Senator John Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has written an opinion piece harshly critical of what she perceives as the President’s lackluster response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent comments in which he stated that he believed the Holocaust was a “myth” .
While I admit that hearing the President himself give a strong condemnation of the Iranian president’s recent outrageous remarks would be welcome, it should be very clear to Mrs. Heinz-Kerry where the President has stood and has ALWAYS stood on Iran … long before Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the reins. Remember the Axis of Evil speech, Mrs. Heinz-Kerry? The one the President’s critics assailed him on for talking too tough? Do you realize he’s the guy who’s working very closely with other countries in order to try and pressure Iran to abandon their plans to make nuclear weapons?
THK makes some pretty good points in her opinion piece, but I wonder if she’s thought about how things would have worked out on the US/Iran front had her husband been elected:
[John Kerry]: With respect to Iran, the British, French, and Germans were the ones who initiated an effort without the United States, regrettably, to begin to try to move to curb the nuclear possibilities in Iran. I believe we could have done better. I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes. If they weren’t willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions together .
So essentially what Senators Kerry and Edwards would have done as President and Vice President would be to offer Iran nuclear fuel in exchange for a ‘promise’ that they wouldn’t use it for nuclear weapons building. Apparently neither of them learned the lesson that we all have from North Korea, who made a similar deal with President Clinton and Jimmy Carter in 1994 that was hailed as the best thing since the invention of the wheel, until we later found out that Kim Jong-Il had no intentions of standing by his promise.
Granted, Kerry’s plan for Iran was put on the table well before Ahmadinejad was even elected, but Iran is not a friend to Israel – in fact, they are sworn enemies of one another, and Kerry promising nuclear fuel to Iran in exchange for a promise that they wouldn’t use it to develop nuclear weapons was one of the most blatant examples of not learning from history that I’ve ever seen on the national stage here.
But, had Kerry been elected President, rest assured that talks with Iran would have been well under way and heck, we might have even given them some of that nuclear fuel they needed.
Would have then been treated to an opinion piece by THK expressing her outrage over how her hubby had mishandled and underestimated Iran? Methinks not. At least this President is trying to STOP Iran from acquiring nukes. THK’s husband would have given them the nuclear fuel they needed in hopes they’d honor a promise not to start a nuke program. And you and I both know, that agreement would never have been honored, and we’d very likely have given the maniac in Iran the very materials he would need in order to do what he’d like to do, which is “wipe Israel off the map.”
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