Apr. 16, 2015
- Ready for the Truth about Iran? Khamenei Wants to Destroy Us– Michael Ledeen
Our basic error is that we think our offer of a strategic alliance – President Obama’s “outstretched hand” – is attractive to Iran. It isn’t. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei doesn’t want a deal with us; he wants to destroy us. When he calls us the “Great Satan” or when he leads chants of “Death to America!,” he means it. Khamenei wants to go down in Islamic history as the man who defeated America, not the imam who signed a deal with the devil. He’s willing to accept our surrender, but he won’t forge a partnership with Obama.
Why did they agree to negotiate? Because Iranian President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif convinced Khamenei that the Americans were desperate for a deal, that there was no danger of an American military option and that Iran could get all manner of favors from the Americans without conceding anything important. Think of the negotiations as a component in the Iranian war against us, not as a step on the path to detente. We have real enemies who don’t want to seize our outstretched hand. They want to chop it off. The writer, the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, was special adviser to former Secretary of State Alexander Haig. (The Hill)