Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Vienna, June 30, 2015
Ken Timmerman, veteran Iran watcher and and bestselling author of a 2005 investigation on Iran’s nuclear program, is compiling a dossier on Secretary of State John Kerry’s long time connections to the Islamic Regime in Tehran. The latest is a FrontPage Magazine piece: “Compromised – John Kerry has much to hide on his ties to Iran”. These revelations keep piling about Kerry’s involvement raise questions about why he was confirmed as Hillary Clinton’s successor. The obvious answer was that the Obama White House knew that Kerry had entre to the leadership of the Islamic regime and needed no prompting to acquiesce to the Administration foreign policy objective of outreach: the crowning set piece of the controversial Iran nuclear pact awaiting a Congressional vote to accept or reject in mid-September.
His latest argument, that congressional disapproval of the deal will be the “ultimate screwing” of Iran’s clerical Supremo - and that we should care – verges on hysteria.
John Kerry has much to hide on his ties to Iran. As I revealed more than ten years ago, Mr. Kerry has long been sympathetic to the Islamist regime in Tehran.
In June 2002 – just nine months after the 9/11 attacks on America – Mr. Kerry headlined a fund-raising gala for the American-Iranian Council, a pro-regime lobbying group seeking to roll back U.S. sanctions and promote U.S. investment in Iran.
The next day, AIC members returned the favor and hosted a fund-raiser for Senator Kerry’s re-election campaign at the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco that netted more than $26,000. Many of those same fund-raisers became bundlers for Mr. Kerry’s failed 2004 presidential bid.
Among those opening their wallets was a stunning 34-year-old Iranian woman named Susan Akbarpour, aka Zahra A. Mashadi. “I am an actor in U.S. politics,” Ms. Akbarpour boasted to a reporter. “I am a fund-raiser for all candidates who listen to us and our concerns.”
The only problem was her political contributions were illegal because she did not have a green card. The Kerry campaign never returned those contributions and the Federal Election Commission never investigated.
Mr. Kerry has been accused of behaving as “Iran’s lawyer” in the nuclear negotiations, finding excuses for Iran’s bad behavior and justifications for a seemingly endless stream of U.S. capitulation to Iran.
But that behavior is not new. In fact, during a debate with President George W. Bush during the 2004 campaign, Mr. Kerry pledged that had he been president since 2001, he would have “offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel” to Iran, to “test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes.”
Why would the United States appoint as lead negotiator a politician whose long-held views favoring our adversary in those negotiations were well-known?
Timmerman chronicles the long history of Kerry’s relations with Tehran under the Ayatollahs:
The facts are indisputable:
- Mr. Kerry took illegal campaign cash from an Iranian national who, while claiming to be a political refugee, assaulted anti-regime protesters in Los Angeles, promoted U.S. computer and software investment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions, and boasted of influencing U.S. politicians with a pro-Tehran agenda. Taking that illicit cash tainted Mr. Kerry and identified him a “soft target” to agents of the Iranian regime.
- Mr. Kerry carried through his side of the bargain, embracing the pro-Tehran agenda during his 2004 presidential campaign, while his Iranian backers kicked in substantial fresh cash to his campaign.
- Mr. Kerry met Zarif at a private reception hosted by George Soros in New York in 2005, shortly after Soros’s Open Society Institute hosted Zarif at a policy luncheon for New York media elites.
- Mr. Kerry sought to travel to Tehran to jumpstart diplomatic negotiations in December 2009, but was rebuffed by Tehran.
As I wrote earlier this year, a former aide to Iranian president Rouhani, who defected while covering the nuclear talks, revealed that Mr. Kerry and the U.S. delegation were seen by the Iranian negotiating team as secret allies who helped arm-twist reluctant partners such as France into making major concessions.
Timmerman’s latest dossier piece buttresses the case that Kerry was the perfect lead negotiator to deliver Obama’s foreign policy legacy of a dangerous nuclear deal with Iran threatening the US, Israel and other allies in the Middle East. Congressional and other critics of the Iran nuclear pact, like Israeli PM Netanyahu, contend that Kerry is facilitating Iran becoming a nuclear breakout state. A budding nuclear hegemon financed by release of $150 billion in sanctioned funds to purchase advanced weapons and missile technology. Kerry is not achieving peace. Instead he is abetting Iran’s Shiite Islamic theocratic objective of creating chaos through global sponsorship of terrorism.
Oscarw Y. Harward
Did ‘ya’ know? After learning more about Sec. of State John Kerry and his friendships wiwth Islamic Muslims’ Iranian leaderships, you may want to ask, “Does John Kerry keep and represent America in its best interest ‘OR’ does John Kerry keep and represent and keep Iran in more interest?”