January 12, 2018

ONE OF THE BIGGEST MYTHS AROUND WAS THE MYTH OF COMPETENT PROFESSIONALISM ON THE OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY TEAM: Tommy Vietor just encapsulated team Obama’s Iran delusions.

Team Obama never understood the reality of the Iranian hardliners or their exigent threat to the United States.

Still, we’ve gained a new insight into this philosophy over the past couple of days. It has come in the form a Twitter showdown between New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and former Obama national security council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

It began when Stephens asked Vietor whether, as a Kuwaiti news outlet reported this week, the Obama administration had indeed warned Iran of an impending Israeli strike against Qassem Soleimani three years ago. Suleimani is the 20-year head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ external action unit, the Quds Force.

Vietor’s responses were quite pathetic.

To begin, Vietor implied that any action to take out Soleimani would have been unjustified because the general is an “Iranian political leader.” . . .

Let’s be clear, when it’s Soleimani, you’re dealing with a blood-drenched terrorist mastermind. Not a politician.

In turn, when you offer “Obama sanctioned them” as a representation of effectively countering Soleimani, you are either a complete moron or utterly delusional.

I’m going with the latter here.

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