Charles Krauthammer: Hassan Rouhani is hardly an Iranian moderate

Published: Sunday, Sept. 29 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

I'm for negotiations. But only if it's to do something real, not to run out the clock as Iran goes nuclear. The administration says it wants actions not words. Fine. Demand one simple proof of good faith: Honor the U.N. resolutions. Suspend uranium enrichment and we will talk.

At least that stops the clock. Anything else amounts to being played.

And about the Khamenei agent who charms but declares enrichment an inalienable right, who smiles but refuses to shake the president's hand. When asked by NBC News whether the Holocaust was a myth, Rouhani replied: "I'm not a historian. I'm a politician."

Iranian moderation in action.

And, by the way, do you know who was one of the three Iranian "moderates" the cake-bearing McFarlane dealt with at that fateful arms-for-hostage meeting in Tehran 27 years ago? Hassan Rouhani.

We never learn.

Charles Krauthammer's email address is letters@charleskrauthammer.com.

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