Family Security Matters
The State of the Union address by President Obama is a month away, but the content and orientation of that speech can be limned from White House briefings. Rather than discuss failures such as a healthcare website that still rejects applicants or ellipses such as the unrecorded conversations about the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi or political coercion such as the selective IRS vetting process for not-for-profit organizations, the president will concentrate on the deal with Iran as a major achievement.
He will not use the Neville Chamberlain rhetoric of “peace in our time” that could easily backfire, but he will make the dubious claim that the deal with Iran has reduced tensions in the Middle East. Moreover, he will maintain that his administration has accomplished with diplomacy what his adversaries believe can only be accomplished with war. The exaggerations come with the territory.