Except our betters don’t like it, not one bit, because it reflects poorly on the most significant (yet dubious and controversial) achievement of Barack Obama’s second term. In a tactic familiar to opponents of the Iran deal, the criticism is not aimed not at the facts behind Meyer’s article but at Meyer himself. “It’s a shabby neocon hit piece,” says Valerie Plame’s bestie Joe Cirincione. “A disgusting hit job by both the cabal of people with this agenda and by the reporter who paid lip service to the criticisms of this group,” says Brian O’Toole, a “non-resident senior fellow” at the Atlantic Council. Neocon … cabal … I wonder whom these guys are referring to? (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)
“Non-fact based anti-Iran Deal propaganda,” sneers former deputy national security adviser and creative writing expert Ben Rhodes. “The story is so manufactured out of thin air that it’s hard to push back except to say that it’s a figment of the imagination of two very flawed sources,” says Tommy Vietor, who has a podcast. Note that Vietor is obviously wrong: the piece has far more than “two very flawed sources.” Note as well that neither Rhodes nor Vietor ever actually bother to challenge those sources or the facts provided to Politico.