What would you imagine Barack Obama has focused on most when it comes to foreign affairs since taking office: The war in Afghanistan — you know, the one he committed another 50,000 troops to fight? Or how about Iraq, where U.S. troops are supposed to withdraw next year (ha!) despite the fact the country’s political parties can’t manage to actually form a government?
According to a White House transcript of an interview the president gave this week to Israeli television, the answer’s none of the above. Said Obama:
“The single most important threat to Israel — Iran, and its potential possession of a nuclear weapon — has been my number one foreign policy priority over the course of the last 18 months.”
Obama also declared it “unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon,” and that “we’re going to do everything we can to prevent that from happening”:
“What I’ve also tried to do is build an international consensus so that Iran can’t somehow play a victim, can’t suggest somehow that they’re being singled out by the West.”
Barack Obama, one should remember, is speaking in the above excerpt as the political leader of the only country in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons, and as the head of a nation providing nuclear material to known proliferator India and billions of dollars to Pakistan, which likewise covertly developed nukes while allied to the US. Obama is also speaking to a television station based in a country, Israel, known to possess hundreds of nuclear weapons — some no doubt aimed at Tehran — which refuses to allow its facilites to be inspected by the United Nations’ nuclear agency.
Leave it to those crazy drama queens in Iran to argue they’re being singled out.