Week in Review
President Reagan made a joke once during a sound check before a radio address. He said, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” News of this joke leaked out. And reached the Soviet Union. And the Soviets did not find it amusing. Instead, they put the Soviet Far East Army on alert. You see, our enemies did not think much of Reagan’s comedic abilities. For with him they did not know when he was joking. Unlike President Obama (see Iranian general: Obama’s threats are ‘the joke of the year’ by Marissa Newman posted 3/4/2014 on The Times of Israel).
“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg on Sunday, in which Obama maintained that the Iranian leadership should take his “all options on the table” stance — including the warning of a potential military strike — seriously…
The Iranian news agency Tuesday published a political cartoon mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table.” This Time for Russia.” In a jab at US non-intervention in Ukraine, the cartoon portrays Obama peering forlornly into an empty paint can with the label “Red Line” while Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away saying, “I think you used it all on Syria…”
Under an interim deal clinched in November, Iran agreed to curb parts of its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into effect on January 20.
“The (nuclear) negotiations are going well … I’m hoping by the first deadline (July 20) we will reach an agreement,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi on February 28…
“I can tell you that Iran’s nuclear program will remain intact. We will not close any program,” he said, according to Reuters.
President Obama is raking up the honors. A Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. The Lie of the Year in 2013. And now the Joke of the Year in 2014. Pity he hasn’t won some of the awards most Americans want him to win. The Best Economy of the Year award. And the Most Respected World Leader of the Year award. Two awards President Reagan did win. His outlawing Russia joke was really funny, though, and he should have won Joke of the Year, too. But here President Obama has him beat.
The Iranians will not close any nuclear program? If not why then did we lift those sanctions? It makes no sense. Unless President Obama is going after yet another award. The Most Naïve World Leader of the Year award. Where he’s been a perennial favorite to win every year since 2009.