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June 16, 2014 - 8:27 am

Secretary of State John Kerry indicated to Yahoo News that he would be open to working militarily with Shiite extremist Iran to stop Sunni extremists in Iraq.

“I think we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the violence, hold Iraq together, the integrity of the country and eliminate the presence of outside terrorist forces that are ripping it apart,” Kerry told Katie Couric.

“I wouldn’t rule out anything that would be constructive to providing real stability, a respect for the (Iraqi) constitution, a respect for the election process, and a respect for the Iraqi people to form a government that represents all of the interests of Iraq — not one sectarian group over another,” he said.

Kerry said President Obama was giving the options presented to him a “thorough vetting.”

He also doubted that ISIS could take Baghdad. “I don’t believe that they will in the near term,” he said.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Friday about the temptation to get cozy with the Iranians.

“I’m very concerned about Maliki getting in bed with Iranians that, because us not really doing anything and waiting days to figure out what we might do, that the Iranians come in,” McCain said.

“I’m hearing rumors that some people say, well, that might be good in our interests. That would be a Faustian bargain, my friends. The Iranians are our enemies, and wherever we have anything to do with them, it would be a horrific mistake.”

More P5+1 meetings on Iran’s nuclear program began today in Geneva, with Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman and Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns leading the U.S. delegation.

The administration faces a July 20 deadline for a final deal with Iran.

“Don’t think for a minute that Iran is not looking at this vacuum as a potential power grab, as well,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said Sunday of the Iraq crisis. “And I think we need to be very cognizant of that fact.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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Hmmm, let's see. Give drone and air support to the Iranian Quds forces on the ground. Let them enter and wipe out what is left of the ISIS forces then "accidentally" send in another massive airstrike on the Quds forces. That might just send a message.
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Talking about an alliance of any kind with the mad mullahs is sheer folly.

And I mean folly, psychosis.
OED definition:

"In mod. use, any mental illness or disorder that is accompanied by hallucinations, delusions, or mental confusion and a loss of contact with external reality, whether attributable to an organic lesion or not."

11 weeks ago
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On the car radio this AM, someone referred to the US State Department "2nd most senior diplomat." I remember thinking whoever it is, the world's non US diplomats equate him (her?) with the clown with the second biggest red feet.
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“I think we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the violence, hold Iraq together, the integrity of the country and eliminate the presence of outside terrorist forces that are ripping it apart,” Kerry told Katie Couric. SNIP

How would giving its closest enemy the right to invade help keep Iraq together?

About that deadline of July 20, does that mean we won't do jack-crap for another 34 days?
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I agree with Sen John McCain, the US mustn't get too close to Iran. Iran is behind lot of the problems in Syria, Lebanon and ironically Iraq. For its co-operation with the US over Iraq, I expect Iran to demand a high price. For example Iran want al Assad of Syria to stay. It wants sanctions lifted. It wants a free hand in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. Iran cannot be trusted.
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