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Kerry to Rise from the Bed

Drunk on painkillers, Secretary of State John Kerry will leap from his hospital bed sometime this month and head to Europe to negotiate the end of Western civilization by handing a nuclear weapon to medieval lunatics.

Kerry hospital

It will be a miraculous cure, given that he’s been in the hospital for a broken leg for more than a week, longer than the average stay for open heart surgery, which is 4-7 days. On the other hand, as some of you have noted, he may be on his wife’s health insurance plan, not Obamacare.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Secretary of State John F. Kerry will travel to Europe this month for the final days of nuclear negotiations with Iran although he is still hospitalized 11 days after he broke his leg in a biking accident, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

The official said the 71-year-old former senator is eager to rejoin the talks in person before negotiators reach their self-imposed deadline of June 30 to wrap up a comprehensive accord.

“When he needs to be there, he will be there,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the talks, said in a conference call with reporters.

He doesn’t need to be there. Anyone can cave to Iran.  Send Taylor Swift.

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Kerry Tweets Out Photo of Himself in Hospital

As people increasingly wondered about the silence, Secretary of State kerry finally tweeted out a photo of himself in the hospital, saying:

“Feeling good a week after surgery. Good chats today w/@AmbassadorRice & @StateDept senior team. The work continues!”

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All of which begs the question, why is Kerry still in the hospital? A week is a long time these days. He clearly had major surgery for a very serious injury that the administration sought to minimize. And his “work” has to have been affected.

Obama Should Remove Kerry From the Iran Negotiations

The White House today acknowledged that Secretary of State John Kerry’s broken leg may force a delay in the June 30 deadline for the completion of a nuclear deal with Iran, as Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it was too soon to tell what impact the injury would have on the deadline.

Lahh dee dah . . .
Lahh dee dah . . .

Earnest said he expects Kerry to come roaring back like a tiger – recuperating with “uncommon zeal” – and play a leading role in the discussions. But back in the real world, Kerry is a 71-year-old man who had several hours of surgery today. He’ll be zealously pressing the morphine button on his IV drip for the next few days and then undergoing painful rehabilitation zoned out on other opioids.

Negotiations require a supple and clear mind, stamina, and the ability to gauge your opponents in person, all of which will be unavailable to Kerry during the coming weeks. Obama should consider putting in charge of the talks National Security Advisor Susan Rice – or someone else who will be thinking clearly – at least on a temporary basis.

It was Kerry’s choice to go pedaling out of his presidential suite in Paris pretending he was racing in the Tour de France. Now, unfortunately, he must suffer the consequences of his ill-advised choice so that the rest of us don’t have to – that is, with an even worse deal than the one Kerry is already coming up with.

Kerry Breaks His Leg

Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg riding a bike in France and immediately canceled the rest of his European trip.

Now, with Kerry on painkillers, we’ll get an even worse deal with Iran.

Oh, yeah, nukes for you in eight years, that sounds fine. I love you guys.

From the Associated Press.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycle crash Sunday, apparently after hitting a curb, and scrapped the rest of a four-nation trip that included an international conference on combating the Islamic State group.

Kerry was in stable condition and in good spirits as he prepared to return to Boston for further treatment with the doctor who previously operated on his hip, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said. He said X-rays at a Swiss hospital confirmed that Kerry fractured his right femur.

“The secretary is stable and never lost consciousness, his injury is not life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery,” Kirby said in a statement.

Kerry was taken by helicopter to Geneva’s main medical center.

WSJ: Mideast on Cusp of Nuclear Arms Race

President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry are trying to fool the world into thinking that the Iran deal they are bound to soon complete will prevent the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons.

But Iran’s neighbors, who are most threatened by the arrangement, know better. And according to the Wall Street Journal, they now see the emerging agreement as the starting gun for their own nuclear weapons programs, entering a race that ends in ten years, once the restrictions on Iran are lifted.

From the piece.

The nuclear deal that the U.S. and other world powers hope to reach with Iran would put a 10-year curb on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. For some of Iran’s regional rivals, that is also becoming a deadline for developing nuclear arms of their own.

In Saudi Arabia, there are widespread public calls to match Iran’s nuclear quest. The two other Middle East heavyweights, Turkey and Egypt, could also feel compelled to follow suit, senior Western and Arab officials warn.

Such an arms race would further destabilize what is already the world’s most volatile region, where the risks of a nuclear war would be compounded by the threat of radioactive material falling into the hands of terrorist groups.

While Saudi Arabia has long advocated a nuclear-free Middle East, its leaders are doubtful that the completed accord on limiting Tehran’s nuclear program will stop Iran from becoming a threshold nuclear-weapons power when proposed restrictions on is number of centrifuges and uranium stockpiles expire in 10 years. They also aren’t willing to bet that the regime in Tehran will somehow become more moderate and responsible by then, a hope entertained by many in the West.

Think of the world we are facing with this Iran arms deal. Nuclear weapons in India, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt. And then others will surely not want to be left out of the fun. We are confronting the end of the nonproliferation era.

Does anyone really doubt that these weapons will be used? Either in hostility, through the accidental or purposeful provision of atom bombs to terrorists, or simply through an accidental launch?

Is this scenario less risky than trying to eradicate Iran’s nuclear program militarily which, if done by the United States instead of Israel, is an achievable objective?

Thinks of who will now have these weapons. Extremists, unstable regimes.

The Saudis seem kind of Westernized because they are fabulously wealthy and do business with us. But they’re not. They’re religious zealots seeking to spread their ruthlessly uncompromising brand of Islam far and wide. Are they really going to be good custodians of nuclear weapons?

The Iranian regime isn’t likely to change. It hasn’t changed much in 36 years. And now the mullahs will be newly emboldened and empowered by their successful completion of their decades-long nuclear weapons project.

Meantime, John Kerry and his Iranian counterparts will pick up the Nobel Prize for Peace.

From Hitler, to Mao tse-Tung, to the Soviets, to Iran – why do Westerners never believe that fanatics are serious about the beliefs they ardently espouse? And to the extent we do, we’re like like altruistic but naive women staying with morally defective men in the hopes that they can “reform” them.

This is going to be a very bad old world soon. It has been made that way not by fate, but by choices made by this president. And consequences to be faced by a future one.

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.” Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading