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Andrea Mitchell Claims Iran an 'American Ally' Before Bush Gave 'Axis of Evil' Speech
NewsBusters.org ^ | January 28, 2014 | Kyle Drennan

Posted on 01/28/2014 4:08:17 PM PST by Kaslin

In a shocking declaration on her 1 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell asserted that one of America's fiercest enemies was actually a friend to the U.S. before George W. Bush came along: "Up until that moment, Iran was cooperating with the United States on the border of Afghanistan, it was post-9/11, Iran was more or less an American ally. By being included in the Axis of Evil, it turned the Iranian government in a completely different direction." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

The topic came up when The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza told Mitchell that the last "memorable and impactful" State of the Union address was President Bush's 2002 speech labeling Iraq, Iran, and North Korea to be an "Axis of Evil." Mitchell interrupted: "No, let me challenge you on that....Colin Powell and the State Department did not focus enough on those words and get them taken out of the State of the Union."

Andrea Mitchell Claims Iran 'More or Less an American Ally' Before Bush Gave 'Axis of Evil' Speech

Mitchell concluded that speech was "a turning point in American politics and in foreign policy." Cillizza replied: "Andrea, I would agree with you."

The random Bush-bashing came during a segment previewing President Obama's upcoming State of the Union Tuesday night.

Here is a transcript of the January 28 exchange:

1:19PM ET

(...)

CHRIS CILLIZZA: We went back, here at the Post, and looked at sort of the most memorable impactful State of the Unions. The most recent one we found was George W. Bush, his first State of the Union after September 11th, so 2002, when he laid out the Axis of Evil. These are not typically speeches – even for someone who is quite gifted as a speech giver like Barack Obama is-

ANDREA MITCHELL: But, but let me-

CILLIZZA: These are not speeches that traditionally make a huge impact. Go ahead, I'm sorry.

MITCHELL: Let me – no, let me challenge you on that.

CILLIZZA: Okay.

MITCHELL: Because that speech arguably turned this country in a direction on foreign policy – now I know that tonight will not be about foreign policy and traditionally it's not. But those words, "Axis of Evil" – and I was standing right here in Congress, and when I heard those words I called the control room and I said, "This is a big deal."

CILLIZZA: Huge.

MITCHELL: The State Department – you know, with all due respect – Colin Powell and the State Department did not focus enough on those words and get them taken out of the State of the Union. Because up until that moment, Iran was cooperating with the United States on the border of Afghanistan, it was post-9/11, Iran was more or less an American ally. By being included in the Axis of Evil, it turned the Iranian government in a completely different direction. It was a turning point in American politics and in foreign policy.

CILLIZZA: Andrea, I would agree with you. My point was not that – I would say that one was the exception, not the rule. Not that that speech didn't matter, it in fact quite did.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
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She is actually correct in a sense. Iran or as it used to be called Persia was a Ally of the United States until the peanut farmer of Georgia got the Shah expelled from his own country and the Ayatollah took over.

Ever since then we have been in trouble with the Muslim countries

1 posted on 01/28/2014 4:08:17 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Yeah Iran just loved us LOL Andrea Mitchell proves that stupid is forever


2 posted on 01/28/2014 4:10:38 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin
It is also true that we were at war with England before Obama became president, but since his inauguration, there has been absolutely no trouble on that particular front.

Just ignore the whole Revolution/War of 1812 aspect of it, and the statement is perfectly true.

3 posted on 01/28/2014 4:11:11 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: Kaslin

While I do agree with your interpretation based on the pre-Carter years, I don’t think she was referencing back that far.

She meant to convince folks Bush changed Iran’s true relationship with the U. S. for the worse with his statement.

One wonders what she thought of the hostage crisis. Did she think they were just keeping our diplomats safe for over 400 days?


4 posted on 01/28/2014 4:11:52 PM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

The marines who were bombed in Lebanon in 1983 would beg to differ.


5 posted on 01/28/2014 4:12:40 PM PST by Richard from IL
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To: Kaslin

‘Great Satan’ must be a farsi term of endearment.


6 posted on 01/28/2014 4:13:29 PM PST by posterchild
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To: Kaslin

Hello.

My name is Adrea Mitchel...

...and I’m a lair-aholic.

Welcome Andrea...
Hi Miss Mitchell...
Yo Andrea...
Hey Andrea...
Good evening Andrea...
Sweet...


7 posted on 01/28/2014 4:14:30 PM PST by DoughtyOne (AMNESTY is job none...)
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To: Kaslin

I guess she spaced that whole hostage crisis thingy./s


8 posted on 01/28/2014 4:14:34 PM PST by VTenigma
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To: Kaslin
November 4, 1979.

Sheesh.

5.56mm

9 posted on 01/28/2014 4:16:10 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: VTenigma
Yep, and the USS Cole as well.
10 posted on 01/28/2014 4:16:25 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Kaslin

Yep, the damage from Mr. Peanut is still upon us. His damage, however, can’t compare to what the Kenyan has done. I’ll be long gone before that damage is history.


11 posted on 01/28/2014 4:23:23 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Kaslin

I think Left Wing revisionism is akin to what Hitler did to the German people in the 1930’s and led them to destruction.


12 posted on 01/28/2014 4:32:08 PM PST by realcleanguy
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To: Kaslin
MITCHELL: ...Because up until that moment, Iran was cooperating with the United States on the border of Afghanistan, it was post-9/11, Iran was more or less an American ally.

Andrea, you ignorant slut. Cooperation does not equal alliance - just ask Khadafi.

13 posted on 01/28/2014 4:37:08 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Billthedrill
Yep, and the USS Cole as well.

While there's plenty to blame Iran for, the Cole isn't part of it directly. It was bombed an al-Qaeda attack in the port of Aden in Yemen.

14 posted on 01/28/2014 4:37:51 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Kaslin

Andes, you are lying to those too young to remember or too indoctrinated to care. I’d say shame but you have none.


15 posted on 01/28/2014 4:39:18 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Sarah Barracuda

16 posted on 01/28/2014 4:41:18 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

17 posted on 01/28/2014 4:42:16 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: JimSEA

18 posted on 01/28/2014 4:43:19 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Kaslin
Hello. Andrea. Clueless much?
Let me tell you about Americans held hostage in Iran during the pathetic Jimmah Carter administration.

19 posted on 01/28/2014 4:43:51 PM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Richard from IL

See, it goes all back to the peanut farmer from Georgia


20 posted on 01/28/2014 4:48:27 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

The random Bush-bashing

On the contrary, there is nothing “random” about it.
It is the continual agitprop of the leftist coup.
It rolls of me like water but some folks lap it up.


21 posted on 01/28/2014 4:51:45 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kaslin

22 posted on 01/28/2014 4:53:17 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
That is very true, and so will I

It will take several generation to repair the damage what that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave had done to this great Nation.

23 posted on 01/28/2014 4:53:53 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Bernard Marx

Ugh. I stand corrected.


24 posted on 01/28/2014 5:00:37 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Kaslin

How does somebody so stupid stay on the air? Simple, they work for NBC.


25 posted on 01/28/2014 6:35:49 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Kaslin

yes Kas, you are accurate
whereas the stain known as ms. mitchell is full of it.


26 posted on 01/29/2014 12:35:31 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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Mitchell is no where near correct on this. And her propaganda shouldn’t be given any sense of creditability through suggestions she might be even remotely correct.


27 posted on 01/29/2014 12:42:46 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Two possibilities — #1, she knows this isn’t true and is lying, in which case she should be fired and blackballed; #2, she doesn’t know this is a lie, in which case she should be fired and blackballed. There are no other possibilities. Thanks Kaslin.


28 posted on 01/29/2014 4:38:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Kaslin
we have been in trouble with the Muslim countries

There was always the Progressive agenda that would sooner or later put "us" at odds with the "moslem" countries in the present.

But I think there was something in the past...hmmmm... what did they call it...THE CRUSADES...

29 posted on 01/29/2014 5:27:57 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Kaslin; SunkenCiv

I don’t watch PMSNBC, so how old is this Andrea Mitchell? Is she too young to remember when Iran stopped being friendly to the US? I was twenty years old when it happened (in 1979).


30 posted on 01/29/2014 6:07:13 PM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

Neither do I, nor do I watch nbc, abc, cbs or cnn. She’ll be 68 in October


31 posted on 01/29/2014 6:13:27 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: SunkenCiv

If she honestly believes this, then the great Andrea Mitchell could not pass a poli sci 101 class.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 6:18:08 PM PST by StevieRay20
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To: SunkenCiv
Isn't she a communist? I'm being serious here...
33 posted on 01/30/2014 6:27:26 AM PST by GOPJ (Liberals never let something as petty as being 100% wrong stop them - Blood of Tyrants)
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