Barack Obama said that he is "appalled and outraged" about the situation in Iran.
Here is the statement from him that got my attention:
"And we deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere that it takes place."
Who is he kidding? As commander-in-chief of U.S. armed forces, Mr. Obama is the most prolific purveyor of violence against innocent civilians in the world. As he stands in front of his weak-kneed press corps, American drones drop bombs on Pakistan, killing hundreds of innocents every week. Baghdad and Mogadishu are the two most dangerous cities in the world, primarily due intervention of military forces under Obama's command. And the piles of dead Afghanis grow larger and larger.
How does Obama get away with this? How can he make such a ridiculous statement without someone challenging him? Is he dumb or does he see us all as dumb? I'm starting to wonder. Why do the people who voted for change continue to support this Bush-clone?
Referring to a now-famous recent event in Iraq, he said, "I think that when a young woman gets shot on the street when she gets out of her car, that's a problem."
Mr. President, I have news for you: that kind of thing happens in the United States of America.
Never willing to show themselves as reasonable alternatives to the democrats, prominent members of the republican political party were jumping over themselves to condemn the Iranians more strongly, and to condemn Obama for his lack of belligerence toward Iran.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said this: "A president of the United States is supposed to lead the free world, not follow it."
Nothing could be further from the truth.
This is important folks; it is the essence of our government's failure to serve its people. It is the source of failure of our people to hold elected politicians accountable. The U.S. president, as well as our legislators, should never lead; they are elected to follow. Kings lead. Dictators lead. We are, in name, a representative democracy. Barack Obama should follow the will of the people. He would if we forced him to.
And if he did follow the people, it is quite possible that our government could serve as an example to others. And if the people of other countries wish to follow our lead, so be it; if not, that is okay as well.
But that is the real issue here. Obama, like all recent U.S. presidents, believes that there is one set of rules for the U.S. and another set for everyone else. But as our economy collapses and our military weakens, that attitude will soon become unenforceable. It is time for the U.S. government to leave the rest of the world alone. Let the people of Iran deal with their problems themselves, and do the same for every other country.
If Barack Obama wants to help the Iranian people, he'll stop the phony rhetoric, stop threatening them. And most importantly and most simply, he will stop the economic siege that the U.S. and our allies have crushed these people with since 1979.
Iran is actually a natural ally of the U.S. and we're hurting ourselves with our belligerence, but we hurt them more. The strategy of the U.S government since 1979 has been to punish the Iranian people because of a childish feud between elite Americans and elite Iranians. And all that this accomplishes is to tighten the grip of tyranny.
I would love it if my government could stand up and make an honest statement in support of the freedom of all people. But it cannot. It is pure hypocrisy, and Obama embarrasses every American when he delivers this drivel. Until we stop killing people, we should shut the hell up.