Many Republican’s seem to think Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in US history but I personally think John Kerry and her share the title. First the fiasco of the Iran nuclear agreement where Iran got, at the bear minimum, the possibility of a nuclear weapon and tons of cash and we got absolutely nothing but a so-called foreign affairs legacy for the President. That’s not to mention the earlier Syrian debacle, the Ramallah peace talks failure; and Hillary’s epic betrayal in Benghazi, our deteriorating relationship with Russia, Ukraine, Egypt, plus the Iraq troop withdrawal, the Libya mess and the resulting leadership crisis/vacuum. These are but a few of the failures of these 2.
So we shouldn’t be surprised by the recent behavior of Iran in the face of our sailors supposed accidental venture into troubled-waters and their photos plastered all over the world news on their knees with their hands up like criminals; the lone female sailor being forced to cover her head; our apologizing for the nautical mistake apparently with the approval, and perhaps direction, of our state department; and now, adding insult to injury, the Ayatollah giving medals to the sailors that arrested our sailors in violation of international law.
And, if that weren’t enough, let us not forget the huge bounty now on the heads of any US citizen that travels abroad thanks to our exchanging convicted Iranian prisoners for our citizens who had committed absolutely no crime. Now all any country in need of leverage in dealing with the USA has to do is grab a US citizen and wait for Obama/Kerry to come crawling. We are all extremely glad that these gentlemen are now home with their families but let’s not forget that perhaps the reason they weren’t released years ago was because of the effeminate foreign policy of President Obama and Secretary of State’s Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
Weakness begets the perception of fear which we should have learned from the Carter years when, again, Iran held US prisoners for over a year and then released them, not exchanged them for criminals, as soon as President Reagan was inaugurated. And the reason for their release was because Iran feared the consequences of their actions from a President who meant what he said, and took protecting American citizens as his first and most important duty. In this latest “we never negotiate prisoner swaps” negotiation we couldn’t even “negotiate” the release of all of our illegally held prisoners as Robert Levenson continues to be held by Iran.
All in all, our Obama/Clinton/Kerry foreign policy is not so much foreign as it is feckless and not so much policy as it is poltroonery.