots of chatter about a hopeful political solution to stop the conflict, the just-concluded Syrian peace talks between the regime and parts of the opposition that droned on for days in Geneva achieved nothing.
That's right: zero, zilch, bupkis.
The talks couldn't even get the Bashar Assad regime to allow humanitarian aid to millions at risk, in need or displaced by the conflict.
A U.N. official reportedly said recently that the Syrian refugee flows are causing the worst humanitarian crisis since the outflows surrounding the 1994 Rwanda genocide. A startling - and troubling - comparison.
Equally alarming is the continued rise of al-Qaeda and other militant Islamists in Syria. Some estimates put the number of violent jihadists at more than 25,000, including some 7,000 fighters who have flocked there from as many as 50 countries.