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Iran: 'America Cannot Do a Damn Thing' to Stop Us

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 10:41 AM

Iran appears to be in no hurry to reach an agreement with the United States and other international powers that would prevent it from gaining the capability to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last week that his regime has little to fear from U.S. military action after President Obama’s West Point commencement address last month in which he emphasized the limits of U.S. military power, The New York Times reported last week.

Khamenei’s statement suggests he has concluded the administration has abandoned the threat of military force to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Speaking from a stage decorated with a banner proclaiming “America Cannot Do a Damn Thing,” Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday asserted that the Obama administration had “realized that military attacks are as dangerous or even more dangerous for the assaulting country as they are for the country attacked.”

A “military attack is not a priority for Americans now,” he said in a speech commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. “They have renounced the idea of any military actions.”

The Shiite Muslim cleric was responding to Obama’s recent commencement speech at West Point in which he said every global threat does not justify a U.S. military response.

Three senior U.S. officials – Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman and Jacob Sullivan, national security advisor to Vice President Biden – began talks with Iranian officials in Geneva Monday aimed at reaching agreement on contentious issues such as Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium.

A recent round of negotiations between six world powers and Iran in Vienna resulted in little progress toward an agreement, and the six-month interim deal reached in November is due to expire July 20. Although the accord may be extended for six more months, the Obama Administration believes progress in the next six to seven weeks is essential to head off a revived push in Congress for sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear program.

Since the Iran interim agreement was reached last year, the Obama Administration has warned Congress against imposing sanctions. In mobilizing opposition to bipartisan sanctions legislation introduced in the Senate, administration officials depicted them as a prelude to war, The Washington Post reported in December. 

“Members of Congress pressing for this bill are effectively choosing to close the door on diplomacy, making it far more likely that we’ll be left only with a military option,” one “senior administration official” told The Washington Post in December.

The official said the message being delivered directly to Senators was: “You close the door on diplomacy, and you’re left only with a choice between a possible military option or Iran steadily advancing its nuclear program.”

In his speech to West Point cadets, Obama appeared to make a reference to the Iraq war.
“Since World War II, some of our most costly mistakes came not from our restraint, but from our willingness to rush into military adventures — without thinking through the consequences,” he said.

Khamenei interpreted Obama’s message to mean, “they have renounced the idea of any military actions.” He said United States has failed in its efforts to bring Iran to its knees.
“Put simply, he suggested the president is a chicken,” The New York Daily News opined

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