Check out his grotesquely skewed priorities:
Old and busted, nat-sec edition: You don’t screw with America. New hotness, smart-power edition: Don’t screw the Ayatollah! The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg sat down with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the seven-nation nuclear deal with Iran, and Kerry warned Congress that a rejection of the deal would destroy the faith that Ayatollah Ali Khameini had put into negotiations with the United States.No, really, that’s his argument for approving the deal. If Congress blows up the deal, they will give Khameini “the ultimate screwing,” in Kerry’s own words:The ayatollah approached this entire exercise extremely charily. He gave a kind of dismissive OK to [President Hassan] Rouhani and company to go do this, in the sense that he didn’t want to be blamed if this didn’t work. It was all Rouhani’s risk. He was playing the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps], and this and that. And so it was clear to me from my many conversations with Zarif and from the entire dynamic how fragile that journey was with him. The ayatollah constantly believed that we are untrustworthy, that you can’t negotiate with us, that we will screw them. This will be the ultimate screwing. We cut a deal, we stand up, it’s announced, five other countries believe in it—six other countries, because Iran signs off, and we’re the seventh—but you know, China, Russia, France, Germany, Britain, all sign off. Now the United States Congress will prove the ayatollah’s suspicion, and there’s no way he’s ever coming back. He will not come back to negotiate. Out of dignity, out of a suspicion that you can’t trust America. America is not going to negotiate in good faith. It didn’t negotiate in good faith now, would be his point.Actually, the “ultimate screwing” will come when Iran conducts its first test of a nuclear device. Since when is the US’ trustworthiness on the line in this issue? Iran hid its pursuit of nuclear weapons for years from the IAEA, and only began negotiating on nuclear development after it got caught. It has routinely cheated on inspections, hid its military research, and continually refused to negotiate in good faith. For the past twelve years, whenever the P5+1 (or E3+3, whatever the Western formulation is at the moment) got close to an agreement with Iran, the Ayatollah and his henchmen would demand a significant concession on top of what had already been agreed, and the deal would fall apart.
Hey, Global-Test, would this be the same Ayatollah Khameini who penned this tome?
Khamenei reiterates three important words when it comes to defeating Israel: “nabudi,” which translates as “annihilation,” “imha,” which means “fading out,” and “zaval,” meaning “effacement.”It's getting near impossible to give G-T the benefit of the doubt. The signs that he is playing for the other team loom large.
The Iranian tyrant claims that he is not an anti-Semite (although he has commonly questioned the Holocaust), and instead writes as someone grounded in “well-established Islamic principles,” the New York Post analysis reads.
Taheri reports that Khamenei’s argument is based upon his understanding of Islamic theology.
Since Jerusalem was once conquered by Muslims, the Tehran leader believes that the land must remain under Muslim rule forever. In Islamic theology, the world is divided into Dar al-Islam (House of Islam) and Dar al-Harb (House of War). Since Khamenei believes that Israel was once part of the Dar al-Islam, Islamic law states that a Muslim government must rule over those lands.
In Palestine, Khamenei gives several more reasons why Israel must be defeated by Islamic conquerors.
First and foremost, Israel is an “ally of the American Great Satan,” linked with the United States’ “evil scheme” to take over “the heartland of the Ummah,” (Muslim world) Secondly, Israel is a “hostile infidel” because it has fought wars of aggression against Muslims, Khamenei alleges.
Lastly, Israel controls Jerusalem, “Islam’s third Holy City,” the Iranian dictator adds.
Khamenei details a long-term strategy designed to make life so difficult for Jews in Israel that they are forced to abandon the country, according to the Post report, recommending a “one-state formula” for Palestine in which Muslims will rule over religious minorities.