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Thursday, January 25, 2018

While the White House has confirmed that since the Jerusalem Declaration there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration has maintained contact with PA officials. Maariv reported that former US secretary of state John Kerry met in London with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Maariv that the meeting took place. [snip] During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to "hold on and be strong." Tell him, he told Agha, "that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump's demands."

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I am guessing that all of the liberals who labeled Sen Cotton and the rest of the GOP Senators who drafted a letter to the Iranian government as traitors are going to say the same thing about Secretary Kerry.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-25 04:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1

I am sure that outrage from the uber patriotic DR Left will commence shortly.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-25 04:41 PM | Reply

Does Kerry have an official position, or is he a private citizen?

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-01-25 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3

The Left has been calling Henry Kissinger a traitor for decades, why should Kerry be any different?

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-25 05:44 PM | Reply

#4,
So you are saying Kerry is a private citizen.

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-01-25 05:59 PM | Reply

If he isn't trying to affect foreign policy on an official basis you've got bupkiss Jeff as per the usual.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-25 06:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#5

Of course he is, but private citizens can still be guilty of sedition.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-25 06:06 PM | Reply

#6 read the Logan act

#8 | Posted by patron at 2018-01-25 06:11 PM | Reply

If he isn't trying to affect foreign policy on an official basis you've got bupkiss Jeff as per the usual.

#6 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

When Senator Cotton did something similar you cited the Logan Act.

I don't think anything will come of this because it really isn't a big deal. I created this thread to see if liberals and progressives would react to this the same way they reacted to the Senator Cotton letter to the mullahs.

Laura's reaction is polar opposite. My guess, it's the letter after the name that is the difference for her.

#9 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-25 06:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"When Senator Cotton did something similar you cited the Logan Act."

Wouldn't the United States have to recognize the Palestinian State for the Logan Act to apply?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-25 06:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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I don't think anything will come of this because it really isn't a big deal. I created this thread to see if liberals and progressives would react to this the same way they reacted to the Senator Cotton letter to the mullahs.

Laura's reaction is polar opposite. My guess, it's the letter after the name that is the difference for her.

Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-25 06:29 PM | Reply

Take your own criticism slick. You would come across more credible. BTW was he attempting to subvert foreign policy on any official basis??? No he wasn't. Nice try though. I'll give you 2 golf claps for effort at least.

#11 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-01-25 06:57 PM | Reply

Guess what JJ, human beings live in Palestine and Iran.

#12 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-25 07:38 PM | Reply

Good thread Jeff.

A few trolls took the bait.

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-25 07:41 PM | Reply

was he attempting to subvert foreign policy on any official basis?

Yes.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-25 07:48 PM | Reply

The Left has been calling Henry Kissinger a traitor for decades, why should Kerry be any different?

#4 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER AT 2018-01-25 05:44 PM | FLAG:

They call him that for what he did while Secretary of State, nimrod.

#15 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-01-25 08:42 PM | Reply

#6 read the Logan act

#8 | POSTED BY PATRON AT 2018-01-25 06:11 PM | FLAG:

What about it? He wasn't negotiating, he was conversing. Surely he can do that with whomever he pleases.

#16 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-01-25 08:45 PM | Reply

If exchanging some well wishes and grumbling about the vile regime in Washington to a foreigner was a violation of the Logan Act, they'd need to fine just about any American student that studied abroad in the last year. Hell, probably most of the vacationers and business people as well...

#17 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-01-25 08:48 PM | Reply

Hell you had the entire congress go to Israel and subvert POTUS Obama.

So what. Not buying it.

#18 | Posted by fresno500 at 2018-01-26 12:35 AM | Reply

Hell you had the entire congress go to Israel and subvert POTUS Obama.
So what. Not buying it.

#18 | POSTED BY FRESNO500

My recollection is that 46 Senators were signatories to a letter drafted by Senator Cotton to the Iranian government.

#19 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-26 12:37 AM | Reply

If exchanging some well wishes and grumbling about the vile regime in Washington to a foreigner was a violation of the Logan Act, they'd need to fine just about any American student that studied abroad in the last year. Hell, probably most of the vacationers and business people as well...

#17 | POSTED BY DIRKSTRUAN

What Kerry did was inappropriate but it was awfully far from being treasonous. The Logan Act has never really been enforced for a reason.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-26 12:39 AM | Reply

What Snoofy said in #10. And JeffJ in #20. No Logan Act violation here.

#21 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-26 10:28 AM | Reply

Don't even try to make this into anything big after the GOP invited Netanyahoo to address both houses of Congress without informing the President. Blow it out your ***. Nuf said about this stupid pretend story.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-26 11:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#16

Wrong.

Learn to use Google, it will get you outside your echo chamber...I am not going to do your work for you.

#23 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-26 01:38 PM | Reply

Of course he is, but private citizens can still be guilty of sedition.

Do you honestly think that a private citizen who has no role in government is guilty of sedition if he talks about current U.S. policy to a foreign government official?

Before you answer:

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#24 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-26 04:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#24

Show me where, in that Facebook post, Trump the private citizen said "stay strong...and not yield to Obama's demands."

Show me where it says that Donald Trump is the former Secretary of State or a former US Senator.

I would wait, but you can't.

Kerry, as a former Senator and Sec. State, in the immortal words of David St. Hubbins, is walking a fine line between clever and stupid with these remarks.

#25 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-26 05:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Show me where it says that Donald Trump is the former Secretary of State or a former US Senator.

Yeah, Trump was a nobody. He was only the nominee for president for a major party.

Are you kidding me? Trump was in a position where his words mattered 100 times more than a former Secretary of State from the party out of power. But you're pretending that Kerry would be more likely to be at risk of committing sedition.

Pull the other one, it's got bells on.

#26 | Posted by rcade at 2018-01-26 08:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's colluding with our enemies. You would and have damned Trump for far less.

#27 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-27 03:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Kerry, as a former Senator and Sec. State, in the immortal words of David St. Hubbins, is walking a fine line between clever and stupid with these remarks.

#25 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Hey, that's good, Tap Rulz!

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Other than that, you're wrong about Kerry.

#28 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-01-28 07:42 AM | Reply

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