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Obama Needs Articulate American Ideals, Praise Iranian Protestors

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:51 am - June 22, 2009.
Filed under: American History,Freedom,War On Terror,World History

Like many Americans on both sides of the political aisle, I follow the events in Iran sensing we are witnessing something of great historical significance.  It reminds me of the fall of 1989 when I would return home from work and flip on CNN (then the only 24-hour cable news network) to learn of the events in eastern and central Europe.  That year, the dominoes fell one by one, with freedom triumphing in the nations of the then-Warsaw Pact.  But, earlier that year the Chinese Government repressed a similar uprising for freedom in Tiananmen Square.

In other words, rallies such as those taking place across Iran, do not always bring down tyrannical regimes.   Americans, liberal as well as conservative, Democrat as well as Republican hope for the best (as happened in such nations as Poland, Hungary, then former Czechoslovakia) and fear for the worst (China).  John Steele Gordon sums it up:

It is too soon to know if this will be a repeat of Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in 1989 or Republic Square, Bucharest, a few months later. But the vast majority of the American people are hoping it’s the latter, with similar results for the tyrants.

There’s hope this is more like Europe than China.  Twenty years ago, when Chinese students rallied in Tiananmen Square, they were, as I recall, largely alone.  Similar uprisings did not take place across the People’s Republic.  But, we have reports of rallies all over Iran.  While we may have video primarily from Tehran, this is far more widespread than just one anti-government rally in the capital of the nation in question.

And while Americans of all political stripes are speaking out in favor of the demonstrators, the Administration has been as lukewarm in praising their resistance to tyranny as was the James Baker State Department in 1989.  Neither the incumbent President nor the then-Secretary of State seemed to understand the animating idea of the American Republic.

Some will say, we don’t want to undermine the ongoing revolution by “meddling,” but even before Obama’s somewhat stronger statement a few days ago, the Iranian oligarchs accused us of meddling.  Officials in the Obama Administration need understand that their prejudices notwithstanding, people in oppressed nations still look to the American ideal for inspiration.   A statement from the President, not just released, but spoken, in support of their goals of a free and democratic Iran, would let them know that the people of the United States stand with them, emboldening them to fight for their freedom.

As the Gipper’s criticism of Communism emboldened those suffering under Soviet rule.

Jennifer Rubin’s quip gets at what hinders Administration officials:

Perhaps if they did not assume everyone thinks as poorly of America as they do these officials would have more confidence and adopt some of the suggested steps for aiding the protesters.

Perhaps, if they weren’t trying so hard not to be George W. Bush, they might better understand the ideals of our great nation–and what exactly that good man was trying to promote, albeit clumsily at times.

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28 Comments

  1. Does Chairman Obama even have a frakin’ clue what American ideals are???

    A statement from the President, not just released, but spoken, in support of their goals of a free and democratic Iran, would let them know that the people of the United States stand with them, emboldening them to fight for their freedom.

    Would he be able to pull off pretending that he cares?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — June 22, 2009 @ 5:15 am - June 22, 2009

  2. He’d have to clear it with the ‘Supreme Leader’ first.

    Has any President (or congressman besides Dick Turban) ever called him ‘Supreme Leader’?

    ‘Supreme Leader’ wasn’t that what the head cylon was called in the original BSG?

    Comment by The Livewire — June 22, 2009 @ 9:16 am - June 22, 2009

  3. Americans need to face up to the truth about themselves, no matter how pleasant it is. — J. Kirkpatrick

    Comment by Ignatius — June 22, 2009 @ 10:09 am - June 22, 2009

  4. You know what makes America great? Whenever people rise up for freedom, Americans are immediately sympathetic and supportive. It’s amazing to see that when we heard about these protests, as a country, liberal and conservative, we all went, “Go for it!” We really all do want everyone to have the kind of freedom we have.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — June 22, 2009 @ 10:33 am - June 22, 2009

  5. As Bill Maher said “Obama needs to be a little more like George W. Bush.” I don’t think I have heard a single speech where he has even used the words “liberty and freedom”. I t is as you say, I think he is terrified of sounding like W. even if at times it might a good thing if he did.

    Comment by Linda Strickland — June 22, 2009 @ 10:54 am - June 22, 2009

  6. #5 – If Maher indeed did say that about Dear Teleprompter, then SnObama’s in bigger doo-doo than we thought.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 22, 2009 @ 11:24 am - June 22, 2009

  7. Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t. Some claim Obama is sounding like Bush these days; if that means silence, then I agree.

    Comment by Ignatius — June 22, 2009 @ 11:24 am - June 22, 2009

  8. Our young President Obama is a coward. I can say that because America is still a semi free country. When Reagan had a chance to act he spoke clearly and declared the USSR evil. He demanded the Soviets free those in eastern europe. When Bush 41 was faced with Iraqi aggression he went to war and saved Kuwait from the attackers. Bush 43 freed 43 million Arabs and Muslims from tyranny.
    Obama. How is he reacting to the murder of protesting Iranian young people. “Ice cream cones girls?”.
    This is the new face of America. Obama does nothing about the suffering in Darfur and can’t find the WORDS to contrast Americas ideals of freedom and democracy with the illegitimate thugs in Iran.
    It is nice to see the American people are waking up to our out of touch and out of his depth President. Now more people disagree with him than agree. Latest polling shows Obamas ratings plummeting. Trouble is we’ve lost a tremendous opportunity to save lives.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 22, 2009 @ 11:55 am - June 22, 2009

  9. I agree. Obama is a coward and a follower/organizer. NOT a leader.

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — June 22, 2009 @ 1:44 pm - June 22, 2009

  10. Video of Iranian woman shot in street. Warning: Graphic.

    Comment by Ignatius — June 22, 2009 @ 3:25 pm - June 22, 2009

  11. “Obama is a coward”
    Wrong.
    It would be correct to say:
    Obama is not a reckless fool who shoots/tortures first and asks questions later.

    Comment by gillie — June 22, 2009 @ 3:46 pm - June 22, 2009

  12. Wait I forgot:
    In the past few days you have called him, coward, douche bag, narcissistic, thin skinned and more!

    Projection much?

    Comment by gillie — June 22, 2009 @ 3:51 pm - June 22, 2009

  13. #12 – “In the past few days you have called him, coward, douche bag, narcissistic, thin skinned and more!

    “Projection much?”

    Funny, gill – when you listed all those names, I immediately thought of you.

    Checkmate.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 22, 2009 @ 3:54 pm - June 22, 2009

  14. give the guy a break. Do you know how hard it is to condemn Iran for beating and murdering their citizens for peacefully protesting, while cowering under his desk for a week?

    His reaction has made the phrase “deer caught in headlights” internationally known

    Comment by Racer — June 22, 2009 @ 4:08 pm - June 22, 2009

  15. #14 – Racer, are you referring to The Snob or to gillie?

    Just wondering. The description would fit both of them. 😉

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 22, 2009 @ 4:14 pm - June 22, 2009

  16. #11 – “Obama is not a reckless fool who shoots/tortures first and asks questions later.”

    Too bad, otherwise Iran and North Korea would not be taunting us the way they are now.

    The last occupant of the WH was able to keep us safe for 8 years and got Libya and other rogue nations to drop any notion of saber-rattling. And he did it through what I lovingly refer to as “frontier justice.”

    Instead, SnObama is a reckless fool who will get his home state of Hawaii nuked back into the Stone Age because he’s a spoiled man-child who has never been denied anything in his life.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 22, 2009 @ 4:16 pm - June 22, 2009

  17. #13 – what comedy! And you even followed it by a “checkmate”
    too funny.
    seriously.
    really really funny.

    wow

    Comment by gillie — June 22, 2009 @ 4:55 pm - June 22, 2009

  18. You just typed a classic example of how the right wing sees events and then makes things up so it can fit their meme.
    Obama came out right away with a measured response. He has been clear and consistent all along following a strategy that he thinks is in the best interest of this country.

    Folks like Kissinger, George Will, Peggy Noonan and others agree with how he handled it.
    Yet to the unhinged wing nuts, he is a “coward” “deer in the headlights” etc

    Comment by gillie — June 22, 2009 @ 5:00 pm - June 22, 2009

  19. Sorry # 18 is in response to # 15!

    I was still teary over the comments from the comedic genius that is Peter Hughes

    Comment by gillie — June 22, 2009 @ 5:01 pm - June 22, 2009

  20. #18 – Give me a break. I suppose you think that everything Dear Teleprompter does is “clear and consistent all along following a strategy that he thinks is in the best interest of this country,” right?

    If that is the case, then why is he opposing DADT and thereby throwing gays under the bus?

    Try to think before you open your piehole this time, gillie.

    Oh, and before I forget – CHECKMATE.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — June 22, 2009 @ 5:45 pm - June 22, 2009

  21. don’t waste your breath peter, gille knows he’s a fraud and quivering tower of jello. A fox can smell his own.

    Comment by Racer — June 22, 2009 @ 6:45 pm - June 22, 2009

  22. I just want to make this point to someone. I voted for Hillary. I am really angry that the left wing of the Democratic party villified her in favor of this bag of Jello. You may not like her policies, but the world would have been afraid of her. I admire that in a woman. I admire the same thing in Sarah Palin, who also wouldn’t give any appearance of backing down. This is one election where the right man for the job really would have been a woman.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — June 22, 2009 @ 7:05 pm - June 22, 2009

  23. Gods know I would be afraid of her Ashpenaz.

    So let me see, the measured and moderate weak and milqutoast responce was “We’re really really really sorry to see the Supreme Leader doing these things and really really wish he’d stop.”

    Vs.

    “We’re cutting off your military support if you don’t do as I say” to Israel.
    “I’m the only thing between you and the pitchforks.” AIG
    “Theatening Voters is cool” Black Panthers

    Measured is apparently “we don’t want to make him mad, he’s actually dangerous.”

    Oh and I forgot “We really wish Georgia and Russia would stop fighting each other.”

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 22, 2009 @ 7:44 pm - June 22, 2009

  24. Look around, most of the wild undemocratic countries are now testing our young President. Anyone want to second guess their vote for Obamateleprompter? Thank God for the Reagan Bush missle defense systems, such as they are. Thank God for a free Israel who may have to do what a weak American President can’t bring himself to do. Today they said that H Clinton and for goodness sake, Jumpin Joe Biden tried to get Obama to man up. You don’t think he’s curled up in a little ball do you? Two months ago VP Cheney helped out with the terror policy. If Obama would call Bush 43, he might have some advice to help out with this mess. Don’t be too proud Mr Obama, call some adults.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 22, 2009 @ 8:33 pm - June 22, 2009

  25. I think the SNL sketch where a terrified Obama calls Hillary at 3AM is coming true.

    Comment by Ashpenaz — June 22, 2009 @ 11:30 pm - June 22, 2009

  26. Secretary Clinton, a day after shattering her elbow visits the White House. Still on medication, arm in a cast, she yells at Obama like the Godfather to Johnny Fontaine “YOU COULD ACT LIKE A MAN”!!

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 23, 2009 @ 12:08 am - June 23, 2009

  27. http://www.ibdeditorials.com/cartoons.aspx
    check out a cartoon from tuesday. Ouch.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 23, 2009 @ 12:54 am - June 23, 2009

  28. If Obama was President in the ’80s:

    “Freedom is in no danger of extension, as long as I can enjoy my ice cream cone.”

    “A troubled mankind is asking us not to interfere, that we uphold the belief that America is not special and we are not up on a hill.”

    “Intelligence reports say he — Castro — is very worried about me. I’m very very sorry, and what ever I did, I won’t do it again.”

    “Thomas Jefferson made a comment about the Presidency and age. He said that one should not worry about one’s exact chronological age in reference to his ability to perform one’s task. but he was a slave owning white man, so what did he know?”

    Comment by The Livewire — June 23, 2009 @ 7:07 am - June 23, 2009

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