Vice President Biden Monday warned Iran that time is running short for it to to avoid a military attack by giving up its nuclear weapons program.
In some of the strongest language yet from the White House toward Iran, Biden suggested during an address to AIPAC, the Israeli lobby, that the diplomatic process must yield results soon or war will occur.
But as I made clear at the Munich Security Conference just last month, our strong preference, the world’s preference is for a diplomatic solution. So while that window is closing, we believe there is still time and space to achieve the outcome.
As if to assuage any doubters, Biden repeatedly reiterated Obama’s claim that he is not “bluffing” when it comes to the use of military force.
Well, big nations can’t bluff. And Presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff. And President Barack Obama is not bluffing. He is not bluffing.
Biden indicated that the current emphasis on diplomacy and sanctions was in part a way of assuring international support for a military attack by proving to the world that everything short of arms had been tried.
But I want to make clear to you something. If, God forbid, the need to act occurs, it is critically important for the whole world to know we did everything in our power, we did everything that reasonably could have been expected to avoid any confrontation. And that matters. Because God forbid, if we have to act, it’s important that the rest of the world is with us. (Applause.) We have a united international community. We have a united international community behind these unprecedented sanctions.
Biden also noted that Iran is supporting Hezbollah and its agenda of international terrorism, characterizing the Mullahs as dangerous even without atomic weapons.
“It’s in our naked self-interest, beyond the moral imperative” to be supportive of Israel, Biden said.