In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran. “I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said in the official statement. Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.” Politicians like to keep their families off-limits to the press, a decorum enforced vigorously when it comes to politicians who are in favor with the national media but ruthlessly discarded for others. But in Kerry’s case, there could be larger ramifications. Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.
There it is. Certainly, even leftists can comprehend this concept without inserting race into their thought processes (oh, wait). Imagine a scenario in which a representative of Iran’s mullahs approaches the State Department with a list of demands that, if not met, could have serious consequences for Kerry’s in-laws living in Iran. In the current political construct, such demands could conceivably involve the U.S. withholding money, weapons, or aid earmarked for a country like Egypt as tensions in the Middle East escalate. While that may not sound like a bad idea to those of us who understand the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, shouldn’t our Secretary of State’s sole interest be in lockstep with the interests of the United States? Last year, Abedin’s familial ties to the Brotherhood prompted calls to see her Form 86, which she would have had to fill out in order to gain a security clearance. If she did not, we have a problem. Similarly, if Kerry did not, we also have a problem. Who would have thought that two consecutive Secretaries of State would have to deal with such controversy? Then again, enough people have to care in order for it to actually be a controversy. What time is ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on?
Critically intrinsic to the discussion at hand is the way in which Islamic-leaning, anti-Americans shift horses, at least in relation to the Sunni/Shia centuries long war for Islamic hegemony. As a matter of record, although the Islamist-in-Chief’s familial foot is categorically implanted in the Sunni side, special circumstances warranted a (temporary) shift in allegiance, as indicated herein: OBAMA’S SELL OUT TO IRAN: ITS KEY INTERSECTION WITH THE RED/GREEN ALLIANCE. BOXING IN ISRAEL CORE. But have no worries, the Brotherhood Mafia, his Sunni beneficiaries, are reaping many rewards within America’s power centers! Americans, not so much.
Thus, doesn’t the “news” from DEBKAfile Intelligence, as to the Islamist-in-Chief’s desertion of his Sunni brothers (again, temporarily, and only in relation to the Mid East’s reshuffling), as well as Israel, make infinite sense?
After a lecture captioned “Islamic Revolution against Global Arrogance,” which he delivered at the Imam Sadegh University in Tehran Wednesday, Dec. 11, a student asked the Revolutionary Guards commander whether any of the Western powers in Geneva had asked for Iran’s missiles to be reduced.
Asked by another student to clarify his statement that Iranian missiles can reach Israel, Jafari replied: “We are still increasing the range of our missiles, but currently the Supreme Leader has commanded that we limit the range of our missiles to 2,000 km.”
The general therefore released to the public four facts already known to Israeli, Saudi and Turkish leaders,say DEBKAfile’s military sources:
1. The American and European negotiators in Geneva asked to discuss the ranges of Iranian ballistic missiles with Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, without citing the types capable of delivering nuclear warheads. Zarif refused to discuss this.
2. The Western delegations persevered, stressing that the US and Europe were concerned over the accelerated co-production by Iran and North Korea of the Shehab-6, which has a range of 3,000-5,600 km, and when operational can reach America and most parts of Europe.
3. The US and European delegates gave the Iranians to understand that they would like to extend the six-month nuclear freeze agreed in Geneva (for which no starting date has yet been set) to the apply to extra range being added to Iran’s ballistic missiles.
There was no objection, they said, to Iran retaining the Shehab missiles with a range of 1,500-2,000 km, which would be capable of striking Israel, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. They were only concerned about extending their range to cover America or Europe.
4. Jaafari’s remarks to students’ questions, which were most probably planted beforehand, lifted a corner of the veil concealing from the public the secret provisions of the deal with Iran on its missile arsenal. According to DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources, officials in authority in Ankara, Riyadh and Jerusalem knew all about it.
Alas, those who have little understanding of the inner Muslim strife between Sunni/Shia , yet do know about Obama’s clear nexus to Sunni Islam – via his Kenyan roots and the House of Saud – can’t wrap their thoughts around him jumping ship to the Shia side! Kinship, beside the point.
HOWEVER, if one internalizes that he chose a Sec of State with DEEP Iranian connections, one has to ask: doesn’t Obama’s rush to Iran’s nuclear aspirations become that much clearer?
“IAEA Official: ‘We’re Not Prepared’ to Verify Agreement with Iran,” for the following reasons:
“* The IAEA was not fully consulted during the November negotiations between Iran and P5+1 nations.
* The IAEA may not have sufficient manpower to carry out required daily activities at Natanz and Fordow.
* The IAEA has very few inspectors with technical knowledge of heavy water reactors such as the one at Arak.
* The IAEA will not be able to render much substantive insight into data supplied by Iran because the agency will not be able to verify with confidence the source or reliability of the information.”
Despite these obstacles and Iran’s latest refusal to allow “inspection of its heavy water reactor in Arak,” the White House killed the amendment that could have allowed the reinforcing of the sanctions on Iran, for its guaranteed failure to stop its nuclear enrichment program. The White House dancing to the mullahs’ tune has dangerous implications.
In the end, while the Islamist-in-Chief’s MAIN consiglieri is Iranian-born Jarrett, and his Sec of State’s son-in-law is Iranian and well connected to its power brokers, what are the chances he even gave a backward glance to Saudi Arabia’s and Turkey’s concerns?
Indeed, there is certainly no love lost for the Saudis and Turks at this site, but they are related to his Sunni side! And even though Barack HUSSEIN Obama is religiously aiding the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood Mafia in various ways, inside and outside the U.S., what makes anyone think that Israel, a nation the POTUS despises to the core of his being, is faring any better?
This is precisely why this blog warned about Obama’s second term plans for Israel and its out-sized dangers – a catastrophe in the making!