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John Kerry Should Resign — Or Be Fired
John Kerry at White House briefing, January 27, 2021 (Chandler West/Official White House photo)

The headline at Fox News could not be plainer. It reads:

Iran’s foreign minister says John Kerry told him about Israeli covert operations in Syria

Kerry has previously been accused of colluding with Iranian leaders to undermine Trump administration

The story reports the following of the Obama secretary of state and now Biden climate change czar:

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed in recently leaked audio that John Kerry, when he was serving as Secretary of State during the Obama administration, informed him of more than 200 Israeli operations in Syria.

Kerry has previously been accused of colluding with Iranian leaders to undermine the Trump administration. Kerry is now a part of the Biden administration and has a seat on the National Security Council as the special presidential envoy for climate.

Kerry shocked Zarif by revealing that Israel had attacked Iranian targets in Syria more than 200 times, according to leaked audio obtained by The New York Times and other outlets.

A shocking betrayal, yes? How in the world could an American secretary of state ever be this irresponsible?

Actually, this is not shocking. This is John Kerry at work. And, as it were, he has been there and done that from from the beginning of his career.

Recall that when Kerry was running for president in 2004, one John O’Neill, who had taken command of Kerry’s Swift Boat after Kerry departed during the Vietnam War, wrote a book about Kerry with Jerome Corsi. The book was called Unfit For Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.

O’Neill, famously in the day, would vigorously oppose Kerry’s stance as a member of the anti-war Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Kerry had won attention in the media for testifying against the war at a well-televised Senate hearing, and the two would debate on the Dick Cavett television show.

In O’Neill’s book there is a recounting of the young, post-service private citizen John Kerry interjecting himself into the then-ongoing Vietnam Paris Peace talks between the Nixon administration and the Vietnamese communists. O’Neill wrote this:

On March 25, 2004, Michael Kranish of the Boston Globe reported that Michael Meehan, a spokesman for Kerry’s presidential campaign, admitted that John Kerry had traveled to Paris after his May 1970 wedding and, on that trip with his wife, he had a brief meeting with Madame Binh, a meeting that included members of both the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (the North Vietnamese) and the Provisional Revolutionary Government (the Viet Cong). Meehan insisted that Kerry did not go to Paris with the intention of meeting the Communist delegations to the Paris Peace Conference and that he did not involve himself in negotiations. Kerry has insisted that the meeting was solely for “fact-finding” purposes.

On July 22, 1971, Kerry called a press conference in Washington, D.C. Speaking on behalf of the VVAW, Kerry openly urged President Nixon to accept Madame Binh’s seven-point plan.” [Note: That would be Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, a member of the Central Committee for the National Front for the Liberation of the South and the foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government — PRG — of South Vietnam.]

Stop. Full stop.

Recall the Democrats and media making a “scandal” out of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser to then-President-elect Trump, speaking with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? The cry went up that Flynn had violated the Logan Act, the late 1700s-era law that criminalizes negotiations of unauthorized Americans involving themselves in government business with foreign governments.

But Kerry skated. No problem.

The point, of course, is obvious. What Kerry was so vividly displaying both in the 1970s and now was seriously bad judgment.

And what the Iranian foreign minister is captured saying now about Kerry — on audio tape — is typical of Kerry’s stunningly bad judgment. The Fox story also notes this reaction from one Noah Pollak of the “foreign policy-focused Democratic Alliance Group”:

Let that sink in indeed.

This is nothing more than a reminder that John Kerry has seriously bad judgment in dealing with America’s adversaries — bad judgment that has been on display right from the very beginning of what would become his entire political and government career.

Now his word is to be trusted as he runs around the globe as the American climate czar? Wow.

Make no mistake. This bombshell story is a disgrace.

And without doubt, with the Biden era a mere 100 days in, John Kerry should, if common sense were to prevail, be the first Biden appointee to resign — or be fired.

Don’t hold your breath.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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