Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Campaign 2012: We Ignore the Iranian Issue at Our Peril

Via Real Clear Politics, Campaign 2012: We Ignore the Iranian Issue at Our Peril

I have a feeling Iran becomes the only issue very soon.
Last month, on “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski hosted a program on which former U.S. diplomat Richard Haas and Iranian official Mohammad Javad Larijani discussed Iran’s nuclear program.

Aside from denying everything, and doing so with a mirthless smile, Larijani claimed that Iran had “fantastic relations” with all its neighbors, termed the United States the world’s biggest sponsor of state-supported terrorism, said it had supported the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and referred to “the renegade state of Israel” as the source of all the terror in the region -- all while of refusing to grant Israel even the right to exist.

Afterward, Brzezinski, who is well-informed on foreign policy issues, was shaken. “I was actually really disturbed by the entire interview,” she told her panelists. “It was chilling.”

A few moments later, Brzezinski added, “I also would love to hear each [presidential] candidate really, really, really talk about their perspective on the Iran situation.”

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