Democrats are touting Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Hillary Clinton’s new running mate, as a pro-Israel voice in Congress. The left-wing Forward ran a tribute exulting: “5 Reasons Tim Kaine Will Be the Jewiest Vice President Pick for Hillary Clinton.” Yet Kaine joined anti-Israel radicals in Congress in boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in March 2015 – the last plea of a beleaguered nation against an agreement that Iran is already violating with ballistic missile tests.
Asked to comment on his pro-deal position in an interview with Breitbart News, Kaine said that he still believes it was the “best way under the circumstances” to compromise between U.S. foreign policy objectives and minimizing damage for an ally such as Israel. “Call it what you will, but at the end of the day, we accomplished significant results,” Kaine argued. “Israel is still in one piece as you can see, they weren’t invaded or obliterated off the face of the Earth. On the other hand, we’ve managed to secure permanent peace between United States and Iran, which is more than you can say for our predecessors. I really don’t understand what the problem is here.”
“Put simply, there are no more threats to world peace. I think that the problem with many people not liking the deal stems form the fact that it secured peace instead of urging us to send troops to invade another country under the pretenses of working on WMDs. Because, let me remind you, that’s exactly what happened in Iraq. We went over there, stormed the place, searched it upside down and found no weapons of mass destruction whatsoever. Then, when we left, ISIS rose from the ashes. And that’s on George Bush’s conscience. Because if he hadn’t invaded the country, we would have no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil today. And we learned from that mistake, which is why we opted for peace this time instead of war. And so far it’s looking like the right decision,” Kaine argued without pause.
He continued, “So whenever someone comes up to me and tries to tell me that the Iran deal was a mistake, I just refer them to Iraq and George Bush. You can bet they shut up and bow their heads in silent agreement pretty soon. And so don’t tell me that we’ve wronged Israel by making the deal with Iran. Israel is a big boy, Netanyahu is a good politician, and he used to be a soldier who served in Israeli Special Forces. So, I’d say he knows how to look after himself and his country against their enemies. What we’ve done here is we’ve compromised, which is bound to have some downsides in the short run. But long-term, we’ve secured permanent peace and there are no threats to world peace or United States national security any longer.”
“Bottom line, the deal was a success and anyone who says otherwise is either lying or was paid to do it. Because, anyone in their right mind understands that peace sometimes requires pulling your claws in, taking a deep breath and thinking with your head instead of your heart. Of course they’re a nation of terrorists and of course they’re going to go back on their word. Only next time they do it, we’ll be waiting locked and loaded. And they know it,” Clinton’s running mate concluded.