- - Friday, October 18, 2013

As the supreme leader’s representative to the Supreme Council on National Security, Mr. Rouhani approved the orders to send hit squads to assassinate Iranian Kurdish dissidents in Germany in 1992, just as he approved the orders two years later to bomb the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, killing 86 Argentinean Jews.

During his media blitz at the United Nations last month, Mr. Rouhani made clear that he is the instrument of the supreme leader, and that the goal of any “negotiation” with the West is to preserve Iran’s nuclear program while gaining an end to economic and political sanctions.

What Mr. Rouhani and his puppet master, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, are willing to give up in exchange for lifting the sanctions should also be clear to anyone who actually reads or listens to what they say: absolutely nothing.

The only substantive pledge he and his slick-talking foreign minister have made is to talk about talks with the United States. Yet, that seems to be enough for a slobbering media to treat the two of them as though they walk on water.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

This is the third time the United States has faced a “moderate” new president of the Islamic republic of Iran, who, with smooth talk and a winning smile, promises to kill us gently.

Will we never learn?

Kenneth R. Timmerman is the author of “Shadow Warriors: Traitors, Saboteurs and the Party of Surrender” (Three Rivers Press, 2008).