(Tea Party PAC) – On Thursday, former Secretary of State John Kerry whined that President Donald Trump had destroyed the awful, treasonous deal that he and former President Barack Obama struck with the Iranians.
“He put his disdain for anything done by the last administration ahead of his duty to keep the country safe,” Kerry lamented in a lengthy op-ed for the New York Times.
Kerry has thrown his support behind fellow Obama admin alum, former Vice President Joe Biden in his bid for the Democratic party’s nomination for president. He has been campaigning for Biden in Iowa.
The former Secretary of State argued that the Iran nuclear deal had been working, but that Trump threw that all away, thus empowering Iran’s Quds Force Commander, Qassem Soleimani.
“There were no missile attacks on United States facilities. No ships were being detained or sabotaged in the Persian Gulf,” he wrote of how the Middle East had supposedly been under the deal. “There were no protesters breaching our embassy in Baghdad. Iraq welcomed our presence fighting ISIS.”
Kerry said that, despite that pesky little fact that Soleimani was a “sworn” enemy of the US, Americans benefitted from his efforts to fight ISIS.
“Occasionally, when American and Iranian interests aligned, as they did in fighting ISIS, we were the serendipitous beneficiaries of his relationships and levers, as were the Iraqis,” he said in reference to Soleimani. “But this was a rare exception.”
Kerry even went as far as to praise Iran for their response after detaining 12 American sailors in 2016, giving credit to the “foundation of diplomacy” that the Obama administration had laid.
“In 2016, we defused deep disagreements with Iran over prisoners and averted conflict when American sailors inadvertently entered Iranian waters and were detained by Iranian forces,” he wrote.
He also accused Trump of alienating American allies in the Middle East and behaving “recklessly” without a strategy.
“We have been left with an incoherent Iran and Iraq policy that has made the region more dangerous and put Americans at greater risk,” he wrote.
Kerry also praised former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis for previously defending the agreement and criticized current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for backing the president.
The failed 2004 presidential candidate warned of a repeat of the Iraq or Vietnam conflicts under Trump, warning that young Americans were worried about dying in a potential war with Iran.
“Our diplomacy should not be defined by bluster, threats and brinkmanship, tweets or temper tantrums, but by a vision for peace and security addressing multiple interests of the region,” he wrote.