You need look no further than the State Department briefing podium to understand the incoherence of the Obama foreign policy. This exchange took place on Wednesday:


Israelis take cover in an underground parking lot as an air raid siren sounds in Tel Aviv on Thursday. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

QUESTION: Do you know who’s supplying Hamas with these rockets?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any information to share on that, Lucas.

QUESTION: Because a few weeks ago the United Nations said that Iran had been fingered in delivery of rockets to Gaza and Sudan, and I was wondering if you had a comment on that.

MS. PSAKI: That is true, and has – those reports have been around for some time, I believe, but I don’t have anything specific or any confirmation from here.

QUESTION: Is this being brought up on the side during the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna?

MS. PSAKI: Is the issue of –

QUESTION: Iran supplying Hamas with rockets?

MS. PSAKI: Not that I’m aware of. The focus is on the nuclear issue. There’s plenty to discuss on that particular issue.

QUESTION: And how do you discuss just nuclear issues with Iran when all this is going on, them supplying rockets to Hamas or Syria and also possible destabilizing efforts in Iraq?

MS. PSAKI: Well, as we’ve long said, Lucas, obviously resolving the nuclear issue and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is not the only issue we have with Iran. But it’s such an important issue and it’s one that’s vital to our national security interests and to the security of the region that we feel a focus on that at these discussions is absolutely appropriate.

QUESTION: But would cutting off the supply line help with the conflict currently going on in Gaza?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I think it’s clear, Lucas, that our concern and our condemnation of the rocket attacks has been consistent. And of course we’d be concerned about the suppliers, but I don’t have any more information to share on that.

The reporter has it exactly right. What sense does it make to strike a deal with Iran on nukes and lift all or some sanctions while its support for terrorism increases? We, in essence, are looking the other way on terrorism, as well as human rights, in our desperation for a deal on nukes. This is a grievous error, both because it does not go to the root of the Hamas-Israel conflict and because we again are signaling weakness and desperation in the nuclear talks. It is precisely the look-the-other way approach that has so unnerved our Sunni allies in the region. They fear a nuclear-armed Iran, but they also fear an Iran that increases violence, terrorism and instability.

 

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.