White House Security advisor Susan Rice received raucous applause at AIPAC today – for mentioning policies the Obama administration actively opposes.
During her speech, when she discussed policies that she claimed were not realistic or attainable, the crowd leaped to their feet and cheered. When she offered the Obama administration’s (supposedly) more realistic (and wiser) alternative, you could hear a pin drop. The barely audible smattering you hear is probably pro-Obama press flacks.
“We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal,” she began. “I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forgo its domestic enrichment capacity entirely –”
With that, Rice was cut off for over twenty seconds by raucous applause, as the crowd rose to its feet in approval of a total ban on Iran’s civilian nuclear program. “But as desirable as that would be, it is neither realistic nor achievable!” she finally continued, claiming that European nations would abandon sanctions altogether if that was the goal. Just seconds later, the crowd again turned on Rice. “I know some would argue we should impose sanctions and just walk away, but let’s remember –” she said. Cue more rowdy cheering, with Rice at first trying to speak over the crowd before raising her arms in exasperation. “My friends, let’s remember that sanctions have never stopped Iran from advancing its program!” she finally finished.
This really is incredible – and mortifying for Susan Rice.