Did John Kerry commit treason? It’s a good question considering the events of the last few days.
Promoting his new book Every Day Is Extra, the former secretary of state in the Obama administration confirmed he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif a number of times in recent months to help the Iranians salvage the nuclear deal canceled by President Trump and later to strategize with him on how to get around the administration’s policies.
Current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo commented at a news conference:
“What Secretary Kerry has done is unseemly and unprecedented…It’s inconsistent with what the foreign policy of the United States is, as directed by this president. It is beyond inappropriate.”
The president had harsher words in a tweet:
“John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!”
Trump was right to call out Kerry for a possible violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a 1938 statue which requires a person acting as an agent of a foreign entity in a political or quasi-political capacity make regular public disclosures of this relationship, including activities and disbursements.
This is not the first time Kerry met with a foreign entity and acted against the policies of his country. In 1970, as a naval reservist, he traveled to Paris and met with the North Vietnamese delegation in the middle of the U.S.’ war against North Vietnam. He later advocated for the North Vietnamese peace plan and urged then president Richard Nixon to accept it. The plan basically called for the U.S. to surrender and pay reparations to North Vietnam.
One could argue that with the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Kerry was responsible for making the worst deal of the century. In his quest to reach an agreement at any cost for his and his boss’ legacy, he succeeded in imperiling the entire world. The deal released billions of dollars to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism and actually enabled the goal of Iran’s fanatical mullahs: access to nuclear weapons (this would have happened in 2025 due to the 10-year sunset clause in the deal).
Further, the deal Kerry negotiated put inspections and compliance into Iran’s very hands, in effect making it worth less than the paper it was written on.
Since the deal was made and its pockets were flush with cash, Iran embarked on a brutal and bloody journey through Iraq, Syria and Yemen to complete its goal of establishing a Shiite crescent from the Islamic Republic to Lebanon. It has continued to stretch its tentacles into Africa and North and South America.
Trump’s shift in course from the Obama administration – from cancelling the agreement to the imposition of severe economic sanctions on the Iranian regime – is the one and only effective policy at this point to stop the terrorist, expansionist project of the regime.
Kerry’s actions – which amount to aiding and abetting an enemy of the United States – should be met with the full force of the law.