WH stands by fatwa (but won’t say why)

USA Today’s Oren Dorell follows up on the MEMRI reports that I noted yesterday in “Fatuous fatwa twaddle.” President Obama to the contrary notwithstanding, MEMRI disputes the existence of a fatwa promulgated by the man Obama is pleased to acknowledge as Iran’s “Supreme Leader.”

The White House is sticking by Obama’s contention that the “Supreme Leader” has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. Which raises a question, at least in my mind. Doesn’t the “Supreme Leader” know that his followers are pursuing a costly program to develop nuclear weapons at a breakneck pace? Our own supreme leader apparently hasn’t bothered to ask himself that question.

In any event, USA Today reports:

Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for Obama’s National Security Council, said the president’s comment stands. When asked why the White House believes the fatwa exists, Hayden declined to comment.

So there you have it.