Today U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was interviewed on NBC’s Meet The Press about the international talks concerning the Iranian nuclear program. At one point during the interview, Kerry said: “We are not blind, and I don’t think we’re stupid.”
Thank goodness the Secretary of State provided the world with such assurance! Of course, it would have been more effective if he also had made it clear that the United States is not demented, deaf, morally bankrupt, hopelessly naive, or emotionally exhausted, either.
Weird that the Secretary of State would portray the American approach to the negotiations in such a defensive way, isn’t it? Has our standing in the world reached such a point that we actually need to address international concerns that our most senior diplomats are being hoodwinked by the likes of the Iranians?
I don’t think America is blind or stupid, either. I’m hoping that, as the talks with the Iranians proceed, our government is carefully coordinating with the Israelis and approaching Iranian promises with appropriate skepticism. What does it say, though, that our allies apparently concerned about the quality and experience of our leaders that the American Secretary of State would feel impelled to say such a thing?