PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2016 – While speaking to MSNBC on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that “some” of the money being injected into Iranian coffers thanks to President Obama’s nuclear deal would end up in the hands of terrorists.
Secretary Kerry has been no stranger to controversy since taking over control of the embattled State Department about three years ago.
On his watch, we have seen ISIS make significant gains, highlighted by a devastating terrorist attack in Paris killing almost 150 people; America’s deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11 took place in San Bernardino; and a nuclear deal with Iran that has been universally panned by almost all of our allies –especially those in the Middle East — was pushed through along partisan lines.
You can blame Secretary Kerry for some of these failures, but of course not all of these misfortunes were directly in his control.
However, Kerry’s critics aren’t only frustrated with his lack of tactical victories across the globe but are also vexed by some of the statements the man who once ran for president of the free world has made in some key moments.
Recently, Secretary Kerry raised eyebrows –which is putting it lightly– when he seemed to imply that the Charlie Hebdo attacks against cartoonists in Paris weren’t as bad as the most recent Paris massacre. Kerry suggested that with the attack against the magazine you could see a “rationale.”
His exact statement was as follows, ““There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that,” Kerry said in Paris, according to a transcript of his remarks. “There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, OK, they’re really angry because of this and that.”
Not exactly someone who sounds concerned about radical Islam.
That brings us to this perplexing video clip where Kerry seems almost unfazed by the prospect of millions of dollars in sanction relief being funneled into one of the many terrorist groups that the Iranian government routinely supports.
For those of you playing at home, it estimated that the Iranian government is responsible for the deaths of at least 1,000 soldiers since 9/11 thanks to its proclivity for sponsoring terrorism and insurgencies across the region.
Leaving out the fact that Iranian-backed militia groups and rebel uprisings have killed thousands of innocent civilians, the reality that American troops could be put in harm’s way as a direct result of this sanction relief should be reason for Secretary Kerry to at least downplay this reality if he can’t be bothered to prevent it.
Don’t forget. This is the same John Kerry who promised back in July that Iran would not, I repeat, would not be able to spend sanction relief money on terrorism because of a U.N. resolution. Now that the deal is done, Secretary Kerry is singing a completely different tune.
Call me old-fashioned, but where I come from, that’s a lie.
Once again, Thursday’s statement leaves many wondering just how concerned John Kerry is about radical Islam if he brushes off the idea that this Iran deal will possibly put the lives of American troops in danger.
It’s one thing to make mistakes on the world stage and it’s quite another to create the perception you don’t take loss of life seriously. People can live with the first part but few people are willing to tolerate the latter.