February 7, 2012

Obama Contradicts Holder and Others on Iran’s in-U.S. Terror Capability; Lauer Seemingly Clueless

ObamaLauer020512In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Matt Lauer on Sunday, President Obama was asked the following question about Iran in light of the heightening tensions over its nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli air strike: “(In repsonse) Do you fear that they will wage attacks within the United States on American soil?” Obama responded as follows: “We don’t see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now.”

Really? The President’s statement directly goes against statements made recently by other government officials, up to and including Attorney General Eric Holder. Lauer, who is paid to look good while delivering the news and conducting interviews but not necessarily to deliver on substance, especially if it might disturb the American people before the Big Game, totally missed the contradiction. Fortunately, Ed Lasky at American Thinker didn’t (internal links added by me):

President Obama has a very serious short-term memory problem

As Josh Gerstein writes in Politico, “Obama’s statement was a curious one, since an intelligence community assessment that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper presented to Congress last week said that some Iranian leaders “are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.”

Gerstein notes only one problem behind Obama’s cheery assessment. “There is one more significant issue that reveals a great deal about Obama’s mindset. America just a few months ago was subject to an Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador and attack the Israeli Embassy here in America. The attack on the Saudi Ambassador was to take place in a public spot, killing Americans along side the Ambassador. Yet, Obama says “we don’t see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now.” Obama’s own officials believe that Iran was behind this plot.

CNN reported back in November, for example (that) “U.S. agents disrupted an Iranian assassination-for-hire scheme targeting Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Elements of the Iranian government directed the alleged plan, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.”

… Perhaps if one lived in Barack Obama’s fantasy land there are no problems with Iran.

… What exactly does he do all day? Does he read the news? Or does he just sit around all day checking off boxes on memos sent to the Oval Office?

The rest of the media has, as expected, been completely incurious. Just two examples:

  • An unbylined Associated Press report only dealt with Obama’s views on the upcoming game.
  • At USA Today, Aamer Madhani mentioned other Iran-related questions Obama answered, but not the one about possible attacks on U.S. soil.

Matt Lauer had a chance to follow up on Obama’s (take your pick) memory lapse, frighteningly uninformed naivete, or flat-out falsehood and failed, leaving Lasky’s disturbing questions wide open. It’s virtually unthinkable to imagine that he would have let a contradiction like Obama’s slide had he been interviewing a Republican or conservative president.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.



  1. Obama clearly is setting the narrative of the victim in regards to Iran. He is baiting Iran into an attack and his public claim that he knows of no plot by the Iranians, never mind their public statements, i.e. threats to retaliate if we prevent them from getting the A-bomb. This is what FDR did to Japan when he similarly engaged in economic sanctions against Japan in the lead up to the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Not that Japan was innocent in the matter, far from it as they were the aggressors in China. The public at the time was highly isolationist resisting the impulse to take sides in the European and Asian conflict as it was seen as a European problem of their own making. WWI took a lot of American lives and remember the slogan, the War to end all Wars? This is why there is a persistent rumor of FDR knowing there was going to be an attack. I don’t believe FDR knew specifically about the attack on Pearl Harbor, BUT he laid the ground work to bait Japan into some kind of provocation, a pretext, to bring the US into WWII to help the British. So now Obama has baited the trap on Iran. The economic sanctions are biting and it’s only a matter of time until the Mullahs lash out.

    All is proceeding as I have foreseen… Note the date of my article: http://www.publiusforum.com/2009/09/15/update-on-the-proxy-war-with-iran/

    Comment by dscott — February 8, 2012 @ 8:43 am

  2. Nothing going on here, pay no attention…

    “Bold Alligator 2012″ drills 20,000 troops on US East Coast for Persian Gulf action


    Some 20,000 marines, seamen and air crews from half a dozen countries, a US nuclear aircraft carrier strike group and three US Marine gunship carriers are practicing an attack on a fictitious mechanized enemy division which has invaded its neighbor. It is the largest amphibian exercise seen in the West for a decade, staged to simulate a potential Iranian invasion of an allied Persian Gulf country and a marine landing on the Iranian coast.

    Nothing to worry about, we aren’t prepared for anything… All those paychecks in a few places are stimulating the local economy.

    US naval officials insist that the exercise has nothing to do with Iran, but the scenario is a giveaway. A mechanized division from the fictitious hostile country of Garnet (Iran) has invaded its neighbor, Amber (Saudi Arabia), which has asked for coalition assistance to halt the enemy’s northern advance. Garnet has already mined harbors (Hormuz) and established anti-ship missiles on its coastline.

    Coalition forces are required to develop strategy for defeating the enemy and carry the combat onto its (Iranian) soil. Hence, the preponderance of amphibian Marines in the exercise.

    Comment by dscott — February 8, 2012 @ 9:08 am

  3. The Sunni/Shiite conflict is warming up.

    First foreign troops in Syria back Homs rebels. Damascus and Moscow at odds


    If you think this is about Assad slaughtering his own people you haven’t been paying attention. say the word, “Pretext” The M.E. is about to erupt, oil prices are going to skyrocket and all of this was avoidable but Obama’s incompetence in 2009 in failing to topple the Iranian government set the stage. His incompetent energy policy of ethanol crowding out food production and thus jacking up international prices lit the whole world on fire. Obama is Carter on steroids.

    Comment by dscott — February 8, 2012 @ 9:16 am

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  5. Concise Summary of the players, pay attention.

    The Real Story on Syria, and Why It Matters


    Bashar Assad and many of the regime loyalists are members of the minority Alawite sect, a Shi’ite offshoot. The rebel groups like the Syrian Free Army are almost exclusively Sunni and mostly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

    That’s the real backstory in Syria, and depending on who prevails, Syria will either remain part of the Shi’ite bloc dominated by Iran or become part of the Muslim Brotherhood Sunni bloc.

    Comment by dscott — February 8, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

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