Kerry to go to Iran

posted at 10:55 am on December 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Iranian people have gone into the streets once again to protest against the tyranny of the mullahs after the death of dissident cleric Hossein Ali Montazeri.  The Iranian government fears the reaction enough to ban any more memorials for Montazeri after protests erupted in Qom.  Will the Obama administration finally show some support for Iranian opposition and refuse to grant any legitimacy to the mullahcracy, which has also defied global calls for an end to its nuclear-weapons program?


Sen. John Kerry has suggested becoming the first high-level U.S. emissary to make a public visit to Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, a move White House officials say they won’t oppose.

The offer comes as mass protests against Iran’s regime are resurfacing and a U.S.-imposed deadline nears to broach international sanctions against Iran.

“This sounds like the kind of travel a chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee would — and should — undertake,” said a White House official, adding it would be at Sen. Kerry’s own behest. …

The Obama administration hasn’t decided whether to make Sen. Kerry its official representative if he goes, but as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Kerry can visit if the White House and Tehran both approve.

How do opposition leaders view this visit?  As a betrayal, and as an endorsement for tyrants:

Many opponents of Tehran’s regime oppose such a visit, fearing it would lend legitimacy to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a time when his government is under continuing pressure from protests and opposition figures. Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets again this week to voice their opposition to the government following the death of a reformist cleric.

Well, what do they know?  Let’s ask the peace activists, the ones who believe that talking always solves problems.  Surely this idea will get them excited, especially coming from the Hope and Change administration, right?  Right?

“We’ve eschewed high-level visits to Iran for the last 30 years. I think now — when the Iranian regime’s fate is less certain than ever — is not the best time to begin,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst at Washington’s Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

“The wrong message would be sent to the Iranian people by such a high-level visit: The U.S. loves dictatorial regimes,” said Hossein Askari, a professor at George Washington University and former adviser to Iranian governments.

In other words, everyone outside of the White House and Magic Hat Land agree that this would be a bad idea.

The truth is that we don’t have any good options on Iran and its nuclear-weapon program.  Sanctions won’t work, because the Russians and the Chinese conduct too much trade with Iran.  The Chinese won’t agree to them, and the Russians will cheat to get around them.  Military strikes sound good, but Iran has significant military capabilities of its own that can hit us in Iraq, the Straits of Hormuz, and throughout the Persian Gulf — and Iran has dispersed its nuclear program to avoid having it destroyed by airstrikes.  Invasion would be almost impossible, thanks to the terrain and the 72 million Iranians that would resist it.

The best option we have in dealing with the Iranian nuclear and terrorist threats is regime change.  Replacing the radical mullahs with almost anything else would improve the situation, and a popular uprising that replaced the theocracy with a secular republic like Turkey would be the best outcome.  Instead, Obama seems intent on regime strengthening.  We should be encouraging the democratic activists in Iran not just for the sake of democracy but also to relieve two of the greatest threats to regional stability.

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I guess these dopes haven’t learned a thing from what happened to Mr peanut.

Yep, if he goes they will use him. Bozo probably asked the harridan to do it and she probably shot back, “Are you cracked? Ummm no?”

dogsoldier on December 25, 2009 at 7:38 AM

What could go wrong???

Herb on December 25, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Endorse tyrants, well, of course our dear leader does. This is his demonstrated foreign policy. If Kerry fails, which he will, it will be on his head not O’s. Should Kerry wear hiking boots, will the mullah’s keep him.

Kissmygrits on December 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Did you know that Kerry fought in the VietNam war?


Yeah, I remember. First he was for the war before he was against it.

I hope they take him hostage and put him on top of their Nuke facility. That should really motivate the Israelis

Uniblogger on December 25, 2009 at 8:53 AM

How do you get to regime change without military intervention of some kind? Ans: you don’t. But of course Israel knows where and how to do the O’s dirty work on the Iranian nuclear industry and will eventually do so out of sheer self-preservation. The big O will disown them once they have done it.
Strange post on Christmas except that my God was a Jew living in Palestine.


williars on December 25, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Is this a joke? Wait! I know … Jimmy Carter recommended this, right?

I bet Ahmadinejad is laughing his butt off right now.

Senator Kerry, don’t forget to bring your video camera so you can film all your heroic adventures.

darwin on December 25, 2009 at 8:58 AM

darwin on December 25, 2009 at 8:58 AM

and, if it has a porn scene in it, I am sure it will be a big seller.

GW_SS-Delta on December 25, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Kerry to go to Iran… Good I hope he stays there. He has What a disgrace ol’ Three Scratches and Out is.

Bert Convy on December 25, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Can we pay them to keep him? We’ll throw in Tereza as a bonus.

red131 on December 25, 2009 at 9:39 AM

So does he want a medal?

Socmodfiscon on December 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Memo to Iran..keep the Bastard, will ya?

Winebabe on December 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM

How about flying John Kerry in on Vice Presidential Air Force B52 #1–Dr. Strangelove style?
Give him some fur lined BVD’s and a Russki fur cap–it gets cold at 50,000 ft. It will kill a lot of birds with one stone–and do a really credible COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION job on the Mullah’s neighborhood!
John Bibb

rocketman on December 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM

““The wrong message would be sent to the Iranian people by such a high-level visit: The U.S. loves dictatorial regimes,” said Hossein Askari, a professor at George Washington University and former adviser to Iranian governments.”

But that is the message of the Obama administration- Russia, Cuba, Venezuela et al., shows that Obama is very comfortable with a ruling class controlling the masses.

Jeez, try to follow the bouncing ball here.

archer52 on December 25, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Would someone please explain to me why John Kerry wants to go to Iran? Does he need a new Persian carpet for that townhouse of his on Beacon Hill? Really, this idea makes no sense at all.

First of all, what is he going to accomplish that all the other boobs in the UN, the EU and the State Department can’t accomplish? Is he going to actually succeed in persuading the mad mullahs to abandon their nuclear weapons program? Of course not. Is Kerry to going to persuade them to observe human rights for their own people and stop supporting terrorism in the world? Of course not. Oh, he will make the obligatory pleas for Iran to turn over a new leaf, join the world community and blah, blah, blah, woof, woof, woof and quack, quack, quack.

Not only would Kerry fail to accomplish anything, but he can do a lot of harm. At a time when the regime is facing mass protests in the streets from its own people, protests that inspire the world (except for the UN and EU, I guess) here comes Kerry on bent knee to give legitimacy to this bunch of mad-hatters.

So what is the upside for this Chamberlainesque trip?

Can you say, “NOBEL PEACE PRIZE”?

That’s right. It doesn’t matter if Kerry comes back empty-handed, which he will. He’ll claim some sort of vague progress or a “historical and unprecedented” deal to borrow a phrase that really means nothing. That’s all it will take for the gnomes of Oslo to complete the circle of anti-Bushes that they can bestow this international version of the Golden Globe award upon. (Carter, Gore, Obama and Kerry.)

So to the man, whom during the 2004 election, we called the “French candidate”, I say “bon voyage”. Look into the eyes of Mr Ahmadinejad and come back and tell us how this is a man we can do business with.

And don’t forget that Persian carpet.

gary fouse on December 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Swiftboating is an exact lie. The fact that it caught on tells the propaganda power of the Kerry Korps.

Watch for AP articles lauding this peace mission.

A good source for the AP and their kin may be the Center for American Progress. AP just cited them as a left or Democrat leaning organization. Go see the website.

Imagine what the distortion of the Iran situation will be. Vietnam vets couldn’t get jobs thanks to the Korps. And it is all forgotten…

IlikedAUH2O on December 25, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Hit The Road, John

Caststeel on December 26, 2009 at 12:11 AM

If this wind surfing fool goes it will obviously be interpreted as American solidarity with the ayatollahs. If then the revolution succeeds down the road we’ll end up with Iran looking for allies elsewhere than the U.S.

Annar on December 26, 2009 at 7:27 AM

Well there is some sense to this. He could be going there to show the dissendents how to escape slaughter by the regime, by teaching them his speedo-clad sailboard technique. History will contrast the speedo sailboard people forever with the Cambodian boat people.

Thanks John – we love you.

Don L on December 26, 2009 at 8:38 AM

awww. thanks Mr. Kerry. Your so thoughtful. Now just what the hell do you think you’ll accomplish talking to a madman? If they don’t behead you in front of the whole town, you’ll be lucky. dumb ass. Imadinnerjacket has his mind set, like China, they’ll bleed you for what they can and do what they want anyway.

johnnyU on December 26, 2009 at 10:12 AM

So does he want a medal?

Socmodfiscon on December 25, 2009 at 10:30 AM

He will be there for six weeks, get three medals and come home with a bandaid on his finger. Hey, it worked before.

Extrafishy on December 26, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Is this a set up ? Kerry goes to Iran and as previously agreed with Ajad returns with the three captured US students….. The reset button gets hit, sanctions ! what sanctions… nukes ! what nukes ? … Obama gets his longed for ‘open hand’ negotiations with the Iranian dictators.

philly_PA on December 26, 2009 at 11:32 AM

John (Herman Munster) Kerry will get on his knees and kiss president Mahmoooooood Ahmed-eebadaba-doobadabadeebadaba!

cableguy615 on December 26, 2009 at 8:17 PM

I hope they take [Kerry] hostage and put him on top of their Nuke facility. –Uniblogger on December 25, 2009 at 8:53 AM

One bony ass to the other, Obama would remain unavailable for comment. Fortune, on his damned quarrel smiling, Showed like a rebel’s whore no more.

The Western media reported that the prisoners were rescued by relatives but it looks more like the whole town helped with the rescue. The Western media also said that the regime shot dead two “gunmen” but the only ones with guns in the video are the regime thugs.
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

The Iranians don’t want to see Kerry. And Kerry has no supporters willing to put themselves out for him under the gun, unlike those Iranian prisoners being hung and saved by their entire village protesting their execution. Now those entire families are in prison awaiting execution and a score of villagers were shot down, many killed and the others in critical condition. What political ally of Kerry’s would go out on a limb for him, and visa versa? After all, Kerry’s trip to Iran is HIS OWN IDEA with his own fate. Given these trying times, who’d even suggest military intervention on Kerry’s behalf? Unless he chose to convert to Islam, that would authorize him to abscond with his wife’s fortune, Kerry would waste away like the American Embassy hostages taken during Carter’s administration; difference being that instead of one, there are THREE years to await before a new potus election.

maverick muse on December 27, 2009 at 7:27 AM

He will only show his support for the regime. Something tells me that Obama wants that, but is afraid to do it himself. Whoever came up with this idea is a first class moron and Kerry fits this description.

ktrelski on December 27, 2009 at 3:10 PM

John Kerry whould go to the old US embassy and reclaim it’s territory. (Maybe in 483 days they will let him go)

J_Crater on December 27, 2009 at 5:26 PM