Kerry warns Congress: Don’t screw the Ayatollah

posted at 10:01 am on August 5, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted, nat-sec edition: You don’t screw with America. New hotness, smart-power edition: Don’t screw the Ayatollah! The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg sat down with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the seven-nation nuclear deal with Iran, and Kerry warned Congress that a rejection of the deal would destroy the faith that Ayatollah Ali Khameini had put into negotiations with the United States.

No, really, that’s his argument for approving the deal. If Congress blows up the deal, they will give Khameini “the ultimate screwing,” in Kerry’s own words:

The ayatollah approached this entire exercise extremely charily. He gave a kind of dismissive OK to [President Hassan] Rouhani and company to go do this, in the sense that he didn’t want to be blamed if this didn’t work. It was all Rouhani’s risk. He was playing the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps], and this and that. And so it was clear to me from my many conversations with Zarif and from the entire dynamic how fragile that journey was with him. The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them. This will be the ultimate screwing. We cut a deal, we stand up, it’s announced, five other countries believe in it—six other countries, because Iran signs off, and we’re the seventh—but you know, China, Russia, France, Germany, Britain, all sign off. Now the United States Congress will prove the ayatollah’s suspicion, and there’s no way he’s ever coming back. He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America. America is not going to negotiate in good faith. It didn’t negotiate in good faith now, would be his point.

Actually, the “ultimate screwing” will come when Iran conducts its first test of a nuclear device. Since when is the US’ trustworthiness on the line in this issue? Iran hid its pursuit of nuclear weapons for years from the IAEA, and only began negotiating on nuclear development after it got caught. It has routinely cheated on inspections, hid its military research, and continually refused to negotiate in good faith. For the past twelve years, whenever the P5+1 (or E3+3, whatever the Western formulation is at the moment) got close to an agreement with Iran, the Ayatollah and his henchmen would demand a significant concession on top of what had already been agreed, and the deal would fall apart.

Let’s not forget that, on top of this track record of bad-faith diplomacy, Khameini runs the world’s biggest terror-supporting state. It sponsors, funds, and arms terror networks throughout the region, including those in Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria that are aimed in direct opposition to Western aims and key regional allies. Khameini and his mullahcracy have chanted “Death to America” for 36 years straight. And Congress is supposed to worry that Khameini may lose faith in American diplomacy?

What color should we assume the sky is in Kerryworld, anyway?

Kerry did not save all of his magic pixie dust for Congress, however. He also wants Israel to know that this deal, which has managed to unify the normally fractious Israeli body politic into opposition, is the most pro-Israeli deal Kerry can imagine. Again, really:

Let me put this in very precise terms. Look, I’ve gone through this backwards and forwards a hundred times and I’m telling you, this deal is as pro-Israel, as pro-Israel’s security, as it gets.

Really? This is the ne plus ultra of pro-Israeli-ism? No wonder our partners in Jerusalem are worried. Kerry tries to suss out why Israelis don’t see this as particularly pro-Israel:

Because there’s a huge level of fear and mistrust and, frankly, there’s an inherent sense that, given Iran’s gains and avoidance in the past, that somehow they’re going to avoid something again. It’s a visceral feeling, it’s very emotional and visceral and I’m very in tune with that and very sensitive to that.

It’s not just “visceral” — it’s the wisdom of experience. Israel has had to deal with the impact of Iranian terror operations very close to home. In fact, southern Israel gets showered with rockets supplied in large part by Iran, at least indirectly. They understand the regional hegemonic ambitions of Khameini and his clique better than Kerry and Barack Obama do, and the immediate impact that lifting sanctions will have on those operations. The only good trade for sanctions would be the total and verified elimination of Iranian military nuclear operations as well as the dismantling of the terrorist operations run by Tehran throughout the region. This deal provides neither.

If Kerry’s entire pitch to Congress is that they must keep faith with Ali Khameini or he might end up disliking and distrusting us, this deal might be even worse than we think. This is a sorry state of affairs, when America’s top diplomat ends up as an apologist for a dictator that routinely declares “Death to America,” and says our only hope is to trust in his good faith. It’s absurd on its face.


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At least live in Phoenix, which shouldn’t be one of the first targeted cities by Iran. Although…if they decide it’s easiest to deliver one across the border…ah crap!

nextgen_repub on August 5, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Screw Kerry instead, in very bad ways.

He, obama and Corker are national traitors.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Kerry threatens congress and not the Ayatollah. How upside down can Kerry get???

RayNAiken on August 5, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Just imagine, if you will, where all of this would be IF we had a free, energetic, critical, dedicated and unfettered press.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2015 at 1:01 PM

could someone calculate the Carbon Footprint that Kerry has generated throughout this process? including Iran’s contribution and Kerry’s personal contributions, jet, boat mansion. including UN. my point I thought the most important and dangerous exposure to us was GG as per the Bamster? Can you not hear the environment crying?

Goodie on August 5, 2015 at 1:01 PM

So when did John Kerry actually register as a lobbyist for the Islamic Republic of Iran?

And if he hasn’t registered, isn’t that a violation of federal law?

Athos on August 5, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Just imagine, if you will, where all of this would be IF we had a free, energetic, critical, dedicated and unfettered press.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2015 at 1:01 PM

We do. Trouble is they picked a side.

wifarmboy on August 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Believe it or not but Iran may choose not to seek a nuclear weapon because it does not want to invite a war that it will surely lose. People have claimed that Iran is a martyr state that is willing to bring about its own destruction in order to bring about the 12 Imam. The problem is that despite having threatened to “wipe Israel off the face of the map” 10 years ago, they have not taken any steps to actually accomplish this.

antifederalist on August 5, 2015 at 11:22 AM

The Iranian terrorist regime will build nuclear weapons, for certain, not to necessarily to use them but to create the ultimate deterrence. Therefore they can create even more terrorism, death, and destruction than what they are doing now throughout the Middle East and the world, pose a greater threat to our national security and that of our allies than they are now, knowing that once they have the nuclear weapons others are going to be deterred or at least be much more reluctant to attack them…

mnjg on August 5, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Who’s side is Kerry and Obama on…?

… Oh, wait

Seven Percent Solution on August 5, 2015 at 1:17 PM

SLAP: Obama Compares ‘Iranian Hardliners’ to REPUBLICANS…

Admits unfrozen cash will fund terror…

Intel Warns Iran Already Sanitizing Nuke Site…

Netanyahu: Deal ‘Will Bring War’…

Democrats Under Pressure to Stay Silent…

KERRY: Don’t ‘Screw’ Ayatollahs…

Iranian warship points weapon at American helicopter…

http://www.drudgereport.com

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Kerry for deep psycho reasons is on any side that OPPOSES the United States of America.

Go read some history on this anal sphincter.
Starting with the late 1960’s there is plenty of damning material.

How he and King Putt have access to ANY classified information is simply astounding.
Beyond rational logic in any form.
And I blame both Gimmedats and the Stupid Party for this transgression of National Security. How the hell did he get confirmed?

Oh and message to John F’ing Kerry: where is the DD-214 release you PROMISED?
Another COMPLETE AND UTTER FRAUD.
(Thereza, I understand your pain.)

Missilengr on August 5, 2015 at 2:03 PM

I thought the President of the United States and his team took a solemn oath to defend this country from enemies foreign and domestic? There is gross dereliction of duty being practiced by these Marxists.

Krupnikas on August 5, 2015 at 2:26 PM

The Iranian terrorist regime will build nuclear weapons, for certain, not to necessarily to use them but to create the ultimate deterrence. Therefore they can create even more terrorism, death, and destruction than what they are doing now throughout the Middle East and the world, pose a greater threat to our national security and that of our allies than they are now, knowing that once they have the nuclear weapons others are going to be deterred or at least be much more reluctant to attack them…
mnjg on August 5, 2015 at 1:15 PM

I have the same belief that Iran would like to acquire a nuclear for deterrence. In addition, I believe that they would like to have a nuke to counter balance Pakistan. If they could develop a weapon without any military consequences, I think that they would. But there will be a serious price to be paid if they do and that why I think they haven’t. Granted, this is what I believe and nothing that I can substantiate with objective evidence.

I think that the issue concerning Iranian nukes has less to do with any clear and present danger to Israel than it is about the balance of power in the region. Like most wars, this is a squabble between the ruling elites among the various countries and has little to do with the average everyday citizen. But of course, the average everyday citizens will be called on to do the fighting, killing, and dying on behalf of the elites.

antifederalist on August 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM

I think that the issue concerning Iranian nukes has less to do with any clear and present danger to Israel than it is about the balance of power in the region. Like most wars, this is a squabble between the ruling elites among the various countries and has little to do with the average everyday citizen. But of course, the average everyday citizens will be called on to do the fighting, killing, and dying on behalf of the elites.

antifederalist on August 5, 2015 at 2:36 PM

So you are OK with the Iranian terrorist regime acquiring nuclear weapons for deterrence and balance of power in the region? Now that is f***ing insanity…

mnjg on August 5, 2015 at 3:29 PM

So you are OK with the Iranian terrorist regime acquiring nuclear weapons for deterrence and balance of power in the region? Now that is f***ing insanity…
mnjg on August 5, 2015 at 3:29 PM

When did I say I was ok with it?

antifederalist on August 5, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Zero security for Israel could be (likely is) as pro security as it can get from Iran. Kerry said nothing. I say, “Dump the deal!”

Woody

woodcdi on August 5, 2015 at 4:56 PM

Just imagine, if you will, where all of this would be IF we had a free, energetic, critical, dedicated and unfettered press.

coldwarrior on August 5, 2015 at 1:01 PM

We do. Trouble is they picked a side.

wifarmboy on August 5, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Sometimes I think they are the side, and the Dems picked them.

AesopFan on August 5, 2015 at 5:06 PM

“…and I’m telling you, this deal is as pro-Israel, as pro-Israel’s security, as it gets”

Out of the mouth of boobs.

potvin on August 5, 2015 at 6:13 PM

As I have said before what makes us think that Iran doesn’t have a nuclear bomb already?

Our Manhattan Project took a few years to create two successful nuclear weapons. One was a uranium (gun type trigger) Little Man and the other was Fat Boy ( an implosion type), plutonium bomb. Ask the Japanese how those worked.

That technology was built over 70 years ago, it proved effective for it’s time. Back then everyone was stealing secrets, we stole from the Germans, the Russians stole from us. I’d say that the Iranians have a pretty good idea how to build something more complicated, or even as rudimentary as Little Man and Fat Boy, and they’re building them in areas we can’t see with satellites.

This nuclear treaty with Iran is just pile of excrement.

If this treaty sustains, Israel you may as well start WW Three!

woodhull on August 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Don’t screw the Ayatollah huh? Well to the tell the truth I wouldn’t want to screw either of them. They’re just too damn ugly. No wonder they bugger goats over there.

RayNAiken on August 6, 2015 at 1:25 PM