This morning, Matt Lauer was in Teheran. I had only a minute to watch but I sat down anyway because I couldn’t pick up my jaw. Lauer interviewed Seyyid Mohammad Marandi, Professor of North American Studies at the University of Tehran, who grew up in Virginia and spoke perfect English. Things were kind of moving along with the Republican talking points interview, starting at about 5:00 into the clip, and you can actually SEE the professor, who does his best to answer questions framed in the madness of King George, hesitate a few times before he answers. It’s plain he wants to tell Matt he’s being deceived. The thing that will take your breath away is that by the end of the interview, where Marandi has remained rational and patient, Lauer gets a little jumpy and tries to persuade the professor to agree. This morning, I couldn’t hear what Lauer was saying because his body language was happily shouting, “So you SEE, don’t you, that we absolutely have to nuke your country? It’s obvious, right?”
One more thing: Marandi delivered a line with some real punch and Lauer passed it by. The professor said that the United States should not attack Iran because the United States has got the other two wars with weaker countries but war with Iran, which is much stronger, would be “a calamity.” I heard it loud and clear. Who knows what Lauer heard?