Monday, March 29, 2010

"Iran will back down," says Obama aide Valerie Jarrett

Put aside for a minute that Valerie Jarrett is a Chicago slumlord. Jarrett is also a senior advisor in the Obama administration. Here's Michelle Malkin's description of her in the book, Culture of Corruption:

"The Obamas don't make a move without Jarrett. She has been dubbed 'the other side of Barack's brain' and 'Barack's Rock.' In an October 2008 interview with the Chicago Tribune, President Obama said of his relationship with Jarrett: 'I trust her completely.'" She has been named in the Obama administration "Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison," which is undoubtedly meant to mean anything Obama wants it to mean.

Jarrett was born to American parents; her father was a renowned hematologist/pathologist and her mother a child development expert. Her maternal grandfather was the first black man to head the Chicago Housing Authority, and his father was the first black graduate of M.I.T. Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran where her father ran a hospital for children as part of a program where American doctors and agricultural experts sought to help jump-start developing countries' health and farming efforts. When she was five, the family moved to London for one year, returning to Chicago in 1963.

So that's Jarrett's Iran connection.

Jarrett appeared yesterday on the Sunday talking head show, ABC's This Week with Jake Tapper. The money line from Jarrett was this: "Iran will back down." Whew, that's a relief, now I can quit worrying about Iran blowing up half the Western world with the nuclear weapons they're busy developing.

Tapper: Still no major international cooperation of putting pressure on Iran [despite Obama's "deadline" of
December 2009]. You know a little bit about Iranian culture. Don't you think that this in some way conveys weakness, or the inability to rally international support?

Jarrett: Quite the contrary. In fact, over the last year what we've seen when the president came into office was a unified Iran. Now we're seeing a lot of divisions within the country, and we're seeing steady progress in terms of a world coalition that will put that pressure on Iran. So no, I think we have a strong force in the making, and Iran will back down.

The video of the interview is here at Real Clear Politics.

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