Not long after Israelis chose to keep Benjamin Netanyahu in office, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough told J Street, the left wing anti-Israel Jewish organization, “We cannot simply pretend these comments were never made.” The comments in question were Bibi’s declaration that there would never be a Palestinian state under his watch.
However, when it comes to Iran, the Obama Administration is modern day version of The Great Pretender.
First, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei proclaimed, “Death to America!!!” as he has been doing since coming to power more than a quarter century ago. And now the Ayatollah has declared the Obama Administration is “lying”, accused them of being “deceptive” and having “devilish intentions.”
When the Ayatollah said “Death to America”, WH Press Secretary said his remarks “underscored why it is so critically important” to have a nuclear agreement with Iran.
Is there any reason to believe the Obama Administration will respond any differently to the Ayatollah’s latest remarks? Oh, they might say the Ayatollah was playing to his constituency (as if Iranians have a real say in their affairs). However, the Obama Administration responds it will be to pretend the Ayatollah never made his comments.
A nuclear agreement with Iran is the centerpiece of his foreign policy legacy. It is thus paramount for Obama to have an agreement for the sake of having an agreement no matter how egregiously the Iranian regime behaves. Hell, the Iranian regime could kill the four Americans they are holding in captivity and the Obama Administration would simply say it would underscore how important it is to have a nuclear agreement with Iran.
This pretending is going to come at a steep price.