CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 25, 2016 – Sometimes the outlandish commentary coming from Washington these days is almost too absurd for words. Take Secretary of State John Kerry, for example, who, after months of on-going criticism about his nuclear arms deal with Iran, publicly stated that some of the sanctions relief money will ultimately go to terrorism.
Words like that are reserved for slap-your-forehead-with-the-palm-of-your-hand moments.
Speaking in Davos, Switzerland, last week, Kerry said, “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps) or other entities, some which are labeled terrorists. You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”
Kerry might say that that is his way of admitting full disclosure or the truth. On the other hand, if it is the truth, then why were the negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program so vital? Why were they held in the first place? Is Kerry not uttering a diplomatic oxymoron with his admission?
Kerry did qualify his answer by adding that “right now, we are not seeing the early delivery of funds going to that kind of endeavor at this point in time.”
In other words, Iranian terrorism is down the road so we will deal with that bridge when we come to it.
Or, to put it another way, if we can keep Iran at bay until Barack Obama is out of office, then the new administration can deal with it and it will be the next president’s problem. In the meantime the American people are the least of Obama’s concerns.
Kerry continued by saying, “If we catch them funding terrorism, they are going to have a problem with the United States Congress and other people, obviously.”
Apparently, the secretary of state believes Congress will draw the next red line in the sand for Barack Obama. Then again, when has the president ever relied on Congress for anything? After all, he can draw a red line with an executive order any time he wants. Furthermore, a so-called red line is more of an incentive for global terror than a deterrent.
Meanwhile, liberal entertainers such as Garrison Keillor of “”Prairie Home Companion,” distributed by American Public Media, have had a satirical field day mocking warnings from Islamic analysts that the threats of terrorism to the American homeland are real and growing.
Apparently the Charlie Hebdo attack, the recent San Bernardino slaughter and the killing of more than 120 people in Paris either went unnoticed or were nothing more than the products of lone wolf whackos in the world of Keillor and his ilk.
So what if terrorists gain financial help from Iran through the lifting of sanctions? So long as the Obama administration is able to claim that he kept Americans safe through brilliant negotiations, what else matters?
Given John Kerry’s recent admission, however, one has to wonder precisely how “brilliant” those negotiators really are.
As pointed out yesterday, CNN actually produced a story last week tracing the ideologies of ISIS to the Vikings, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler and the Khmer Rouge without a single reference to the only source that ISIS actually does use, which is the Quran.
Such inane misrepresentations and absurdities can only lead to one conclusion: as long as liberal showmen and media continue to perpetuate such asinine, convoluted excuses for a problem that is staring us in the face, there can and will never be a satisfactory solution to global extremism.
No amount of attempting to delay reality or refusing to admit the problem exists will eradicate the ultimate conclusion.
And, oddly enough, when the crisis does find its way to American shores, it will be those very liberals and politically correct scholars who will be the first to scratch their heads and ask the questions about “why” it happened.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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