For John Kerry, billions of $ is "a little bit of money"

Well maybe it is for John "I-married-into-a-ton-of-money" Kerry. But it not for, err, the 99 percent of Americans that liberals like Kerry say they represent.

This astonishing observation came during a CNN interview in which Kerry tried to explain away the palette-load ransom of billions that were delivered to the Iranian terrorist leadership as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Obama administration (mis)deal to give Iran a 10-year time out in its race to develop nuclear weapons. (See the YouTube video below as Kerry tries to weave a story that $150 billion--or is it just $55 billion--handed over is no big deal.

Well, I'll let you try to fathom his explanation. For what it's worth. But I would point out that Kerry himself said that "money is fungible." That's a lousy defense because it is an admission that while he and Obama said that the money would not go to terrorism, which even if true, would free up other money from different pots for export murder and mayhem around the world.

Fungible or not, Iran still owes the United States for the high crime of imprisoning 52 American diplomats and citizens,

Some of the Americans who were seized by Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

Some of the Americans who were seized by Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.

holding them hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981. It was the liberal Carter administration that allowed Iran to get away with it and the liberal Obama administration that, in effect, granted absolution--in cold, hard cash.

By the way, the hostages were released on the day that Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president. Which should have put to rest the liberal tendency to see "negotiations" as always the way to settle such outrages.

Thanks goes to Trending Conservatism for providing the other side of the Kerry fantasy.

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  • Taking all your points, may I ask if you are pleased that Trump left the JCPOA?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't totally agree with Trump's move, yet it doesn't send me spinning into orbit. Really, the first question is whether we should have agreed to it in the first place. We're about half way to the 10-year-term of the agreement when Iran's green light to continue its march to a nuclear weapon appears. What then? Negotiate another 10-year hiatus? Would Iran agree? What would be the cost? Would Iran totally comply with it when its compliance with the first JCPOA is suspect?

  • As to the Carter and negotiations, this from Vox:

    "The hostages were held for 444 days. During that period, the Carter administration tried to secure their release through a military operation, which failed catastrophically, and then through a series of secret negotiations.

    The negotiations were protracted and very messy, largely because of tensions between Iran's hard-liners and more moderate factions within their government. On several occasions, the Carter administration believed it had reached a final agreement, only to see the deal scuttled at the last minute by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

    But Carter and his negotiators kept working through the very end of his presidency, and eventually, at the last possible moment, they succeeded. On January 19, 1981, the US and Iran signed the Algiers Accords, an agreement brokered by the Algerian government that secured the hostages' release in exchange for concessions by the US, including sanctions relief, the release of frozen Iranian assets, and the creation of the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal that would remove cases against Iran from US courts."

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Oh dear:

    "Both Politifact’s and Vox.com’s reliance on Gary Sick and his book October Surprise is a bit bizarre, the equivalent of approaching Bernie Madoff as an impartial source on financial ethics. Not only did the Congress investigate and find baseless Sick’s “revelations” made years after the fact while he was trying to sell a book — but Sick bore the brunt of responsibility for the length of the hostages’ detention. According to other members of Carter’s national security team, it was a leak by Sick to a journalist reporting that military options had been taken off the table that convinced Iranian hostage-takers that they had nothing to lose by transforming a 48-hour episode into something far more."
    (From https://www.aei.org/foreign-and-defense-policy/middle-east/reagan-deserves-credit-for-1981-hostage-release/ a source as credible as Vox.)

    Any narrative that suggests Carter deserves total credit for the release of the hostages presumes that the Iranians were oblivious to Reagan's election and his tough-talk foreign policy. We can never look inside the Iranians' heads, but the motive that it would tougher to hold the hostages under Reagan cannot be so cavalierly ruled out.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    "Well before Reagan became president, the deal for releasing the hostages had already been worked out by the Carter administration's State Department and the Iranians, ably assisted by Algerian diplomats," said David Farber, a Temple University historian and author of Taken Hostage: The Iranian Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam."

    Politifact

  • Thank you for a terrific, if not mostly inaccurate history lesson, whatever its intended purpose.

    Here's a news flash, though: John Kerry was never president and Barack Obama is no longer president.

    Donald J. Trump IS the president. Nothing those horrible Democrats did in the past can change the FACTS of this man and this presidency.

    Trump has invited help from a foreign, hostile nation in the past and has shown a remarkable deference to Vladimir Putin.

    The Trump organization had 150 contacts with Russian agents and Trump endeavored at least TEN times to obstruct the investigation into his ties with Russia.

    That's what the Mueller Report clearly demonstrates, no matter how Trump's toady wants to characterize it.

    Trump withheld vital aid to Ukraine, greatly helping Russia and costing Ukrainian lives in an effort to force the president of Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into Trump's chief political opponent, Joe Biden.

    He didn't care about an investigation, he only wanted it announced to sully the Biden name.

    Mitch McConnell has already announced that he is taking his cues from Trump's legal team. Even the most repugnant of Republicans would be hopping up and down if the judge in his divorce trial announced that he was taking his cues from the wife's legal team.

    Lindsey Graham says he doesn't need to see any evidence, that Trump will be acquitted.

    Trump did everything he's accused of and that's only what he was CAUGHT doing. No doubt, more will come out in the following months and years.

    He will be acquitted because Republican senators, who have shirked their oath to uphold the Constitution will also shirk their oath to act impartially.

    Nothing John Kerry or Barack Obama did changes those facts. It's just more obfuscation and cover up.

    It's more complicitness, cover up and conspiracy.

  • In reply to Bob Abrams:

    The post was about Kerry's ridiculous comment. Thanks for your history lesson.

  • In reply to Bob Abrams:

    Well said, Bob. Let's the Right's playbook: Distract, Deny, Deflect.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    That should be "It's..."

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