OBAMA CALLS HUCKABEE 'RIDICULOUS AND SAD' -- President resorts to insults to defend Iran nuke deal
It’s not every day the president of the United States stoops to calling his critics “ridiculous and sad.”
President Obama appears to be resorting to taunts rather than substance in responding to critics after Secretary of State John Kerry made a series of damaging admissions during Senate testimony in defense of the administration’s sweeping nuclear arms deal with Iran on Thursday, and after Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., refused to endorse the agreement.
A volatile exchange of words between the president and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee began Saturday when the former Arkansas governor claimed the Iran deal would “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
Obama responded from Ethiopia on Monday, charging, “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we’ve seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”
Huckabee shot back, “What’s ‘ridiculous and sad’ is that President Obama does not take Iran’s repeated threats seriously.”
He added: “For decades, Iranian leaders have pledged to ‘destroy,’ ‘annihilate,’ and ‘wipe Israel off the map’ with a ‘big Holocaust.’ ‘Never again’ will be the policy of my administration and I will stand with our ally Israel to prevent the terrorists in Tehran from achieving their own stated goal of another Holocaust.”
Huckabee also referred to comments by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian leader said it is “the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” And Khamenei’s deputy said, “We have manufactured missiles that allow us … to replace Israel … with a big holocaust.”
Obama also went after other Republican critics of his Iran deal.
“We’ve had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We’ve had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I’m the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party.”
Part of that comment was a response to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who on July 15 told Megyn Kelly of Fox News: “If this deal goes through, the Obama administration will become the leading financier of terrorism against America in the world. I’ve heard this referred to before as the jihadist stimulus bill.”
Perhaps Obama ignored the substance of the remark because the administration has already admitted it is powerless to stop Cruz’s prediction from becoming a reality.