Joe Biden gets on Israel’s case

The Obama administration’s policy of sanctions to prevent Iran from completing its nuclear weapons program is lapsing into farce. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration is still struggling to win China’s pivotal backing for a new round of United Nations sanctions against Iran and is increasingly worried about gaining the support of some other members of the U.N. Security Council including Brazil, Turkey and Lebanon.
According to the Washington Post, the administration is now pushing to carve out an exemption for China and other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council from legislation pending in the Senate and the House that would tighten sanctions on companies doing business in Iran. Other than that, the administration’s purported push for sanctions is proceeding swimmingly.
Given the farcical course of the administration’s push for sanctions, such as it is, the administration is concerned about keeping Israel on board with its plans and interested in shoving Prime Minister Netanyahu to the side. It is accordingly dispatching Joe Biden to Israel for a three-day visit next week. In his press conference in Jerusalem this past Monday, John Kerry explained the purpose of his and other related visits. “…I am here and other people were here and Vice President Biden is coming shortly… to make sure we are all on the same page and that we are all clear about [Iran].”
Caroline Glick devotes her column today to the subject of Biden’s upcoming visit. Glick notes that during his trip Biden will give what is being billed as a major policy speech at Tel Aviv University. She also gives four good reasons why Biden’s mission is a lost cause. The fact that Joe Biden is a pompous buffoon doesn’t make Glick’s list, but it also deserves consideration.

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