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.