Obama on the QT

The US President unexpected media briefing about Iran last week was nothing more than

    President Obama unexpectedly held a hush-hush briefing about Iran last week.

     According to the Washington Post:

     A small group of journalists was invited to a "background session" on Iran policy with "senior National Security Staff." The briefer turned out to be Obama. 

    It's hard to tell whether his appearance was for appearance's sake, or whether there was some a good reason behind it, but Stephen Walt makes clear that  the one thing the President didn't do was offer any clearer explanation of the rationale behind his Iran policy.

    A look at the list of journalists that were invited to this private session reinforces the impression that this was nothing more than business as usual.

    If the President really wanted to engage more directly and more seriously, perhaps he should get out of the comfortable echo chambers of the Washington media and talk to Al Jazeera instead.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.