John Kerry appeared before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday to argue against further sanctions on Iran. The session was closed, but Republican members weren’t bashful about publicly expressing their dismay over Kerry’s performance. BuzzFeed has the details.
Sen. Bob Corker said he was “very disappointed.” Kerry, he said, made “an emotional appeal,” devoid of specificity. Sen. Mark Kirk described Kerry’s pitch as “very unconvincing” and “fairly anti-Israel.”
According to Kirk, Kerry asked the Senators to disbelieve everything the Israelis were telling him. A Committee staffer added that every time a Senator mentioned the Israelis, Kerry would cut the Senator off and admonish that “you have to ignore what they are telling you.”
Kerry was considerably more deferential when it came to the Iranians. Before entering the session, he told reporters that new sanctions would “break faith” with the Iranians.
The choice between breaking faith with Israel and breaking faith with Iran is an easy one for this administration. For Kerry and Obama, the Israelis are liars and oppressors. The Iranians are trustworthy peace partners, more sinned against than sinning.
Just like Kerry and Obama thought the Syrians were. Just like Bill Clinton and Wendy Sherman, now the administration’s main negotiator with Iran, thought the North Koreans were.
Is there any nation, other than Israel, that leftist Democrats find too deplorable to accommodate?