Just as Adolf Hitler’s name shouldn’t be uttered aloud in discussions about contemporary U.S. policy, how about declaring a similar moratorium on using “death to America” chants by Iranian protesters?
President Obama made a startling comparison this week in a speech at American University in which he said that those who yell “Death to America” have “common cause with Republicans” who oppose the nuclear deal that seeks to block Iran from developing an atomic bomb.
I get that the president feels frustrated because the “loyal opposition” keeps resisting all of his policies — both foreign and domestic.
However, the “death to America” chants we hear from street demonstrations in Tehran have no bearing on domestic opposition to the issue at hand. Obama said the Iranians who oppose the nuclear deal are those who utter the frightening chant.
The president drew a lot of laughs from the crowd that heard his crack about GOP kinship with the anti-American demonstrators.
Please, Mr. President, spare us the laugh lines and stay away from the demagoguery.