Despite Obama's overtures and willingness to meet with the totalitarian Iranian mullah, he is summarily snubbed by the holocaust-denying Islamic supremacists.
And why not? They have gotten everything they wanted by flouting international law and working furiously to build a nuclear weapons program for the past eight years. Their disregard for international law has served them well. And they perceive Obama as weak and feckless, which, of course, he is.
They are undeserving of a handshake, a face-to-face, or any kind of meeting with the President of the United States. They haven't earned it.
The media gave Rouhani the star treatment -- every enemedia outlet threw flowers at the autocrat and allowed him to deceive the American people. This was a play for time. The Perm 5 as well as the US have been playing into Iran's hands and "talking" since 2005. To what end? To Iran's end to build a nuclear weapons progeam. This latest is just another play for time.
Another kick in the head on the world stage at the hands of the jihad enabler in the White House. It seems Obama can't get enough bowing to dictators, but he's tough as nails on ....... tea party patriots, Republicans, FOX News and Jews.
"Iranian no-show: Rouhani skips chance to break bread at UN luncheon" By Erin McClam, Staff Writer, NBC News
NEW YORK — If President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart share a historic handshake, it won’t be over tuna tartare.
Hassan Rouhani, the newly elected Iranian leader, whose overtures have raised hopes of warmer relations with the West, was a no-show for lunch Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly.
Heads of state sat down to eat after Obama told the General Assembly earlier Tuesday that the United States and Iran could start down a “long road towards a different relationship — one based on mutual interest and respect.”
Obama stressed that the U.S. is determined not to let Iran have a nuclear weapon. But he suggested that two recent statements, including Rouhani’s saying that his country will never develop a nuclear weapon, represent crucial progress.
Foreign affairs experts had buzzed with speculation that Obama and Rouhani might shake hands at the luncheon, where the menu reportedly included tuna tartar and veal osso bucco — or that they might at least eat in the same room.
A U.N. handler told White House reporters that Iran would not be represented at the luncheon. She did not give a reason. She said that Iran did not RSVP, and added that many delegations skip the lunch.
An Obama-Rouhani handshake would have been a historic moment in U.S.-Iranian relations, which have been cool, if not hostile, since the Iranian Revolution of 1979.
But those same experts pointed out that such a meeting at lunch would be tricky: Rouhani was not scheduled to speak until the afternoon session, and a less than conciliatory tone after the handshake could have embarrassed Obama.
President Barack Obama gives a toast to the U.N. secretary general, while delivering remarks to world leaders at Tuesday's U.N. luncheon in New York City.
There was still the possibility that Obama and Rouhani could meet elsewhere at the U.N. gathering. It’s not uncommon for world leaders to share private exchanges of even a few minutes outside the view of cameras.
Earlier, in a 40-minute address to the full assembly, Obama said “We should be able to achieve a resolution that respects the rights of the Iranian people, while giving the world confidence that the Iranian program is peaceful.”
He said that he was directing Secretary of State John Kerry, working closely with European allies, Russia and China, to pursue an agreement with the government of Iran.
“The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested,” Obama said.
He spoke of deep mistrust between the United States and Iran since the revolution there: Iranians have complained of U.S. interference, while Americans see a country that has taken Americans hostage, killed American troops and threatened Israel.
“I don’t believe this difficult history can be overcome overnight — the suspicion runs too deep,” he said. “But I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship — one based on mutual interests and mutual respect.”
Rouhani’s visit to the United Nations is being watched closely around the world. He has made diplomatic overtures to the West since his election in June, and he told NBC News last week that he has the authority to make a deal on Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
Rouhani takes his turn before the General Assembly later Tuesday. Ahead of that address, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world "should not be fooled" by signs of moderation from Tehran.
President Barack Obama tell the U.N. Tuesday that anyone who suggests that Bashar al-Assad did not carry out a chemical weapons attack in August is insulting the "legitimacy of this institution."
Netanyahu voiced deep skepticism about Iran's new outreach to the West, saying it is merely a ploy to ease international sanctions while secretly building a nuclear weapon.
"Iran thinks soothing words and token actions will enable it to continue on its path to the bomb," he said.
Netanyahu says he welcomes Obama's efforts to engage Rouhani in dialogue. But he says Iran's conciliatory words must be matched by actions.
Later in the day, Obama was to meet with the U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and attend a luncheon for heads of state. He also had meetings scheduled with the president of Lebanon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
On the crisis in Syria, Obama called on the U.N. to pass a strong resolution to verify that Syrian leader Bashar Assad lives up to his commitment to get rid of his chemical weapons.
“If we cannot agree even on this, then it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws,” he said. “On the other hand, if we succeed, it will send a powerful message that the use of chemical weapons has no place in the 21st century, and that this body means what it says.”
The president said that it was an “insult to human reason and the legitimacy of this institution” to suggest that anyone other than the forces of Assad used chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 attack in the Syrian civil war.
President Barack Obama addresses the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians Tuesday at the U.N.
The United States says it has overwhelming evidence that loyalist forces sent sarin-gas rockets into a rebel neighborhood and killed 1,400 people, including civilians and more than 400 children.
Alluding to Americans’ disinclination to get involved in another Middle East conflict, Obama said that it would be a danger for the United States to “disengage, creating a vacuum of leadership that no other nation is ready to fill.”
“I believe that would be a mistake,” Obama said. “I believe America must remain engaged for our own security. I believe the world is better for it. Some may disagree, but I believe that America is exceptional — in part because we have shown a willingness, through the sacrifice of blood and treasure, to stand up not only for our own narrow self-interest, but for the interests of all.”
The mention of American exceptionalism seemed a reference to an Op-Ed published last week in The New York Times by Russian President Vladimir Putin. He wrote that it was “extremely dangerous” to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional.
Obama had threatened a military strike to enforce the nearly worldwide ban on chemical weapons. The attack was averted when the United States and Russia struck a deal under which Syria must hand over and ultimately destroy its chemicals by next year.
In his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama said that he made the threat because “it is in the security interest of the United States and the world to meaningfully enforce a prohibition whose origins are older than the U.N. itself."
He spoke of the memories of soldiers suffocated in the trenches of World War I, of Jews slaughered in Nazi gas chambers and — pointedly — of the tens of thousands of Iranians poisoned to death in the Iran-Iraq war during the 1980s.
Outlining American policy in the Middle East, Obama said Tuesday that the United States was committed to using “all elements of our power, including military force, to secure our core interests in the region.”
He said that the United States would confront aggression against allies, and ensure the flow of energy to the world. He also vowed to dismantle terror networks that threaten Americans, and said that the U.S. would not tolerate weapons of mass destruction.