Kerry’s pivot


I’ve written a lot in the last couple of days about how the U.S. midterm elections are repercussing in the Middle East — Bibi seems empowered, Obama is saying "watch it," more or less.

Now we see an interesting pivot from Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who is touring the region.

From the Financial Times: Kerry is warning Iran that it might be time to pony up and talk nuclear — because Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) is about to become a lot more powerful as the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affiars Committee. And she means business.

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“[The House of Representatives] will be more ready to say, put up or shut up,” Mr Kerry said. “There are people in there who will not hesitate to say, ‘prepare the military option’."

Kerry’s something of a proxy for the White House on Middle East issues. I wonder if this is coming from higher up.

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