Video flashback: Obama on negotiating “with somebody like Ahmadinejad”

posted at 10:46 am on May 22, 2008 by Allahpundit

From last November; skip ahead to about 50 seconds in. Good enough? Good enough to put this stupid, disingenuous Ahmadinejad/Khamenei distinction to rest? The great neocon fantasia about St. Barack being willing to meet with this Holocaust-denying cretin isn’t so fantastic after all, and why would it be? His whole point is that you have to be willing to meet with people you don’t like if it serves your national interest. Why the left would think Ahmadinejad is or should be exempt from that principle is unclear to me — unless you view it through the same prism of bare political expediency that’s led Obama to carve out a nonsensical exemption for non-sovereign groups like Hamas.

Expect this A’jad line of defense to disappear in short order, replaced by a new line of defense that David Petraeus himself thinks we should be engaging Iran “by use of the whole of government, developing further leverage rather than simply targeting discrete threats.” Exit question, since Obama’s all about serious policy debates: What does he propose by way of further “leverage”? We know he wants to offer carrots but what does he have in mind by way of sticks, since sanctions evidently aren’t working? Petraeus had something to say about that, too. Does Obama, or are we headed for Kennedy/Khrushchev redux?

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replaced by a new line of defense that David Petraeus himself thinks

The Good General also thinks we shouldn’t withdraw from Iraq. They’re going to say they don’t trust him on Iraq but do on Iran?

amerpundit on May 22, 2008 at 10:51 AM

I think it would go something like this (From the Doug Ross Journal

BobK on May 22, 2008 at 10:52 AM

And we are talking to Iran — just not giving up the cherry of a Presidential visit. The Obamassiah wants to give it up too easily.

rbj on May 22, 2008 at 10:56 AM

He talks as if we have no foreign policy, as if our policies are not explained to our “enemies”, they know exactly whee we stand…If he made this statement “we have no foreign policy that involves him or Jimmy Carter or other appeasers”.

right2bright on May 22, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Exit question, since Obama’s all about serious policy debates: What does he propose by way of further “leverage”?

How could you ask such a racist question. We need to focus on the important things.

db on May 22, 2008 at 11:00 AM

The problem is that people are attempting to explain and evaluate this man’s unthinking nonsense in a logical fashion and it can’t be done . . . the man is a shallow dolt.

rplat on May 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Oh, and I don’t see how this is helping Michelle Obama’s children.

amerpundit on May 22, 2008 at 11:03 AM

We just need to talk more about carrots and sticks.

Makes a country look tougher and more professional, carrots, sticks, carrots, sticks.

Good Lord these people are idiots.

benrand on May 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I’m going to start looking for a bomb-shelter manufacturer stock.

fogw on May 22, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Gotta see this folks…

Keemo on May 22, 2008 at 11:22 AM

For me, the killer line in the vidoe above was Obama saying that the purpose of talking to these §$?/%/?)s was to “repair our standing in the world.”

We may all be dead, but the world will think more kindly of us.

How comforting. /sarc

Lockstein13 on May 22, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Does Obama think the message that “we want to resolve conflicts peacefully” has not been delivered and understood several times over?

EJDolbow on May 22, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Just look at what we’ve achieved by talking with North Korea says Barack. I’m still looking. But I don’t see much beyond their bombs and technology spreading into dangerous areas. Too bad Barack and his followers can’t see.

snaggletoothie on May 22, 2008 at 11:36 AM

–number of lies Obama told in those 9 min 41 seconds.

jgapinoy on May 22, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Since Obambi just LOVES to talk, we’ve got to keep him talking about talking to Ahmadinejad! Flip, flop, flip, flop, we’re up to what version number of the Hussein Doctrine du jour on Iran? You want CHANGE, folks, listen to Obama CHANGE his foreign policy daily! Can even the great Persian planner of the 12th Caliphate keep up with this?

Keep talkin’ till October, Barry O, we’re just lovin’ it! To think that this started with President Bush saying that “some” people (who remain anonymous) think they can talk terrorists into realizing they’re wrong. And the media and the Democrats tell us Bush is stupid. Hmmm…..

If Barry O starts to think this is a distraction, maybe he can talk about his plans to invade Pakistan, now that Musharraf is out of power and Benazir Bhutto is dead. Does he welcome that debate?

Steve Z on May 22, 2008 at 11:46 AM

I’m distracted.

tree hugging sister on May 22, 2008 at 12:00 PM

Joe Klein is a douchebag

Jimmy the Dhimmi on May 22, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Let’s not cry over spilled milk. Iran is a new regional power now that Iraq is insignificant as a competitor to Tehran. Nothing can change that now, whether the President pays a visit, turns his back, or waves a large stick in the air and screams ‘axis of evil’. And unless this nation re-instates the draft or pulls out of another war zone, a US-lead Iraqification of Iran is out of the question.

bayam on May 22, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Shorter bayam: This is a distraction from my Grand Unified Theory of Blame Bush.

DrSteve on May 22, 2008 at 5:39 PM