Yet somehow it was “out-of-bounds” for the U.S. to throw in the release of U.S. hostages.
This admission by Secretary Kerry is reflective of two things:
#1) The administration was desperate to come away with a deal, any deal; and
#2) Affirming what Obama has stated – the weapons being released (under the lifting of the embargo) will come from China and Russia – and the only way to stop those arms from reaching Hamas will be to engage shipments from Russia and/or China, which opens up another entire can of worms regarding regional stability and U.S. interests…
“So this [deal] focused on getting rid of the principal problem in the region, which is Iran’s threat to Israel, their threat to the region, to have a nuclear capacity.”
“We believe with this, for years into the future, we have this incredible capacity to have access, to have inspections, to hold them accountable.
“And by the way, even though the arms and the missiles, they were thrown in as an add-on to this nuclear agreement. It was always contemplated if Iran did come and deal on the nuclear program, that was going to be lifted.”