Pat Buchanan

"Those doing suicide attacks in New York," Moallem instructed Kerry, "are the same as those doing it in Syria."

The Washington Post backed Moallem with a report that Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on all jihadists in Syria to line up in "one rowlike, solid structure in confronting your sectarian, secularist enemy," the Assad regime, that is backed by "Iran, Russia and China."

"What makes our hearts bleed," said Zawahiri, "is the hostile sedition, which has intensified among the ranks of the mujahideen of Islam."

Can Kerry explain why America's goal remains the ouster of Assad, when the offensive coordinator for the rebels who would take power is the successor to Osama bin Laden?

Asked what would happen should Iran backslide on the new interim nuclear agreement, Kerry rattled America's rockets:

"If they do that, then the military option that is available to the United States is ready and prepared to do what it would have to do."

Who is Kerry to threaten a war Congress has never authorized?

How does it advance diplomacy to threaten publicly to bomb your negotiating partners? Kerry talks as though he were back in the Senate.

The head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard dismissed Kerry's threat as "ridiculous," called his negotiating strategy "bankrupt" and warned that "the revolutionary people" of Iran are anxious for battle with the Americans.

If Kerry's wants a deal, how does this bellicose bluster help?

Kerry now says that Iran will have to "dismantle" centrifuges. But is not America's objective here proof positive Iran has no nuclear weapon or weapons program, and that its nuclear program is peaceful?

When did the destruction of Iranian centrifuges become the U.S. demand? Tehran has now planted its feet in concrete that there will be no dismantling of centrifuges, and "Bibi" Netanyahu is crowing that this means the failure of the talks.

As for an Israeli-Palestinian deal in which Kerry has invested 10 trips, Israeli economics minister Naftali Bennett calls it "a joke."

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says that Kerry "is acting out of misplaced obsession and messianic fervor," that his peace plan "is not worth the paper it is written on," that he wishes Kerry would get his Nobel prize now, and leave Israel alone.

As for Bibi, who resigned from Ariel Sharon's cabinet rather than accept a withdrawal from Gaza, he now says that not one settler on the West Bank will be uprooted, and not one settlement shut down.

Kerry is heading into a minefield. And so are we.


Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan is a founding editor of The American Conservative magazine, and the author of many books including State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America .
 
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