Secretary of State John Kerry promises to usher in a new era of aggressive nuance and moral equivalence for American foreign policy.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday defended the Obama administration’s gift of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt despite Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi’s newly-surfaced comments referring to Israelis as “descendents of apes and pigs.”
“President Morsi has issued two statements,” Kerry said, “to clarify those comments and we had a group of senators who met with him the other day who spent a good part of the conversation in relatively heated discussion with him about it.”
“But not everything, and this is always the complication in dealings with the international sector, not everything lends itself to a simple clarity, black white, this that, every time.”
Of course it’s not black and white. There are many shades of color to clarify in Morsi stating things such as…
“We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews,” Mr. Morsi declared. Egyptian children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue,” he said. “The hatred must go on for Allah and as a form of worshiping him.”
or calling for the destruction of Israel…
The Zionists have no right to the land of Palestine. There is no place for them on the land of Palestine. What they took before 1947-8 constitutes plundering, and what they are doing now is a continuation of this plundering. By no means do we recognize their Green Line. The land of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, not to the Zionists.
Morsi then met with those Senators and told them that the negative coverage is only because the Jews run the media.
Kerry, during his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state, told Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) the foreign aid package was worked out in 2010 when Hosni Mubarak still ruled Egypt.
“The fact that sometimes other countries elect someone you don’t completely agree with doesn’t give us permission to walk away,” Kerry said.
Should the United States have gone on supplying weapons to Iran once Khomeini took over? Should it have supplied weapons to Germany once Hitler took over or to Cuba after Castro?
The talking point utilized by Kerry and nearly everyone defending the arms transfer is that it was a pre-existing commitment. Which is nice. When you’re dealing with a stable friendly country that can be counted on to remain so even after elections, then that’s fine. When you’re dealing with a dangerous part of the world where a change of government can mean the rise of a totalitarian terrorist power, then it’s madness to insist that the arms transfers must roll on because “we can’t just walk away.”
Final point. If the next Israeli Prime Minister were someone like Michael Ben Ari, do you imagine that Obama Inc. would be maintaining its arms transfers to Israel?
But he said despite Morsi’s words, Kerry said the U.S. has a “critical interest” in Egypt — hence following through on the aid package.
“Not everything lends itself to a simple classification, black or white,” Kerry said. “We have critical interests with Egypt, critical interests. Egypt has thus far supported, lived by peace agreements with Israel and has taken steps to deal with the problem of security in the Sinai. Those are vital to us, our security interests and the security interests of Israel.”
Thus far is a very short period and it’s profiting generously from that arrangement. It’s one thing to give Morsi money, which is dubious enough, but giving him dangerous weaponry, at a time when he’s drawing closer to Iran and throwing his weight around the region is just genuinely stupid.
*note. (Rand Paul’s claim that was funded Bin Laden is untrue.)