Five years ago, there was much bellyaching in the media about how the callousness of the President of the United States for not making a public statement about the tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands, displaced an equal number (if not more) and causes untold damage to property and the landscape, even changing the coastline in some regions. When then-president Bush did not speak out, it was deemed a sign of his indifference, evidence that the recently reelected president was out of touch.
The Iranian People are rising up against their repressive regime again today. Let’s hope this time that President Obama doesn’t ignore them again in favor of kissing the dictator’s ass.
Iranian security forces on Sunday killed at least four people, including a nephew of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, during the fiercest clashes with anti-government protesters in months, opposition Web sites and witnesses said.
Amateur video footage purportedly from the center of Tehran showed an enraged crowd carrying away one of the casualties, chanting, “I’ll kill, I’ll kill the one who killed my brother.” In several locations in the center of the capital, demonstrators fought back furiously against security forces, hurling stones and setting their motorcycles, cars and vans ablaze, according to video footage and pro-reform Web sites.
Photos from Tehran fighting today (via dissidents on Twitter and Facebook):
It would be nice if these images would cause our President to get angry or something….
Obama’s inauguration and his pushing of a great variety of big government initiatives and regulatory schemes at the legislative and administrative level. Focus on health care in the second half of the year even as fewer Americans see health care reform as most pressing issue.
His blaming Bush for the problems he “inherited” as deficit skyrockets and unemployment increases.
Increased poltical polarization in Washington.
Stabilization of financial markets.
Obama’s “smart” diplomacy, apologizing abroad, but achieving few results.
Continued decline of MSM.
Climategate and increased skepticism about anthropogenic global warming.
Iranian uprising and its brutal suppression.
Revival of the conservative movement/energy of Tea Party protesters.
Did I miss any? What do you guys think were the big political stories of 2009?
Hey, didn’t the federal government take over these out-of-control (and running out-of-money) Government Sponsored-Enterprises (GSEs) last fall? And Freddie and Fannie have a history of handing out hefty bonuses to their executives, many of whom have had an extensive business background in Democratic politics.