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John Kerry’s op-ed might get mistaken as the rantings of a lunatic. It wouldn’t get mistaken as the craftsmanship of a highly respected former US Secretary of State. Then again, Secretary Kerry wasn’t a highly respected secretary of state at any point in his life.

Secretary Kerry’s op-ed starts with “President Trump says that on his watch, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. But if he had wanted to keep that promise, he should have left the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in place. Instead, he pulled the United States out of the deal and pursued a reckless foreign policy that has put us on a path to armed conflict with Iran.”

The JCPOA, which stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, never would’ve prevented Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. The best possible outcome was to delay Iran’s legal acquisition of a nuclear weapon. What’s worse is that Secretary Kerry agreed to sanctions relief for the Iranian theocracy without them even signing the JCPOA. That’s a fact because Iran still hasn’t signed the document.

Another fatal flaw of the negotiations is that it was such a worthless agreement that President Obama refused to submit it as a treaty. Some of President Obama’s staunchest supporters in the Senate refused to approve the deal.

Further, Kerry lied when he said that President Trump “pursued a reckless foreign policy that has put us on a path to armed conflict with Iran.” Killing Gen. Soleimani took the US off a path to war with Iran. Iran has been making one provocative action after another to provoke the US into war. President Trump hasn’t taken Iran’s bait.

This moment was nothing if not foreseeable the moment Mr. Trump abandoned the 2015 agreement, which was working, and chose instead to isolate us from our allies, narrow our options in the region and slam shut the door to tackling additional issues with Iran through constructive diplomacy.

By putting new, tough, sanctions in place against the theocracy, President Trump is drying up the funds Iran has traditionally used to fund its proxies like Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen. The predictable thing is Kerry lying about the JCPOA. It’s one of the worst agreements in US diplomatic history. Here’s where Kerry gives it away that the JCPOA is worthless:

Diplomacy had achieved what sanctions alone had not: Iran couldn’t have a nuclear weapon during the life span of the agreement; and if it cheated, the world was resolved to stop it.

Then there’s this:

In 2013, I sat down with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, for the first meeting between our countries’ top diplomats since the 1979 revolution and hostage crisis. Iran at the time had enough enriched material for eight to 10 nuclear bombs and was two to three months from being able to build one.

In other words, Kerry negotiated a deal that gave Iran immediate sanctions relief, pallets that contained $1.7 billion in cash and time to build, then test, nuclear weapons and the delivery systems to use them. Other than that, Iran was neutralized.

What did we turn over to President-elect Trump in 2017? Iran was in compliance with the nuclear agreement. Our allies were united with the United States.

What Mr. Kerry omits is that Iran had sanctions relief that poured $150,000,000,000 (that’s $150 billion> dollars) into revitalizing Iran’s terrorist proxies around the region and around the globe. Thinking that nuclear weapons is all that Iran is interested in is foolish.

That’s what a fool looks like.

I wish that President Trump’s allies (think Tucker Carlson and Steve Hilton) would get their Iran policy right. Unfortunately, they’re constantly getting it wrong because they’re thinking about Iran as another nation that plays by the rules. That’s foolish, perhaps even foolish.

Hilton cited a conversation he had with President Trump:

Steve Hilton: I want to read you something Lindsey Graham said, your friend Lindsey Graham. He was in a magazine profile, and he reported on a conversation that he had with you. He said that you said to him, “The trouble with you, Lindsey, is you want to invade everywhere except the places I want to invade.'” So my question is where does he want to invade? But more importantly, where do you want to invade?”
President Trump: I want to invade, if I have to, economically. We’ve created a much stronger country economically than when I took it over … We have tremendous power economically. If I can solve things economically that’s the way I want it.

From that exchange, Hilton surmised the Trump Doctrine:

President Trump’s preferred weapon is economic. As he showed last week, he is not casual about military conflict, unlike the inhuman establishment geniuses who’d send other people’s children, in their eyes, the deplorables’ children, into war at the drop of a policy memo.

That’s fine if you’re dealing with rational people who care about the people they lead. The Iranians don’t fit that description. President Obama once thought that the Iranians would use the money they got back from John Kerry’s negotiations to rebuild Iranian infrastructure. Instead, the Iranian ruling mullahs used that $150,000,000,000 to ramp up terrorist proxy operations throughout the Middle East. Tightening the sanctions only hurts the people President Trump wants to embolden.

If idiots like Hilton think that tightening the screws will cause Iran to stop funding terrorist proxies, they’re idiots. That isn’t just stupid. It’s downright dangerous. It’s nice showing restraint to an extent but it’s dangerous at some point. It’s time for pacifists like Hilton and Carlson to realize that they need to think things through better. They should read their history books, too. To the Iranians, President Trump’s decision to call off the raid is proof of his weakness.

Freshman Democrat Ilhan Omar’s ego is definitely oversized. In her latest controversy, Rep. Omar, (DFL-MN), insisted that she’s President Trump’s “biggest nemesis” because “she’s a ‘nightmare’ for the White House that wants to use her ‘identity to marginalize our communities.'”

Actually, President Trump just has to highlight Rep. Omar’s statements, then let those statements speak for themselves. For instance, Rep. Omar’s statements on Hamas’s terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens are the rantings of a lunatic:


Nikki Haley wasn’t bashful:


Neither was Ari Fleischer:


Good for them. If Rep. Omar can’t even get basic facts straight, then she should be criticized. This doesn’t have anything to do with President Trump wanting to use her identity against “our communities.” It has everything to do with Rep. Omar apparently attempting to be Hamas’s spokesperson.

This article perfectly illustrates the foolishness of progressive foreign policy. As if we hadn’t gotten too much of that during the Obama administration, we’re getting another shot of it in this article.

In the article, it says “The move is also likely to isolate the U.S., cause confusion about its intentions, permit Iran to claim the high ground in any push to renegotiate, and provide both allies and adversaries with more evidence that the United States can’t be trusted.” Let’s start with that last statement about the US not being able to be trusted. What’s true is that the US can be trusted to correct its mistakes that left allies in the Middle East threatened by the developing Iranian hegemon.

There’s a reason why the nations refused to attend President Obama’s summit on the Middle East. Those nations flocked to President Trump’s summit, though. That leads to the refutation that not certifying the Iran deal again will “likely isolate the US.” Here’s a question the author might want to ask himself: how can a man who gets 50+ Middle East and southwest Asia and north African nations to attend his summit on Iran and its proxies be isolated? Does this look isolated?

This isn’t reassuring:

The 2015 deal lifted sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Iran’s compliance is being monitored by the United Nations, which has declared that the Islamic Republic is sticking by the letter of its obligations.

Getting the UN’s word that Iran is living up to any agreement is like getting an arsonist’s word that he won’t play with matches anymore. In other words, it’s worthless. As for the limits, they’re temporary. President Trump is attempting to renegotiate more permanent limits, something the Obama administration didn’t even attempt to do.

Iran still is developing a missile program and actively opposing U.S. policy in Syria, Iraq and plenty of other places. Trump, who has called the agreement “embarrassing” and much worse, can’t really declare that Iran is violating its terms. Instead, he’s likely to say Iran is not following its spirit, or that the deal is no longer in the U.S. national interest. The idea seems to be that decertifying will increase pressure on Iran to behave.

The point the Trump administration made last week is that the agreement was so limited in scope as to make it worthless. Getting Iran to limit some of its terrorist-supporting actions isn’t securing our nation or our allies.

The Obama-Kerry foreign policy was built on the premise that appeasement works. It doesn’t. That’s why it’s important for the US to reassert its leadership in the Middle East.

The opening paragraph of Thomas Friedman’s latest column is proof positive that he’s a blithering idiot. It’s proof, too, that he’s overpaid.

The opening paragraph of Friedman’s column says “For those of you confused over the latest fight between President Obama and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel, let me make it simple: Barack Obama and John Kerry admire and want to preserve Israel as a Jewish and democratic state in the Land of Israel. I have covered this issue my entire adult life and have never met two U.S. leaders more committed to Israel as a Jewish democracy.”

It’s difficult to comment on such breathtaking stupidity. In the next paragraph, Friedman continues, saying “But they are convinced — rightly — that Netanyahu is a leader who is forever dog paddling in the middle of the Rubicon, never ready to cross it. He is unwilling to make any big, hard decision to advance or preserve a two-state solution if that decision in any way risks his leadership of Israel’s right-wing coalition or forces him to confront the Jewish settlers, who relentlessly push Israel deeper and deeper into the West Bank.”

Speaking of someone who “is unwilling to make any big, hard decision to advance or preserve a two-state solution if that decision in any way risks his leadership”, this is who fits that description:

It’s impossible to make a thoughtful argument that President Obama and John Kerry are pro-Israel. First, they sell out the entire Arab Peninsula, north Africa and Israel by negotiating a sweetheart nuclear proliferation deal with Iran, then giving the biggest state sponsor of terrorism $150,000,000,000 to spend on Hezbollah, Hamas and other anti-Israel proxies in the Middle East. Then, to ‘prove’ their loyalty to Israel, they ship systems to bolster Israel from the missiles that Iran’s proxies will buy with the money they got from Mssrs. Obama and Kerry. Then there’s this:

That is what precipitated this fight over Obama’s decision not to block a U.N. resolution last week criticizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The settlers’ goal is very clear, as Kerry put it on Wednesday: to strategically place settlements “in locations that make two states impossible,” so that Israel will eventually annex all of the West Bank. Netanyahu knows this will bring huge problems, but his heart is with the settlers, and his passion is with holding power — at any cost.

I won’t rebut that BS. Instead, I’ll let Alan Dershowitz obliterate Friedman’s BS:

Before June 4, 1967, Jews were forbidden from praying at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site. They were forbidden to attend classes at the Hebrew University at Mt. Scopus, which had been opened in 1925 and was supported by Albert Einstein. Jews could not seek medical care at the Hadassah Hospital on Mt. Scopus, which had treated Jews and Arabs alike since 1918. Jews could not live in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, where their forbearers had built homes and synagogues for thousands of years. These Judenrein prohibitions were enacted by Jordan, which had captured by military force these Jewish areas during Israel’s War of Independence, in 1948, and had illegally occupied the entire West Bank, which the United Nations had set aside for an Arab state. When the Jordanian government occupied these historic Jewish sites, they destroyed all the remnants of Judaism, including synagogues, schools, and cemeteries, whose headstones they used for urinals. Between 1948 and 1967 the UN did not offer a single resolution condemning this Jordanian occupation and cultural devastation.

What Friedman doesn’t say is that this UNSCR, #2334, classifies these settlements as “territories being illegally occupied by Israel, and any building in these areas — including places for prayer at the Western Wall, access roads to Mt. Scopus, and synagogues in the historic Jewish Quarter — ‘constitutes a flagrant violation under international law.'”

I’ll finish by stating emphatically that Thomas Friedman isn’t a journalist. He’d fit right in at Media Matters or Think Progress or other far left fever swamp websites.

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