Oh. Okay, Tommy. Sorry we asked. By the way, do you happen to have the cell number of the Iraqi spokesman? Or do we have to travel to Baghdad, or perhaps Tehran, to find out who is in our country, indeed who is in the White House?
A former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the FBI says played a role in a 1996 terrorist attack that killed 19 U.S. servicemen, accompanied Iraq’s prime minister to the White House on Monday, attending an event at which President Obama trumpeted the end of the Iraq War.
Hadi Farhan al-Amiri, transportation minister in Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government, was part of the delegation that visited the White House to discuss Iraq’s future and Iran’s influence there, among other topics.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined to confirm whether Mr. al-Amiri was part of the Iraqi delegation. He referred questions to the Iraqi government.
So, having been rebuffed by the White House spokesman to provide information on the identity of those in official delegations allowed into the White House to bend the President’s ear, there of course were no press follow-up questions on whether al-Amiri was there to convey to Mr. Obama the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s sincere and deep appreciation for the Obama Command’s recent decision to allow Iran access to US drone technology. Or whether his purpose was to inform the United States government when or if US -flagged ships will be allowed transit through the Strait of Hormuz in the not-too-distant future, and to ascertain whether Mr. Obama was okay with that. Not that it really matters much to the Iranians, as their preparations for the future continue unabated.