So now Kerry is disturbed by Iran? Apparently, Kerry wasn’t all that disturbed negotiating with a regime that is currently holding four Americans in captivity. Of course, when Major Garrett of CBS News dared to question President Obama about it, he admonished Garrett and told him he “should know better.”
If Kerry genuinely finds Khamenei’s statements disturbing, President Obama surely doesn’t. After all, when Khamenei uttered “Of course, yes, Death to America,” back in March, WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Khamenei’s remarks were “intended for a domestic political audience,” as if he didn’t really mean it and as if the Iranian people are actually free to defy him and the mullahs. For good measure, Earnest argued with a straight face that Khamenei’s remarks “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.”
Well, the Obama administration got its nuclear agreement with Iran and Khamenei is still chanting “Death to America.” I’m sure the Obama White House will fall back to the “domestic political audience” line even though it is a courtesy they would not extend to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the closing days of Israel’s election campaign in which he had declared there would not be a Palestinian state under his watch. As White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough told the left-wing anti-Israel lobbying group J Street, “We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made.”
But evidently McDonough, Earnest, Kerry, and especially Obama himself have no trouble pretending the Ayatollah Khamenei never said “Death to America,” much less openly declare that Iran will defy U.S. policy in the Middle East.