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Monday, July 20, 2015

John Kerry: I Never Heard the Term "Anytime, Anywhere"

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz had a remarkable interview on "Face the Nation" yesterday concerning the disastrous nuclear deal struck with Iran. As reported by CBS News:

"In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday, Kerry argued that having 'anytime, anywhere' access to all of Iran's nuclear sites was 'not on the table' and a term 'I never heard in the four years that we were negotiating' - even though, as host John Dickerson pointed out, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said in April that the international community would have 'anywhere, anytime, 24/7 access.'

'This is a term that, honestly, I never heard in the four years that we were negotiating. It was not on the table. There's no such thing in arms control as anytime, anywhere. There isn't any nation in the world, none that has an anytime, anywhere,' Kerry said. 'We always were negotiating was an end to the interminable delays that people had previously.'"

Yeah, right. Kerry was unaware that in an interview with Jake Tapper on April 6, 2015, Ben Rhodes declared, "under this deal, you will have anywhere, anytime 24/7 access as it relates to the nuclear facilities that Iran has"? Even Moniz acknowledged his use of the term, albeit with qualifications, during the "Face the Nation" interview.

But more to the point, why shouldn't "anytime, anywhere" have been "on the table"? If in fact it wasn't "on the table," John ("Assad is my dear friend") Kerry doesn't have a clue how to negotiate a deal and should resign immediately.

1 comment:

  1. It was a tense interview. Without the botox (?), Kerry's face was almost expressive of his inner tension of having to sell this deal, knowing it always came down to what FM Lavrov would greenlight for the Persian Empire.

    More of the Sunday 'news' was devoted to Trump on former POW John McCain; O'Malley having to apologize for saying "Black Lives Matter. White Lives Matter. All Lives Matter." ; and the Planned Parenthood video.

    One wonders how the Persians factor the often surrealistic USA Sunday news shows in their multi-dimensional chess game...

    US media missed this on Sunday (dead body in Demi Moore's LA swimming pool more newsworthy):
    "...On his flight to Israel, [SecDef Ashton] Carter however said the deal does not preclude the use of military force to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, though the agreement is designed to resolve the issue diplomatically. ..."

    (I find it reassuring that SecDef Carter was a double-major in Physics and Medieval History at Yale University)