NEW YORK,August 20, 2013 — When it comes to
Like storm troopers in the movie Star Wars, the United States and other global peace guardians blithely “move along,” ignoring obvious problems inside and outside Iran that pose grave threats to world peace.
Therefore, it is no surprise that President Obama, policy-leaders and the media heap attention upon an
The history of
Just because we have foundered for so many years does not mean that we should forget exactly what we have done. Instead, champions of women’s rights and American values should start by remembering what happened as recently as June 2009.
Eight days following President Obama’s lofty appeal for “A New Beginning”, thugs running
On June 20, 2009, an aspiring female musician found herself drawn to the streets. Standing amidst stalled traffic and taking in the spectacle, Neda Agha-Soltan, just 26 years of age, was shot through the heart by a callous member of the Basij militia.
The voices of outrage were shamefully muted back then—to this day, they remain still, as if a great power like
For all its glorious history,
In states like
This explains, in part, why Iranians have not truly been free, whether under the Shah or, since 1979, under a Shia Islamic theocracy,
When forward-looking Iranians were ready for
Instead, hoping vainly that we might gain somehow from accommodating a brutal regime in
We cannot wash Neda’s blood off our collective hands—four years’ later we now face an emboldened, even more implacable enemy in
Decades of determined meddling throughout the Middle East place
Moreover, should Iran wish to foment trouble in desperate portions of the region, she may do so on a moment’s notice and she likely will choose to defy America at each turn.
Who deserves blame for
American President’s have their “fixers”—we remember Bruce Lindsey who almost shielded Bill Clinton from serial disasters and Karl Rove who ably served George W. Bush. Acknowledging accepted past practice, we cannot begrudge Barack Obama his choice of Valerie Jarrett for consigliere.
Before 2009, what exactly were Ms. Jarrett’s international accomplishments? Where was she trained and who trained her? Who are her long-time friends and allies and do their interests mesh with
Since January 20, 2009, what role precisely has Ms. Jarrett played in developing and executing
Yes, Henry Kissinger had his positive moments but why, pray tell, does anyone actually listen to Zbignieuw Brzezinski?
Jimmy Carter did and we reap today the profound damage that duo wrought upon America and the western world by tossing long time ally Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi in 1979 for Ayatollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini.
Imposing regime change blithely on other nations is dangerous business—you would think President Obama and his team might actually get that point, but they evidently do not.
We must be honest—
It is not fair to heap blame on the present Administration alone—still, each time the President, John Kerry or other admirals in the Obama Navy utter their profound pronouncements, we can only marvel.
Americans deserve to understand exactly who has control over foreign policy levers, what credentials qualify these diplomatic “experts”, and what conflicts may impair their judgment.
Only recently has the mainstream press begun to do grounded, thorough investigation into
It truly does matter who actually has the President’s ear, who was doing what on June 20, 2009 and on that fateful night of September 11, 2012.
We actually deserve to know who makes the final call on the most important matters inside
What’s more, before we get embroiled in making accusations at home concerning a “War on Women”, we should remember how surely we are enabling one inside
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