In the January 21 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on our ongoing negotiations with Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared as the principal witness. Senator Rubio questioned Blinken over twelve minutes toward the end of the hearing. In the course of his questions, Senator Rubio provided a short course on the problematic premises of our negotiations with Iran (video below). “We’re not dealing with Belgium here,” Senator Rubio argues, “we’re not dealing with Luxembourg.”
Senator Rubio’s short course is worth taking in by itself. It is also of interest for the response it elicits from Blinken. “We share your concern,” Blinken asserts. “But sometimes reality has a way of intruding…we also see the reality that’s intruding on the Supreme Leader’s thinking.” Unreal.