And Kerry really means he’s not blaming anybody.
According to Kerry, we don’t have to worry about Iran because he had “friends” who had been to Tehran and told him it was “teeming with young people who all have smartphones.”
So when Kerry was asked about Iran murdering Americans, he hedged and dodged as if he were running for office all over again.
In the list of questions submitted to Kerry, Rubio asks: “How many U.S. citizens have been killed by Iran, including by Iran’s terrorist proxies, since 1979?”
The secretary of state declined to provide an answer, instead saying that the administration takes the murder of American citizens “very seriously.”
“The death of any U.S. citizen due to acts of terrorism is a tragedy that we take very seriously,” Kerry writes. “As the President said in his Aug. 5 speech, a nuclear-armed Iran is a danger to Israel, America and the world.”
Kerry uses the passive voice, rather than admitting that Iran murdered Americans. And he keeps on dodging.
When asked a second time by Rubio to specify “How many U.S. troops and soldiers were killed by Iranian-provided weapons or by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Kerry said, again sidestepping the question.
“We are extraordinarily grateful for the service of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, and we mourn the loss of every service member,” Kerry writes. “The JCPOA is not about a change in the broader U.S. relationship with Iran. It is about eliminating the biggest and most imminent threat—a nuclear-armed Iran.”
When separately asked to detail “how many Israelis have been killed by Iran, including by Iran’s terrorist proxies since 1979,” Kerry again declined to respond.
And why would he?
But the men and women of the United States Armed Forces remember how grateful Hanoi John is to them. When he isn’t accusing them of being murderers and rapists worse than Genghis Khan or telling students that if they don’t study, they’ll end up stuck in Iraq.
Kerry looks out for them almost as much as he does for America.