Another Senator (John McCain) questions just whose side Obama is on


A couple of weeks ago after Obama’s Cairo speech flush with apologies for America and coddling of the radical Muslim world, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) indcated he didn’t know which side Obama is on.

This time it is Iran’s mullah thugocracy and violent suppression of Iran’s people vs. Freedom/Democracy/rights of Iranian people.

And this time it is John McCain (R-AZ) that has insinuated which side Obama really SEEMS to be on.  From Gateway Pundit:

The Huffington Post interviewed Senator McCain today:

McCain wouldn’t say which side of the struggle he thought Obama was on.

“Between Ahmadinejad and the reformers, do you think there’s any doubt what side President Obama is on?” McCain (R-Ariz.) was asked by the Huffington Post. “What would be the advantage…?”

“I know what side I’m on,” McCain cut in. “I’m on the side of the people. I’m not on Ahmadinejad’s side or Mousavi. I’m on the side of the Iranian people and I’m on the right side of history. And I’m not going to walk on the other side of the street while people are being killed and beaten in the streets of Iran.”

McCain said Obama’s reaction wasn’t equal to the situation. “We can’t sit by and watch a film clip on television of a young woman bleeding to death and say that we’re worried about the Iranian reaction or our ability to negotiate with them. We have to stand up for those people,” he said.

I’ve been on vacation, but there has been much news made about Obama’s decision to vote “present” on this whole situation until he was forced to make a (slightly) stronger comment against the Iranian regime….Obama’s waiting to see if “Iran chooses a path that abides by international norms and principles.”

These folks  and their friends and families would be the first to let Obama know that a path has been chosen by the Iranian regime and it is does not include any “international norms and principles”—

Iranian protesters, including women, being beaten on the streets of Iran 6-24-09

Martyr and symbol of the uprising against the regime and for freedom, Neda Agha Soltan:

neda Iranina proterst shot dead 6-2009 AFP
I agree with McCain….

If Obama can not see what is happening and CLEARLY AND CONCISELY condemn the suppression of freedom and murder of Iranian people by its dictatorship government AND STAND UP FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY—- then it appears that Obama stands somewhere near the side of  the mullah dictatorship and supports murder of  Iranian citizens, or at the very least, he does not believe strongly enough (or at all) in freedom that he cares to speak up for it when and wherever he can.

Of course, as the Leftists will argue, no one is asking Obama to invade of bomb Iran…just to clearly condemn the regime and stand up strongly for freedom.  You know, stop offering weinie roasts to Iranian leadership and give up the idea that talking, or writing letters, to these people really does much of anything but feed into Obama’s fantasy of his Messianic touch.

That fact that Obama has not clearly condemned the regime nor strongly stood for freedom in the Iran tragedy…should worry us all here at home.

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5 Responses

  1. While the knee-jerk reaction of any proud citizen who calls themselves American SHOULD indeed be to brave all and hasten to the rescue of the downtrodden Iranian citizens, the simple fact of the matter is that running in with guns blazing will do far more damage than good.

    The citizens of Iran are currently engaged in a legitimate anti-government protest. Any direct involvement on our part would dilute and disenfranchise their movement – take Great Britain as Exhibit A. The Guardian Council will only leverage direct international involvement in order to paint themselves the victim and further consolidate their position.

    What we know for sure is that wrongs are being committed against the citizens of Iran. The rights and freedoms of speech and expression that we take for granted are being violently suppressed on the other side of the world. There is strong evidence to suspect voter fraud. But beyond this, there are significant questions that MUST be answered before any direct intervention is undertaken.

    Who is asking for our help, and why?
    What sort of help would we give? What would our goal be?
    What ramifications would our intervention have?
    What are the moral and practical limitations of our willful imposition?

    Much of this is still not clear, mostly due to the media blackout. Once the picture becomes clearer, the proper course of direct action will become as much, too.

  2. magsol,
    I, and many others, are not asking for “intervention”….

    What is necessary and being asked for is Obama’s and, therefore America’s, CLEAR, TIMELY and CONCISE statements of support for those fighting for freedom and condemnation of the brutality being exhibited by the regime.
    No one is asking for our armed forces to invade, bombings and the like.

    As a matter of fact, Obama has sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinians ….while the far lesser millions that were allocated for the Iranian resistance have been removed from the US budget…..
    Interesting who we choose to decisively support in this administration, huh?

    While it currently does not look good for the Iranian protesters, the clear moral support from the West could be the difference in the outcome of this semi-revolution. These are YOUNG adults who have seen freedom’s consequence in Iraq and the US and most of the West….they want it ….the least we could do is give them moral support….

    Instead our President says,”it is up to the people of Iran”…..well, those people are being slaughtered in the streets….where is that clear moral decisiveness that Obama clearly thinks he possesses in telling us who will get what healthcare treatment, who can run certain banks, what CEOs can be paid, and what the peaceful Israel must do to appease its rabid neighbors.

    As far as a media blackout in Iran…hello?…there is a clear picture of the Iranian regime’s suppression right there….what could be more clear?

    And it isn’t exactly like the regime will call off the slaughtering forces and release a Hollywood-esque video of what they have done…..so that Obama can chart a “proper course of action” once its over.
    A-I-N’-T G-O-N-N-A H-A-P-P-E-N!

  3. Up until about a week after the Iranian elections, the riots and protests were no more violent than what you’d see in western republics. During that time, Obama was conspicuously silent, as the issue at hand was the legitimacy of the elections themselves. Any comment from him could have been used by the Guardian Council and Ahmadinejad’s administration to legitimize their claim to power by way of international meddling.

    Ever since violent suppression has broken out, Obama and the rest of the western world has been outspoken in his and their condemnation of the violence and support for the Iranian citizens’ rights to expression and assembly. “It’s up to the people of Iran” was specifically about the election results, not the use of force to quell dissent.

    Suppression is clear, yes. Whether or not any assistance beyond our voiced support (which we have already given) is being asked, what that assistance would entail, and the limitations therein are still ambiguous. Until those aspects become clearer (this is not “hollywood video” time…this is akin to our own revolution when we specifically and formally requested France’s assistance), any assistance beyond voiced support for the freedoms of the Iranian citizens would be meddling in and pressuring the affairs of Iranian government, in which we have no jurisdiction.

  4. Magsol,

    You said: “Up until about a week after the Iranian elections, the riots and protests were no more violent than what you’d see in western republics”

    You are sadly mistaken….a typical “western” riot as you call it, does not include regime thugs shooting protesters and citizens on the street, nor do our leaders have the right to silence our speech by violence.

    Your time line is completely inaccurate since the shootings, beatings and other violence committed by the Iranian regime commenced as early as June 13, one day after the election, and probably sooner.
    Here is a brief timeline of bloodshed and the Obama administration’s hesitation to speak plus his inability to call out Iranians leaders DIRECTLY on their evil, slaughtering ways. Likewise, he can’t bring himself to speak DIRECTLY and CLEARLY to the protesters and let them know that we fully support their efforts for freedom.

    TIMELINE:

    June 13: Club wielding thugs beating protesters in the streets of Tehran simply for protesting a rigged election.
    What was Hillary’s laughable response on June 13?
    “We, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to see what the Iranian people decide.”
    No statement from obama.

    June 14: There were many reports of gunfire and Iranian protesters dead on the streets.
    What did Obama administration official say (not Obama mind you) on June 14?(after killings and beatings have occurred):
    “This is a debate among Iranians about Iran’s future.”
    No statement from Obama 2 days in to mass violence committed by Iranian regime and its thugs.

    June 15: we see pictures of a dead man and many bloodied people including woman and children….pictures and videos of beatings with clubs, etc.
    The US State Dept (Clinton) refused to condemn the Iranian government’s violent crackdown.
    In addition, Obama held no meetings or conference calls about Iran on this day.
    Later in the day, Obama did gave us more words about the issue. But nowhere did he 1) condemn the Iranian regime directly nor 2) did he outright state his unwavering support of freedom and speak directly to the Iranian people. MORE THAN TWO DAYS after the regime began its violent suppression, Obama said this (from Politico.com):
    “I am deeply troubled by the violence that I’ve been seeing on television……I think that the democratic process, free speech, the ability of people to peacefully dissent — all of those are universal values and need to be respected, and whenever I see violence perpetrated on people who are peacefully dissenting, and whenever the American people see that, I think they are rightfully troubled.” Obama reasserted a promise for “hard-headed diplomacy” with any Iranian regime and stressed that he wasn’t trying to dictate Iran’s internal politics, but he also expressed sympathy with the supporters of the opposition, describing “a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy, who now feel betrayed.”

    June 16: There were many reports of rooftop fire from the regime raining down on protesters…and pictures of bloodied men and women down on the ground.
    Obama makes a statement and amazingly gives Khamenei the benefit of the doubt with no vocal support for the freedom the protesters seek.
    From Breitbart:
    President Barack Obama says he believes supreme leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei has deep concerns about the civil unrest that has followed the hotly contested presidential election there. Obama repeated Tuesday at a news conference his “deep concerns” about the disputed balloting. He said he believes the ayatollah’s decision to order an investigation “indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns.”
    But at the same time, Obama said it would not be helpful if the United States was seen by the world as “meddling” in the issue.

    June 18, LESS than a week after the rigged election, we were still seeing twitter feeds, videos, and pictures of bloodied protesters, Hamas and Hezbollah thugs on the streets of Tehran, the Basij ransacking apartments and more. Even several incidences of death at the hands of the regime. Some reports of hundreds of deaths.

    YOu also said: “Any comment from him could have been used by the Guardian Council and Ahmadinejad’s administration to legitimize their claim to power by way of international meddling.”
    Obama made his statements about US “meddling” on June 16. On June 17, the Wall Street Journal reported: As protesters clogged the streets of Tehran for a fifth consecutive day, the Iranian government accused the US of “intolerable” meddling.
    Point: Obama said virtually nothing and we were accused of “meddling” anyway….Iran would accuse the US and West of meddling regardless of what is said. Besides, what a weak argument NOT to support freedom….

    You said: “any assistance beyond voiced support for the freedoms of the Iranian citizens would be meddling in and pressuring the affairs of Iranian government, in which we have no jurisdiction.”

    You and Obama are living in a dream world (that utopia that Lefties love so much) if you believe that the mullahs and Ahmadinejad will EVER ask for our support in giving freedom to the people of Iran. Is it not clear to you that a government that slaughters its own citizens isn’t goint to run to us for “assistance” in helping the very citizens they are slaughtering?
    I”m very glad we didn’t wait for Hitler to ask the Allies for our assistance in freeing the Jews from the concentration camps….your argument (and Obama’s policy) makes about as much sense.

    Oh, and about that juridiction….somehow Obama never seems to wait for Israel’s “voiced” request before telling them they must not grow into the settlements and they MUST agree to a two-state solution on Obama’s terms ….oh, and Obama doesn’t wait for the voiced “assistance” request before demanding that Israel agree to the solution with the very group of people who say that Israel has no right to exist.
    Obama, and most of the Left, have no problem hopping over that jurisdiction line where Israel is concerned….what a double standard excuse.

  5. […] me get this straight….Obama didn’t have the mettle to “meddle” in the efforts of young citizens of Iran …  Obama said the US couldn’t “meddle” in the Iranian election affairs….and […]

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