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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Hope and change same on Iran

This is from a short piece in The Corner by Manda Zand Ervin, president of the Alliance of Iranian Women.
I recently asked a high-ranking U.S. official: Why did President Obama embrace a passive policy on Iran? Why did he choose to alienate the Iranian people by standing with their oppressors? He said: “We are letting the Europeans take the lead on Iran.” I responded: “Didn’t they have the lead for almost three years during the Bush administration?”

Three decades ago, President Carter left Iran to the Europeans. He would not even return the phone calls of William Sullivan, the U.S. ambassador in Tehran. Carter also ignored urgent policy recommendations delivered by his senior national-security officials. Needless to say, things did not turn out well.

Today, allowing Europe to “take the lead on Iran” will not result in a democratic constitution. At best, it will produce cosmetic changes in the Iranian government, which will remain ideologically Islamist and strongly anti-American.

President Obama promised to launch a new foreign policy, but his Iran strategy has largely been a continuation of the previous administration’s efforts. The only real difference is that Obama has legitimized the oppressive rule of the mullahs.
Well, yes. But Obama is so dogmatically insistent on 'engaging' with Iran for this administration negotiations with Iran have become a be all and end all no matter the cost - unless that cost is no 'Palestinian state.' He will not do anything that might damage the possibility of 'engagement' - and that includes supporting regime change or criticizing the Iranian government.


At 4:04 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its not like Obama can't discard inconvenient campaign promises. The problem isn't campaign rhetoric but a sincerely held anti-American ideology to which he subscribes.

What could go wrong indeed

At 10:48 AM, Blogger Chrysler 300M said...


Declaraciones. El embajador de EE.UU. en Honduras, Hugo Llorens, dijo sentirse indignado por los comentarios del actual Canciller, Enrique Ortez, quien dijo que Obama es un "negrito" que "no sabe nada de nada".


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