Andrea Mitchell: Remember how Iran was sort of an ally after 9/11 until Bush’s “axis of evil” speech?

posted at 3:21 pm on January 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Free Beacon, I’m tempted to read this as a willfully devious attempt to re-write history so that even Iran’s history of terrorism is somehow the fault of the Bushitler. But no, I think she’s just being doofy.

The point she’s trying to make here, in her own doofy way, is that the U.S. and Iran had a few shared interests after 9/11. America was about to invade Afghanistan and smash a bunch of Sunni fundamentalists; the great Shiite power next door obviously had reason to keep an eye on the border as it happened, whether to stop fleeing refugees/jihadis or simply avoid pissing off a very angry, wounded superpower. Besides, we were already thinking of hopping across their other border and smashing their archenemy Saddam. Better to lie low and play nice for awhile to keep that plan on track, they must have thought. In reality, though, Iran was already sheltering top members of Al Qaeda by the time Bush delivered his “axis of evil” line. Years later, a federal judge would find that Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, helped teach Al Qaeda the ropes in bomb-building during the 90s, which led directly to the 1998 embassy bombings. This fallacy, that Sunni and Shiite jihadbots would never collaborate on mutual goals, is a canard that’s been drifting around since 9/11 even though there’s nothing new about bitter ideological opponents forming mutually beneficial alliances. They eventually crack up, as we’re seeing right now in Syria, but they happen. To think that Iran was in any way an “ally” of the U.S. just because it wasn’t eager to get kicked in the teeth at a moment when we were busy settling scores in the region is bizarre.

The punchline here is that, more than a year after the “axis of evil” line that Mitchell thinks dissolved the burgeoning U.S./Iran alliance, Iranian operatives reached out to Washington with an offer of a “grand bargain.” End sanctions, guarantee Iran’s security, and formally recognize the regime, the offer read, and Iran would be willing to make major concessions on terrorism and nukes. Needless to say, they didn’t float that offer because they missed their old “ally;” they floated it because they were terrified that Bush might squash Saddam and then decide to roll on to Tehran. America rejected the proposal, concluding that Iran’s “moderate” president either wouldn’t or couldn’t deliver on his promises. Fortunately, things have changed a whole bunch since then. Right, Barack?

Update: Via Jeff Dunetz, here’s the likely source of Mitchell’s “allies” comment. At the top of page six of the New Yorker’s recent biography of Qassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, Ryan Crocker recalls being told that Suleimani was enraged by the “axis of evil” line and cut off ties with the U.S. over it at a moment when he was contemplating pushing for restored relations. Crocker thinks the line was important; whether he’d also call Iran an “ally” at the time, and how he accounts for the subsequent “grand bargain” offer a year later (plus Iran’s relationship with Al Qaeda), is unclear.


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Right Andrea it’a all Boooooooosh!!!

sandee on January 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Huh?…Andrea, go home you’re drunk.

Mimzey on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Shouldn’t addled Angria be busy stalking Palin?

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Puhleeze

Go with your first instinct Allah
Door #1 correct

cmsinaz on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

For Alan Greenspan’s sake I at least hope she’s good in bed.

NotCoach on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Sweet Polly PureBred.

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Allah,
Is “doofy” a new meme that I missed or did you make that up?

BoxHead1 on January 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

We ALL know what the translation of that is … I’m not even going to bother saying it.

listens2glenn on January 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

C’mon, Alan Greenspan, let Andrea Mitchell marry Candy Crowley during the SOTU.

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

We have been at war with Iran since 1979. The failure of people to recognize this astounds me.

Agent of the Cross on January 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

So stupid it burns.

njrob on January 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Does MSNBC employ even one intelligent person?

GOPRanknFile on January 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Where does Andrea hide the flask of rye she nips from during commercials.

Bishop on January 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Lordy, what a liar. Iran out friend until George W. Bush??? Did she miss the Iranian Hostage Crisis?

Warner Todd Huston on January 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

When a dog gets to the point where it just poops all over itself, drools, and looks aimlessly about, we put it down.

It’s time to talk about doing the compassionate thing for Andrea Mitchell.

Adjoran on January 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

For Alan Greenspan’s sake I at least hope she’s good in bed.

NotCoach on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

.
I have enough problems with too many ‘foul mental images’.

What’re you tryin’ to Do to me ?

listens2glenn on January 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Andrea’s little “blowback” theory.

thebrokenrattle on January 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Where does Andrea hide the flask of rye she nips from during commercials.

Bishop on January 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Up that gigantic honker of hers.

NotCoach on January 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Andrea baby,there wouldn’t be much left of the Middle East if I was in charge,BUT they won’t let me.

docflash on January 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Such stupidity, sometimes you just don’t know what to say.

supernova on January 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Leftists never cease to amaze me at their efforts to reach new lows of stupidity to avoid facts.

goflyers on January 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Where does Andrea hide the flask of rye she nips from during commercials.

Bishop on January 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

In the medicine bag Diane “So stoned” Sawyer gave her?

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Yeah, remember how Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran?

redguy on January 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I have enough problems with too many ‘foul mental images’.

What’re you tryin’ to Do to me ?

listens2glenn on January 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Just trying to find the silver lining because she sure don’t have the looks or the brains, and she is about as humorless as they come. There has to be something appealing about her.

NotCoach on January 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Fortunately, things have changed a whole bunch since then. Right, Barack?

Right Neda ?

burrata on January 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I don’t know what’s worse, Mitchell’s obvious BDS, or Cillizza’s dimwitted headnodding.

And as much as I know Chuck Todd is a progressive shill, you can just see in his face the shear bewilderment at the statement. You could’ve stamped “WTF?” on his forehead and it wouldn’t have been more obvious.

That being said, I assume he went on to cover for her idiocy, being the MSNBC rat that the is.

BKeyser on January 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Cue Joe Bidens September 12th utterance of

“Now’s a good time to cut a check to Iran for $200M, no questions asked.”

winner

joeindc44 on January 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

The real lesson of the Obama age: people will believe anything, as long as they hear it on TV.

ElectricPhase on January 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Sure, let’s bargain with those who believe that they are blessed for deceiving the infidels. What could go wrong.

Too much wrong with this mentality to list…

brotherjohn on January 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Wait…no one has said this yet?

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

Chris of Rights on January 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

This fallacy, that Sunni and Shiite jihadbots would never collaborate on mutual goals, is a canard that’s been drifting around since 9/11 even though there’s nothing new about bitter ideological opponents forming mutually beneficial alliances.

Yeah, just look at Valerie ( Hussein) and Huma ( Killery) and their on again off again affair to kill Amdericans

burrata on January 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

And the word of the day is irrelevant

ir·rel·e·vant
iˈreləvənt/
adjective
adjective: irrelevant

1.
not connected with or relevant to something
synonyms: beside the point, immaterial, not pertinent, not germane, off the subject, unconnected, unrelated, peripheral, extraneous, inapposite, inapplicable

Use it in a sentance: Andrea Mitchell is irrelevant because she talks and writes about immaterial suppositions and inapplicable current events topics.
——-
Next to study: BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome…

ExpressoBold on January 28, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I am not sure anyone will top that as dumbest media comment of 2014. Absolutely stunning even by the low bar at msnbc.

Ellis on January 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I’m tempted to read this as a willfully devious attempt to re-write history so that even Iran’s history of terrorism is somehow the fault of the Bushitler.

That’s it right there. You nailed it. Do they suffer from BDS?

ElectricPhase on January 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Yes they will. Unless they are glued to GTAV, EVE, WoW or one of the others.

dogsoldier on January 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Wait…no one has said this yet?

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

Chris of Rights on January 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Sure. BushBarSinister created a goodwill-sucking machine that sucked all the goodwill out of the Persians. And Sweet Polly PureBred, Ace TV Reporter has caught him all these years later.

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Phuck Mitchell.

I seem to recall sitting in my college dorm room wondering whether to hop into a ROTC program or await my draft notice after those Iranians took the US hostages in 1979.

What an idiot.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

So I guess that whole “embassy hostage-thing” was Bush’s fault too, right Mitchell? Even though it was about 20 years before he took office.

I guess they didn’t have to legalize it, before this idiotic liberal whore started smoking grass.

a5minmajor on January 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

LOL wut

Red Cloud on January 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Years later, a federal judge would find that Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, helped teach Al Qaeda the ropes in bomb-building during the 90s, which led directly to the 1998 embassy bombings.

Years later, a Federal Judge appointed by Bill Clinton, in the same lower Manhattan court where Stedman wanted to try KSM, ruled that Iran actually aided al Qaeda in the original 9/11 attacks. He also ruled that Iran’s neighbor aided AQ in those attacks.

Del Dolemonte on January 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The day has arrived where the Onion is more believable than MSNBC

ConservativePartyNow on January 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Huh?…Andrea, go home you’re drunk.

Mimzey on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Good thing she has a driver!

Del Dolemonte on January 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Sounds like ambassador material.

gwelf on January 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Yeah, remember how Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran?

redguy on January 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

That was just a big sleepover party that went a little too long….

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Nah, scratch that. Never even at the peak of my nicest Floyd-enhanced, drug induced kick-back, have I ever said anything as remotely stupid as this liberal jackass.

Which brings me to the conclusion, that Bernie Goldberg’s statement that “a fish doesn’t know it’s wet” is not sufficient defense of the liberal media.

Things like this are NOT an accident. This is not an oversight, or a misstatement. Andrea Mitchell, as most of the liberal establishment media are, is a Goddamned liar. Pure and simple.

a5minmajor on January 28, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Really? Was I visiting some other planet? How did I not know this?
/snark off

In what world does this lady gravitate?

jazzuscounty on January 28, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Huh?…Andrea, go home you’re drunk.

Mimzey on January 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Good thing she has a driver!

Del Dolemonte on January 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

She carpools with Patrick Kennedy….

viking01 on January 28, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I seem to recall sitting in my college dorm room wondering whether to hop into a ROTC program or await my draft notice after those Iranians took the US hostages in 1979.
BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

At the military academies (I was a freshman at USAFA), there was talk about the possibility the upper classes might get commissioned early to go to war – as happened previously when the NorKs started their war in 1951, and I believe also after Pearl Harbor.

dentarthurdent on January 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM

textbook progressive dogma

rob verdi on January 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Have to admire Andrea.

It’s one in 300 million that can turn her particular combination of stupidity and ignorance into a career.

WestTexasBirdDog on January 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM

I’m stealing this from a comment at NRO:

Okay, I know that we’re historically illiterate in this country, but not only was Andrea Mitchell alive during the Iranian hostage crisis, she was already a reporter. Is it too much to ask for her to remember what has happened over the course of her own career.

Not much else you can say.

Erich66 on January 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Oh for someone with the guts to say, “Andrea, are you ignorant or just stupid?”

PackerBronco on January 28, 2014 at 4:37 PM

He who writes the history books, makes the history.

portlandon on January 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I wonder if Alan Greenspan gets into spandex underdog tights before they…well…oh I just can’t say it. Have to go wash my mind out with soap now.

oldroy on January 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Imagine, this dumb hag sleeps next to Greenspan, the dead.

Ayn Rand turns in her grave. He used to be one of her most devoted pupils, went to her weekly meetings on objectivism, freedom and such…then he hooks up with such a sheep…

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM

This may be a little harsh but I wonder when Andrea had the radical mastectomy did the surgery team get a little carried away and remove cranial material in the process? Considering her limited mental capacity it sounds like a possibility.

Missilengr on January 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

In the immortal words of Dan Akroid –

“Andrea, you ignorant slut…”

Kuffar on January 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Andrea Mitchell: Remember how Iran was sort of an ally after 9/11 until Bush’s “axis of evil” speech?

Andrea Mitchell has early onset Alzheimers. If she really remembers the past this way. Or she could just be her normal self- a stupid nasty partisan whore.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Iran was an ally? And Japan won WWII.

MrX on January 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Our relationship with Iran goes back to at least the 1950′s when we helped a friendly dictator take power as part of our Cold War strategy. They were considered our ally until the Carter years when the Shah lost power and Ayatollah Khomeini established an Islamic regime controlled by the mullahs. We’ve been in an undeclared state of near-war with them ever since.

They have reason not to like or trust us, we have reason not to like or trust them.

myiq2xu on January 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Imagine, this dumb hag sleeps next to Greenspan, the dead.

Schadenfreude on January 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Yeah well so did that woman on The Walking Dead who tried to feed Rick to her zombie husband. Rick didn’t give them the benefit of the doubt and neither should we when it comes to AM.

Happy Nomad on January 28, 2014 at 5:16 PM

The point she’s trying to make here…

…is that Andrea Mitchell is a feckless, vapid, and clueless ideologue masquerading as a journalist.

Ultimately, this would only mean something if Mitchell had any credibility left – but that’s been MIA for at least the last 2 decades.

The Mad Mullah’s haven’t been an ally or a friend of the US since Khomeini’s return to Iran in 1978. With his return, we’ve been little more than the ‘Great Satan’.

Frankly, the only way someone could see their actions as one of an ‘ally’ is if one shared their hatred and contempt towards the traditional American values of freedom and liberty…and is a card carrying member of the ‘Blame America First’ crowd.

Athos on January 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

What would we do without highly paid retards in the media?

Nomennovum on January 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Remember (or maybe you’re too young) it’s the Dems that fell over themselves laughing at the thought that Reagan wanted to find some “moderate Iranians” to deal with.

That was hilarious a few decades ago.

Axeman on January 28, 2014 at 5:24 PM

MSNBC is the Axis of Stupid around which liberals orbit.

kozmocostello on January 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Remember how Iran was sort of an ally after 9/11 until Bush’s “axis of evil” speech?

As I recall history Iran was an ally of ours until Ahmadinejad and his fellow thugs stormed our embassy and took Americans hostage, under Jimmy Carter’s watch. The same Jimmy Carter who thought we should all get along with the Arabs in the Middle East.

Good job Jimmy, peacemaker.

They haven’t been an ally of ours ever since, in difference to Andrea’s warped view of the world.

fogw on January 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Ugly skank commie

ObamatheMessiah on January 28, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Could all the Viagra being taken by Mr. Mitchell be affecting Andrea’s cognitive abilities?

Another Drew on January 28, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Nothing like rewriting history. More of that liberal “fake but accurate”….if you don’t look too closely.

GarandFan on January 28, 2014 at 5:55 PM

She’s the b*kkake queen of the DNC.

CWchangedhisNicagain on January 28, 2014 at 6:07 PM

IF any US action actually widened the split between Iran and the US there is clearly one event that overwhelms all others.

After 9/11, Libya DROPPED its nuclear programs and decided to cut a deal with the west regarding terrorism.

For their concessions, Obama attacked Libya!

After this absurd international action, it is simply not possible for Iran to EVER completely trust the world community or the US.

Freddy on January 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Yeah, remember how Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran?

redguy on January 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Yep, that’s a sort-of ally all right.

Shay on January 28, 2014 at 6:37 PM

“It turned the Iranian government in a completely different direction.”

Complete Idiot.

Bmore on January 28, 2014 at 6:55 PM

yeah Andrea.. and Jimmuh Carter was just an old stick cause he didn’t get invited to 444 day sleep over back in 1979.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 28, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Andrea Mitchell: Remember how Iran was sort of an ally after 9/11 until Bush’s “axis of evil” speech?

Stupid twit.

Almost every intelligence analyst in the free world has been saying for well over two decades that Iran is the biggest state sponsor of (Islamist) terrorism in the world. And they haven’t been shy about saying that. It’s basically common knowledge inside and outside of the intelligence world.

Most nations in the ME consider Iran a major threat, and they have for well over two decades. And that is not “Bush’s Fault”.

In fact, most ME nations supported Saddam in his ten year war with Iran.

farsighted on January 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

She does know she is Jewish….. Yes?
.
Doesn’t she know the Iranians would try to exterminate her if they got the chance……..

FlaMurph on January 28, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Doesn’t she know the Iranians would try to exterminate her if they got the chance……..

FlaMurph on January 28, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Why don’t the Iranians exterminate their own Jews then?

lexhamfox on January 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Andrea Mitchell … short on historical facts.
Iran was better for US interest before Carter replaced the Shah of Iran with a “peaceful cleric”.

kregg on January 29, 2014 at 7:35 AM

And they say Fox News is dumb???? Amazing

lahlon on January 29, 2014 at 7:59 AM

The September 11 terrorists trained in Iran! This woman is a complete idio t!

DC555 on January 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM