White House national security advisor Susan Rice earned rousing applause during her speech before the American-Israeli Political Action Committee on Monday — but they weren’t in support for Obama administration policies.
Speaking one day before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, Rice sought to convince the conservative group that negotiations with Iran are the best policy to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and avoid a war.
But while Rice did get one major applause line when she claimed “a bad deal is worse than no deal,” the wildest cheers came when she laid out policies that the Obama administration actively opposes.
“We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal,” she began. “I know that some of you will be urging Congress to insist that Iran forgo its domestic enrichment capacity entirely –”
With that, Rice was cut off for over twenty seconds by raucous applause, as the crowd rose to its feet in approval of a total ban on Iran’s civilian nuclear program.
“But as desirable as that would be, it is neither realistic nor achievable!” she finally continued, claiming that European nations would abandon sanctions altogether if that was the goal.
Just seconds later, the crowd again turned on Rice. “I know some would argue we should impose sanctions and just walk away, but let’s remember –” she said.
Cue more rowdy cheering, with Rice at first trying to speak over the crowd before raising her arms in exasperation.
“My friends, let’s remember that sanctions have never stopped Iran from advancing its program!” she finally finished.