Kerry: Not trying diplomacy on an issue we’ve been diplomatically pursuing for ten years would be malpractice, or something

posted at 4:41 pm on October 3, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

John Kerry and Chuck Hagel want to reassure Israelis and Americans who express concern over Barack Obama’s sudden pursuit of personal diplomacy with Iran.  They have no intention of forging an agreement with Hassan Rouhani simply on the basis of Iranian promises, but intend on forcing Tehran to meet concrete commitments to disarmament with real consequences for defiance.  You know, just like we did in Syria.

Oh, wait

Rapprochement with Iran won’t come at the expense of Israel’s security or its relationship with the United States, top Obama administration officials said Thursday, but they added that it would be “diplomatic malpractice” not to explore whether Iran’s nuclear program can be defused peacefully.

The forceful defense of engagement made by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a visit here with their Japanese counterparts was the first high-level U.S. answer to a blistering rebuke delivered Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader warned that the West is being fooled by the new, friendlier face of Iranian leadership that is being offered by President Hassan Rouhani.

“I did not interpret Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments as suggesting that we are being played somehow for suckers,” Kerry said. “I understood it to be a warning: Don’t be played.”

That’s only because Kerry is as adept at listening as he is at bargaining.  Barack Obama cited a fictitious fatwa from Ali Khameini as a sign of Iranian reasonableness, which means we’re already getting played.  Rouhani himself is bragging about rejecting Obama’s calls five times before deigning to take his call, which isn’t exactly a sign that Iran enters these negotiations with a great deal of fear over American negotiations:

“Before my trip (to New York), the Americans had sent 5 messages to arrange a meeting between me and Obama, but I turned them down.”

“Then they raised a plan for a brief meeting, but I didn’t agree (with it) much; we didn’t disagree with (the idea to have) a meeting, but its grounds weren’t prepared.”

Besides, Kerry’s formulation is absurd in its literal sense as well as figurative sense. We’ve been pursuing diplomacy since 2003, when the Iranian nuclear program got exposed.  Our European allies, who also happen to be big commercial partners with Iran, have pushed the P5+1 framework with our cooperation and participation.  Rouhani may or may not offer a new approach from the Iranian side, but the P5+1 has always pushed for normalization and an end to sanctions as a trade-off for an honest accounting of and an end to their pursuit of nuclear weapons. It’s not as if American participation in that process has been a secret.

Anyway, here’s Kerry explaining diplomatic malpractice to the reporters in Tokyo. Note which “news agency” seemed happy to cover this:


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John F’n Kerry represents us on the world stage, we are so scrooomed.

D-fusit on October 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Both Obama and Kerry should have “Sucker” stamped on their foreheads.

GarandFan on October 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Israel led by Netanyahu is as likely to believe in unicorns as they are in Kerry’s diplomacy.

Sometime in the next three months Israel will decide to “pull the plug” on the Iranian nuclear program.

The details of HOW will be immediately leaked by the SCOAMF Administration.

PolAgnostic on October 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

At this rate, the next GOP President is going to get stuck fighting another war. Hey, it’s happened before.

rhombus on October 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Both Obama and Kerry should have “Sucker” stamped on their foreheads.

GarandFan on October 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM


They do …

… the Kneepad Media has a special filter that removes it on the fly.

But Putin and Khameini see it every time he speaks.

PolAgnostic on October 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Pin Pricks are just taxes on boats.

patman77 on October 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Kerry: “Mr. Rouhani, you swear to God that you’re not working on nukes?

Rouhani: “Sure!”

Kerry: “Deal!”

Deano1952 on October 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Is this guy letting his face be used as a Punching Bag by the
Syrians, Russians, Iranians, Koreans…..

ToddPA on October 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

‘Cuz, like, um, ya know, it worked out so well with North Korea.

Listen, moron, when people tell you what they are going to do, listen. Too many people JUST. LIKE. YOU. AND. HAGEL. thought Hitler was just kidding in Mein Kampf about the Jews.

Resist We Much on October 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Lurch is brain dead.

chewmeister on October 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

This entire administration is full of more crap than a fattened holiday turkey. We knew they were incompetent when we elected them but we elected them anyway. Shame on us.

rplat on October 3, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I’m sorry but it has to be said at least once in every one of these threads.

The lazy stupid coward in the White House is willing to sit down and negotiate with terrorist states and terrorists.

But he will not negotiate with Republicans????? That was affirmed just this morning at a visit to Rockville, MD.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Didn’t his office get the government shut down memo?

albill on October 3, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Diagnosis: Botox leakage into the brain…

albill on October 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Pin Pricks

patman77 on October 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Half right when it comes to the lazy stupid coward, Kerry, Hagel, or Dems in general. And to be clear I’m not talking about something you’d need for sewing.

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Diagnosis: Botox leakage into the brain…

albill on October 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

So botox is just sloshing around in a huge empty cavity?

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Diagnosis: Botox leakage into the brain…

albill on October 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

So botox is just sloshing around in a huge empty cavity?

Happy Nomad on October 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Lots of silicone too, cheeks, chin, etc.

slickwillie2001 on October 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Wait, you mean to tell me John F’ing Kerry is essential staff?!?!

Bmore on October 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Wait, you mean to tell me John F’ing Kerry is essential staff?!?!

Bmore on October 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Last night Jay Leno joked that Joe Biteme had been sent home.

slickwillie2001 on October 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM

I see. And does that apply to negotiations with the GOP over shutting down the government?

flataffect on October 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Is this guy letting his face be used as a Punching Bag by the
Syrians, Russians, Iranians, Koreans…..

ToddPA on October 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

…it is swollen!

KOOLAID2 on October 3, 2013 at 11:43 PM