Iran is blowing up. Barack is being called "yellow," "supine," and "extraordinarily passive."
Come on, everybody. In the first place, "extraordinarily passive" only by comparison to other American presidents. By his own standards, he's right on target. Remember Russia invading Georgia? Voting "present"? Don't shoot the pirates unless their captive is in imminent danger?
For all you people who are wondering how he can be so silent about the uproar in Iran, you simply haven't been paying attention. He believes that, fundamentally, all the problems in places like Iran are the US's fault. It's all there in the Marxist playbook. There's rich and there's poor and the rich got that way because they exploited the poor, who got poorer. American "meddling" always comes back to bite us: don't you remember all the folks who said that we armed bin Laden back when he was fighting the Russians? This is what the apology tour is all about, this is part and parcel of his world view and the world view of 98% of academia and the media.
The only problem is, that in Iran's case, the IRANIAN'S picked the mullahs, sort of. In their rebellion against the Shah, they created the power vacuum that allowed the Ayatollah to come to power. I'm told that most Iranians hate the fundamentalists, but so what? They didn't opt for "democracy." They opted for "not the Shah." Now they are opting for "not Ahmadinejhad." I'm still trying to figure out why anyone thought that the election was going to be fair, given that the candidates were "approved" by the the Supreme Council, or whatever they call themselves. Isn't this really about the obviousness of the cheating of an election that was rigged anyway?
Is Mousavi really a reformist or a sore loser who happens to be on the right side of public sentiment this time out? If he had won, there wouldn't have been any major reforms, guaranteed. What this really looks like is Khamenei goofed when he went with Ahmadinejhad. Whoops. But at least we are finally getting a clearer picture of just what kind of apparatus of repression he's built over the years. The Basiji are finally getting some face time. Ahmadinejhad was a high level trainer of the Basij, and they are implementing his tactics, climbing through windows at night to beat people and ransack their homes, ramming protesters with their motorcycles, clubbing unarmed civililians, and on and on. It's kind of heartwarming that the MSM is waking up to the reality that is Iran.
In a weird way, I don't think BO is wrong about keeping his mouth shut. The result of this chaos isn't going to be a glorious upswelling of democratic sentiment and warm feelings for the West. It's just going to be "Not Ahmadinejhad, and maybe not Khamenei."
Damn, Michelle promised Barack would take away my cynicism. Another campaign promise bites the dust.