Did you know that Secretary of State (ugh!) John Kerry’s daughter, Vanessa, is married to an Iranian? The media has been reluctant to release this information, but leave it up to the hapless Kerry to blurt it out himself.
His son-in-law, Behrouz Nahed, is a resident at Mass General in Boston, as is his daughter. The problem is that Nahed has lots of family left in Iran and Kerry’s blunder imperils them.
Ken Timmerman reports at The Daily Caller that Kerry revealed it in a greeting to the Iranian people on the New Year holiday last week.
“I am proud of the Iranian-Americans in my own family, and grateful for how they have enriched my life,” Kerry said. He also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”
All that would be fine except his relatives, who they visited in Iran after their marriage, could be used as pawns or blackmail. Timmerman asks, “But what if the regime simply decides to round up Nahed’s family members and torture them? Or sends its goons to visit them at home? Or exerts some form of more subtle pressure on them that gets no publicity, and then makes it known they want the United States to release Iranians jailed in the United States on terrorism charges or for attempting to procure weapons technology or military spare parts?
“One can only sympathize in advance with Behrouz Nahed’s family in Iran, and wonder at the audacity, naiveté and hubris of an American politician who apparently thinks his position (and positions) put him above it all.”
Maybe Kerry has forgotten that “little incident” in 1979 when Americans were held hostage in Tehran for more than a year.
What bothers me, too, is what if the husband is a set up? By that I mean who’s to know if he is an Iranian plant? No one who is in love with someone wants to consider that they may be used. You can bet they really won’t believe it if they are a. liberal, b. wealthy and c. arrogant.
But it happens. Marry the Secretary of State’s daughter and you will have access to a lot of valuable information. That’s especially true with John Kerry who has never demonstrated discretion or a keen intellect. The husband could probably easily see papers or information of a highly sensitive nature with a minimum of effort.
Kerry as Secretary of State is something that is scary in a number of ways.