Condemnation Without Consequence
2:14 PM, Jan 14, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Lest the American people be put off by the chortling, boasting, and provoking of the Obama administration's Iranian negotiating partner, the administration has tried to deflect domestic political pressure by putting out a statement "condemning" the wreath-laying by the Iranian foreign minister at the grave of a Hezbollah terrorist leader with much American blood on his hands.
Here's the statement:
About this statement, one can say two things:
First, it's weaker than last week's condemnation of American senators pushing for sanctions legislation. The American senators were accused of pushing for war. The Iranian foreign minister is accused of "sending the wrong message" and "exacerbating tensions."
And second, like all Obama administration tough talk, it's talk without action, condemnation without consequence. We will do nothing in response to Zarif's gesture of contempt. Which is itself contemptible.
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