The New York Times is proclaiming that Iran’s quick release of 10 Navy sailors represents “warmer relations” between the United States and Iran.
Well, if seizing two U.S. Navy boats, imprisoning the sailors and showing them on Iranian state TV in violation of the Geneva Convention represents warmer relations between the U.S. and Iran then I would say things are getting downright cozy.
I suppose the Iranian rocket which landed within a mile of U.S.S. Harry Truman was just a social call.
The article, written by Thomas Erdbrink and Helene Cooper, was steeped in moral equivalence. One sentence read, “While Mr. Obama and Mr. Rouhani both face opposition from conservatives who want to kill the nuclear deal.” Aside from bad grammar, the idea that American conservativsm and Iranian conservatism is the same is utterly preposterous. Indeed, a case could be made that the NYT is only using the conservative label with regard to Iran because in their eyes anyone who opposes Obama is a conservative.
Yet it’s hard to conceive how anyone in Iran would oppose the deal when the U.S. is giving them $100 billion for their troubles.
Then again it’s also hard to conceive how anyone might think relations between the U.S. and Iran are actually getting warmer.