John Kerry: Assad’s Man in Washington


Now that U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has had her name withdrawn from consideration for Secretary of State, it appears that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is next in line for the job. Sources have told ABC News that the president has tabbed the Massachusetts senator, but that the official announcement is being delayed by other pending Cabinet decisions, as well as the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Whether Kerry should be nominated at all is the question we would be asking if there were any justice in the world. If Rice ostensibly incurred the wrath of Washington insiders for her lack of judgement regarding Benghazi and Rwanda, how is it possible Kerry gets a pass for his own lack of judgment regarding a host of issues, from his enduring support for Syrian butcher Bashar Assad and his belief that climate change is a “national security” issue, to his unthinkable testimony before the U.S. Congress maligning America and Vietnam vets while running interference for the Viet Cong? Kerry, it seems, cannot kick the habit of sidling up to the great killing machines of our time.

Kerry’s lack of judgment is nothing new. For the last decade, he has been the federal government’s highest-ranking apologist for Assad. It was Kerry who made numerous efforts to undermine the Bush administration’s attempt to isolate the Syrian dictator after their courtship of him ended in failure in 2003. Kerry has made repeated visits to Syria, meeting with Assad five times between 2009 and 2011.

In 2009, days after Barack Obama’s inauguration, Kerry was sent to Syria as part of a policy review by an Obama administration looking to establish new relationships with countries the Bush administration considered hostile. Bush had repeatedly accused Syria of willful ignorance regarding the arming of terrorists in Iraq, and supporting terror in general. In 2005, following the assassination of Lebanon’s former premier Rafiq Hariri, in a car bombing most likely orchestrated by the Assad regime, the United States withdrew its ambassador.

None of it mattered to Kerry. He listened to Bashar Assad advise him that Washington must “move away from a policy based on dictating decisions,” adding that future relations between the countries should be based on a “proper understanding” by Washington of Middle East issues and interests. In return, Kerry chose the occasion to bash the former administration. ”Unlike the Bush administration that believed you could simply tell people what to do and walk away and wait for them to do it, we believe you have to engage in a discussion,” he said. ”So we are going to renew diplomacy but without any illusion, without any naivety, without any misplaced belief that, just by talking, things will automatically happen.”

A year later, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ignored his own advice and sat down once again with Assad. ”Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region,” he said in April 2010. ”Both the United States and Syria have a very deep interest… in having a very frank exchange on any differences [and] agreements that we have about the possibilities of peace in this region,” he said in the statement. And once again, he called on Syria to stop supplying weapons to Hezbollah.

Seven months later, disclosures of diplomatic cables by the Wikileaks website revealed that Kerry had been busy undermining Israel as well. He told leaders in Qatar that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, and that the capital of a Palestinian state should be established in East Jerusalem, as part of the so-called peace process. According to the cable, Kerry did so during separate meetings with Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani, and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa.

Concerning the Golan Heights, the cable noted that ”[Kerry] added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work the return of the Golan Heights into a formula for peace.” As for an East Jerusalem capital for a Palestinian state? “Any negotiation has its limits, added Senator Kerry, and we know for the Palestinians that control of Al-Aqsa mosque and the establishment of some kind of capital for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not negotiable,” the cable stated. “For the Israelis, the Senator continued, Israel’s character as a Jewish state is not open for negotiation. The non-militarization of an eventual Palestinian state and its borders can nonetheless be resolved through negotiation.”

By March 2011, as Israel, the United States and France watched the anti-government protests in the Middle East begin to include Syria, France and the U.S. nixed another trip by Kerry to Damascus, concerned that it would signal “Western weakness.” That decision may have been precipitated by an appearance Kerry made before a think tank audience twelve days earlier. During his speech, he contended the United States had a crucial role to play in facilitating the “democratic transitions” in the Middle East, including Egypt. “The people of Egypt liberated themselves in eighteen days without a single IED or suicide bomb,” Kerry said.

As for Assad, Kerry again could not contain himself. “Well, I personally believe that—I mean, this is my belief, okay? But President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had.” During the same speech he doubled-down on such pie-in-the-sky nonsense, contending that “Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it.”

Syria has indeed changed. The death toll in the bloody civil war, during which Assad has cut a bloody swath through his own nation using heavy artillery and helicopter gunships in civilian neighborhoods, has topped 40,000.

Syria is hardly Kerry’s only detour. Progressive hearts are a-flutter because the senator is also a climate change warrior. “No senator since Al Gore knows as much about the science and diplomacy of climate change as Kerry,” said David Goldwyn, an international energy consultant who served as Clinton’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. “He would not only put climate change in the top five issues he raises with every country, but he would probably rethink our entire diplomatic approach to the issue.”

If a speech Kerry gave last August on the floor of the Senate is any indication, climate change may even go to the top of the list as one of the nation’s chief security threats. “I believe that the situation we face [with climate change] is as dangerous as any of the sort of real crises that we talk about,” he said. (The word “real” is a revealing choice that was apparently lost on both the true-believers and Kerry himself.)

All of the above will undoubtedly be dismissed by Kerry’s colleagues in the Senate, where an old-boys club mentality trumps hard-nosed thinking–meaning Kerry is virtually a lock to be confirmed. An equally out-of-touch John McCain indicated as much, when he responded to an introduction by Kerry at a news conference in early December with the quip, “thank you very much, Mr. Secretary.”

It is disheartening to hear such pronouncements from a man like McCain given Kerry’s notorious romance with the communist slaughterers of Vietnam and his seditious lies about U.S. forces, which were made famous through his testimony during the Senate Winter Soldier Investigation in 1971 and his extensive pro-communist activism. In ’71 Kerry appeared before Congress as a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), and told the story of  ”over 150″ Vietnam vets who “told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war…”

According to the Winter Solider website, Army reports “newly discovered” in 2008 discredited those claims. Organizations such as the Swift Boat Veterans infamously rose to oppose Kerry’s 2004 run for the presidency. Not least among their long list of grievances were Kerry’s two meetings with the North Vietnamese, even as American soldiers were still in the field suffering unspeakable cruelty by communist forces.

Yet John Kerry will be nominated and confirmed to replace Hillary Clinton. It doesn’t matter that he has been colossally wrong about Bashar Assad, more willing to negotiate Israel’s position in the peace process, a disciple of junk science, or willing to sell out his fellow veterans and country. He is a member in good standing of the ruling class, and his progressive credentials are a perfect match for an administration equally lacking in judgement and integrity. That’s “how things work” in Washington, D.C.

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  • Larry

    Don't forget that Kerry was a big fan of the Sandanistas, writing to Dear Commandante, and trying to link George H W Bush to drug running for his support of the Contras.

  • Arlie

    George H Bush was running drugs with Clinton when Clinton was Governor. When are people going to realize that the Republicans and Democrats are the SAME. It is the game of the Trilateral Commission which sprang up out of the Council on Foreign Relations. There could not be a worse choice than Kerry. ALL work for the same UN and their evil branches/agencies. There is NOTHING good in DC. All is corrupt beyond repair. There is NO saving grace since evil is full face on and they're not even hiding it any more. Will G-d protect the USA any longer? I have my doubts even though He is a loving G-d how long will He stand for the open displays of wickedness in this country against Him?

    • Ghostwriter

      Where is your proof that George H. Bush was running drugs? Or are you just another conspiracy nut seeking attention,Arlie?

      • Larry

        He's trotting out the line that Kerry used and abused back then. After throwing all the resources he could lay his hands on (a lot, the "Kerry" Committee had access to all sorts of things) Kerry came up with squat, nada, nothing, bupkiss, zip, zero.

        All he managed was some smearing, and he did that by leaking comments made in closed hearings by unreliable witnesses hostile to Bush.

  • Ted

    He should retire and eat ketchup all day,hes good for nothing.

  • pierce

    I am glad I have no vote in the confirmation for John Carey, for if I did, there is no way this SWIFT BOAT veteran would be approved, especially after what happened in Viet Nam.

  • http://twitter.com/paulvmarks @paulvmarks

    Before Comrade Barack (a key speaker at Kerry's Convention in 2004) was elected to the United States Senate, John Kerry was the most leftist Senator (way to the left of Teddy Kennedy). Yet the media supported this enemy of the West (and that is exactly what he is) to be President of the United States – and they will support him to be Secretary of State (the Republicans will hide under their desks pathetically hopeing it is all a bad dream).

    The media are not blind – they know what people such as Barack Obama and John Kerry are like.

    The media do not expose the evil of these people – because the media SHARE that same evil.

    • MotherGoose

      Well, I can count on both my RINOs to vote to confirm, just like they did with Holder and Clinton. Both of them voted for STARTreaty and NDAA. Both were supportive of SOPA/PIPA. Neither of them would step up to denounce the LOSTreaty. Neither of them would step up to denounce the UN small arms treaty. One of them even voted to confirm Sotomayor.

      I'm DONE with the GOP. I can count the ones with principles on one hand.

  • Phil

    Why is Kerry a surprise? He comes from the same mold as President Obama. Only a few years separate them.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    We have come full circle with the leftists in our government, Clinton, Rice, Kerry, it is complete, Marxism is in the White House. Along with Hanoi Jane, Kerry should have been prosecuted for lying to a congressional hearing, destroying military equipment(uniform, medals) and treason. Now he will be the second highest representative of the United States, how does that make you feel.

    • Spider

      Great post Navy – You want to know how it makes me feel see my post below —

    • JacksonPearson

      Legacy wise, Hanoi John Kerry will go to his grave, labeled a treasonous fraud. He should be buried next to Hanoi Jane Fonda.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Grave? thier ashes should be dropped in the South China Sea…………….William

        • JacksonPearson

          They were then, and are still skunks!

    • Larry

      Kerry was still USN(R) when he pulled that Winter Soldier garbage. The USN should have recalled the prick to full time duty and sent him to Leavenworth for a few years.

      Not only would it have been appropriate, but it would have saved the people of the USA the 30+ years of crap he has inflicted has a Senator.

  • Veritas

    "I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope, you would pray on your knees that we would someday become communist."

    "The peace proposal of the Viet Cong is the only honorable, just, possible way to achieve peace in Vietnam."

    Jane Fonda…who was instrumental in providing the funding for Kerry's 1971 calumny against an entire generation of American patriots after his outright treason in Paris, 1970.

    <img src="http://bookoflife.org/images/USA_1960s/hanoi-jane-kerry_clark.jpg&quot; ALT="?" BORDER=0>

    • JacksonPearson

      If our laws were being properly enforced, "Hanoi Jane," and "Hanoi John" would be swinging from a rope.

  • Spider

    Hey why not give someone totally incompetent a try? We did it with Obama didn't we? Look how that's turning out. John (swiftboat) Kerry is a phony hero and as far as I am concerned is the scum of the earth for telling lies to Congress and everyone else about the conduct of GIs in the Nam for political brownie points. I am hurt knowing that I wore the same uniform as this scum-bag as he gives a bad name to all of us. May he rot in hell

    • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

      Like your post, however, I never was nor will I ever be hurt wearing the uniform of the US military. I did however have to remove it on our way back to the states knowing that protesters were at the airport to call us baby killers. THAT REALLY hurt. We are it seems out numbered these days, liberals, communists, muslims, and now they will probably take our guns away.

  • Anon

    Assad is a bad guy. However, the Syrian rebels may be even worse. Obama has come out in favor of the Syrian rebels, and there is some evidence the CIA has been running weapons to them. So if Kerry supports Assad, that could actually be a positive balancing influence.

    We can't expect to have an appointee from Obama who is willing to state the obvious truth, which is that there are no viable factions in Muslim Middle Eastern countries that are worthy of our support.

    • MotherGoose

      I had that thought as well. I think the Russians have this one right…just like they were right in Afghanistan (where we armed the taliban to fight against them).

      Still despise Kerry, though. He may sing a different tune just to get the job.

      • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

        I think your comment is right on, the Russians gave up on the Afghans as well as we should. Russia is also becoming the leader of the world leaving us in the dust. The only problem is Kerry will give the house away just to make more middle east enemy's. This Vietnam experience shows that he believes this country is the worst on earth, his beliefs are the same as our POTUS. COMMUNIST with Heinz Co. money(married daughter of Heinz).

        • Walt

          Wife – WIFE! Kerry married her after he dumped his previous (also rich) wife.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        He will get the position, it is the American public that gets jobbed……………William

  • JacksonPearson

    "Hanoi John Kerry," his political success lies at the feet of the Progressives from Massachusetts that keep voting this lying, hate America, hate our military scumbag in. Shame on him and them!

  • Thomas Wells

    Kerry will make a good : "Secretary of Statism".

  • Lady_Dr

    The only bright side to this is that now Scott Walker can run for John Kerry's seat in the Senate!

  • Ghostwriter

    Oh boy! John Kerry! Not the sort of guy we need at the State Department.

  • Horace

    So which is it Arnold? You dont like Muslim Brotherhood takeovers (neither do I, but you support the overthrow of Assad by the Sunni Islamists (read Muslim Brotherhood-what's the difference?) Assad at least protected Christians and Jews in Syria. OK, Assad supported Hizbollah, but Hizbollah hasn't been as much of a pain in the donkey as Hamas for Israel. At any rate Kerry will do as he's told (and dump his buddy Assad – loyalty is not Kerry's strong suit) and the Islamists will take over soon in either case unless somebody (Israel?) saves Assad. I hope you don't think it's a good idea for the Islamists to kill a bunch of Christians so they can get some bad press. The liberal press will cover that up as usual. Hillary was a big global warming nut too.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Kerry is a perfect fit for Mullah Obama, Kerry and Obams's themes have been that
    America is bad, bad, bad and this fraudulent trash will embarrass Americans that care
    for a long time. These two clowns, neither black nor white do not represent me nor
    most of those I am associated with, they are frauds to be reviled and as best possible
    ignored. That Americans voted them into Office is very telling of our National decline.
    Better days may be ahead but through the valley first………………William

  • SoCalMike

    Someone needs to diagrammatically depict John Kerry having sex with Assad.
    That picture would reveal many thousands of words in the blink of an eye.
    Same with Obama and the Mo Bros of Egypt.

  • Paul Neville

    Whoever advised John McCain to make a private peace with Kerry kept him from becoming President. I went to South Carolina to help in his first run for President. One of my duties was to work the phones with the large military population. I was astounded to find that we were not getting the support of even half of this group. They were accusing McCain of selling out the POWs by his association with Kerry. Kerry is a traitor because of his actions after he came back from Viet Nam and veterans know this.

    • Walt

      It has now been 8 years since Kerry stated (more than once) that he would release his Navy records to the public!

      I truly believe he hasn't done so because it would reveal that he was initially issued either a 'Dishonorable' or 'Bad Conduct' discharge for his AID AND COMFORT TO THE ENEMY. And that that discharge was later upgraded by Jimmy Carter so as to aid Kerry in getting into politics.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      John McCain speaks with forked tongue……………William

  • YetWave

    Kerry's wife is the former Theresa Heinz. It is no wonder Kerry thinks that Assad is not such a bad guy.

  • Winghunter

    Swift Boat Documentaries 1 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWSFDSXHS4Y

    Swift Boat Documentaries 2 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG23D694fQQ

    Swift Boat Documentaries 3 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-lgCHTjd4I

    Swift Boat Documentaries 4 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfAnyis0L4c

    Swift Boat Documentaries 5 of 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es0JB-FPjR4