The Obama administration is perfectly willing to leave all options on the table with regard to Iran when talking with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. But when the rubber meets the road, that story will likely change.
What else should the public take from Vice President Joe Biden’s absurd claim today that the White House is leaving military options on the table on the Iranian nuclear program? “We have a shared strategic commitment,” said Biden, less than one week after the administration’s anti-Semitic Secretary of Defense pick Chuck Hagel was confirmed. “Let me make clear what that commitment is: It is to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, period. End of discussion. Not contain. Prevent …
“Big nations can’t bluff,” said Biden. “The presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff. President Barack Obama is not bluffing … all options, including military force, are on the table.”
Biden’s words come as cold comfort after years of White House leaks of Israeli national security information that would have allowed Israel to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underscored that point, stating, “words alone will not stop Iran.” He also pointed out that each day, Iran draws closer to a nuclear weapon. But Biden said that diplomacy was still the answer.
In other words, the administration is bluffing. And the American people know it. A new poll from The Hill shows that 39 percent of Americans believe Obama is not supportive enough of Israel, compared with 13 percent who believe it is too supportive. 30 percent say Obama is generally anti-Israel, versus 28 percent who say he is generally pro-Israel.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the book “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).