One of these days, a reporter might ask President Obama how his grand plan for an alliance with Iran is turning out. Someone forgot to tell the mullahs, apparently. Today Iran’s more-or-less-official FARS News Service reported on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech to the graduating class at Imam Hossein University:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that the US hues and cries will by no means influence the development of the country’s missile development program.
“They have engaged in a lot of hue and cry over Iran’s missile capabilities, but they should know that this ballyhoo does not have any influence and they cannot do a damn thing,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing graduation ceremony of Imam Hossein University cadets in Tehran on Monday.
Actually, the Ayatollah is giving the Obama administration too much credit. While there has been a bipartisan hue and cry in Congress over Iran’s ballistic missile tests, the Obama administration has maintained its usual posture of inept passivity.
The Supreme Leader reiterated that we are at an asymmetrical war with global arrogance [Ed.: “Global arrogance” is the Ayatollah’s term for the forces of civilization], and said, “In this war, willpowers are fighting. The stronger willpower will win.”
I am afraid he might be right about that.
UPDATE: I should have added that it was shortly after Khomeini’s remarks on Iran’s missile program when a senior Iranian military leader bragged that “we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes.”
Maybe Obama views his Iran policy as a complete failure, or maybe he is OK with Israel being “razed.” Or maybe he is just golfing and doesn’t have a clue. I have no idea.