Hillary Clinton’s 'Viewpoints' on Iran
5:30 PM, Jan 5, 2010 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
The secretary of state crawled out yesterday from wherever it was she’d been hiding since the opening days of the Abdulmuttallab debacle to announce with something of the inexorable quality of Sadie Hawkins crossing the floor at the eighth-grade mixer that on nukes there’s just about nothing the mullahs of Iran can do to avoid being negotiated with by us. The door’s ajar, still, despite their daily efforts to kick it shut; as with the never-ending story that is the U.S. pursuit of “peace” in the Middle East, it’s hard to say what will bring this one to an end:
Who knows what she meant by the “suffering” of those “who deserve better”? She clearly didn’t mean the suffering the Iranians have inflicted on ordinary Iraqis (and U.S. soldiers) by providing the weaponry to slaughter them at their roadsides, but it was a good slip.
She did, though, manage to take note of the suffering Iranians are inflicting upon their fellow Iranians right now without actually describing it as such, saying, in an amazing feat of Obamic elision:
The people in whose hands our safekeeping rests right now see “mounting signs of repression” where bodies are hanging and blood is flowing in the streets, and hear “viewpoints” being “expressed” when “death to the dictator” and “Obama where are you?” are being screamed. And that's a viewpoint very much at variance with what we—and the rest of the world—want to hear.