Feigned Grievance and Iranian Hypocrisy

Back in January 2002, when President George W. Bush labeled Iran as part of an “Axis of Evil,” the response from the doyens and self-declared guardians of American foreign policy was immediate. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called the phrase “a big mistake,” as did diplomats like James Dobbins who, despite Iran’s covert nuclear program and provision of 50 tons of weaponry to Palestinian terrorists, argued that Iran could be trusted. PBS Frontline called the “Axis of Evil” speech a “slap in the face” to Iran. To Obama and his aides, Iran’s inclusion in “The Axis of Evil” was original sin, never mind that Americans seemed to object to the phrase more than Iranian, for whom “Death to Americachants were the staple of Friday morning prayers.

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