Diplomatic Vet: Obama's Attempts at Iran Outreach Are Clumsy

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 09:52 PM

By Cathy Burke

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President Barack Obama's diplomatic outreach to the Iranians at the United Nations was "a silly theater sideshow," and his real strategy is "to make the United States one of just [193]"  member nations of the U.N., political consultant and commentator Richard Grenell said.

Grenell, who served under President George W. Bush as director of communications and public diplomacy for the United State's representative to the U.N., told "The Steve Malzberg Show" the administration's attempts to "start down a road of diplomacy" are bumbling.

"The White House tried a strategy for days to reach out to the Iranians," he said. "The Iranians say 'no thanks,' and we look like we have no strategy … we look like we don't know what we're doing."

"I used to think that President Obama was just going to concentrate on domestic stuff and not foreign policy stuff, so he didn't have a strategy," Grenell added. "And now I believe his strategy actually is to make the United States one of just [193] … It's clear that he wants to make us just another member of the international community."

In 2011, the U.N. General Assembly admitted the newly independent South Sudan as its 193rd member of its community of nations.

Grenell blasted the Obama administration for its clumsy diplomatic outreach to Iran.

“This whole trying to shake hands or bump into each other or start down a road of diplomacy, which is what President Obama said at the UN … that Secretary of State [John] Kerry would do is really a silly theater sideshow,” he said.

"We know exactly what the Iranians should do," Grenell said, such as "stop enriching all uranium … So when President Obama talks about doing diplomacy on Iran, he's undercutting a decade of international consensus of a Security Council resolution that the Russians have already signed onto."


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