I was initially tempted to give the White House a complimentary pat on the ass for rejecting Iran’s choice of a U.S. hostage taker to be it’s next UN ambassador.
But then I looked a little closer and I noticed the White House DIDN’T REJECT ANYBODY.
Hamid Aboutalebi, a veteran Iranian diplomat, also happens to have a couple of lines on his resume that say he participated in the events surrounding the takeover the the U.S. embassy in 1979.
A bill that would prevent Mr. Aboutalebi from showing up in the United States passed both the House and Senate UNANIMOUSLY. Which means President Obama is backed into a corner and will face the prospect of having a veto – of a bill sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, for goodness sake – overridden.
Now, notice the careful language used by this craven administration Friday, which wants nothing, absolutely nothing, to interfere with its ability to suck up to Iran and complete a nuclear deal:
MR. CARNEY: Well, we share the Senate’s concerns regarding this case and find the potential nomination extremely troubling. The U.S. government has informed the government of Iran that this potential selection is not viable. The legislation passed by the Senate underscores just how troubling this potential nomination would be.
Q Would President Obama sign it?
MR. CARNEY: First of all, this is a potential nomination. We’ve informed the government of Iran that this potential selection, rather, is not viable.
Q Yes, but the bill passed by the Senate yesterday to deny a visa.
MR. CARNEY: It’s a potential selection, as I understand it, that has not been formally made. We’ve informed the government that that selection is not viable.
Not viable. Get it? All they’re telling the Iranians is that Congress and the American people won’t accept this choice. They’re pointedly not saying, as you may have read, that this person is unacceptable.
Just that he’s NOT VIABLE. You know, like the deal Obama is trying to strike with Iran . . .
Obama is praying Iran will just withdraw this guys name, and then he won’t have to sigh the bill.
Please, Mullahs, please don’t back down. Please make Obama locate any remaining vertebrae he might have and sign this bill. Please.