Though Kerry admirably served in Vietnam, when he returned home he threw away all his medals and ribbons in a left-wing publicity stunt and then lied to a congressional hearing that U.S. soldiers routinely murdered Vietnamese civilians.
His lies shocked and angered a bitterly divided nation already tired of a pointless war that left some 58,000 Americans dead, left a stain on the U.S. military for decades to come, and helped launch his political career.
Not only didn't Kerry apologize for his fact-less testimony, he has doubled and even tripled down on harming the nation he once served very early in his life.
During the Obama administration, then-Secretary of State Kerry was the point man for a lousy 'deal' which essentially paid off the Iranian regime to produce nuclear weapons at some point down the road. The Obama administration, with Kerry in the lead, went to great lengths to make the deal, which included paying for American hostages (a policy theretofore shunned by prior administrations) and literally flew a pallet of cash to Iranian contacts in Eastern Europe in the middle of the night.
After Obama left office and Donald Trump became president, Kerry's meddling in U.S. foreign affairs to the detriment of his own country, as well as those of our allies, continued. His obsession with empowering Iran with nuclear weapons became obvious after he was caught multiple times 'negotiating' with Tehran to save the nuclear deal while at the same time undermining the Trump administration.
The meddling was so bad that Trump publicly warned Kerry, via Twitter, to "stay away" from Iran because he was "hurting" his country. It was also so bad that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) even asked the Justice Department to launch an investigation.
But of course, the DC swamp takes care of its own, so nothing ever happened to Kerry, just like he paid no political or legal price for anything he had done to his country up to that point.
What about now? Will he finally be held accountable now, after The New York Times reported this week that an audio featuring Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif who said he was shocked that Kerry informed him of some 200 times Israel struck Iranian interests in Syria (killing Iranian troops and Iran-backed forces).
Zarif said John Kerry “informed him that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times,” which caused great “astonishment” to the foreign minister, according to The National Pulse.
The outlet adds:
In the audio, Zarif confesses the Revolutionary Guards Corps – a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) – “calls the shots in Iran,” ignoring and even “overruling” both advice and official government decisions.
Zarif further admits the assassination in Iraq of Maj. Gen. Qasem Suleimani, who was commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ “elite” Quds Force, under the Trump administration was “a major blow to Iran, more damaging than if it had wiped out an entire city in an attack.”
Republicans were incensed -- again -- over Kerry's remarks.
“If this tape is verified, it would signal catastrophic and disqualifying recklessness by Envoy Kerry to Foreign Minister Zarif that endangered the safety of Americans and our allies,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.
“And it would be consistent with his long pattern of empowering Iran’s regime. Kerry poured hundreds of billions of dollars into the Ayatollah’s terrorist bank accounts, was a close confidant with Zarif during the Obama administration, and was caught repeatedly meeting with him during the Trump administration (notwithstanding the Logan Act) — and has never publicly accounted for what they discussed,” he added.
Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added that Zarif's comments are in line with “what I’ve said for years: That [Zarif] continued to engage with former secretary of state Kerry on policy matters after Kerry’s public service and, according to Zarif, Kerry informed the Iranians of Israeli operations.”
Kerry’s “is a criminal act and John Kerry must be immediately investigated and PROSECUTED. President Biden must immediately remove John Kerry from any government or advisory position,” GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York wrote on Twitter.
Clearly; but where is Joe Biden's Justice Department?