When President Obama shocked pretty much the entire Western world yesterday by casually dropping the news that he and Iranian President Rouhani had a phone conversation — the first such contact between our two countries since 1979 — at the start of his statement about the fight over funding our government. Of course, conservatives absolutely lost their minds. Predictably, the reaction has been bitterly partisan, completely ignoring the fact that this is the most significant and tellingly positive development in our Middle Eastern foreign affairs in decades. Instead, they are angry that President Obama is talking on the phone to Iran, but not to his own Congress.
The quintuplet of derpitude known as The Five on Fox “News” was just as appalled and “flabbergasted” as you’d expect them to be. Eric Bolling, who is always good for a clueless, pedantic and histrionic sound bye or two also did not disappoint. “I’m flabbergasted the president made the phone call to Rouhani after 33 years or so,” Bolling said. Continuing his point, Eric then went on to imply that all Iranians are terrorists. “There’s a reason we haven’t negotiated with Iran, because they’re state-sponsored terrorists.” Don’t you just wish your world outlook could be so ridiculously narrow as Bolling’s?
We all know why the President took the call with Rouhani. The global community has been trying to get Iran to play ball for a very long time now, and any western leader would be an absolute fool not to take the call. That call has absolutely nothing to do with the inanity currently besetting our Congressional bodies on all sides. The world doesn’t stop turning because the Republicans are trying to extort President Obama over the Affordable Care Act.
The truth is that the when it comes to threatening not just the stability of the country, but of the world’s economy, the bigger threat as we stand now is that from the House Republicans. They are playing games with the full faith and credit of the country whose currency backs every single transaction on the world markets, so it only makes sense that the President would take an important phone call from the leader of a country that’s been a thorn in many other nations’ sides for years and years and still not be willing to budge an inch with the Republicans in Congress.
Watch The Five get their undies in a bunch below: