The editorial page editor of the Washington Post suggested in a piece that ran Sunday that President Obama’s assurances on the emerging Iran nuclear weapons deal cannot be trusted.
THE WASHINGTON POST. Not the exactly a cauldron of Obama aversion and conservative thinking.
Okay, the author, Fred Hiatt, does not exactly say Obama can’t be trusted. He hedges a little short of a Giulianesque pronouncement, saying rather that other people might not believe Obama – that Obama would have trouble selling the deal to Americans and Congress because he has lost credibility with them based on many statements that turned out to be gravely in error.
And of course, Obama doesn’t compare to the ultimate bogeyman:
This litany of unfulfilled assurances is less a case of Nixonian deception than a product of wishful thinking and stubborn adherence to policies after they have failed.
But even this is stunning coming from the citadel of Washington’s liberal establishment. And there’s nothing in the article to suggest the perception of Obama as totally unreliable is wrong.
Actually, Hiatt, whom I’ve read for many years, is a little atypical of the liberal set here – he’s well informed, able to see other sides of the issue, and employs sober analysis.
His examples are searing:
- In 2011, Obama belittled worries instability might result from the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq. How did that work out?
- Obama said the U.S. would work to stabilize Libya. How did that work out?
- Obama said the United States doesn’t turn a blind eye to atrocities. And then Syria killed 200,000 of its own people while Obama equivocated.
- Obama declared Bashar Assad must step aside. Three and a half years ago.
- He said Yemen was a success JUST DAYS before it fell apart.
There’s more. And Hiatt doesn’t even address that the false assurances on domestic issues like Obamacare deflate the president’s credibility even further.
Think about it. I say this with tremendous regret, because whether you love Obama or not, the stakes are extremely high: The president is about to enter into an agreement that involves a truly existential issue – the possession of nuclear weapons by the maniacs who rule Iran – and we honestly have no basis to trust what he says about the deal.
God help us.