John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

posted at 6:41 pm on February 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

No, no, no. Listen: If, in the name of exhausting all non-military options, we need to keep up the farce a bit longer of pretending that Iran might be convinced to abandon its bomb project, fine. Keep talking. Plenty of military experts think even an attack on their nuclear infrastructure will do little more than slow the program down for a few years. But if we’re going to go on with this charade, let’s please have the dignity not to comply with the regime’s Orwellian lie that it was “elected” and therefore, by implication, is legitimate. For one thing, Ahmadinejad wasn’t elected; the vote was rigged. For another thing, even if it wasn’t rigged, Ahmadinejad doesn’t hold ultimate power. Khamenei, the supreme leader, does. One of the core functions of velayat e-faqih is to keep power in the hands of Shiite clerics, particularly the theocrat-in-chief, and away from the people. If the regime was “elected,” why do Iranians chant “Marg bar diktador”?

Besides, since when are elections some touchstone of whether the U.S. will talk to a foreign government? Our bestest buds the Saudis aren’t fans of democracy, but the White House has been very careful not to hold that against them. Especially after American allies started toppling during the Arab Spring.

“Iran is a country with a government that was elected and that sits in the United Nations,” Kerry said in France standing alongside French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. “And it is important for us to deal with nation-states in a way that acts in the best interests of all of us in the world.”

The comment is similar to what Hagel said on Jan. 31 when he told the Senate Armed Services Committee Iran was “an elected, legitimate government, whether we agree or not.”…

Hagel had to walk back his declaration that Iran was “an elected, legitimate government” after being challenged in the hearing by Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I can understand if you meant it’s a legal entity that has international relations and has diplomatic relations, that is a member of the UN, I do not see Iran or the Iranian government as a legitimate government, and I’d like your thoughts on that,” Gillibrand said.

Hagel eventually walked it back, just as he did every third sentence he uttered at his confirmation hearing a few weeks ago. I don’t hold what he said about Iran against him since he does, after all, seem to be a bit “slow,” but what’s Kerry’s excuse? Let’s compromise: From now on, only one of the two cabinet members in charge of U.S. foreign policy is officially allowed to help the mullahs out with their Big Lie. Kerry and Hagel can take turns if they like. Deal?

Now, go read this and see for yourself how swell the effort to talk Iran down from the nuclear ledge is going.


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rob verdi on February 27, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Besides, since when are elections some touchstone of whether the U.S. will talk to a foreign government?

When our Imperial President(TM) says so. Barry so saith it is good, so shall it be.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Our new foreign policy team!………… Yippy-frickin`-skippy!

ThePrez on February 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

“I’ve never met an enemy of America that I didn’t dig.”
-John effing Kerry

tom daschle concerned on February 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

“Americans have the right to be stupid”… Who knew John Kerry was not only talking about himself, but informing us that he really takes that right seriously. No point in asking God to help us, enough Americans have rejected God for us to have passed critical mass, all that is left is to hold on to something real tight when it blows up.

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Now we know why Kerry was defending the “right to be stupid”.

DKCZ on February 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

“I’ve never met an enemy of America that I didn’t dig.”
-John effing Kerry

Something much in common with his boss.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

After 1933 so was Nazi Germany’s….

JFKY on February 27, 2013 at 6:51 PM

On March 16, 2011—the day after the first mass demonstration against the regime—John Kerry said Assad was a man of his word who had been “very generous with me.” He added that under Assad “Syria will move; Syria will change as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States.” This is the man who might be our next secretary of state.

steebo77 on February 27, 2013 at 6:52 PM

John Kerry – are we sure his name is not RICHARD?

jake-the-goose on February 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

…oh lord help us…Kerry is kookier that we thought!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2013 at 6:54 PM

We’re living in some kind of evil Wonderland where someone who should have been convicted of treason is instead the Secretary of State and someone who is completely incompetent is now the Secretary of Defense.

God help us all.

Common Sense on February 27, 2013 at 6:57 PM

He’s publicly embarrassed himself more times in 1 month than most people do their entire careers.

WisCon on February 27, 2013 at 6:58 PM

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

…and this dumbfluke ran for president!

KOOLAID2 on February 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

What about your GAAAAAAFFFES?

steebo77 on February 27, 2013 at 7:00 PM

He’s publicly embarrassed himself more times in 1 month than most people do their entire careers.

Impossible. He’s a liberal. He can’t embarrass himself.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 7:01 PM

It seems every now and again there’s another article with sat images with evidence of nuclear advancement…either with Iran, or with the DPRK. I’m only wondering if it’s not simply a rouse…as either nation surely knows about spy satellites.

And it’s going to take a lot of time for me not to shudder a little every time I hear about Secretary Kerry. God help us.

JetBoy on February 27, 2013 at 7:03 PM

SUPER smart power!!!

http://freebeacon.com/beijing-war-prep/

Richard Fisher, a Chinese military affairs specialist, said the deployment of DF-16s is in its third year and indicates the PLA “has deployed up to three brigades of this reported 800-kilometer to 1,000 kilometer-range missile.”

“The DF-16 is a development of the DF-11 short range ballistic missile; it simply places the modular warhead section of the DF-11 on a much larger booster stage,” said Fisher, who is with the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

“This means it could be armed with many types of warheads, including nuclear, electromagnetic pulse, fuel-air explosive, and anti-airfield submunitions. It should be expected that it eventually will have a maneuverable anti-ship warhead as well.”

Fisher said China is also moving toward deployment of a new, nuclear or conventional-tipped 3,000-kilometer range missile dubbed the DF-25.

“China’s goal is to overwhelm the United States and its democratic allies with new missiles, much as it has overwhelmed Taiwan with shorter range missiles,” Fisher said.

The growing Chinese missile threat comes as the Obama administration unilaterally retired its theater-range nuclear Tomahawk cruise missiles even as China is moving ahead with new missiles of that range.

“It is now imperative that the United States get back into the medium- and intermediate-range missile business and to help some of our allies to do the same, in order to deter China,” Fisher said.

“Only when the U.S., Japanese, and South Korean navies have enough long-range anti-ship ballistic missiles to take out China’s shiny new navy will Beijing wake up and reconsider its course of increasing aggression,” he said.


Hey, we’re being SUPER smart with the ChiComs don’t you think we’ll do the SUPER same with the Iranian Mullahs?

Hey, Israel get your bags packed, looks like you’ll have to move somewhere else after the negotiations with Iran get done.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The fun part about all of this is that Kerry is all alone. Barry doesn’t give a damn about foreign policy (or domestic policy either, but that’s another story). All JFK has to do is keep us out of a war, that’s it. It won’t matter how many times he says something stupid. Barry won’t defend him, ’cause Barry doesn’t care. Expect Kerry to be very Biden-esque for the next 4 years. A national embarrassment, for sure, but a rich source of blog material. Forward!!!

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Knock Knock

Knock Knock Knock… HELLO, ANYBODY HOME!?

WestTexasBirdDog on February 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

he does, after all, seem to be a bit “slow,” but what’s Kerry’s excuse?

He’s a bit slow? Remember, this is a man who couldn’t dislodge a President who chose to wage an unpopular war and against whom the media deck was stacked, a man whose excuse for voting for that war was that he also voted against it.

calbear on February 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

John Kerry: It’s ok to be a brain dead buffoon, my wife’s really rich.

BigWyo on February 27, 2013 at 7:10 PM

This administration is raping and pillaging us in the fashion of Genghis Khan, as my friend John “Purple Heart” Kerry used to say.

arnold ziffel on February 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

It’s a friggin theocracy you moron! No one elected the Ayatollah. Imadinnerjacket is an elected spokesman with a title of president but his “election” had zero living or free competitors to run against him. Saddam was “elected” over and over too and in the same vein.

Kerry is another national embarrassment.

HotAirian on February 27, 2013 at 7:12 PM

“I can see Islamabaddog, Burkini Fasoul, and Kyrzakhstan while having cocktails on the aft-deck of my yacht, which I had custom-built in New Zoolander and dock in Roadislandiki pour éviter l’impôt dans l’impôt dans l’état du Massachoosetz. Taxes are for little people. Don’t you agree? I mean, n’est-ce-pas? Can I pardon you to pass the Grey Poupon?”

- Lurch

Resist We Much on February 27, 2013 at 7:15 PM

And this doofus was almost POTUS.

mactoid on February 27, 2013 at 7:18 PM

And this doofus was almost POTUS.

To think of what might have been.

hawkeye54 on February 27, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Don’t look now but MADNESSGATE is blowing up.

http://www.businessinsider.com/bob-woodward-obama-sequester-white-house-reporting-price-politics-2013-2

Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama over the looming forced cuts known as the sequester.

CNN host Wolf Blitzer said that the network invited a White House official to debate Woodward on-air, but the White House declined.

“I think they’re confused,” Woodward said of the White House’s pushback on his reporting.

Earlier today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Woodward ripped into Obama in what has become an ongoing feud between the veteran Washington Post journalist and the White House. Woodward said Obama was showing a “kind of madness I haven’t seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf because of budget concerns.

So will he be made an example of?

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Hope is on the way.

Fenris on February 27, 2013 at 7:26 PM

So will he be made an example of?

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Beat me to it, Pappy. Woodward needs to hire a food taster or something.

JPeterman on February 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM

The Left always give credence to the United Nations in order to validate the Left’s romance with that body even though too many of its members are flagrant abusers of human rights.

John Kerry is a horse’s *ss. He always was, and his new position will just reinforce his sense of self-importance.

onlineanalyst on February 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

We have a traitor and an anti-Semite ready to finish what the Arab Spring began.

INC on February 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Is this the worst selection of cabinet members ever, or what?

Count to 10 on February 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 7:23 PM

That’s interesting.

Woodward has been the untouchable since Watergate. It’s actually good that he’s the one speaking out, because if anyone in the MSM can get away with it, it will be him. The fact that he publicly spoke about the e-mails says a great deal. I hope he doesn’t back down. It’s past time for someone who can’t be easily dismissed by the MSM as a conservative hack to stand up to the bully in the WH.

INC on February 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Is this the worst selection of cabinet members ever, or what?

Count to 10 on February 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

I agree. They’re so bad, and so lacking in intelligence, that I think that’s a feature, not a bug. The real power is in the WH & Obama’s minions there.

INC on February 27, 2013 at 7:45 PM

What pseudonym is Valerie Jarrett using to threaten Bob Woodward?

onlineanalyst on February 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

What pseudonym is Valerie Jarrett using to threaten Bob Woodward?

onlineanalyst on February 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

She had better remember that Woodward has already taken down one POTUS and NO ONE is better connected in DC than he.

Resist We Much on February 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

The laughter from Iran could be heard all the way to Benghazi.

profitsbeard on February 27, 2013 at 7:53 PM

What a f*ing joke…

The one country in the “Arab Spring” that quite possibly could have ended up with a more pro-American government, and we threw them under the bus. All the JEF had to do before was show a little backbone, and it could have turned into a great foreign policy success – not to mention taking care of the nuclear threat w/o war.

It takes how many years at an Ivy League school to learn this clown patrol foreign policy?

specialkayel on February 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I’m counting on Israel.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I’m counting on Israel.

Cindy Munford on February 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Things have come to a dangerous place when our best hope lies in a flyover country that is literally in a daily battle for it’s own existence from barbarians at the gate.

MelonCollie on February 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

The Left always give credence to the United Nations in order to validate the Left’s romance with that body even though too many of its members are flagrant abusers of human rights.

John Kerry is a horse’s *ss. He always was, and his new position will just reinforce his sense of self-importance.

onlineanalyst on February 27, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Simplified to get to the heart of the issue. The American Left loved Hitler and Stalin in the Thirties, Communists in general from the Fifties on, and has had a metrosexual-crush on Islamists since the Six Day War. Add in their infatuation with deep-ecology fanaticism (“Back in the caves, peasants!”), and even some of the screwier forms of monarchy (Castro and Chavez’ come to mind), and it’s clear that their real “ideology” is authoritarianism, the more brutal, vicious, and callous the better.

They dream of a world with their boot in everybody else’s face, forever, as Orwell said. And their pious protestations of “socialism” and “brotherhood” are nothing but a con.

Beware of the day that they feel that it is safe for them to drop the mask.

clear ether

eon

eon on February 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

They were elected, huh?

So was Saddam Hussein, Mr. Kerry.

You voted to get rid of him, remember?

ajacksonian on February 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

This administration HATEESS Israel..they don’t even try to hide it anymore..God won’t look kindly on that..Bibi, you better attack Iran before it’s too late

sadsushi on February 27, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Wow… just a few weeks into his job and he’s already proving to be a dunce.

sadatoni on February 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Oh my.

Ellis on February 27, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Plenty of military experts think even an attack on their nuclear infrastructure will do little more than slow the program down for a few years.

Soooo…if we attack their nuclear infrastructure every few years, they’ll never get a bomb.

Cool, works for me.

Mr. Arkadin on February 27, 2013 at 9:34 PM

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

So was Nazi Germany’s Hitler-TWICE. First time a plurality. Second time AN ACTUAL MAJORITY.

MaiDee on February 27, 2013 at 10:45 PM

John Kerry: It’s okay to talk to Iran because their government was elected

Uh huh. Ummmm, pro-tip, John. These days they all claim to be elected. And they put on good show to provide evidence. Did you know that Saddam was elected? And re-elected almost unanimously just before he was toppled?

My guess is Lurch knows this is BS. But he assumes Dear Leader’s supporters will eat it up. That’s all that matters. And he doesn’t have to worry about the MSM propaganda machine questioning or criticizing it.

farsighted on February 28, 2013 at 6:57 AM

Jean F’n Kerry, gold-digging gigolo and smartest man in a room full of idiots, clearly clueless that Hitler was also elected and enjoys the taste of his own foot.

Perfect Obama Regime fop.

insidiator on February 28, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Kerry and the rest of that Obama gaggle make the Keystone Cops look like a well organized machine with a solid purpose.

rplat on February 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

What a putz. It would be almost funny if it wasn’t terrifying that these guys are in charge (and that we lost to them).

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

arnold ziffel on February 27, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Jhenjis Khan,it’s Jhenjis Khan.

abobo on February 28, 2013 at 8:37 AM

all that is left is to hold on to something real tight when it blows up.

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’ve got an old refrigerator I’m climbing into. It’ll be just me and the cold brews.

GWB on February 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

It would be almost funny if it wasn’t terrifying that these guys are in charge (and that we lost to them).

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

I don’t know which part of that statement is more frightening.

MelonCollie on February 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I gotta look at his goofy grill and listen to his gas for 4 years?

StevC on February 28, 2013 at 6:25 PM