Leah Barkoukis

“Since World War II, some of our most costly mistakes came not from our restraint, but from our willingness to rush into military adventures without thinking through the consequences -- without building international support and legitimacy for our action; without leveling with the American people about the sacrifices required,” President Obama said during his commencement speech at West Point.

But graduating cadets were certainly not the only ones listening--Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei heard what our president had to say about our foreign policy and interpreted it as a sign of our weakness.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has taunted President Barack Obama, claiming that the U.S. no longer has the guts for battle.

Speaking at an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khamenei, the 74-year-old Shiite Muslim cleric proclaimed that 'military attack is not a priority for Americans now.'

He stood on a podium amid banners boasting 'America Cannot Do a Damn Thing' as he reacted to a speech President Obama gave to West Point last week. […]

Khamenei took the president's message to mean, 'They have renounced the idea of any military actions.'

'They realize that military attacks are as dangerous or even more dangerous for the assaulting country as they are for the country attacked,' the ayatollah said in the Tehran speech Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported.

The gibe comes as President Obama is being critisized for negotiating with Taliban to swap five hardened terrorists for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Obama still insists America can still use its military to resolve Iran's nuclear threat but in the West Point speech, he claimed 'Just because we have the best hammer does not mean every problem is a nail.'

Unfortunately under Obama, Khamenei isn’t too far off base with his observations. The president's speech was widely denounced in the U.S., too. Those on both the left and right called it a defense of weakness, horrible, ludicrous, and disturbing. Only the best from our commander in chief, of course.


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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