December 19, 2015
His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dear Mr. Minister:
Thanks for a constructive meeting yesterday. I wanted to get back to you in response to your inquiry about amendments to our Visa Waiver Program. First, I want to confirm to you that we remain fully committed to the sanctions lifting provided for under the JCPOA. We will adhere to the full measure of our commitments, per the agreement. Our team is working hard to be prepared and as soon as we reach implementation day we will lift appropriate sanctions.
I am also confident that the recent changes in visa requirements passed in Congress, which the Administration has the authority to waive, will not in any way prevent us from meeting our JCPOA commitments, and that we will implement them so as not to interfere with legitimate business interests of Iran. To this end, we have a number of potential tools available to us, including multiple entry ten-year business visas, programs for expediting business visas, and the waiver authority provided under the new legislation. I am happy to discuss this further and provide any additional clarification.
Secretary of State John Kerry
Most Americans don’t realize that “Kerry” is Iranian slang for “Bambi”; “Obama” is slang for “Thumper”, and “Jarrett” means “Flower”. These nicknames come from a Persian cultural quirk – love of Walt Disney films and their symbolism.
But all slang has an element of truth, and John Kerry’s letter (above) seems composed by a young fawn, overwhelmed by a nasty world with bullies like Ronno (the capital “I” is silent), and so crawling and bowing are the only solution. The story of Thumper and Flower is also fascinating to Iranians, but deserves a future blog of its own.
Kerry, who currently appears stricken with “twitterpation” – as Friend Owl warned – seeks to console Iran that their residents need no visas to enter the U.S., and no scrutiny should be allowed by us, even if the Iranians just returned from Syria on some Levantian mission. And our rackless deer secretary also explained that asking credentials would negatively affect the wondrous Iran deal approved by America, but not signed by Iran.
In other news today:
Russia will begin construction on two nuclear reactors in Iran next week, the spokesman for the Iranian atomic agency said today.
It comes a year after Tehran signed a contract with Moscow to build two reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr power plant in southern Iran. Russia plans a total of nine reactors in that country.
In the classic movie, Bambi falls asleep, but he is soon awakened by his father, who explains the forest is on fire and it’s time to run. He and dad gather up the other animals and they all seek refuge on a riverbank. It’s a story obsessively adored by children and some adults with minimal faculties.
Kerry, in his deer minister letter, also echoes the White House policy of ignoring the danger from radical Syrian immigrants, and not requiring visas. Kerry wants to accept some 10,000 of the undocumented in 2016.
So, you ask, what’s with the blog’s headline about the dentist?
The Wall Street Journal has reported:
When Gershon Pincus turned 60, he decided he wanted to give something back to his country. The Brooklyn-born father of four had maintained a successful private dental practice in New York City for 35 years.
As he would later attest in an affidavit, “I can think of no better way to experience the sunset of my career than by using my professional skills as a dentist to assist those who have chosen to serve in the United States military.” So Dr. Pincus turned to the USAJobs website, found an opening for part-time work at an off-base Naval clinic in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and applied.
He got the job, and in 2014 he was making a weekly commute of 400 miles to the clinic from his home in Queens. It was at lower pay than he had earned in private practice, but the chance to serve his country.
“That October, Dr. Pincus underwent a routine interview to obtain a security clearance for civilian employees. As part of the interview, he made note of his familial connections in Israel.
Two of his siblings had moved there in the 1980s, though neither worked for the Israeli government. His elderly mother, now suffering from dementia, had also moved there late in life, so her daughter could help take care of her. And one of Dr. Pincus’s children, Avi, had served briefly in the Israeli army before tragically succumbing to a drug overdose at an early age.
As for Dr. Pincus’s own connections to Israel, they amounted to three visits in the past decade, including one for his father’s funeral. He has no personal friends in Israel, no financial interests or holdings there, and no desire to ever hold an Israeli passport. He calls his mother on a weekly basis, and for a while handled her monthly rent and utilities bills. That’s it”, WSJ reported.
“There is nothing in subject’s background or character that would make him vulnerable to blackmail, extortion, coercion or duress,” the security investigation concluded. However, in March this year Dr. Pincus was called to a second interview, this time from a contract investigator sent by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
Most questions, sent from OPM headquarters, concerned his potential connections to Israel. In September, Dr. Pincus’s security clearance was denied; he would not be allowed to perform dental work at the clinic. He was fired.
The “Statement of Reasons” by the OPM explained why:
“You have weekly telephone contact with your mother and brother in Israel. You added your mother, sister and brother may have contact with neighbors in Israel. Foreign contacts and interests may be a security concern due to divided loyalties or foreign financial interests, may be manipulated or induced to help a foreign person, group, organization or government in a way that is not in U.S. interests, or is vulnerable to pressure or coercion by foreign interests.”
The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals maintains a public database of what are known as “Industrial Security Clearance Decisions” dating back to 1996, involving thousands of civilian cases. Since Obama came into office, there have been 58 cases in which Israeli ties were a significant factor in the decision. Of these, 36 applicants – 62% of the total -lost appeals and had clearance applications denied. In comparison, there has been just one case of a French citizen losing an appeal and being denied a clearance, and zero involving British citizens.
The case will be appealed. Probably, Pincus will lose. The danger from a dentist, concerned with his mother’s dementia, will be eliminated by hate and fear of Jews with ties to Israel.
The real Bambi would not be proud.