Smart Power: The gift that keeps on giving:
A series of Iranian officials vowed on Friday to expand Tehran's missile capabilities, a challenge to the United States which has threatened to impose new sanctions even as the vast bulk of its measures against Iran are due to be lifted under a nuclear deal.
"As long as the United States supports Israel we will expand our missile capabilities," the Revolutionary Guards' second-in-command, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.
Gee, was that in the "deal"? Because it ought to be beyond obvious that the United States does not support Israel anymore. Unless by "support," the mullahs mean "haven't yet eradicated on our behalf".
I'm betting it was in the "deal" - probably one of the secret side deals O refuses to disclose to anybody, most especially Congress - by the way.
"We don't have enough space to store our missiles. All our depots and underground facilities are full," he said in Friday Prayers in Tehran.
Well, then, I guess they're going to have to fire off the rest. Probably in our general direction, I'd imagine, or Israel's, if they don't feel like adding additional stages.
Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Iran would boost its missile program and had never agreed to restrictions on it.
I'm guessing he's right about that.
"Iran's missile capabilities have never been the subject of negotiations with the Americans and will never be," he was quoted as saying by Press TV, an Iranian state channel.
Of course, there are U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit the Iranian missile program, but if O won't "enforce" his own "deal" with Iran - which gives the mullahs everything they ever demanded and a whole lot besides (i.e. in the secret "side deals" - he's sure as گه not going to enforce anybody else's.
Exit thought: If the Iranians have no intention of using nuclear weapons, why do they even need a massive missile inventory, including ICBMs?
Bonus exit question: Has it really only been forty-eight hours since this story arc began? Seems like weeks.