Administration believed Iran would ditch Assad over use of WMD
The notion that Iran would abandon President Assad because he gassed his own people may strain credulity for you and me, but recall that this is a president who actually thought writing a nice letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei would lead to a breakthrough in nuclear negotiations.
Self delusion is a large part of Obama's foreign policy so why should it surprise us that he thinks Iran is a sane actor on the world stage?
Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, hoped that a team of UN investigators - many of whom, presumably, have a longstanding relationship with Iranian leaders -- could write a report that would convince Iran to abandon its ally at the behest of the United States.
"We worked with the UN to create a group of inspectors and then worked for more than six months to get them access to the country on the logic that perhaps the presence of an investigative team in the country might deter future attacks," Power said at the Center for American Progress as she made the case for intervening in Syria.
"Or, if not, at a minimum, we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran - itself a victim of Saddam Hussein's monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 - to cast loose a regime that was gassing it's people," she said.
Rather than "cast loose" Assad after the latest chemical weapons attack, as the Obama team hoped, "Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has warned the Obama administration against any proposed military strike on Syria," as the International Business Times reports.
Only someone besotted with an ideology that believes the rest of the world acts selflessly and is animated by humanitarian and other lofty concerns would make such a remarkably ignorant statement like that. To actually believe that Russia and Iran would act against their own national interest regardless of what their ally has done reveals a dangerous - even suicidal mind set.
Liberals believe everyone in the world thinks as they do because, obviously, they are morally superior to those who think differently. I don't know whether it's political correctness or idealism run wild that causes people supposedly smarter than the rest of us to believe nonsense like this, but whatever it is, there is real potential for these incompetents to blunder into World War III - and then blame it on Bush.