Back in the Senate, Obama was a fierce opponent of classifying Iran's IRGC, the core organizing point for Iran's national and international terror network, as a terror group. He complained that such a move would be provocative. The worthless Iran nuke deal didn't apply to Iran's ballistic missile program. And the sanctions relief brought an economic windfall to the IRGC.
So this is the inevitable outcome, not just of Obama's deal with Iran, but of his entire policy history on Iran even before he took office.
For the second day in a row, Iranian state television has broadcast propaganda videos that show the launch of several ballistic missiles with anti-Israel intent.
A video released Tuesday shows the inside of an underground tunnel used for launching the missiles. It features an Israeli flag painted on the ground which Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, members are meant to walk over on their way to launch.
Wednesday’s video shows another two missiles labeled with “Israel must be wiped off the Earth” in Hebrew. Persian-language media headlines included the Hebrew message in order to emphasize the IRGC’s anti-Israel intentions. The missiles were reportedly precision-guided Qadr missiles that put Israel within striking range.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC aerospace division, said that the tests were meant to intimidate Israel.
“The reason we designed our missiles with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) is to be able to hit our enemy the Zionist regime from a safe distance,” Hajizadeh said. “Israel is surrounded by Islamic countries and it will not last long in a war. It will collapse even before being hit by these missiles.”
Before this, the media ran a blitz about "moderates" winning in Iran. As with most terrorist organizations, the term "moderates" is completely meaningless.
Tehran’s show of force—it also tested missiles on Tuesday—are not the work of the usual “hardline” suspects. Iran tested ballistic missiles last fall in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, and in January Mr. Rouhani publicly ordered his defense minister to speed up missile testing and production... The tests appear to be timed to coincide with Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel.
So there's a clear message. It continues Iran's pattern of slapping Obama across the face and seeing how far back he runs.
Part of the problem is that Secretary of StateJohn Kerry bowed to Iranian demands during the nuclear negotiations not to include ballistic missiles as part of the final deal, though missiles are an essential component of any nuclear program.
Instead, the U.S. pushed a weak resolution through the Security Council, which “called upon” Iran to wait eight years before building or fielding missiles “designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons.” Tehran insists that, since it has supposedly abandoned its nuclear program, the current tests cannot violate the resolution.
So either Iran is pursuing a ballistic missile program for no particular reason or it's continuing its nuclear weapons program while deliberately mocking Obama. Two guesses which one it is.
Jewish voters who believed Obama have been shown up once again. But it isn't likely that they will learn. The cults of personality that drive people to support candidates, even when their views sharply contradict their supposed deeply held values, are fiercely powerful. And no amount of evidence can dissuade Jewish voters caught up in a cult of personality from voting for anti-Israel candidates.
Obama has effectively allowed Iran's nuclear weapons program to proceed under the cloak of plausible deniability in which he pretends to believe Iran's lies so that it can advance toward war.