American Values, End of Day, with Gary Bauer: Kerry Surrenders; The Intolerant Left; The Enemy Within

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

From: Gary L. Bauer

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Kerry Surrenders

It’s time to stop pretending: The Iranian nuclear negotiations are over. President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have given up so much in these talks that the only way to describe them are as America’s unilateral surrender to Tehran.

During a briefing yesterday, Kerry told reporters that the United States was “not fixated” on Iran accounting for the “possible military dimensions” of past nuclear activities.

This is another concession by the Obama Administration, continuing the pattern of the talks from day one.

Last year, Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman, our lead nuclear negotiator, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, “We have required that Iran come clean on its past actions as part of any comprehensive agreement.”

Just a few weeks ago, Secretary Kerry was emphatic that Iran had to disclose its past nuclear activities. Consider this April exchange with NPR’s Judy Woodruff:

 

WOODRUFF: Still, another issue; the International Atomic Energy Agency has said for a long time that it wants Iran to disclose past military-related nuclear activities. Iran is increasingly looking like it’s not going to do this. Is the U.S. prepared to accept that?

KERRY: No. They have to do it. It will be done. If there’s going to be a deal; it will be done.


But now we are no longer “fixated” on forcing Iran to account for its nuclear efforts. Don’t miss the significance of this latest surrender.

Michael Singh, a top member of President Bush’s National Security Council, warned, “Unless Iran addresses these questions, inspectors cannot be certain how much Iran knows about constructing a nuclear weapon.”

Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden said he was “stunned” by Kerry’s capitulation, adding:

 

“That makes me frightened about the parameters of the agreement. We have gone from a position that says no agreement is better than a bad agreement, and I’m afraid that right now our position is any agreement is better than no agreement.”


That is precisely the problem. The only thing the Obama Administration is “fixated” on is getting a deal with Iran — any deal, no matter how bad it is. The mullahs of Iran must be overjoyed that their prayers to Allah are being answered.

The Intolerant Left

As we have argued many times before, the battle over the meaning of marriage is about much more than just that one issue. Moreover, the movement that began with simple demands for privacy, tolerance and equality is really, as Jonathan Last argues, a massive bait-and-switch.

For example, once marriage is redefined to include two people of the same sex, the next logical step will be polygamy. Advocates of same-sex marriage mock the suggestion as absurd. But the advocates of polygamy certainly don’t see it that way. And it wasn’t that long ago that Americans thought the idea of men “marrying” other men was absurd.

But as Last makes clear, the intolerance of the radical left threatens freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental rights. I strongly encourage you to read his brilliant column in this week’s edition of The Weekly Standard.

The Enemy Within

ABC News reports that the FBI has launched “a broad campaign” against suspected ISIS terrorists and sympathizers. The report suggests that officials may be attempting to disrupt plots aimed at July 4th celebrations.

Moreover, ABC notes that “Hundreds of investigations are underway in all 50 states.”

Let me repeat that: There are hundreds of investigations underway in all 50 states. Clearly, the cancer of radical Islam is metastasizing within the United States.

And Mr. Obama still has no strategy for defeating ISIS.

 

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