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September 28, 2016 7:44 am

Hillary Clinton’s Undebatable Iran Message

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off in the first presidential debate. Photo: screenshot.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off in the first presidential debate. Photo: screenshot.

During the first US presidential debate on Monday night, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton articulated her party’s positions clearly, while defending the Obama administration’s policies that she helped forge and implement.

One topic absent from the verbal boxing match between Clinton and her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, was Israel. This may or may not have been intentional on the part of moderator Lester Holt, who asked a general question about American security. Whether the candidates purposely avoided the subject is also unclear. But what Clinton said about the Islamic Republic of Iran was plain as day.

She claimed that when she was secretary of state, Iran was on the verge of acquiring nuclear weapons. To confront this threat, she boasted, she was instrumental in imposing the sanctions that “brought” the ayatollahs to the negotiating table. Finally, she asserted, America achieved a deal that “put the lid” on Iran’s nuclear program. Such, she crowed, is the stuff that “diplomacy” and “coalition-building” are made of.

This echoed what she is reported to have told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday in New York City, where the two met in the aftermath of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly. According to a statement released by her office after the tete-a-tete, Clinton said she would “enforce” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear agreement signed in July 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 powers, led by the United States.

She failed to mention that the JCPOA isn’t worth the paper on which it was written; that secret addenda provide loopholes for Iranian military operations; that billions of dollars in cash and gold were transferred clandestinely to Tehran in exchange for the release of American hostages, among other things; and that Iran has already violated several clauses that actually do appear in the document.

Which brings us to Clinton’s successor, Secretary of State John Kerry, the key negotiator of the disastrous deal in question.

Kerry, who kept his mouth shut while his counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif, shouted at him during every summit, has no problem whatsoever berating the Jewish state.

As Haaretz reported on Sunday, at a meeting last week of nations that fund the Palestinian Authority, Kerry chastised Israel.

“How does increasing the number of settlers indicate an attempt to create a Palestinian state?” he was quoted as saying. “The status quo is not sustainable. So either we mean it and we act on it, or we should shut up… The consequences of the current trends reverberate far beyond the immediate damage the destruction and displacement may cause. What’s happening today destroys hope. It empowers extremists.”

As a master at bolstering radical Islamists — whose proudly stated goal is to destroy America and Israel — Kerry knows exactly what he’s talking about. Indeed, as he has so adeptly illustrated, the very best way to guarantee a victory for one’s enemies is to cower before — and kowtow to – them. This has been Obama’s credo from the minute he stepped foot in the Oval Office, and it will be the legacy he leaves behind.

Judging by her performance on the stage at Hofstra University on Monday night, Clinton is raring to pick up the ball and run with it, if given the chance to occupy the White House.

Ruthie Blum is the managing editor of The Algemeiner.

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  • ToughJuice

    Thank you, she left a lot out at the debate, she leaves a path of dead bodies behind her anywhere she goes.

  • Peter Joffe

    Clinton is a hater of Israel and only talks smoothly to get votes for her destructive party and polices. Look at the photo of her that accompanied this piece. She acts with total disdain at lesser people such as Republicans in general and Trump in particular. It must be such a burden on her to replace God Himself. Spare her more stress by voting for Trump as Trump wants to use God for all that God has asked of us.

  • It appears Mrs. Clinton will probably become the first female U.S. President. If elected, Mrs. Clinton might allow Secretary Kerry to continue his disastrous détente initiative toward Iran.

  • watsa46

    Hillary took advantage of the podium to SPIT more LIES on the Iran Nukegate!
    Hillary a danger in “Kinetic Motion” and the target could be: AMERICA!
    BHO has already soften the target by keeping borders wide open, weakened the US Defense Forces, increased the divide between Americans, weaken the economy. There is a report indicating that several thousands terrorists, and not 800, are in the country! That explains FBI frustration.

  • jimmyk520000

    Hillary is NO friend of the State of Israel.

    • DocReality

      And no friend to America either, for the record.

  • Donald Trump was right about one thing: the disaster that is Iran nuclear deal. But Trump’s inability to disassemble Hillary Clinton’s defense of the pact was another of his debate blunders. Had he done so the evening might have been less of a lost opportunity for him to put away a Democratic nominee who seemed like she might be on the ropes.

    Though Clinton was not the driving force behind the effort to appease the Islamist regime — that dubious distinction belongs to her successor John Kerry — the former secretary of state has become an ardent defender of the deal. Her answer to Trump’s attack on it echoed the statements of President Obama about there being no alternative.

    • watsa46

      Huma is a Hillary TOY. She is the one connected to the boys and girls hoods!

    • Peter Joffe

      Is suicide and alternative to peace? Obama thinks that suicide is the easy way out and so does Clinton the destroyer. Just because Trump does not lie and cheat, it does not make him weak, just as lies do not make Clinton strong. That the USA surrendered to Islam with this stupid ‘deal’ (one sided) is a shame on the nation that will lead to drastic consequences for all decent men.

  • Stephen E Hughes

    Obama conceded to Iran, self-nuclear inspections, 28 day warning before an IAEA Inspection, closed the case on unanswered concerning Iran’s nuclear weapons research, never fully conducted on ground the investigation within Parachin’s main military complex building. In the November 2011 IAEA Safeguards report on Iran, the IAEA disclosed that information from member states indicated that Iran constructed a large explosives containment vessel or chamber at the Parchin military complex in 2000 to conduct high explosive and hydrodynamic experiments related to the development of nuclear weapons.

  • HamMakabi

    Good article Ruthie!

    “Kerry on Israel” “What’s happening today destroys hope. It empowers extremists.” Yes

    What he and Obama have been doing does empower extremists.