by John Avlon
September 28, 2013
For decades, the key question when dealing with the murderous mullahs of the Islamic Republic was whether they were rational actors or ideological absolutists willing to blow the world up to pursue their own ends.
Now suddenly a comparative moderate is president of Iran and a cabal of 50 or so radical right-wing congressmen are looking like irrational actors on the world stage, threatening to go nuclear by shutting down the government while holding the full faith and credit of the USA hostage to their demands as the debt ceiling approaches.
White House senior aide Dan Pfeiffer clearly went too far in telling CNN’s Jake Tapper “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that.” But even some Republican leaders in the House and Senate have been privately calling the extremists in their own party “Defund Jihadists.”