A week after fraudulent election results in Iran which took only 4 hours to call, protests, violence and death continue in the city of Tehran. In the meantime, visibly absent on the subject was one Barack Hussein Obama. Even as the violence against Iranians protesting a fraudulent election and desiring democracy noticeably escalated and after Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton urged Obama to take a stand, the president’s chief concern is jeopardizing tea with Iran’s dictator.
The House and Congress had to pass legislation forcing Obama to amp up his rhetoric before Obama, the President of the United States would call in his speechwriters for a lousy three paragraphs.
It can be said that Obama snoozed through the 3 a.m. call and then some.
“WASHINGTON – The Obama administration maintained a measured response Friday to the uprising in Iran over a disputed presidential election, but both houses of Congress voted overwhelmingly to condemn the government crackdown on demonstrations.
Administration officials said they remained convinced that the wiser U.S. course was caution over confrontation, although President Barack Obama is coming under growing domestic political pressure to speak out more forcefully.
The House, in the strongest message yet from the U.S. government, voted 405-1 to condemn Tehran’s crackdown on protest rallies and the government’s interference with Internet and cellphone communications. Ron Paul, R-Texas, was the only “no” vote.
The Senate followed suit later in the day.
The resolution expresses support for “all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties and rule of law” and affirms “the importance of democratic and fair elections.”
It is unfortunate for the United States and the world that Barack Obama sees himself as a transient being, one who is above the rest of us and, therefore, cannot concern himself with the struggle in Tehran.
On a more personal note, I cannot help but wonder if Obama is uncomfortable taking a stand against his Muslim brethren. If that is the case, then as President, he’d damn well better get over it or we as a nation may very well find ourselves in quite a dilemma somewhere down the road.
Further, why would we expect Obama to be anything other than silent and MIA on matters of grave concern given that he spent his days in the senate MIA and based on the lack of records and documentation, his life.
And when called on the carpet and forced to rise to the occasion, Obama failed in being that his excuse for hiding in the dark is weak and flippant.
“U.S. officials say Obama is intent on calibrating his comments to the mood of the hour. They say he is seeking to avoid having the demonstrators accused of being American stooges and is trying to preserve the possibility of negotiating directly with the Iranian government over its nuclear program, links to terrorism, Afghanistan and other issues.”
The United States is blamed for everything that goes wrong within that region, therefore, Obama’s argument excuse is null and void. He must do better.
“Obama signaled earlier this year that he recognized the current ruling structure of Iran and hoped to seek a dialogue with officials close to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Friday, Khamenei warned against further demonstrations against the election results.”
Then maybe that’s it, the people of Iran by taking a stand may have very well thrown a wrench into Obama’s plans. In that case, I would recommend that the self-anointed one, the control freak that he is deal with it and adjust accordingly. Oh yes, and keep in mind, the world is watching and looks to the United States to lead.
“Still, in a sign of possible Democratic nervousness that the president may be missing a historic moment, Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) issued a statement yesterday saying that ‘the international community should condemn the use of harsh tactics against Iranians who are attempting to peacefully express their political beliefs. The outcome of the elections in Iran must reflect the will of the Iranian people.”
The bottom line is that since Obama is so good at rhetoric and force feeding the bull, why is he all of a sudden so bad at it? The least he could do is amp it up a bit letting the people in Iran know that we are with them.