John Kerry Tells Republicans To Stop Believing In Unicorns And Join The Real World On Iran

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Right at the start of the Senate hearings on the nuclear deal with Iran today – at which US Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will testify – in what can hardly be called a surprise, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) found fault with an agreement which has been widely praised everywhere but in Israel and Congress.

Senator Corker began the meeting by telling Secretary of State John Kerry, “Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe that you’ve been fleeced.”

According to Corker, the Obama administration has shown “disdain” for US allies in the region (jargon for Israel), claiming that “if we had dealt with dismantling their nuclear program they wouldn’t be reacting as they did.” Corker forgets the U.S. has other allies, and that our foreign policy does not revolve around – or function for the sole benefit of – Israel.

According to Corker, far from curbing any potential Iranian nuclear weapons program, the administration has actually made it possible for “a state sponsor of terrorism” to create nuclear weapons.

On the contrary, pointed out Kerry, rejecting the treaty would be giving Iran “a great big green light” to produce nuclear weapons. After all, what measures would be in force to stop them short of war?

Clearly, this meeting is more about Republican talking points than our shared world of facts, something about which Kerry was quick to remind him:

Kerry told Corker that he apparently believed in some “sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran’s complete capitulation.” In other words, Kerry dismissed Corker’s fantasies about a world where Iran’s nuclear knowledge can be made to magically disappear:

“The fact is that Iran now has extensive experience with nuclear fuel cycle technology. We can’t bomb that knowledge away. Nor can we sanction that knowledge away.”

This should hardly need be said, but these are Republicans we are talking about here. They’re not scientists, after all.

And Kerry made clear that “the result will be the United States of America walking away from every one of the restrictions we have achieved.”

“We will have squandered the best chance we have to solve this problem through peaceful means.”

Which is hardly a problem for chickenhawks, who are always eager to send innocent young men and women to die for their ideological causes and whatever war profiteering they can get out of foreign adventurism.

It is clear that Republicans don’t want to deal with the real world, but rather with what they want to be, which is not something relate-able to other Americans, let alone the rest of the world.

Obama’s achievement in bringing together a coalition to force Iran to the negotiating table cannot be understated, and the resultant deal is too important to be destroyed by Republicans who have no viable alternative to diplomacy save a war nobody wants to fight but them.

Congress has 56 days to give and up or down vote on the deal, not that they can realistically hope to stop it.

22 Replies to “John Kerry Tells Republicans To Stop Believing In Unicorns And Join The Real World On Iran”

  1. The GOP is rabble-rousing the Right into a Frenzy for War with IRAN over the more sane approach PBO and other countries want of negotiation!

    See for yourself what it’s like in Iran…
    These are not monsters, they are people just like us!

    *Don’t Tell My Mom I’m In IRAN*
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOJikTd9JFQ

    (It’s long…but worth it)

  2. I don’t have hope that republicans will come to their senses because one: They are beholden to the Likud war party and two: Its Obama.

    We need to write or call our Democratic reps and let them know, WE SEE YOU. Just today one of Nuttinyahoo toadies in the Democratic party is coming to his senses

    Ben Cardin is warming to the Iran deal.

    Ryan Costello ‎@RN_Costello

    Cardin – many areas of the framework agreement looked like they were going to be weakened, were in fact strengthened in #IranDeal

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/IranDeal?src=hash

  3. I think that the Entire Republican Party and Israel, are in dire need of some Industrial Strength Midol.

  4. “Senator Corker began the meeting by telling Secretary of State John Kerry, ‘Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe that you’ve been fleeced.’”

    Kerry’s a better man than I am. I would have smashed Corker’s face so hard that no amount of reconstructive surgery would ever make it look like anything other than a spilled plate of Hamburger Helper.

  5. …these Teahadists better decide where thier loyalties lie…our country, the United States of America…or Israel…AIPAC should be banned from the USA…

  6. The GOP has this way of wanting a set number of enemies that they can get everyone to focus on and thus away from their shortcomings. Iran and North Korea are easy candidates.

  7. American Jews overwhelmingly SUPPORT Iran deal, despite all-out assault by Netanyahu & AIPAC

    .From Netanyahu to AIPAC to Jeffrey Goldberg, the unspoken assumption was that the American Jewish community – and certainly those Jews who care about Israel – overwhelmingly opposed the deal. And those who supported it? Well, they were anything from not sufficiently ‘pro-Israel’ to self-hating Jews who want to see Israel destroyed.

    But guess what? A poll just released, overseen by the country’s preeminent sociologist and pollster who focuses on the Jewish community, Steven M. Cohen, shows that the overwhelming majority of U.S. Jews support the Iran deal.

    American Jews want Congress to approve the Iran deal. That’s the headline from the first independent survey of America-Jewish opinion conducted in the days after the Iran nuclear deal was announced.
    http://www.jewishjournal.com/IranSurvey

  8. Ron Johnson is a truly stupid, stupid man. EMP?
    That is the stuff of whacked out conspiracy theorist web-sites. When the most whacked out fringe stuff makes it’s way into CONGRESS it is time WE (meaning sane, rational, sentient humans) take back our country, from the Greedy Opposition Party, which ought to be declared an enemy of the State…

    Senator Corker began the meeting by telling Secretary of State John Kerry, “Not unlike a hotel guest that leaves only with a hotel bathrobe on his back, I believe that you’ve been fleeced.”
    Um, Hey Corker! You must be some kind of idiot. Anyone leaving a hotel with only the hotel bathrobe on his back is a criminal.
    He must have the same stream-of-consciousness problem that Trump has, their consciousness is screwed up.

  9. Netanyahu steered U.S. toward war with Iran – the result is a deal he hates

    Much of the criticism of the Iran nuclear deal has focused on the fact that it is entirely limited to the nuclear issue, which leaves Iran a free hand — and new resources — to continue policies that have angered regional and international players. There is no denying that if Iran plays its hands well and uses the next decade to build its economic and political potential, its regional influence is likely to expand, as is its capacity to do the sort of things that have angered Israel and Gulf Arab states.

    The deal’s biggest critic may be Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called it “a historic mistake.” The irony is that the urgency with which the Obama administration pursued a nuclear deal was itself a product of Israeli actions. For Netanyahu, the deal was a good example of “be careful what you wish for.”
    Read More
    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/20/the-real-credit-for-the-iran-deal-goes-to-israels-benjamin-netanyahu/

  10. They probably couldn’t find Iran on a map.
    Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is not the sharpest tool in the shed, we know that. And neither is his “Super-PAC”:

    A new ad touting Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran features a photoshopped image of President Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as a still from a propaganda video produced by ISIS.

    The ad, which is running in the Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay markets, was created by Restoration PAC, a group based in Oak Brook, Illinois.

    Anti-Iran Deal TV Ad Uses Fake Image Of Obama Meeting Iranian President

    The ad touts Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and features a photoshopped image of President Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — but the two have never met.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ilanbenmeir/anti-iran-deal-tv-ad-uses-fake-image-of-obama-meeting-irania?utm_term=4ldqpia#.pb6Pkxr7q

  11. Just a thought- but that $100 Billion of Assets- who has been ‘managing’ it for the Iranians whilst it sits?

    I cannot see some banker not being tempted…

  12. New poll finds strong support for Iran nuclear deal

    In a poll released Monday, Public Policy Polling finds strong support [pdf] for the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration. PPP’s director Tom Jensen writes in the polling memo that the “message is clear: voters think the Iran deal is a good one for the country, they want Congress to move it along, and if anything they’ll reward elected officials in the future who throw their support behind the agreement. It’s a winner politically.”

    Only 38% of voters are opposed to the Iran deal, compared to 54% who are supportive of it. Democratic voters (75/17) are far more united in their favor for the agreement than Republicans (36/54) are in their opposition to it. Voters within every gender, race, and age group are in support of it, reflecting the broad based mandate for the deal.

    -Similarly 54% of voters want their members of Congress to vote to allow the agreement to move forward, compared to just 39% who would like to see it blocked. […]

    -There are basically no potential repercussions politically for members of Congress who do vote in support of the agreement. 60% of Americans say that if their members vote for it, they will be either more likely to vote for them in the future or it won’t make a difference either way in their future voting.
    http://aufc.3cdn.net/e6dca770dc6d71f7d2_tgm6bxklu.pdf

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