THIS IS NOT A PARODY: Obama reaching out to Hezbullah 'moderates'Fresh off the utter failure of 'engagement' with Iran and Syria, the Obama administration is seeking to build up 'moderates' in Hezbullah, apparently with a view to 'engaging' with the terror group (Hat Tip: Andy McCarthy).
John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, met with Lebanese leaders during a recent visit.Can this administration actually believe that there are 'moderate elements' in Hezbullah?
"Hezbollah is a very interesting organization," Brennan told a Washington conference, citing its evolution from "purely a terrorist organization" to a militia to an organization that now has members within the parliament and the cabinet.
"There is certainly the elements of Hezbollah that are truly a concern to us what they're doing. And what we need to do is to find ways to diminish their influence within the organization and to try to build up the more moderate elements," Brennan said.
He did not spell out how Washington hoped to promote "moderate elements" given that the organization is branded a "foreign terrorist organization" by the United States.
"We don't deal with them," he acknowledged.
Ed Morrissey makes the snarky suggestion that maybe the State Department can get around the terror organization problem by amending the list.
The fact that anyone in the Obama administration would even suggest 'engaging' with Hezbullah shows that the administration has learned nothing from the last 16 months in office. Voters should keep that in mind when they go to the polls in November.
UPDATE 2:31 PM
Here's video of Brennan saying it.
Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit).
What could go wrong?