Sunday, April 14, 2024

Official Statement From Biden Regarding Iran Attack on Israel

By Nick Arama |

AP Photo/Adam Bettcher

I noted earlier how there was a report that Joe Biden would be speaking after Iran began its attack on Israel. 

But quickly, that report was called back, with media like CNN saying they were "mistaken."

Translation? Even though this is the time a real leader would come out and make a strong public statement, reassuring people and/or at least keeping people informed, Biden was not doing it and indeed calling an early lid. 

But now a written statement has been issued in his name and from his X account. Chances he himself wrote this? I wouldn't bet on it. 

Biden said he condemned the attack in the "strongest possible terms" and reaffirmed "America's ironclad commitment to the security of Israel."  

Earlier today, Iran—and its proxies operating out of Yemen, Syria and Iraq—launched an unprecedented air attack against military facilities in Israel. I condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms.  

At my direction, to support the defense of Israel, the U.S. military moved aircraft and ballistic missile defense destroyers to the region over the  course of the past week.  Thanks to these deployments and the extraordinary skill of our servicemembers, we helped Israel take down nearly all of the incoming drones and missiles.   

I’ve just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu to reaffirm America’s ironclad commitment to the security of Israel. I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks – sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel.    

Tomorrow, I will convene my fellow G7 leaders to coordinate a united diplomatic response to Iran’s brazen attack.  My team will engage with their counterparts across the region. And we will stay in close touch with Israel’s leaders. And while we have not seen attacks on our forces or facilities today, we will remain vigilant to all threats and will not hesitate to take all necessary action to protect our people.

The problem here, in addition to the question of whether he even wrote this list, is that it's his actions that have helped to lead us to this point. He's coddled Iran, released money to them, and failed to respond strongly despite them being behind dozens of militant attacks. Then, even last week, he wouldn't veto a resolution from the UN Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. 

What happens next? Israel will likely respond. Iran has said it's over, but if Israel or the U.S. responds, they will reconsider that thought. The possibility of it spinning out of control is still out there. 

Biden has emboldened the bad actors and it's gotten out of control. He's now trying to play clean-up and display strength, but it's a bit late.