Yesterday, Iran launched two ballistic missiles with a Hebrew inscription which read, “Israel must be wiped out.”
I wonder if Josh Earnest will say that the language written on the missiles was “intended for a domestic political audience”. You may recall that Earnest used this line of reasoning almost a year ago when the Ayatollah Khamenei proclaimed “Death to America” in a speech.
At the time, the Obama Administration was more upset with Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election victory than the Ayatollah’s incitement.
A year later, not much has changed. Earlier this week, Earnest publicly chided Netanyahu for cancelling a meeting with President Obama.
Vice-President Biden is currently in Israel visiting with Bibi and has said the U.S. will confront Iran if they violate the nuclear agreement. But the missile tests were not a part of the nuclear agreement and he knows it. Biden’s words ring hollow. (However, to be fair, Biden has taken the Palestinian Authority to task for failing to condemn a stabbing attack in Jaffa which injured a dozen people and claimed the life of an American soldier.)
But the Iran nuclear deal is the centerpiece of President Obama’s foreign policy. No one in the Obama Administration is going to confront Iran about its misdeeds. Even worse, I don’t think his successor will either.