Another week, another Iranian missile test. The Times of Israel reports:
A enior Iranian general on Monday announced that the country’s armed forces successfully tested a precision-guided, medium-range ballistic missile two weeks ago, the state-run Tasnim agency reported.“We test-fired a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and a margin of error of eight meters,” Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi was quoted as saying at a Tehran science conference.The eight-meter margin means the “missile enjoys zero error,” he told conference participants.The general went on to say that 10 percent of Iran’s defense budget has been allocated to “research projects aimed at strengthening defense power,” the report said.
The Iranian missile fired in the test before this one, in March, had “Israel must be wiped out” written on it in Hebrew. This new one, in the bloodless words of the AP’s report, “has a range of 2,000 kilometers, or 1,250 miles—enough to reach much of the Middle East.” You know, just in case they decide to nuke Beirut. (Not that Tehran’s having Beirut—or many other Muslim Middle Eastern countries—under the range of its ballistic missile fire won’t also have major negative impacts on regional politics.)Meanwhile, the same song-and-dance we’ve seen on the last few rounds of this will almost certainly play out again: the Obama Administration will issue some vaguely disapproving statement, Iran (and Russia) will insist that the test doesn’t violate the nuclear deal, merely the U.N. Resolution implementing it, the Administration will impose no consequences, the Iranians will continue to push the envelope, and world leaders will continue to think that the U.S. wants this deal to last more than Iran and that we’re willing to swallow a lot to keep it that way. Lather, rinse, repeat.