Battered Presidents Syndrome
2:02 PM, Nov 4, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
It's like Battered Wives Syndrome, except President Obama is the bride with the black eye and Ayatollah Khameini is the abusive husband. And Obama keeps coming back for more. Yesterday the Supreme Leader publicly ridiculed Obama's repeated diplomatic overtures, saying that talks with the United States would be "naive and perverted."
So what does the Obama administration do? It puts out a pathetic statement marking the anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis. And read the statement closely. After presenting as evidence of good faith a series of gestures made by this administration to the thugs that rule Iran, the president declares that "We have heard for thirty years what the Iranian government is against; the question, now, is what kind of future it is for."
Does that rhetoric sound familiar? It should -- because it's exactly the formulation that Obama uses to chastise his domestic political opponents. Just two weeks ago, Biden attacked critics of the stimulus in exactly the same language:
This administration seems not to comprehend the difference between governing and campaigning, the difference between domestic political opposition and foreign enemies. To treat the mullahs in Iran like they are a bunch of recalcitrant Republicans is further evidence of how dangerously unserious this administration is about the threat we face from that regime.
Update: A smart observer emails: