Wall Street Journal blasts Kerry trip to IranThe Wall Street Journal has this one right. Kerry shouldn't go to Iran.
The Kerry mission would also look like a panicky effort to persuade the Ayatollah Ali Khamanei to accept the increasingly plaintive U.S. offers of engagement. Mr. Obama has set the end of this month as his latest deadline for progress on nuclear talks before he says he'll seek tougher sanctions against Iran at the U.N.The problem is that panicky is exactly what Obama is probably feeling right now. He doesn't want to go to war with Iran - he didn't really want to go to war with Afghanistan either and he's still upset he hasn't been able to get US troops out of Iraq.
But if a year of personal Presidential letters and Administration entreaties hasn't worked, why would a Senatorial trip? The regime would probably exploit the visit for its own domestic purposes, perhaps adding to its P.R. coup by releasing to Mr. Kerry the three hapless American hikers it has promised to put on trial for having "suspicious aims" as they wandered across the border with Iraq.
The Iranians who need support now are the democrats in prison, in the streets, and increasingly in the mosques as the regime loses its legitimacy even among many clerics. Please do them no more harm, Senator.
What could go wrong?