This morning "the gang;" Mika, Barnicle, Meacham and Haas had a great time reviling a fuzzy faced Iranian who was dumb enough to walk into the ambush. This fellow sounded off with the predictable anti-American, anti-Israeli "party line." At the same time he managed to say that although Iran thinks Israel is a bad idea (like Belgium?) Iran would accept any deal that the Palestinians made. "Ah! You see! He does not accept Israel's right to exist! You see!" It did not matter at all that the the man had just said that Iran would like to see Jews, Christians and Muslims live in peace together.
Perception management is so successful that we Americans just don't listen anymore. pl
PS Does anyone remember that the US refused to recognize various countries, i.e.; China, or Vietnam for decades at a time.