As a realistic but ever hopeful lover of democracy, I will be crossing my fingers that the people of Iran can choose their destiny and will not suffer a Tiananmen Sq style crackdown and suppression. If you have been paying atention, reading news on the internet for years, web articles on their culture & society, even reading that guy on National Review's Corner who collects news inside Iran, you know that a country with 70% of the population under 30 living in a thugocracy was going to reach a boiling point. If you read econ blogs, you know that Iran has had horrible inflation, the clerics are getting crushed by lower oil prices, and they even had to import wheat from the USA last year for the first time in 20+ years. A democratic Iran would be amazing. An Iran so focused on crowd control that they can't fund terrorists & mess around with the world is a nice consolation prize.
A warmongering 'idiot' once said to the Iranians in his state of the union address: "And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our nation hopes one day to be closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran."
The smartest President ever (trademark this site) has said: "I have deep concerns about the election," he said yesterday at the White House, when he finally did find his voice. "When I see violence directed at peaceful protestors, when I see peaceful dissent being suppressed, wherever that takes place, it is of concern to me and it's of concern to the American people."
Way to stick your neck out there, Barry. As leader of the free world, sometimes you have to lead and show some support for a side that might not win. This could be an earth shattering event in the Middle East. To turn a theocracy into a fragile democracy would be startling, and my expectations are low, but hopes are high. It's been a tough enough road in Iraq, but what is in Iraq now is waaaay better than Saddam. Having a President who is a supposed 'rock star' in the Muslim world give the people fighting for their freedom a show of support would be a huge boost to their cause, embolden them, and help strike at an enemy without firing a single missile. Voicing support for people to freely decide their lives is not meddling with Iranian affairs. It is an expression of a basic foundation of America: liberty. Wasn't living in oppressive regimes a reason hippies gave for terrorists striking us on 9/11? Wouldn't Iraq (with our help) & Iran both removing the chains of dictatorship be grand? Can't Barry see this? Barry gave a speech in the Czech republic asking "who ever thought a prez like me would speak here?" Well BO, if you knew your US history, you would know some people worked for the fall of Communism and hoped that the US could have relations with eastern Europe once more. A man named Ronald Reagan once was mocked for challenging Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" (Family Guy still made a joke of it 20 years later). Sometimes just a few words can go a long way. I've grown to expect Obama, on every single issue, to talk a big game, give a good speech to make me feel good, and then not deliver tangible results (banks, gays, foreign policy). Here's something that only needs "words" and a pretty phrase or two. Come on Barry, cowboy up.