Obama is showing his inexperienced side, in keeping his words blunted over the outrage taking place inside Iran. As Daniel Pipes correctly points out in his article “Call for American Boldness in Iran”, “Obama hopes to gain concessions from Tehran on the nuclear weapons issue by distancing himself from the dissidents.”
So Obambi is content with throwing the protesters under the bus in order to placate the Mullah run regime. It’s a gamble, and something that the people in the streets will not forget, whether they are successful in bringing down the regime or not. Reagan called for the Soviets to “tear down that wall”, and all Obama can manage to do, is deliver a plea to “not be so violent” in their clamping down on dissent.
That’s American policy vis-a-vis Iran for the next four years, and as Pipes points out, other US administrations haven’t such a sterling reputation towards Iran either. KGS
- A Call for American Boldness in Iran (D.Pipes)
When the east Europeans were trying to free themselves from the shackles of Soviet rule two decades ago, President Ronald Reagan minced no words, daring Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” in his famous 1987 speech given in West Berlin. Indeed, Reagan and his successors made sure that the United States was unequivocal in its support of pro-democracy advocates in countries all over the world: Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, Myanmar, Venezuela — the list goes on and on.
This historical backdrop offers a stark contrast to Barack Obama’s weak response to Iran’s fraudulent June 12 election – and to Tehran’s subsequent brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. Immediately after the election, when he had a chance to unambiguously set a tone as a defender of free elections, Obama could only bring himself to bleat:
“It’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be seen as meddling. I do believe that something has happened in Iran where there is a questioning of the kinds of antagonistic postures towards the international community. How that plays out over the next several days and several weeks is something ultimately for the Iranian people to decide.”
It was a weak, wishy-washy statement that only an Ayatollah could love.