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Riddle of the Day — What Do John Kerry and Ayatollah Khamenei Have in Common?


Riddle me this, oh Riddler -- what do U.S. Sec'y of State John Kerry and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei have in common?

Well, a few things.

One, they're both billionaires who didn't earn the money themselves. Kerry married it (twice) and Khamenei evidently stole it from his people. (Khamenei is also apparently a BMW dealer, something Kerry has not tried, to my knowledge.)

Two, they both want Iran to have the bomb, but neither of them will admit it. In fact, they both say the opposite. Khamenei insists Iran is operating all those centrifuges for peaceful purposes only (never mind all the cheap oil sitting under the ground), and Kerry claims he would never allow the Iranians to have the bomb in the current negotiations (until the French said he did just that -- ignoring the Arak heavy water reactor, which is a literal plutonium bomb factory).

Thirdly, they don't much care for the state of Israel. Khamenei publicly despises the "Little Satan," as everyone knows. Whatever he really thinks about the Jewish state, it's the perfect convenient villain while he rips his country off and assassinates various local enemies who might threaten his empire.

Kerry, to hasten peace talks no one wants, insists Israel pull back from settlements that were already included as Israeli territory in land exchanges from umpteen previous peace proposals. He also threatens Israel with ostracism, perhaps finally to annihilate traces of his own Jewish roots that miraculously surfaced during some election campaign (shades of Madeleine Albright -- what is it about these "liberals" that makes them so clueless about their pasts, animosity for ancestry.com?).