During yesterday’s Senate foreign relations committee hearing Secretary of State John Kerry gave a five minute speech expressing his outrage about the open letter from 47 Republican lawmakers to Iran’s leaders, even though Kerry himself has made a career of inappropriate meetings with foreign leaders.
No one is questioning anybody’s right to dissent [said Kerry]. But to write to the leaders in the middle of a negotiation — particularly the leaders they have criticized others for even engaging with — to write them and suggest they’re going to give a constitutional lesson, which by the way is incorrect, is quite stunning.
We’ve been clear from the beginning: We’re not negotiating a, quote, legally binding plan. We’re negotiating a plan that will have in it the capacity for enforcement. We don’t even have diplomatic relations with Iran right now.
In other words we will call it something different so we can make sure the congress cannot vote on the treaty.
If one takes a look at Kerry’s history he has constantly participated in inappropriate meetings with foreign leaders. For example In 1971 before he was a senator, Kerry headed the Vietnam Veterans Against the War delegation that met with the Viet Cong in Paris right in the middle of the U.S. negotiations.
During his first term in the senate Kerry went to Nicaragua with the purpose of screwing up President Reagan”s policies. Communist Leader Daniel Ortega had threatened the United States with war while crowds of his supporters had chanted, “Here or There, Yankees Will Die Everywhere.” Ortega’s Sandinistas had ethnically cleansed the Miskito Afro-Indians and destroyed Nicaragua’s Jewish community. But none of that deterred Kerry from shaking hands with Ortega and urging Reagan to make a deal with him.
When he got back home Kerry along with Sen Tom Harken came back to Washington, with a peace plan as efficacious as what the Iran treaty seems to be.
Senators Kerry and Harkin returned to Washington with a kind of peace plan — Ortega was saying, Cut off all aid to the Contras, engage in bilateral talks with us, and we’ll call a cease-fire and restore civil liberties. Kerry hailed this as “a wonderful opening.”
The Reagan administration was not impressed — in fact, it fumed. The State Department made clear that the Sandinistas had to talk to the Contras themselves, not to Washington: “Without such a dialogue, a cease-fire is meaningless — essentially a call for the opposition to surrender. The opposition is asked to accept Sandinista consolidation of a Marxist-Leninist order in Nicaragua.”
Secretary Shultz decried “self-appointed emissaries to the Communist regime” in Managua, and said, “We cannot conduct a successful policy when [such people] take trips or write ‘Dear Comandante’ letters with the aim of negotiating.”
Henry Kissinger added, “If the Nicaraguans want to make an offer, they ought to make it through diplomatic channels. We can’t be negotiating with our own congressmen and Nicaragua simultaneously.”
In the end, the trip backfired. Not long after the senators left him, Ortega flew off to Moscow, to affirm his alliance with the Soviets.
How about when Kerry gave comfort to the enemy when he spoke publicly about the Iraq war on Sept. 7th, 2004:
(…) a day when seven U.S. servicemen were killed in a suicide bombing attack in Iraq, [Democratic Party Presidential candidate John] Kerry termed the war in Iraq “catastrophic.” Still later, he referred to it in a statement as “a quagmire,” a word often applied to the U.S. conflict in Vietnam.
“I would not have done just one thing differently than the president on Iraq, I would have done everything differently than the president on Iraq. I said this from the beginning of the debate to the walk up to the war. I said, ‘Mr. President, don’t rush to war, take the time to build a legitimate coalition and have a plan to win the peace.’
Iraq, that was the war, Kerry supported before he opposed or something like that.
Then there was the time where Kerry didn’t go or speak with the enemy or encourage the enemy personally, he just facilitated a trip by Media Benjamin and other Code Pink crazies to Gaza so they could meet with Hamas, a group which even Obama calls terrorists, and participate in a rally against Israel. He sent the pinkies to Gaza with the letter below:
December 23, 2009
To Whom it May Concern:
I am writing to express my strong support for members of the humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts that will be traveling to Israel and the Palestinian Territories from December 27th to January 15th. The humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts is sponsoring this visit and they plan to meet with non-governmental organizations, assess the health care system and observe human rights and trade union conditions among Israelis and Palestinians.
I respectfully request that every courtesy be given the members of the delegation during their visit. My staff has met with members of the group and is impressed with their ability, dedication and commitment to the peace process. We look forward to seeing them again upon their return and hearing about their visit.
For any questions or concerns please feel to contact Christopher Wyman in my Boston office at 617 565-8522
Thank you for cooperation in this very important matter.
John F. Kerry
Before Kerry speaks about others trying to mess up the United States’ foreign policy, perhaps he should think about all the time he did it.