President Obama on Friday indicated he fell for a rumor long ago proven false, and he’s using it as a basis for negotiating with Iran.
“I do believe that there is a basis for a resolution [because] Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons,” he told reporters, according to The Daily Caller.
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, this fatwa, or religious edict, never existed. The Daily Caller reported:
The claim is an eight-year old hoax promoted since 2005 by Iran’s diplomats and by Turkey’s Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says MEMRI.
The Islamic “fatwa,” or religiously-justified law, “was never issued by [Iran’s] Supreme Leader [Ali] Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it,” the Middle East Media Research Institute reported on Sunday.
President Obama renewed nuclear arms discussions with Iran despite objections from other Mideast countries, including Israel, that fear such talks are merely a stalling tactic until Iran’s nuclear capability can be fully realized.
Iran published 493 fatwas on its website, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported Aug. 13, but a nuclear arms ban couldn’t be found in the bunch.
“These fatwas cover a wide range of issues, from political and cultural to religious, and include such topics as the treatment of Baha’is, trade with Israeli companies, religious purity and uncleanness, the status of women, and more…. [but the supposed nuclear fatwa] is not included in this compilation,” the institute’s report said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned President Obama on Monday not to be fooled by Iran’s sweet talk, overtures and smiles.
Within the last couple of days, a senior White House official described House Republican leaders as terrorists with explosives strapped around their chests, and the president claimed they were holding the government hostage during debt ceiling negotiations.
As a result, there are no negotiations, if you discount the talks Republicans are having among themselves.
On the other hand, the president shows an eagerness to not only negotiate with Iran against the advice of allies in the region, but to also accept as fact during his talks something that is little more than an urban legend.
Is it too late to ask for a 2012 election do-over?