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Gary Bauer / Aug. 15, 2015

Kerry Is Clueless, Anti-Semitism In America, Clinton Chaos

Secretary of State John Kerry is the man who negotiated the nuclear deal with the ayatollah's representatives from the Islamic Republic of Iran. It would be reassuring to know that our negotiators are sophisticated and understand the dangers confronting the free world. Critics of the deal have been deeply concerned from the beginning about the extent of the concessions Kerry made to appease the Iranians. An interview Kerry recently did with The Atlantic explains a lot.

Kerry Is Clueless

Secretary of State John Kerry is the man who negotiated the nuclear deal with the ayatollah’s representatives from the Islamic Republic of Iran. It would be reassuring to know that our negotiators are sophisticated and understand the dangers confronting the free world.

Critics of the deal have been deeply concerned from the beginning about the extent of the concessions Kerry made to appease the Iranians. An interview Kerry recently did with The Atlantic explains a lot.

When pressed to address the ayatollah’s repeated calls to destroy Israel, Kerry was dismissive, saying:

“I don’t know the answer to that. I haven’t seen anything that says to me — they’ve got 80,000 rockets in Hezbollah pointed at Israel, and any number of choices could have been made. … So I don’t want to get locked into that debate. I think it’s a waste of time here.”

Where was John Kerry during the last Gaza war? What does he think those rockets are for? What does he think the “terror tunnels” are for? Has Secretary Kerry read the ayatollah’s latest “how to” book? It’s a book about destroying Israel.

Kerry’s naive utterances are all too reminiscent of those made by western diplomats who negotiated with another dictator who also threatened to “wipe out” the Jews. Hitler’s signature on the Munich agreement did not guarantee peace. That “scrap of paper,” as Hitler later referred to it, proved to be worthless.

There is too much at stake to repeat the worst mistakes of the past. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism cannot be trusted with the world’s most dangerous weapons, and this deal does not prevent the tyrants in Tehran from getting them.

To the surprise of many, at least one left-wing member of the Congressional Black Caucus agrees. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) yesterday announced his opposition to the Iranian nuclear deal. In an op-ed, Rep. Hastings wrote:

“After careful review, I have decided that I cannot support this deal. The goal of the recently concluded negotiations was to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. … in the end, the [deal] allows Iran to remain a nuclear threshold state while simultaneously reaping the benefits of relief from international sanctions.”

The American people oppose this deal and they oppose Obama’s appeasement of Iran. A new Gallup poll measuring Obama’s performance on several issues finds he gets his worst approval rating – just 33% – for his handling of Iran.

Anti-Semitism In America

The ancient evil of anti-Semitism reared its ugly head earlier this week when the Jewish community of San Antonio was viciously attacked. Among the targets was Rodfei Sholom, an Orthodox synagogue, led by Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg.

I called Rabbi Scheinberg to encourage him. We know each other very well. He is one of the finest men I know. Rabbi Scheinberg was among the first Jewish leaders to work with Pastor John Hagee when he launched Christians United for Israel. Our love and support goes out to him and his congregation.

While attacks on Jews are commonplace in Europe, they are happening here with greater frequency. Usually we don’t hear about it. But because of Rabbi Scheinberg’s relationship with Pastor Hagee, we were able to expose what happened.

People of Old and New Testaments must stand together in the battle for Judeo-Christian civilization.

Clinton Chaos

So Hillary Clinton handed over her private email server to the FBI, clearly demonstrating that she’s fully cooperating with the investigation into her handling of Top Secret information and that she has nothing hide. End of story, right?

Maybe not.

According to the Washington Post, the Clintons “upgraded” their email system two years ago. During that transition Hillary’s server was given to a private company and scrubbed. A company spokeswoman told the Post that Clinton’s “old server ‘was blank,’ and no longer contained useful data.”

So it seems Hillary just gave the FBI a blank machine. We’ll see if the FBI is any better at finding missing emails than the IRS.

This issue isn’t going away soon and lots of questions are being raised. For example, is Hillary Clinton criminally liable for destroying classified data? At a minimum, she should lose her security clearance. You would lose your driver’s license for less!

For all the chatter about how divided Republicans are, all the Clinton chaos is making Democrats increasingly nervous. Some fear Hillary is a “ticking time bomb.”

Bernie Sanders is surging because of Clinton’s weakness and it is tempting others to jump in. There are reports today that Joe Biden is making moves to enter the presidential race and Al Gore may run!

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