TEHRAN — Speaking from a stage decorated with a banner proclaiming “America cannot do a damn thing,” Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday asserted that the Obama administration had taken the option of military intervention to resolve conflicts off the table.
“They realized that military attacks are as dangerous or even more dangerous for the assaulting country as they are for the country attacked,” the leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in an address to the country’s political and military establishment.
A “military attack is not a priority for Americans now,” he concluded. “They have renounced the idea of any military actions.”
The ayatollah’s remarks also came against the backdrop of other events suggesting that the Obama administration was more amenable to negotiating with its adversaries than to fighting them. On Saturday, the administration announced it had secured the release of the only American military prisoner of war in the Afghanistan conflict, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, by negotiating with the Taliban and releasing five Taliban prisoners held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Full article: Iran’s Leader Says Obama Has Removed Military Option (The New York Times)