John on May 10, 2008 at 4:42 pm
Buried deep in a NY Times story on foreign policy wrangling between Obama and McCain is this gem:
Susan E. Rice, a former State Department and National Security Council official who is a foreign policy adviser to the Democratic candidate, said that “for political purposes, Senator Obama’s opponents on the right have distorted and reframed” his views. Mr. McCain and his surrogates have repeatedly stated that Mr. Obama would be willing to meet “unconditionally” with Mr. Ahmadinejad. But Dr. Rice said that this was not the case for Iran or any other so-called “rogue” state. Mr. Obama believes “that engagement at the presidential level, at the appropriate time and with the appropriate preparation, can be used to leverage the change we need,” Dr. Rice said. “But nobody said he would initiate contacts at the presidential level; that requires due preparation and advance work.”
Of course Obama would never meet with the leaders of rogue states unconditionally. Where would anyone get that idea??! Uhh, hold on a minute…
As Allah notes back at HotAir:
Not only did the Prince of Peace say at the YouTube debate last July that he’d meet personally and without precondition with Iran, he reaffirmed that position in November in an interview with â€” ta da â€” the New York Times, a fact, incredibly, that’s omitted from today’s article.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing a clarification of Dr. Rice’s remarks shortly. Either that or this space on Obama’s website where his intention to meet Iran’s leader “without preconditions” still appears in black and white is in for some revisions.
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