Tuesday, March 05, 2013

You Keep Using That Word

President Biden vouched for President Obama on Iran:

Seeking to reassure anxious Israelis and their American supporters, Vice President Joe Biden vowed Monday that the United States won't back down from its pledge to use military action to thwart Iran's nuclear program should all other options fail.

"President Barack Obama is not bluffing," he said.

What? Is this an annual event?

I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff. I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say. Let describe very specifically why this is important to us.

The Iranians can be forgiven if they believe that President Obama is bluffing. If you have a reputation for resolve, you don't have to tell anyone you have resolve.