During his annual pre-Super Bowl interview America's Commander-in-Chief said that he doubts Iran is seeking to carry out attacks in America. saying, "We don't see any evidence that they have those intentions or capabilities right now."
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:
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.
A naturalized U.S. citizen holding Iranian and U.S. passports and a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard face conspiracy charges connected with the plot.
"In addition to holding these individual conspirators accountable for their alleged role in this plot, the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions," Holder said.
Perhaps if one lived in Barack Obama's fantasy land there are no problems with Iran. After all, despite Iranian's continuing and accelerating progress towards developing nuclear weapons (Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said Iran was one year away from being able to build nuclear bombs), the White House Press Secretary recently said there was "no rush" in dealing with Iran. Despite Iran hosting Al Qaeda leaders, despite Iran being behind the murder of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite constant threats to attack America coming from the mouths of mullahs, despite Iran's ignoring entreaties to abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Obama still has the outstretched hand extended to the Iranian regime. Combined with his head being stuck in the sand, this approach and ignorance of recent history (and ignorance of his own officials statements) does not reflect well on Barack Obama's stewardship.
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?