New York Daily News
Sunday, 13 March 2016
In the days just before President Obama signed his dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, the mullahs test-fired ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear payloads — a clear statement of intent and a clear violation of United Nations resolutions.
Obama responded by seeing no evil. Even after his own administration concluded that the tests were a blatant violation, he held off on pushing for sanctions he promised Congress would be coming until after the nuclear deal was signed, and the die cast.
Since signing the nuclear deal, the mullahs — having collected tens of billions from the end of the international sanctions regime that was dissolved in exchange for the stroke of a pen — have kept firing. And Obama has continued to see no evil.
Their latest test, just last week, included one missile emblazoned with the phrase “Israel should we wiped off the Earth,” in Hebrew.
“The reason we have designed these missiles with such a range . . . is to be able to hit our remote enemies, the Zionist regime,” boasted the general who heads the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace program.
He added that “Iran’s missile program will not stop under any circumstances,” that his group “has never accepted the UN Security Council resolutions on Iran’s missile work” and — as with its secret nuclear facilities — that “we have underground tunnels around the country and under mountains (that) cannot be destroyed even if targeted by atomic bombs.”
So Iran’s apocalyptic intentions are unchanged, and clear. But now, they may have the right to fire away, with no fear of consequences.
That’s because of a part of the deal that Obama prefers not to talk about — a side arrangement that ended the UN’s separate restriction against the Israel- and America-hating nation’s firing such missiles, replacing it with weak, effectively meaningless language that “calls upon” the mullahs not to launch ballistic missiles but no longer prohibits them from doing so.
(Another side deal, one disclosed months after the fact, significantly limited what the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency now both monitors and reports about Iran’s nuclear program, a change Tehran had tried for years to achieve.)
While Obama himself has yet to mention this latest act of aggression, Vice President Joe Biden, in Israel, declared:
“A nuclear-armed Iran is an absolutely unacceptable threat to Israel, to the region and the United States. And I want to reiterate which I know people still doubt here: If in fact they break the deal, we will act.”
That sounds strong, but it’s quite an “if.”
An “if” so big you could fly a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, with a slogan about wiping out America’s closest ally in the region, straight through it.