President Obama and Iran

June 19th, 2009

The beginning and end of Charles Krauthammer’s column in The Washington Post:

Millions of Iranians take to the streets to defy a theocratic dictatorship that, among its other finer qualities, is a self-declared enemy of America and the tolerance and liberties it represents. The demonstrators are fighting on their own, but they await just a word that America is on their side.

And what do they hear from the president of the United States? Silence. Then, worse. Three days in, the president makes clear his policy: continued “dialogue” with their clerical masters. …

And where is our president? Afraid of “meddling.” Afraid to take sides between the head-breaking, women-shackling exporters of terror — and the people in the street yearning to breathe free. This from a president who fancies himself the restorer of America’s moral standing in the world.

Read the whole column.  It’s hard to disagree.

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3 Responses to “President Obama and Iran”

  1. Larry |

    Obama and Clinton are a foreign policy disaster.
    North Korea and Iran are both a testament to their pitiful handling of major problems.

  2. Tom |

    Well, I have to observe that Obama and Clinton still have time to get their act together. Maybe they will.

    Fault for the present situation with North Korea and Iran is spread pretty wide and goes pretty far back, including a number of previous administrations. Maybe Obama and Clinton can look at the present situation, consider how we got here, and learn some lessons for the future. Or maybe not.

  3. Harvey |

    Its about time we (the president, the U.S. government and, in general, the moralists in Washington got off this “restorer of America’s moral standing in the world” kick.

    Krauthammer want’s us to continue “meddling” — hey lets incite another revolution! That makes as much sense as Obama’s continued “dialogue” with their “clerical masters.”

    U.S. Politicians: Get the hell out of the Middle East and if they show any signs of being a DIRECT threat to the U.S. get back in there and kick some butt! That’s my foreign policy agenda!

    Let’s remember what the first president of this country said in his “Farewell Address” on September 17, 1796:

    “The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”

    He was SO right! And our last presidents have proved that over and over again.

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