Mort Zuckerman opens his Wall Street Journal op-ed on President Obama’s agreement with Iran with two lines from the popular song “I’m Always Chasing Rainbows” and remarks:
The vaudeville song by Harry Carroll and Joseph McCarthy, popularized by Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, is all too appropriate to this moment, as we consider the implications of a nuclear Iran and the prospect of mushroom clouds over the Middle East.
The song was popularized in 1918 by Charlie Harrison (his version is above) back when a “hit song” meant you sold a lot of sheet music with your picture on it and before Judy Garland was born. The melody is adapted from Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu composed in 1834 and published in 1855. It’s been popular ever since, one of Chopin’s most popular works. The popular song has a new revival about once a generation. It’s been covered hundreds of times.
In his op-ed Mr. Zuckerman lists the reasons he’s skeptical about the agreement but IMO there only needs to be one: the only vote in Iran that means anything is that of the Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and, judging by his public statements, an agreement that would meet with his approval is not one that should meet with U. S. approval. Contrary to Sec. Kerry’s claims if Khamenei answers to any constituency it is a handful of ayatollahs with very different views and objectives from those of an American politician.
As I’ve said from the announcement of the “framework agreement”, it certainly appears that President Obama is desperate for a deal and I think the Grand Ayatollah has that impression, too.