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It’s Called Courage, Mr. President

iran_soccer_playersMany politicians and citizens hold up ‘bipartisanship’ as the ideal, claiming that the ‘middle’ is where Americans want to live and be governed, but most of us know the truth—the label of conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, instructs the way we live and the way we vote.

Elections have consequences, but as a conservative, it is painful watching the rapid devolution of America via: ‘employee free choice act’, increased federal oversight of businesses, raised taxes, the oncoming inflation resulting from a nonsensical monetary policy, defense cuts, and the acknowledgement, before the Arab world, that yes, Americans torture. The President for change has been busy, but again, he is merely setting out to accomplish what he promised—redistributing wealth, health-care for all and turning the last superpower into just another member of the UN and NATO with a vote, not a voice.

These policy disagreements are natural, but there are behaviors we expect from our President which transcend policy. Save the Code Pinkos and lunatics on the fringe, I believe all Americans demand courage from our Commander-in-Chief, which is why his silence on Iran is so troubling. Whether President Obama chooses to believe it or not, around the world, Americans are looked upon as cheerleaders for freedom. Those Iranians braving jail, beatings and death to protest the fraud perpetrated by the Ayatollah and the midget, carried signs in English—not aimed at Gordon Brown—but toward the captain of freedom’s cheerleaders.

Perhaps the revolutionaries should have written those signs in French. Here’s French President Sarkozy, from The Wall St. Journal:

The President yesterday denounced the “extent of the fraud” and the “shocking” and “brutal” response of the Iranian regime to public demonstrations in Tehran these past four days.

“These elections are an atrocity,” he said. “If [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad had made such progress since the last elections, if he won two-thirds of the vote, why such violence?” The statement named the regime as the cause of the outrage in Iran and, without meddling or picking favorites, stood up for Iranian democracy.

Aside from convincing Twitter to delay its maintenance schedule, President Obama has been mute, until yesterday, when he dropped the hammer, saying he had ‘deep concerns’ about the election. What about the protesters murdered by the government, Mr. President? Aren’t they worth mentioning?

After living abroad and traveling extensively, I’ve learned more about the unique character of the American people. When you rip apart the labels and facades, you’ll see a people who loathe nuanced positioning, especially when freedom is at stake. We crave courage and clarity from our leaders.

You might not like it Mr. President, but you have a duty to those Iranians who are willing to die for their vote and also those Americans who expect their leader to embody the ideals which set us apart.

To those brave Iranians marching, tweeting, posting and wearing the green of Mousavi on their arms while competing in international soccer competitions, we salute you.

Iran Launches Satellite

ahmadinejad3Throughout the ’08 campaign, Obama promised to engage America’s enemies through direct talks. Bush’s bullying hadn’t worked and America needed change. Finger-wagging was out. Diplomacy and gentle prodding were in.

 

According to various news reports, and the not too secretive Iranian bullies-in-chief, meetings between the Obama administration and Tehran have already begun. And we can see that the new diplomacy is working, working to get Iran to the nuclear finish line even faster. In launching their satellite today, they now have ballistic missile capabilities. The White House responded with a quick statement: Iran is not acting responsibly with satellite launch.

 

In last week’s Al-Arabiya interview Obama promised an ‘extended hand’ if Iran was willing to ‘unclench’ its fist. But really Mr. President, why should Iran stop their nuclear program? Why should they act ‘responsibly’ as you suggested? As avowed enemies of the United States, Israel and western democracies, it’s in their interest to not cooperate…

 

And I thought naivete was passé.

President Sarkozy Fears Obama Victory

It’s a shame that the French President can see what fifty percent of Americans cannot: An Obama victory would radically undermine current efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

 

From Israel’s Haaretz:

Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France. But according to a senior Israeli government source, the reports reaching Israel indicate that Sarkozy views the Democratic candidate’s stance on Iran as “utterly immature” and comprised of “formulations empty of all content.”

 

Until now, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have tried to maintain a united front on Iran. But according to the senior Israeli source, Sarkozy fears that Obama might “arrogantly” ignore the other members of this front and open a direct dialogue with Iran without preconditions.

Following their July meeting, Sarkozy repeatedly expressed disappointment with Obama’s positions on Iran, concluding that they were “not crystallized, and therefore many issues remain open,” the Israeli source said. Advisors to the French president who held separate meetings with Obama’s advisors came away with similar impressions and expressed similar disappointment.

I understand the fury and frustration directed toward President Bush; however, it would be irresponsible to elect a candidate as arrogant and naïve as Obama. He has used the power of persuasion and soaring rhetoric to woo a self-interested American public, but surely he won’t persuade the dwarf or the Mullahs in Iran.

 

For sure Obama can look forward to sharing something of significance in common with Ahmadinejad. They both believe that God has sent them to save the world.