According to a new Boston Globe article, former Secretary of State John Kerry is busily engaging world leaders – including the foreign minister of Iran – in a campaign of shadow diplomacy aimed at keeping the nuclear agreement intact. Well, the real goal is the preservation of his (and, by extension, Obama’s) political legacy, but that’s beside the point. The point is that in an era where political experts on the left were crying out for Michael Flynn to be charged under the Logan Act for engaging in this exact kind of whisper diplomacy, Kerry is being treated as the hero of the republic.
Are we saying that Kerry should be charged under that outdated law? Not necessarily. But it’s there for a reason. And the reason is that we don’t need America’s allies and enemies getting confused about who is representing the United States and who isn’t. John Kerry is no longer secretary of state. John Kerry is not a part of the Trump administration. John Kerry no longer has a professional interest in keeping the Iran deal alive. He needs to sit down and shut up. Because the more he tries to undermine the official actions of the United States government, the more he risks becoming more than just an annoying relic of the Obama years. He risks becoming an outright enemy of the state.
This is not to be confused with, say, politicians like Bill De Blasio heading overseas to pretend that he’s an emissary on climate change. Yes, that’s bad enough, but everyone recognizes it for the farce that it is. And even if it wasn’t, as the mayor of New York he does at least have SOME limited authority to engage in climate change diplomacy. We’re not sure if it actually accomplishes anything or was even meant to, but it’s fine with us if he wants to gallivant around the world and make believe that he matters. It’s a little sad, but that’s nothing new for him.
This is something completely different. Kerry WAS the secretary of state. He DID help negotiate the final terms of the Iran nuclear deal. He IS, presumably, one of the world’s foremost experts on the terms of that deal. And he DID, up until a year and a half ago, speak as an official representative of the U.S. government. Not only does this paint a much more confusing picture for our allies (and Iran), we’re talking about something much more serious than climate change. This is about the nuclear ambitions of a hostile state. This is about nothing more or less than national security.
Kerry needs to step aside. His actions now are unpatriotic and unacceptable.
The leftwing media could earn back a smidgen of credibility if they would call it out as such, but we won’t hold our breath.