It’s a given that whatever Team-Obama negotiates with Tehran won’t be worth the paper it’s written on. Iran doesn’t view the United States as anything other than “the great satan”. No one signs their soul over to the devil. No one. Not even a theocratic soul with nuclear ambitions.
The Obama administration doesn’t get it. Somehow, they believe that reset buttons, speeches, and a perfect crease in the trousers can change the Iranian point of view.
It’s not just illogical – it’s nuts.
Imagine middle aged Iranian regime officials bebopping around Tehran. They were kids when mom and dad took to the streets in 1979. They cheered when mobs razed the US embassy and took Americans hostage for 444 days. Their older brothers and cousins shipped off to fight Iraq when Saddam invaded Khuzistan. A sprawling cemetery complete with a fountain that flows with red colored water – to simulate blood – is where many ended up. Add to that the shops in Iran that use the US flag for a door mat and the constant barrage of anti-American propaganda. That’s the cultural construct of your average regime functionary.
Obama, by virtue of his Obamaness, is supposed to be enough to change this?
It’s a tragically flawed notion, yet it’s predictable too.
Obama diehards believe Obamaness is boundless. For them, maybe it is. They, after all, were the ones fainting in the aisles during Obama speeches. The “yes we can” crowd, even to this day, will snark “yes we did” and then admit that the resulting Obama accomplishments aren’t all that much. Sure, they’ll warp facts – blaming Bush for not maintaining a residual military presence in Iraq is a current trend – or bleat “uh well we got health care”. For those who were the ones they had been waiting for, that magical Obamaness is paramount.
In celebrities, “ness” is ok. Not in Presidents though. Celebrities simply use it to sell their entertainment to us. A President has to have competence because “ness” just doesn’t cut it.
The problem is that Obama lacks competence and to make up for it he performs as though he were a celebrity. As if a YouTube clip makes up for a track record that makes Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.
Now we are supposed to believe Obama can force a tectonic cultural shift in the Iranian mind. Not through any dramatic White House initiative. Just by being Obama this is supposed to happen. Jim Jones would be proud.