KERRY’S TIDY TALKS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

One ob­server sug­gests that Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry’s re­cent in­con­clu­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions with Iran over nu­clear weapons have pro­ceeded as if they were tidy talks, say, about va­ca­tions and ben­e­fits.

“Con­trary to Kerry’s rhetoric, this is not a la­bor ne­go­ti­a­tion in which both sides must be al­lowed to walk away with some­thing and a so­lu­tion al­ways lies in split­ting the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides,” points out Jonathan Tobin, a colum­nist for Com­men­tary mag­a­zine.

“Any Ira­nian deal that doesn’t defini­tively end their chance of build­ing a weapon, whether via ura­nium or plu­to­nium, is a scam, not a diplo­matic tri­umph. In­sis­tence on this point doesn’t make the deal’s crit­ics war­mon­gers. It makes them re­al­ists,” Mr. Tobin adds. One Ari­zona Repub­li­can is no fan of Mr. Kerry ei­ther. “This guy has been a hu­man wreck­ing ball. I’m very dis­ap­poined,” Sen John McCain told an au­di­ence at the re­cent Wash­ing­ton Ideas Fo­rum, or­ga­nized by At­lantic Me­dia in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

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