A WORLD UNMOORED—16H.,B12-3
Why did the secretary of state tell Charlie Rose that the R United States and Iran want the same thing when it comes to ending the war in Syria? Why does America’s top diplomat give Iran a pass on its ballistic missile tests, even though they violate U.N. Security Council resolutions? Why? Because Kerry hearts Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister’s.
Democrats as well as Republicans say the White House misled them on the Iran deal. The administration said it would not allow Iran access to the U.S. banking system, but top officials are now saying that Iran may be allowed to exploit a loophole having to do with offshore banking to access the dollar that way. Permitting Iran to make dollar transactions, said Rep. Brad Sherman, “is clearly not required” by the nuclear deal. “This will set bad precedent,” the Democratic congressman from California told the Associated Press, “and it will not be the last time the Iranians and/or their business partners receive additional relief.”
According to the Washington Free Beacon, there are voices in the administration who want “to use harsher language against Iran,” but “they’re being overruled by others who are defending Russia and Iran’s interpretation.” That sounds a lot like John Kerry. In the first two weeks of this year, the AP has reported the two spoke at least 11 times. That’s a good thing, says Kerry, because it means there’s now a channel open to discuss issues between the two countries—like when Iran kidnaps American sailors. lays siege to the diplomatic missions of U.S. allies, or launches ballistic missile tests. That is, the purpose of the newly opened channel with Iran is to facilitate America’s ability to complain when the clerical regime acts up.
The opposite of glad-handing the Iranian and Russian foreign ministers is not war but a measure of propriety and dignity. After all, the Iranians threaten America’s chief Middle Eastern ally, Israel, with genocide, while the Russians are trying to drag another U.S. partner, Turkey, into : conflict. America’s leading diplomat praises Zarif and Lavrov on a talk show for their “helpfulness” on Syria, when he should show contempt and revulsion for representatives of two governments that are assisting Bashar al-Assad in an atrocity-filled war on his own people.
Kerry is off the reservation , but it’s the president who is giving Iran concession after concession. This makes Kerry Obama’s ideal point man—the former senator from Massachusetts tells himself he’s doing diplomacy while Obama lets critics at home and abroad stick Kerry with the charge of appeasement. But it’s not really appeasement—it’s an Obama reeducation program. He’s correcting American foreign policy by changing what he’s called a mindset “characterized by a preference for military action over diplomacy.
Obama believes he freed himself from what he calls the “Washington playbook,” which comes “out of the foreign-policy establishment. And the playbook prescribes responses to different events, and these responses tend to be militarized responses.
Obama offers a different kind of thinking: Publicly insulting American allies is honorable. The only way to a avoid war is to consort with a state sponsor of terror. Peace sc and security is the result of giving tens of billions of dollars to a regime that is making war across the Middle East. It’s a travesty. The purpose of America’s post-WWII foreign policy was to clarify a complicated and often dangerous world for the leaders of a large republic responsible for the life, liberty, and prosperity of its citizens by ensuring a degree of stability abroad. These are our allies, it said, and these our adversaries, for we know them by their actions and affections.
“History,” said Kerry in a stirring speech on August 30,2013, explaining why it was necessary to strike Assad, “would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency.”
source–weekly standard (4/25/2016), lee smith, wash free beacon, atlantic,