Former Secretary of State John Kerry is biting his well-manicured fingernails about a Senate bill that would impose new sanctions on Iran. Kerry, of course, is scared to death that his precious Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – aka the Iran nuclear deal – will come unraveled if the Senate passes the bill. He took to Twitter last week to urge the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to drop any legislation that would put the agreement in jeopardy.
“This is a time to tread carefully,” wrote Kerry. “After Rouhani’s reelection, there is much up in the air/room for misinterpretation. This is not the moment for a new Iran bill.”
Kerry said the bill was unnecessary and redundant.
“There are many tools to up the pressure already in place and at our disposal,” he wrote. “We need to weigh/consider risk to JCPOA. We need to consider the implications of confrontation without conversation.”
The bill, known as the Iran Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, has bipartisan support in the Senate. If passed, it would establish a new round of sanctions against the Islamic empire for their continued testing and development of ballistic missiles and its support for international terrorism.
Sen. Bob Corker, one of the sponsors of the bill, said, “One of my criticisms of the JCPOA was that it would become our de facto Middle East policy and Iran would expand their destabilizing activities. I think we are seeing a lot of that today. Regionally, we’ve seen an escalation in Iranian intervention. Iran, along with its allies in Russia, has continued to prop up Assad at the cost of countless lives in Syria. Iran’s support to the Shia militias in Iraq threatens the interests of Sunnis and Kurds alike, not to mention the Shia in Iraq that don’t subscribe to the anti-American, zero-sum politics of the militias that are there.”
New Missiles Being Built
Kerry and other liberals think that the reelection of Iranian President Rouhani means that moderates are winning the day in Iran, thus proving that their diplomacy was the right choice.
But that’s undermined by the most recent development: The news that Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile factory. The Fars news agency reported Thursday that Iran will continue to develop the missiles in defiance of international sanctions.
“Iran’s third underground factory has been built by the Guards in recent years,” said an Iranian spokesperson. “We will continue to further develop our missile capabilities forcefully.”
Anyone who thinks we can bring Iran into the realm of normalized relations without addressing their continued missile production and their sponsorship of terror is fooling themselves.
Of course, as we saw over the last four years, there is no bigger fool than John Kerry.