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Kerry Sucks Up with Condolences for Iran’s Now Motherless Leader

A sad thing happened to the leader of a brutal dictatorship that has vowed to destroy Israel – ostensibly our ally – and that is responsible for the deaths of many American servicemen and women and is also trying to undermine the United States throughout the Middle East.

His mother died. Aww.

Secretary of State Kerry snapped straight into appeasement mode, lavishing condolences on the ruthless totalitarian, Iranian President Rouhani. He expressed his sorrow personally both to Iran’s foreign minister and Rouhani’s brother, who are helping negotiate our surrender to Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Meanwhile, the State Department issued a statement – on the passing of a foreign leader’s mother, if you can believe it – and then Kerry Tweeted it out.

From your Department of State:

We extend our deepest condolences to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Hassan Rouhani and his family on the passing of his mother, Mrs. Sakineh Peivandi. Such a loss is especially hard coming on the eve of Nowruz, traditionally a time when families gather together in joy and hope. We share in his grief and that of his brother, Presidential Special Advisor Hossein Fereydoun, who has been participating in the talks in Lausanne, and we keep their family in our thoughts.

Yes, in our thoughts.

During today’s State Department briefing, Associated Press correspondent Matt Lee was incredulous:

I’m just wondering aren’t you guys laying it on a bit thick here? Is there something that you are expecting in terms of Iranian concessions in the negotiations with this display?

This is the leader of a country – clearly the loss of one’s parent is tragic – but this is the leader of a country that you accuse of being the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. You accuse of trying to develop a nuclear weapons with which its leaders have said it will use against one of America’s top allies  . . . Are you sending flowers as well?

As I noted before, this administration is under the mistaken impression that appeasement works with dictators. Rather, it connotes weakness.

And that is why the Iranians, in these nuclear discussions, are taking us to the cleaners.

How Can We Trust Obama on Iran When He Was So Wrong About Syria?

Just a few years ago, President Obama said the time for talking was done, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go.

The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. His calls for dialogue and reform have rung hollow while he is imprisoning, torturing, and slaughtering his own people. We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way. He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.

Several months later, Obama’s then-Press Secretary, the Prince of Prescience Jay Carney, said Assad was finished – through, done, I tell ya.

The fact of the matter is that the pressure on Assad continues to intensify. He’s been — he has dwindling financial resources. He has dwindling access to what he needs to continue to govern. His regime has lost control of parts of the country. There are a number of indications of the desire to depart from the regime by senior Syrian government and military officials. These are telltale signs that Assad’s future is very limited at best.

And we continue to work with the international community to do everything we can to enhance the pressure on him, to make it clear to everyone that they should not want to place a bet on the Assad regime because that is a losing bet — and it is a losing bet in pure realpolitik terms, but it’s also a losing bet, obviously, in terms of being on the right side of the people of Syria.

Well that was three years ago. If you bet on Assad, you won.

Now, Secretary of State John Kerry wants to negotiate.

But how can you negotiate with someone who isn’t there? Oh, wait, he is still there.

Now the same people who brought you the demise of Assad are bringing you the fully verifiable deal that will keep Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

Place your bets! Except this time, your gambling with your life.

Corker Shuts Down Kerry Filibuster

The Republican open letter to the Ayotallahs has allowed the White House to change the subject away from possible new sanctions and the irresponsible deal President Obama is about to strike. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker today mercifully cut short Kerry’s staged contribution to the “outrage.”

Kerry Gives France a Hug. And a Kiss!

Take a look. I’m pretty sure he dropped a little smooch on French President Francois Hollande today during his make-up tour of Paris, necessitated by the failure of the United States to send anybody meaningful to the march Sunday for freedom of speech.

Yeah, Kerry laid it on thick, but that wasn’t the worst of it. He brought along James Taylor to sing a cloying little ballad – in this context, at least – the “You’ve Got a Friend” song, the lyrics to which are at least true, given that France can no longer really defend itself or seriously fight terrorism and so we do it for them.

Taylor appeared for about 30 seconds to have forgotten how the song goes.

Sorry, wrong message. We are with France in a global war against Islamic terror. Kerry should have brought this guy instead.

And finally, here’s Kerry speaking to the French in . . . French. I know some of you will mock this, but I happen to think it’s a good thing for a diplomat to be able to address an ally in their own language. Nothing builds trust and affection for Americans more among foreigners than when we at least make an attempt to say a few words their language.

Kerry: Post-9/11 an “Ugly, Horrible Period”

Wait a second, bud. I remember, the years after 9/11. They were years of unparalleled American heroism, years when a country that had been brutally attacked stood up to the challenge and took the fight to its enemies, led by servicemen and women as brave and dedicated as the nation has ever produced, none of whom, to my knowledge, threw their medals over the White House fence.

Or someone else’s medals. I think that’s what Kerry actually did.

This is what Secretary of State Kerry said at the State Department Wednesday:

I think America in these recent days has seen this and we own up to it. Even yesterday with the report that came out from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – we hold ourselves accountable to an ugly, horrible period, and we should be proud of our ability to do that.

I assume Kerry may be lumping the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq into his analysis, since he talks about a “period” and not just the interrogation of al Qaeda terrorists.

Kerry was speaking Wednesday during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Summit of the Americas, an exercise held every few years where the American president gathers with Latin American leaders and pretends we share so many values with their dysfunctional, inferior societies and their often corrupt, autocratic leaders.

Kerry has been apologizing for the United States his entire adult life, since he howled in outrage at the Vietnam War, in which the U.S. sought to spare Southeast Asia the nightmare of the brutal communism that descended anyway on South Vietnam and onto Cambodia, where one of the 20th century’s great genocides ensued.

He just couldn’t stop it Wednesday. The apologies kept rolling forth:

We know well here at home, as I mentioned a moment ago, that democracy is a work in progress. We know that the eyes of the world are on us, and as President Obama made clear in his address to the U.N. General Assembly, we welcome the scrutiny.

From the streets of New York City to Ferguson, Missouri, we are learning in painful, searing ways that justice and equality are not things that you can just parse out to some and deny to others.

Um, Mr. Kerry, justice was indeed parsed out in Ferguson and New York. Grand juries were constituted and decisions were made, based on evidence, not to prosecute the police officers. Now, the mobs roaming the streets of those two cities say otherwise. So – my mistake – maybe it’s mob justice Kerry is talking about.

This country has nothing to apologize for. This country is imperfect, but it is far closer to perfection than the nations Kerry is importuning with obsequious pleas for forgiveness and approval.

Just because some 20-something left-wing staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee say roughing up some terrorists was mean and didn’t produce valuable intelligence doesn’t mean its true. I’m sure, from everything I’ve read, that the amount of vital information extracted was extensive and probably saved many lives, perhaps even those of the people who wrote this report, given obvious attractiveness of attacking the Capitol.

I would do it all again, except I might shove their feeding tubes a little further up their alimentary canals.

It was a desperate time. We had no idea what was coming next and whether the next attack would include massive doses of anthrax or radiation. We needed information, and we needed it fast.

Congress knew what what was up with these techniques. But they sure weren’t going to put a stop to them and incur the wrath of Americans once again under attack. And now, people like Kerry and Obama sit on their high horses and pronounce pompous platitudes about American values, even as they shred the Constitution that enshrines them.

But even if you think what we did was too much – and it’s a legitimate point of view – you don’t have any explaining to do to foreigners. Instead, let them thank you and your country for bearing the brunt of the war of terror for them.

H/T CNS News.

Kerry: We are Not at War With ISIS

Out-Orwelling Orwell, Secretary of State John Kerry today said we are not at war with ISIS, merely engaged in “a major counterterrorism operation.” Well. That’s a bit like calling a bank robbery “a very aggressive withdrawal of funds.” We are dropping tons of bombs on their heads, aren’t we? And we’ve got more than aContinue Reading

State Department Been Thinkin’ on ISIL for a Year

Now this was weird. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf Wednesday acknowledged that the Obama administration has been “looking at” the ISIL terrorists for about a year, without apparently doing anything serious about them. Said Harf: We’ve been looking at that for months and month, even before the latest offensives that started against Mosul – for aContinue Reading