The Ynet article Obama wrote Khamenei secret letter about Islamic State raised more questions than it gives answers to. Take this, for instance:
The letter was the fourth known time Obama has written Iran’s most powerful leader, and according to the Journal, underscores Obama view that Iran is key to implementing the now-lame duck president's regional plan.Why would Obama try to woo the chief Ayatollah in such a shameful fashion is a good question, you must agree.
But back to basics. This is the passage that left me speechless:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest responded to the report, and said that US policy towards Iran has not changed.Specifically, the last few words: "correspondence between Obama and a world leader". Even more specifically: "between Obama and a world leader".
According to the report, which cited people briefed on the correspondence, the letter was sent secretly in the middle of last month, as US-led forces were already hitting Islamic State group targets in Iraq. Earnest said he could not comment on private correspondence between Obama and a world leader.
At first I thought that this formula is a result of some local Ynet finger-slip or mistranslation. But then, when I checked other sources, the same text appears there. For instance. Or for example.
Anyway, the big question looms. Was there a secret transfer of that title - I mean leader of the world - from the White House to Tehran? When did it happen and why wasn't there an official ceremony?
And why had the title gone to Tehran and not to the obvious candidate? Or, if not to him, then why not to Beijing?
Update: And if you believe this Fox News article about the letter mentioned above, "This [letter] f***s up everything". Being coy, Fox decided to leave us in the fog regarding the act that the letter performs: "furls", "freezes", "franks", "flicks"... etc. But one can be fairly sure, I would suggest, that nothing good will come out of that letter.