On Monday, Josh Kraushaar of National Journal reported that according to CNN, the White House dismissed Ayatollah Khamenei’s “Death to America” rhetoric on the grounds that it was “intended for a domestic political audience.”
CNN: WH reax to Ayatollah's Death to America was that it was "intended for a domestic political audience."— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) March 23, 2015
This casual dismissal of Iranian extremism comes hard on the heels of the Obama administration repeatedly claiming that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statements on a Palestinian state must not only be misinterpreted, but taken at face value. Netanyahu stated that a Palestinian state could not come to fruition during his tenure as prime minister because of Palestinian embrace of terrorism. The White House insisted on interpreting that remark as a complete denial of the possibility of negotiations at any point, with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough telling J Street yesterday, “We cannot simply pretend that those comments were never made, or that they don’t raise questions about the Prime Minister’s commitment to achieving peace through direct negotiations.”
The White House similarly declared its discontent with Netanyahu’s eminently true statement that leftist organizations funded from abroad were ensuring high Arab voter turnout – turnout which almost entirely goes to support the anti-Israel Joint Arab List – even after Netanyahu apologized for the politically incorrect comment.
But apparently, radical anti-American and anti-Israel language spouted by the mullahs of Iran can be easily dismissed for political purposes. After all, America’s cave to the ayatollahs shouldn’t be put off by something as unimportant as its negotiating partner’s stated goal of destroying the United States and its allies.