The conservative Emergency Committee for Israel is at it again:
In reality, the ad could have featured Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who also talks a good game about Israel and Iran, but has sanctions bottled up in the Senate. It could have focused on Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and other Senate chairmen who fancy themselves as tough on Iran and pro-Israel yet did the White House bidding in opposing sanctions. ECI might even have taken a job at Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who called a halt to a bipartisan House resolution after completing negotiations on the wording of it. Frankly, I wouldn’t put it past ECI to run ads on all these folks.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), featured in the ad above, is only the most egregious of the Democratic opponents of sanctions. You have to wonder, however, whether these politicians appreciate how precious their position is. If Iran goes nuclear, it will not be simply Obama who “lost Iran,” it also will be those Democratic allies who disabled sanctions at the moment at which they could have been effective.
Unfortunately, in the Democratic Party and among its friendly groups and pundit surrogates, the opponent too often seems to be the pro-Israel community. So the White House retaliates with an unbecoming slur on “war-mongers.” But when the history is written, pro-sanctions forces won’t be blamed for the greatest national security calamity of our time; it will be Obama and his flunkies who view groups such as ECI, not Iran, as their nemesis.