President Obama and his administration have done “nothing” in response to violations of a resolution that restricts missiles, Charles Krauthammer writes in a column for The Washington Post.
Krauthammer says that Iran test-fired a nuclear-capable missile in October. That launch violated a Security Council resolution that banned those launches.
“President Obama does nothing,” he writes in the opinion column.
About a month later, Iran test-fires another missile. In late December, the White House announces a few “weak” sanctions, Krauthammer writes. But later that night, the White House calls off the sanctions.
Then, about two weeks ago, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot off live-fire as part of exercises near the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. ships in the area were given 23 seconds of warning, Krauthammer said.
“Obama’s response? None,” he writes.
“The premise of the nuclear deal was that it would constrain Iranian actions. It’s had precisely the opposite effect,” he said. “It has deterred us from offering even the mildest pushback to any Iranian violations lest Iran walk away and leave Obama legacy-less.”
Krauthammer warns that Obama wants to become a “Nixon in China,” and make Iran a partner in the Middle East.
“This is even scarier because it is delusional. If anything, Obama’s openhanded appeasement has encouraged Iran’s regional adventurism and intense anti-Americanism.”
Publication date: January 8, 2016