Should we be concerned about an Iranian Supreme Leader who chants “Death to America” while in the midst of negotiations with the U.S. over its nuclear program? If you’re White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, it’s nothing to get too upset about.
“Over the weekend, Ayatollah Khamenei gave a speech,” said CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta. “And during that speech, there were people in the crowd chanting ‘Death to America’ and the Ayatollah responded back to them according to various translations, ‘Of course, Death to America.’ Do those comments give this White House any pause about moving forward with a nuclear deal with that country?”
Earnest said, “Those kinds of comments only underscore why it is so critically important that the United States and the international community succeed in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
When Acosta pressed Earnest on whether or not we could negotiate in good faith with a leader expressing those sentiments, Earnest said, “Jim, what we have seen is the Iranians sit down at the negotiating table and demonstrate a willingness to have constructive conversations.”
A Good Deal…For Iran
Those conversations, according to a recent piece in The New York Times, have pleased Iranian hardliners. “Fact of the matter is,” said one such hardliner, political strategist Reza Taraghi, “we are seeing positive changes in the U.S. position in the nuclear talks. We are steadfast and the U.S. is compromising. We are not complaining.”
In other words, even Iran’s most committed Islamic fascists are happy with the negotiations. If the comments made by the Ayatollah don’t concern U.S. Democrats, that fact certainly should. Obama is negotiating with the Iranians from a position of weakness, giving in to their demands to avoid risking political embarrassment. Unfortunately, there is much more on the line here than the president’s reputation.
Obama is consumed with the idea of living up to his unwarranted award of a Nobel Peace Prize. He wants to be remembered as the man who conquered the Axis of Evil not with force but with diplomacy. In pursuing this course of action, he has alienated us from our chief Democratic ally in the Middle East, kept Congress in the dark, and exposed the world to an unprecedented nuclear threat.
In the same news conference, Earnest admitted the White House still had a host of concerns about Iran. “Even if we reach a nuclear agreement, those other lists of concerns won’t go away.”
Yes, but wouldn’t it be prudent to address those concerns before we sit down to the table? Iran has a long history of supporting terrorism, and that fact alone should remove all or most of their bargaining power. That they still regularly call for the destruction of Israel should mark them as a rogue state, and there is no reason why we should be involved in negotiations with such a country.
Of course, Obama and the Democrats don’t see it that way. Increasingly, they want to paint Israel as the rogue state – the illegal occupiers imposing their will on an Arabic minority. And all of this flows from that belief. Once you get past the political bluster, though, a cold, hard fact remains: we don’t have to worry about Israel launching a nuclear attack on the United States. The same cannot be said for Iran.