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Ex-FEMA Chief: John Kerry Isn't the Guy You Want Cutting Deals

By    |   Friday, 03 April 2015 04:46 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry as point person for nuclear talks with Iran does not inspire confidence in the reported agreement that was announced on Thursday, says a former Homeland Security official who first encountered Kerry shortly after 9/11.

"Having worked up close and personal with people like John Kerry, it just really worries me that someone like him is trying to cut a deal," Michael Brown, a past director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Friday.

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Kerry took a leading role in nuclear talks between Iran and six countries led by the United States, and on Thursday was the highest-ranking administration official after President Barack Obama to publicly explain and defend the preliminary agreement.

Brown, now a radio talk show host in Denver, said this is the same Kerry who, as a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, made an unfavorable impression at a congressional briefing of the entire Senate after the 9/11 attacks.

"Some people had very good, insightful questions," he said, "and I remember specifically John Kerry not having any questions at all, and then later on asking questions that I thought to myself, 'Did you even pay attention to what was going on in the briefing?'

"So, I just personally don't have any confidence in his ability to understand — not just how to negotiate, but understanding what the other side is trying to accomplish so that you can be aware of it," said Brown. "It truly worries me."

The agreement in principle reached on Thursday precedes a final agreement expected in three months to curtail Iran's nuclear program in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions. Critics fear the deal will leave Iran room to weaponize its nuclear energy program.

Brown said the agreement "could be a real tipping point for peace in the Middle East, and not in a good way."

"When even the French say this is a bad deal you know you're in deep doo-doo," he said, praising members of Congress for questioning the agreement and insisting on oversight.

The former U.S. emergency preparedness chief also discussed the sweeping and unprecedented new restrictions on water use in drought-ravaged California announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

"He waited too long," Brown said of the governor. "And the other thing he did is, he's allowed the environmentalists to prevent the creation of more dams, the creation of more canals. So, this is another way to impose the global warming fiasco onto the people of California."

Brown, a lawyer, also addressed the uproar over Indiana's religious freedom law, calling it "a big brouhaha that the media has created that's much ado about nothing."

He said the law, and others like it in 19 states and at the federal level, do not permit anti-gay discrimination under cover of religious belief.

"The only thing that these statutes do is say that if you are sued in a discrimination case either by a private individual or by the state or federal governments, you have a right to defend yourself based on your religious beliefs," he said

"All this is doing is codifying in state law what has been in federal law since 1993 and, I would take it one step further, what has been in the United States Constitution since 1791," he said.

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Secretary of State John Kerry as point person for nuclear talks with Iran does not inspire confidence in the reported agreement that was announced on Thursday, says a former Homeland Security official who first encountered Kerry shortly after 9/11.
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