Back to today: Israel is responding not only to Iran's actions but also to its rhetoric, its statements of intent.
The rhetoric was mostly as empty of substance and evasive on details as a Paul Ryan budget.
How extreme does a candidate need to sound in his or her tone and rhetoric to satisfy groups like the American Principles Fund?
early 14c., from Old French rethorique, from Latin rhetorice, from Greek rhetorike techne "art of an orator," from rhetor (genitive rhetoros) "speaker, orator, teacher of rhetoric," related to rhesis "speech," rhema "word, phrase, verb," literally "that which is spoken," from PIE *wre-tor-, from root *were- "to speak" (cf. Old English word, Latin verbum, Greek eirein "to say;" see verb).