John Kerry’s pathetic stint as Secretary of State ended twenty months ago, but he’s still out there pretending to represent the United States in the diplomatic realm. Having appointed himself the long-term custodian of the Iran nuclear deal that he negotiated during his term under Obama, Kerry admitted in an interview this week that he’s still meeting regularly with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in an effort to preserve what’s left of the agreement.
Talking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, Kerry said that he’d met Zarif all over Europe to convince Iran to stay in the nuclear agreement, that now exists without U.S. participation.
“I think I’ve seen him three or four times,” Kerry said of his encounters with the Iranian official in recent months.
Kerry was also forthright about the content of those discussions, in which he is apparently critical of the Trump administration and its refusal to negotiate with Iran. This is, of course, a complete lie, because President Trump has been public in his willingness to sit down with President Hassan Rouhani and find a way forward to a new nuclear agreement. The stalling party is Iran, which has ratcheted up their anti-American rhetoric and insisted that they will not come back to the negotiating table.
Part of the reason they may be reluctant to do so is because they have Kerry telling them that Trump will be out of the Oval Office soon, at which point they can simply resume the ridiculous deal that was already signed by the Obama administration.
Asked by Fox News’ Dana Perino if he was telling the Iranians to wait Trump out and hold their negotiations until there is another Democrat in the White House, Kerry did not deny that this characterized his advice.
“I think everybody in the world is talking about waiting out President Trump,” he said.
Well, John, perhaps you ought to go home for a while and think about what it would have been like to try and get the Iran deal signed in the first place if you’d had Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice working with the Iranians behind your back every time you thought you’d made progress. You wouldn’t have appreciated that, now would you?
Regardless of what people like Kerry would like to imagine, Trump is the legitimately-elected President of the United States, and he has appointed Mike Pompeo to be his man in charge of diplomacy. That’s more than enough. We don’t need John Kerry jetsetting around the world trying to salvage what’s left of his awful legacy.