Kerry Mentions Iranian Son-in-Law in Greeting to Iran

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


“You stay in school and study you’ll do fine, if you don’t you end up in Iraq.”

I’m sure that the Ayatollah will completely shift gears on that nuclear program now that he knows Kerry’s daughter married an Iranian doctor.

In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

“I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement. Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

Politicians like to keep their families off-limits to the press, a decorum enforced vigorously when it comes to politicians who are in favor with the national media but ruthlessly discarded for others. But in Kerry’s case, there could be larger ramifications.

Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.

Behrouz (Brian) Nahed and Vanessa Kerry Nahed are both resident physicians at Mass General in Boston. An Iranian government website first published pictures of the married couple in February, just as Kerry was up for confirmation hearings before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Dr. Nahed’s parents live in Los Angeles, but he has relatives still in Iran. The Iranian website reported that shortly after their marriage, the young couple visited those relatives in Iran.

Well nothing to worry about, I’m sure. Kerry was a traitor long before his daughter ever met Behrouz. I’m sure he would follow his natural instincts on Iran regardless of the family connections, though does family connections may give him a backdoor to the regime for all we know.

  • Texas Patriot

    "Well nothing to worry about, I’m sure. Kerry was a traitor long before his daughter ever met Behrouz. I’m sure he would follow his natural instincts on Iran regardless of the family connections, though does family connections may give him a backdoor to the regime for all we know."

    The only thing John Kerry was ever a traitor to is the "lie machine" that was keeping Americans in the dark about the hellish and hopeless jungles of Vietnam where President Richard Nixon (who resigned in disgrace), Vice President Spiro Agnew (a convicted felon), Attorney General John Mitchell (a convicted felon), John Erlichman (a convicted felon), and H. R. Haldeman (a convicted felon) conspired to keep our soldiers indefinitely trapped with no chance of victory and no chance of coming home. Barry Goldwater, who always understood that (a) we had no real national security interest in propping up a corrupt S. Vietnamese regime, and (b) if we had a legitimate interest in being there, we could have (and should have) won the war in a matter of weeks or months. Yes, John Kerry told the truth about the madness that occurred in the jungles of Vietnam, and for that he was branded a traitor. If anything, John Kerry was young and naive, and he didn't know that the real war criminals were in the White House. But it is odd that anyone with any knowledge at all of world history would make that charge today. Obviously the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee didn't think that, or Kerry wouldn't have sailed through his confirmation hearings so easily. One really has to wonder why anyone would bring up those old and obviously false and discredited charges against John Kerry at this point in time?

    And the fact that Kerry's daughter is married to an Iranian doctor shouldn't be particularly problematical either. After all, the Iranian people are being held hostage to the outlaw regime of the Islamic Revolutionary Party of Ayatollah Khomeini just as the people of N. Korea are being held hostage to the stalinist dictatorship of Kim Jong Un.

    More than most men, John Kerry is quite familiar with dealing with tyrants and liars, and we should be glad that he is on the job.

    • Mary Sue

      There's no guarantee this doctor his little girl married isn't a Muslim (or for that matter, a Sunni that is in America because the ruling Shi'ites would as soon kill a sunni as look at one, making it possible the guy's Muslim Brotherhood affiliated). Regardless, I expect either her to convert to Islam, or have a Not Without My Daughter moment at some point in her life.

      Kerry is an idiot who always supports the WRONG side. Every time.

    • Fred

      Yes Kerry does know how to deal with tyrants and liars, he works for one. Apparently the government is infiltrated by many Muslims. Were is Tailgunner Joe when we really need him?

  • Sue Narad

    This article is truly a bunch of nonsense. Secretary Kerry's son-in-law is an American born doctor of Iranian heritage. Just as his wife is of european heritage. Just as he himself is of Jewish heritage. Connecting a man's personal life to would be politics is absurd. Not to mention you're talking about an american war hero, scholar, successful businessman, and distinguished politician who at every turn in life has proven his loyatly to our great country. Greenfield sounds like yet another in the long line of right wing neocons aggitating for another US war on an enemy of their precious Israel. Enough is enough! Why don't you take the dollars you're paid for writing zionist propaganda articles and buy yourself a one way ticket to your promised land Daniel and LEAVE US ALONE! NO MORE AMERICAN BLODD FOR ISRAEL'S BENEFIT.

    • defcon 4

      Your last sentence makes it clear why we should be concerned. BTW, I've noticed in islamic countries what it means to be of "jewish heritage", and it's no less true in the islamic "republic" of Iran.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      DEATH to the islamofascist regime of iran!

      LONG LIVE PERSIA!

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      If the islamofascist regime attacks Israel or the US,

      tehran and qom will be utterly destroyed and wiped off the face of the Earth – for starters.

    • JacksonPearson

      We, the non-Muslims—the infidels, heathens, unbelievers, apostates, enemies of Allah, najis (soiled), as you prefer to call us—would like to know what is it that you don’t understand and what is it that makes you behave so badly toward us? You blame us for your problems and believe if we embrace Islam and help establish the Islamic Ummeh the earth would be cleansed of us, transformed to paradise, and all your problems disappear?

      Respectfully, we disagree. We believe that you and your system of belief are at the core of your problems; that you need to critically examine the facts rather than conveniently blame others for your ills. Keep in mind that beliefs and ideas make people human, that beliefs are roadmaps of life. To the extent that the roadmap is rational and enlightened, the path of life is illumined, pitfalls are avoided and obstacles are removed. The terrain of life has greatly changed since the roadmap of Islam was given to the wondering primitives of Arabian Peninsula.

      The twenty first century presents great challenges and opportunities that demand new ways of thinking and behaving. The doctrine of Islam may have been appropriate for the desert dwellers of some 1400 years ago, the people you yourselves stigmatize as “The Ignorant.” It is dysfunctional today to say the least. As a matter of fact, Islam went astray from the very beginning and inflicted a great deal of suffering on both its followers as well as those who resisted its advance.

    • Mary Sue

      WHAT?! What American Blood for Israel's benefit? Are you insane?

      Why do you hate Jews so much?

  • http://iranaware..com/ IranAware

    aww Daniel, you offended the bigots and the low information dhimmi's…

  • defcon 4

    The governor of Texas, has a daughter married off to a muslim, and he's obviously been compromised by islamofascism, I wonder if we now have a similar situation w/Kerry?

    • Mary Sue

      daughters of republicans should be warned about marrying twofaced controlling taquiyya'ing muslims. Just because you never know which ones will turn into wifebeaters etc.

      • Whateverman

        did you're Muslim boyfriend leave you and is that why you hate them so much?

  • jakespoon

    Didn't trust Kerry before,so this makes little difference.

  • JacksonPearson

    "Kerry Mentions Iranian Son-in-Law in Greeting to Iran…Well nothing to worry about, I’m sure. Kerry was a traitor long before his daughter ever met Behrouz."

    Nothing new or surprising about "Hanoi" John Kerry.
    The truth eventually leaked out, and no doubt, there's more to come before this RAT leaves politics.

    • Mary Sue

      have to wonder if it was an arranged marriage of sorts (like one of those marriages from history to cement power bonds between two different groups/governments)

      • JacksonPearson

        Good question Mary Sue.
        One can never trust a RAT like "Hanoi" John. He'd sell our country out at the drop of a pin.

        Plus, anyone that sides with Islam can't be trusted either. Because they're either misinformed, didn't do their homework, don't care to ever do historical homework, or except known facts. In short, they're a walking, talking disaster that shouldn't be in a position to frame foreign policy for this country.

  • robert

    Mr. Greenfield, According to GAO, Israel is the second country after China stealing our secrets.If you were an American patriot you should raise alarms about it, it is obvious where is you loyalty is pointing.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      robert,

      - 9/11
      - 1993 bombing of the WTC
      - Fort Hood massacre
      - 2005 bombing of London transport
      - bombing of Pan Am 103
      - bombing of USS Cole
      - bombing of two US embassies in Africa
      - assassination of US Senator Robert F. Kennedy
      - death threats by the islamofascist regime of iran
      - Saddam's WMD poison gassing of the Kurds of Halabja Iraq
      - thousands of dead American soldiers due to islamofascist animals

    • Mary Sue

      who is Israel going to give those secrets to? Iran? China? Russia?

      Hint: NOPE.

      • JacksonPearson

        The dope doesn't realize that the United States intel community shares secret info back and forth with Israel. That relationship have been going on for decades.

    • Mary Sue

      and exactly what does it matter if Israel "gets" secrets? What exactly are you afraid they will do with them?

  • Gangam

    Oppa Gangnam Style

  • Texas Patriot

    The great thing about John Kerry is that he doesn't have to act like a tough guy. He just is one.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      LOL!

    • jakespoon

      HA!HA!HA!HAHAHAHHAAAAH-wheeze_HAHAHAAHAAAAAAA-gasp-HAHAHAAAHAHHAAAA-o o o -HEHEHAHAHAHOHOHOHO-choke-pant-pant -stoppit you're killin'me.

      • Texas Patriot

        Trust me. When the N. Koreans and the Iranians wake up one morning to find that their nuclear weapons and ICBM facilities have DISAPPEARED overnight, we'll all be laughing.

        • jakespoon

          Oh,prestidigitation,eh?Because unless he nukes them,that's the only way it'll happen. Strongly worded letters haven't worked very well so far.

          • Texas Patriot

            Whatever it takes.

  • T. Marcus

    I just stumbled onto the collection of narrow minded bigotry on this site….most illuminating. Mr. Horowitz started out brainlessly mouthing leftist slogans in his youth, and now he has matured to where he is brainlessly mouthing right wing ones. If you think it's logical that because A) There are violent Islamic extremists who wish to impose Sharia law on the world equals B) all Muslims are therefore terrorists, you need remedial instruction in logic. Lots of murderous dictators have been "Christians". Do we therefore conclude that to be Christian is to be a murderer? Five hundred years ago (when Christianity was about the age that Islam is now), the inquisition murdered many thousands and dispossessed a great many more, IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. Countless wars have been fought by Christians against "infidels" or other Christians whose dogmas don't match. There have always been murderers, and some of them always said they were doing God's work. How about if we treat people as people and let God deal with religion?

    • jakespoon

      Stumble away then.

  • Whateverman

    Traitor? When I read greenfield, I understand why jews have been expelled from every nation they have settled in for the last 2000 years. I am starting to even understand the motivations for the holocaust.
    Calling a man who had volunteered and fought for his country, when others have not, just because he would look after his country's interests more than israel's, shows how shamelessly evil you people could be.

    • Texas Patriot

      Relax Whateverman. Daniel is a visitor to America. He is young, and he is learning. He may not yet know all the background about Kerry's military service in Vietnam or Kerry's subsequent valiant (if naive) attempt to get his American buddies out of a hopeless jungle trap where they were shot at from all sides and couldn't tell their friends from their enemies or how Kerry's words were twisted by corrupt and ravenous wolves whose only desire was to continue the impossible nightmare of Vietnam for as long as possible. The truth is coming out, and if Daniels doesn't already know it, he will soon see that the real traitors to America were the Swift Boat Republicans who were profiting from the Big Lie of Vietnam.

  • FUBO & Kerry too.

    I am sure this has nothing to do with the head inspector of IAE also BEING ON THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR NEGOTIATING TEAM.

  • Tom

    Iran
    comes with its ships to the east coast of USA. One cargo ship, one small gun
    boat, three submarines. (note to editor; I have a sort of scale drawing of the
    cargo ship and am able to put 27 SCUDs in the cargo hold.) The cargo ship is
    640 feet long, 84 feet wide, a SCUD is 40 feet long, two feet wide , A SLCM
    (surface launched cruise missile) is the size of a small jet or less. Look up
    Exocet size missiles.

    The
    gun boat has a large cannon, cruise missiles or with torpedoes.

    The
    submarines have torpedoes, maybe even the high speed torpedoes that Russia sold
    them.

    Questions:

    Has
    the cargo ship been monitored since it left England ship yards where it was made
    till the present?

    Has
    the cargo ship been monitored since it left China shipyard for refitting?

    Does
    the USN know what alterations were made during the shipyard visit by China?

    Has
    China told the USN of what alterations were made to the cargo ship?

    Does
    the USN have photos of the ship before and after the China shipyard visit?

    Does
    the USN have radar images of the ship before and after the China shipyard
    visit?

    Does
    the USN know where the three former soviet submarines are at present?

    Are
    there spy’s on board the aircraft carrier and cruisers that might be shadowing
    the Iranian ships?

    Can
    these spy’s sabotage the USN ships at the correct time that the cargo ship
    readies a SCUD to launch toward USA?

    Could there be an effort by the
    powers that be to allow a war with Iran so that the American economy would have
    a war to get it working again? Do you trust the government to protect us?

    These
    are events that could happen. The USA sends a ‘token’ cruiser to watch the
    Iranian fleet.

    1.
    Iranian fleet ships cruise along the east coast with no incident. Ships travels down south to more enemies of
    the USA.

    2.
    Iranian fleet ships act provocative -bellicose but no incident (steam toward
    USA but not go over the 12 mile limit of territorial waters)

    3.
    Cargo ship has engine trouble and towed to USA port for repairs. (As good will
    gesture the USA lets them in to USA for

    repairs.) Leaves USA without incident, yet
    is a big Media show for the powers that be.

    4.
    At the correct distance from the USA the cargo ship slows down and sets up a
    SCUD or more for rapid fire. Launches 4 high speed torpedoes,from hidden tubes
    at the USN ship shadowing the Iranian fleet. (it might have received this
    weapon from the China visit.) it also launches surface launched cruise missiles
    toward the USN cruiser. The gun boat attacks the

    USN cruiser at close range by surprise.
    Cruiser is out of action. Terrorist cell groups in USA destroy anything they
    can.

    The first SCUD goes high altitude and
    detonates an EMP, the others go to USA cities. The cargo ship launches a series

    of remaining Scuds and surface launched
    cruise missiles at cities or ships. It takes USA time to address the surprise

    attack and destroy all targets. War and
    marshal law is declared.

    5.
    Trojan horse event. Cargo ship has engine trouble faked. Gets towed to USA port
    for repairs. Inside the USA at night, the cargo ship raises SCUDs and launches
    many. One as a high altitude EMP the others onto USA cities. Cargo ship then
    launches SLCM at random targets in the
    port. Terrorist cell groups in USA destroy anything they can. Launches
    remaining SCUDs.

    The subs that stayed at sea are taking on
    other soft targets. The gun boat does the same. Takes USA time to address the
    surprise attack and destroy all targets. War and marshal law is declared.
    (think 9-11)

    6.
    The three submarines attack the USN cruiser with high speed torpedoes. The
    cargo ship launches high speed torpedoes

    and
    surface launched cruise missiles toward the USN cruiser. With the cruiser out
    of action the cargo ship

    launches SCUDs and surface launched cruise
    missiles toward the USA. Terrorist cell groups in the USA destroy anything they
    can.

    War and marshal law is declared.

    7.
    Repentance comes to the people of the USA, God turns around the ships to go
    back to Iran. Peace.

    8.
    Iranian ships visit Cuba, then other South American countries and gather other
    ships to tour the territorial waters off the USA coasts then disband and go
    back to their homeports.

    9.
    Iranian ships visit Cuba, then other South American countries and gather other
    ships to tour the territorial waters off the USA coasts then launch SCUDs
    toward America similar to number 4 above.

    I
    prefer a happy ending number one or seven.

    Tom
    Roscoe

    note
    to editor; I have a (pdf) sort of scale drawing of the cargo ship and am able
    to put 27 SCUDs in the cargo hold.