Krauthammer: It’s time for Obama to declare Iran’s government illegitimate

posted at 10:00 pm on December 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

Via Gateway Pundit, behold the nuclear option. A harebrained scheme cooked up by the febrile neocon imagination, you say? Not quite. From a Spiegel interview with dissident Iranian ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar:

SPIEGEL: Really? You don’t think that Iran has already long been on the path to becoming a religiously tinged military dictatorship?

Kadivar: You are right that the Shiite theocracy in its present form has failed — a fact that few have expressed as clearly as my teacher in the last few months. Incidentally, when Grand Ayatollah Montazeri had his falling out with Khomeini, three months before the supreme religious leader’s death in 1989, he said: This state is so different from the one we dreamed of and worked to create. Still, it is not Islam which has failed, but rather a particular interpretation of Islam. I also want to express that there hasn’t been a revolution in Iran yet. The opposition is becoming increasingly clear in the formulation of its objectives and more daring. Still, we need to remain patient. I do not know when, exactly, but I am convinced that the regime will collapse.

SPIEGEL: Can the West do anything to support a democratic reform process?

Kadivar: The tightening of sanctions is not the right path ahead. They affect the people more than the government. A military attack is something I categorically reject. Perhaps Western countries should stop treating Ahmadinejad’s government as the legitimate government of Iran. Otherwise, I think the reforms must be pushed forward from inside the country.

The time for doing this was in the summer, when Iran’s sham election was still fresh, but The One wanted to give his outreach program a chance so here we are. I’m not sure what the argument would be for declaring the regime illegitimate now as opposed to then, but who cares? It’d be a pure power play; the argument is secondary. Two big worries in taking Krauthammer’s advice: (1) Having the Great Satan side with the protesters will be used against them by the regime, although the public’s hatred of Khamenei et al. may have already reached the point where the “death to America” crap just isn’t selling anymore, and (2) once you make this move, obviously, you wave goodbye forever to any possibility of negotiations. If Khamenei tamps down the uprising and restores order, Obama’s locked into a confrontational strategy to the bitter end. Which doesn’t much bother me since Iran’s been following that strategy towards us for ages, but I bet it does bother The One. So no go on Kraut’s advice — for now. Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand? Declare their intention to build a nuclear weapon, maybe?


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Obama won’t do it. If he declares the Iranian government to be illegitimate, then he won’t have anyone to negotiate with.

Steven Den Beste on December 28, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand? Declare their intention to build a nuclear weapon, maybe?

Hezbollah bonuses.

Ronnie on December 28, 2009 at 10:05 PM

He’ll do it as soon as Iran’s government criticizes ObamaCare.

LibTired on December 28, 2009 at 10:05 PM

He was so wedded to stability and his belief that he could persuade the Mullahs that he never had a backup position.

Somehow he believes – and the left – that this effort will convince the “world community” to stand with us against Tehran.

There is no “world community”. Instead, a community of nation’s driven by self-interest.

And it’s just not in Putin’s interest to help us.

SteveMG on December 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Michael Ledeen says that our leaders should be calling for regime change in Iran, too. He has an up-to-date roundup of events in Iran and their significance here:
http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZDIxODc4OGY3NTljNTE2MDhjOGE4MGIwMDYzY2ViMzk=

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand? Declare their intention to build a nuclear weapon, maybe?

I`m guessing a legitimate and democratic government comes to power. Then Obama would step up and demand the Mullahs be reinstated or he`ll drop some bombs.

ThePrez on December 28, 2009 at 10:08 PM

The Iranian government doesn’t care about justice, and it doesn’t care about freedom. Neither does Barry.

anXdem on December 28, 2009 at 10:09 PM

That would require him to be decisive and take a stand.

He has three more years.

singlemalt_18 on December 28, 2009 at 10:10 PM

He’ll do it as soon as Iran’s government criticizes ObamaCare.

LibTired on December 28, 2009 at 10:05 PM

Nah, if Iran does that, he’ll just deny them interview privileges for a year and rescind the invite to the 4th of July White House Weenie Roast.

Nethicus on December 28, 2009 at 10:11 PM

If B.O. declares the Iranian government to be illegitimate, guess what will happen?

3 things.

Jack.

S**t.

And Jack will then go out of town.

pilamaye on December 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM

He’ll do it as soon as Iran’s government criticizes ObamaCare.

LibTired on December 28, 2009 at 10:05 PM

That great “victory” of his seems an awful long time ago, doesn’t it?

JammieWearingFool on December 28, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Maybe Israel will not only take out the nuclear production plants but also take out the top leadership as well. BHO won’t have to do anything…

d1carter on December 28, 2009 at 10:18 PM

That would require him to be decisive and take a stand.

He has three more years.

singlemalt_18 on December 28, 2009 at 10:10 PM

+1

The One is an amateur and lacks leadership qualities. Did you hear him speak regarding the bombing attempt today? The man has the speaking skills of Steven Wright.

Of course, he lacks the sense of humor.

CWforFreedom on December 28, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Is it time to declare the obama administration illegitimate?

HornetSting on December 28, 2009 at 10:18 PM

What could Iran do to force Barry’s hand?

Interrupt his golf game.
Tell him he’s not the One.
Send a love letter to George Bush.

anXdem on December 28, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Leave it to the great Charles K. to come up with the definitive adjective to describe Obama:
flaccid

CarolynM on December 28, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Krauthammer is correct that ObaMao does not understand what is at loggerheads in Iran. It is not the social justice issues of healthcare and so forth that are so important to our own Dear Leader.

I have taken the liberty of reposting a similar point from a prior Iran thread.

A key to ObaMao’s definition of “human rights” is one that Hillary Clinton embraces. Lacking for each is the inherent rights of liberty and self-determination. Instead both ObaMao and she “lump economic and ’social’ rights” as more important, according to this squib, which builds on a WaPo observation.

The Hillary and ObaMao Doctrine of Human Rights is more in line with that of the Soviet Bloc definitions,summarized the piece.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/12/025254.php?format=print

I don’t think that ObaMao grasps the idea that people will fight and/or die for liberty. For people of his political ideology, they only fight for an equal piece of the pie and government will determine the size and quality of that slice. That is both ObaMao’d snd Hillary’s definition of “social justice.”

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 8:43 PM

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 10:21 PM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand?

Supply our enemies with weapons to kill our soldiers? Oh, wait!

SouthernGent on December 28, 2009 at 10:22 PM

There is absolutely nothing Iran can do to make Obama repudiate them. They could (and quite possibly will) drop the bomb on Israel and he’ll still yammer on about how “some say” peace isn’t possible.

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Krauthammer: It’s time for Obama to declare Iran’s government illegitimate

How many in the immediate administration directly associated with the President?

What Charles is calling for takes at least one stone, there’s not one among them, combined.

Speakup on December 28, 2009 at 10:26 PM

This one of those moments that should not be wasted and where I miss GWB. He would have taken a bit swing at the Iranian pinata.

And hit it.

swami on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 PM

JammieWearingFool on December 28, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Everything seems a long time ago. Remember when terrorism was something to be vigilant about? Remember when this guy wasn’t on your TV and in every magazine?

LibTired on December 28, 2009 at 10:27 PM

One of Ledeen’s observations is how many women are up front and engaged in these demonstrations. The repressiveness of the Iranian regime and the impoverishment caused by its nuclear ambitions have roused the simmering discontent to a point of no-return.

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM

Iran is a tiny country vid

At the 30 second mark barry B+clowns himself.

Geochelone on December 28, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Steven Den Beste on December 28, 2009 at 10:03 PM

Question for you. Not to hi-jack this thread, but yes or no question. Did you write an essay some years back called USS Clueless?

swami on December 28, 2009 at 10:31 PM

What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand?

I don`t think anything except bombing Israel or Saudi Arabia would force his hand. I think quicker if it was Saudis, as he has an affinity for bowing to their King. If it is Israel, I am not sure the attack itself would move him but the people would make him react. I just do not see him doing anything to stop dinnerjacket and the mullahs.

bluemarlin on December 28, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Problem: The Iranian regime is about as legitimately elected as the Afghan regime we’re fostering. Calling Aquavelvajad a fraud might ring a little hallow as long as we’re still recognizing the powers of Khabul.

Machete_Bug on December 28, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Take a stand on Iran? Hahahaha Obama is too busy “fixing” our government:

Christopher Coates the DOJ guy who signed off on the controversial voter intimidation complaint against the New Black Panther Party and three of its members, is is no longer Chief of the Voting Section – it seems he was just transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s office in South Carolina.

batterup on December 28, 2009 at 10:33 PM

“This state is so different from the one we dreamed of and worked to create. Still, it is not Islam which has failed, but rather a particular interpretation of Islam.”

I wonder which one.

albertpale on December 28, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Remember the good ‘ol days…?

“”The international community has no choice today but to draw a line in the sand,” said Brown, joining Obama and Sarkozy in statements about Iran and delivering the sternest warning.” (emphesis mine)

Soooooooooooo………

What does Obowma do now? How about go on ’60 Minutes’ or put his puss on Newsweek, again? Maybe printing another Trillion dollars? Round up SEIU and ACORN and be the ‘tuff guy’ against senior citizens? How about another ‘trip’ abroad? Talk to the kids in school? What about a song and dance? Tent party at the White House to show your class? How about giving INTERPOL even more rights than American Citizens? What about giving Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac, and Barney Frank a four hour thousand year erec%ion? Where is John Kerry when you need him?

Get ready for 2010, boys and girls. This is a brave new world.

Makes you all warm and fuzzy…

… doesn’t it?

Seven Percent Solution on December 28, 2009 at 10:34 PM

Obama cannot declare the Iranian gov. illegitimate.

It going to mess up his plans when he declares himself king.

katy on December 28, 2009 at 10:35 PM

HornetSting on December 28, 2009 at 10:18 PM

HornetSting, you missed both Treacher and Dr. Zero coming out of the closet; they both have revealed their names. And Dr. Zero has his own blog now and Treacher was hired by Tucker Carlson to run his Blog. I am not kidding.

Plus you missed simplesphincter getting banned for being a ginormous bigot. Ed pulled his feed tube and clubbed him with the ban hammer.

Geochelone on December 28, 2009 at 10:40 PM

Who would of thought of the day, that people fighting in the streets for their freedom and lives, wouldn’t give a Grow Fins’ vagi%al wart for what the President of the United States has to say…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 28, 2009 at 10:42 PM

What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand?

The only thing that will force Obambi’s hand is a collapse. He follows the lead of events, and then shows up to make a speech to claim territory.

Krauthammer is right…flaccid.

The President is an embarrassment.

Saltysam on December 28, 2009 at 10:44 PM

I don’t get it. Why would Obama declare illegitimate his philosophical brethren?

BPD on December 28, 2009 at 10:45 PM

Can’t these Iranians look across the border at Iraq and see their life is better without a dictator in place. Now Iraq has cell phones, televisions, the Internet, toys for children, a blender in every kitchen, and real schools. As for Obama, he is personally destroying the position of the United States in the world.

royzer on December 28, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Reagan’s speech in support of the Solidarity movement was moving and convincing — oratory steeped in principle and conviction.

Teh Won [gonadicus minimalis] has had a year and still cannot find a waffle to stand on re Iran. Hey Barry, just take that RR speech and substitute Iran for Poland; btw lose the dual prompters and look your audience in the eyes.

GnuBreed on December 28, 2009 at 10:58 PM

Maybe Obama should ask to see the president of Iran’s birth certificate?

Mojave Mark on December 28, 2009 at 10:59 PM

I thought I heard Eeyore braying.

But, of course, it was just cranky old Charlie K. pretending he has any other agenda other than spewing venom towards the President.

Of course, nothing would be more effective than making a statement that would allow the Iranian regime to portray the uprising as American-backed. Because Iranians have such faith in our concern for their country. Wouldn’t backfire at all.

Bleeds Blue on December 28, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Iran is indispensable to Obama’s grand objective of eliminating Israel. He’ll never move to delegitimize them.

rrpjr on December 28, 2009 at 11:02 PM

Krauthammer: …”This is a hinge of history.”…”This is a moment of history and he’s (Obama) missing it.” nuff said!

AnthonyK on December 28, 2009 at 11:03 PM

HornetSting, you missed both Treacher and Dr. Zero coming out of the closet; they both have revealed their names. And Dr. Zero has his own blog now and Treacher was hired by Tucker Carlson to run his Blog. I am not kidding.

Do tell. I missed it, too. Link?

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Of course, nothing would be more effective than making a statement that would allow the Iranian regime to portray the uprising as American-backed.

Yes, Bleedsblue, it’s clearly much more effective to support the murderous theocrats and even cut funding to the human rights watchdog organization which monitored them.

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:08 PM

What will force ObaMao’s hand?

Uh, the 12th Imam springing out of the well?

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Yes, Bleedsblue, it’s clearly much more effective to support the murderous theocrats and even cut funding to the human rights watchdog organization which monitored them.

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:08 PM

The Iranian people, with good reason, have very little faith that the U.S. has their best interests in mind. If this uprising is to succeed, the Iranian equivalent of the “silent majority” needs to side with the radicals. If they are persuaded that this is a U.S.-instigated movement, their knee-jerk patriotism will kick in and they will side with the regime.

The parallels with Eastern Europe are very weak.

Bleeds Blue on December 28, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Bleeds, are you under the impression there are only two options here? Sure, “there are those” who say Obama has to support the, ahem, duly elected murderous theocrats, while “some say” that openly supporting the revolution would be A Bad Thing. But I bet, if Obama tried, he could get as creative about finding ways to support people desperate for freedom as he is about making sure ACORN and his union thug buddies gain and retain power and taxpayer funding.

Obama has done his best to cut the legs out from under those people and it’s a disgrace. He doesn’t want the uprising to succeed; his actions to date have established that pretty clearly. There was absolutely NO LEGITIMATE REASON to cut funding for the watchdog group.

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:18 PM

There is absolutely nothing Iran can do to make Obama repudiate them.

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Maybe we could link the Iranian regime to Fox News somehow…

Midas on December 28, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Maybe we could link the Iranian regime to Fox News somehow…

Nice!

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:27 PM

testing, 1..2..

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Anybody else having a problem with comments?

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:32 PM

The assassination of a family member of an opposition leader is not how a legitimate government conducts itself.

There, you don’t have to declare the government illegitimate, just imply that there actions demonstrate that they are illegitimate.

agmartin on December 28, 2009 at 11:33 PM

“once you make this move, obviously, you wave goodbye forever to any possibility of negotiations”

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You really do live in a separate reality, don’t you? Negotiations? At this point? For God’s sake…

fabrexe on December 28, 2009 at 11:37 PM

He should have done so immediately after Neda’s murder which was shown to all of the world on tape. Instead, he continues to refer to this murderous regime as the Islamic Republic of Iran – republic? Is this what he wants for our American Republic?

The won is a seething, condescending, amateur surrounded by Chicago punks and thugs.

Oh, but by all means, Obamacare before national security, job creation, and exsistent foreign policy. It’s all about him to Hell with US.

bbh on December 28, 2009 at 11:38 PM

I want the term “flaccid” to replace the word “dithering” for the adjective de jour for Obama. That will certainly seal Obama-s one-term fate.

Mutnodjmet on December 28, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Of course, nothing would be more effective than making a statement that would allow the Iranian regime to portray the uprising as American-backed. Because Iranians have such faith in our concern for their country. Wouldn’t backfire at all.

Bleeds Blue on December 28, 2009 at 11:00 PM</blockquote

Well yes, after Carter quit supporting the Shaw and the Government fell, the slaughter that we just watched happen after is not all that great in our favor. Is that what you meant when saying that?

bluemarlin on December 28, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Anybody else having a problem with comments?

Laura on December 28, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Yeah, I don’t seem to be as aggravating as usual.

Speakup on December 28, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Well yes, after Carter quit supporting the Shaw and the Government fell, the slaughter that we just watched happen after is not all that great in our favor. Is that what you meant when saying that?

bluemarlin on December 28, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Not that I’m immune to typos (see “Karl rive”) but the ability to differentiate between the historically African American neighborhood not far from where I live known as “Shaw” and the former dictator of Iran known as the “Shah” would do much to present your argument in a better light.

And the Shah’s fall had nothing to do with Carter and everything to do with a strong grassroots anti-Shah movement and the Shah’s advancing cancer.

Bleeds Blue on December 29, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Yeah, I don’t seem to be as aggravating as usual.

Speakup on December 28, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Heh, as my Gram says, if a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well… try harder, ya slacker!

As to the comment issue, weird how they keep getting eaten but I tried repeatedly to convey to Bleeds Blue that we do, in fact have more than two options, no matter what “some say” and even though “there are those” who think we have to kiss some mullah backside to get ahead in this world. It’s entirely possible to subtly apply pressure to the mullahs while choosing to continue to fund Iranian watchdog groups which Obama disgracefully de-funded. Iran manages nicely on getting troops and arms into Iraq to kill our soldiers; surely we could manage to airdrop some supplies to people who desperately need it or somehow facilitate communication. We have a lot of choices available. So far, Obama makes the exact wrong ones.

Laura on December 29, 2009 at 12:27 AM

They only thing that might get Obama to do something is an attack on Israel. Anything short of that will keep him on the Road to Diplomacy.

kagai on December 29, 2009 at 12:27 AM

I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with you and agree with Krauthammer.
The propaganda released by the Iranian thugocracy is a farce, the people of Iran WANT Obama to support them, the majority of them do not chant against America. In fact, they are begging for our assistance calling out for Obama…asking him if he is with them or with the dictatorship.
This notion that our support is going to be used against us is incorrect; I can assure you that if we do not side with the demonstrators and call the govt illegitimate, that will be used against us in the future because this regime is not going to stay in power very long and people won’t forget. Obama should be tougher, particularly when it comes to his rhetoric.

Belondy on December 29, 2009 at 12:33 AM

And the Shah’s fall had nothing to do with Carter and everything to do with a strong grassroots anti-Shah movement and the Shah’s advancing cancer.

Bleeds Blue on December 29, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Well, thank you for correcting me on the Shah, I should have caught that myself. If you truly believe that Carter withdrawing support for the SHAH had nothing to with his fall and the slaughter that ensued you are crazy.

“Jimmy Carter, upon taking office in 1977, declared that advancing “human rights” was among his highest priorities. Because America’s ally the Shah of Iran was torturing approximately 3,000 prisoners (many of them agents for Iran’s bordering neighbor the Soviet Union), Mr. Carter ostentatiously withdrew U.S. support from the Shah.

Mr. Carter ordered the Central Intelligence Agency to stop paying $4 million per year in bribes to the religious Mullahs to tone down their rhetoric. Many of these Muslim leaders disliked the Shah not because he was dictatorial but because the Shah was secular, pro-Western, and expanding the rights and equality of women.

Because Mr. Carter withdrew U.S. support and unleashed Mullah fury, the Shah was toppled. Did this liberate the 3,000 political prisoners? No. The new theocratic dictatorship of the Ayatollah Khomeini put many of these “godless Communists” up against walls alongside more than 20,000 pro-Western Iranians and liquidated them all by firing squads. Women were sent back into servitude. Citizens were arrested merely for owning satellite dishes that could tune to Western programs. And, of course, American diplomats were taken hostage. “

bluemarlin on December 29, 2009 at 12:39 AM

Tragic, but even before the election anyone who studied Obama knew he’d be too weak.

scotash on December 29, 2009 at 12:41 AM

Belondy on December 29, 2009 at 12:33 AM

Did you get any of that, Bleeds Blue? You also may want to check the quote from the dissident Iranian ayatollah in the post above:

Perhaps Western countries should stop treating Ahmadinejad’s government as the legitimate government of Iran.

Face it- Obowma passed on this opportunity to help overthrow the Iranian mullahs cause he wanted to do it his way with appeasement and “talks with no pre-conditions”.

2ipa on December 29, 2009 at 12:57 AM

How many people have been freed in the world due to Obama’s support/intervention?

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2009 at 1:09 AM

Heh, as my Gram says, if a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well… try harder, ya slacker!

Laura on December 29, 2009 at 12:27 AM

LOL, I’ve always said why be a pain when with a little effort you can be a real stinker!

I’ve noticed that when comments get eaten that after they make their way through the nearly random labyrinth filter appliance (thingamadoohicky), they do eventually appear.

With regards to Mullahs, Iran, funds and Obama’s footsie antics with any despot, this administration just needs to get a clue and realize…they’re being played.

Three ways to Sunday.

The anti-Americanism cash cow creates strange criminal bedfellows but criminals they are.
Paying nations to like us gets us the best crooks around.

Speakup on December 29, 2009 at 1:17 AM

How many people have been freed in the world due to Obama’s support/intervention?

Schadenfreude on December 29, 2009 at 1:09 AM

USS Cole bombers, that bunch of Uighars, Black panthers, at the top of my mind
Oh wait you meant…

macncheez on December 29, 2009 at 1:18 AM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand?

Re-broadcast his unprecedented Cairo speech with a laugh track playing continuously in the background

ya2daup on December 29, 2009 at 1:26 AM

Did you write an essay some years back called USS Clueless?

An essay? Try hundreds of them. Yeah, that was me. (Accept no substitutes.)

Steven Den Beste on December 29, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Flaccid Barack Obama…perfectly accurate.

Buckeye Babe on December 29, 2009 at 1:32 AM

I’m not sure I understand this assumption that the government that would arise from these protests – if a government should ever arise from them – would be any better than the government that stands now.

DarkKnight3565 on December 29, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Of course Krauthammer’s advice won’t be headed. The tragedy is that the administration is going to make things worse by sending John Kerry to Iran. Rather than denounce the regime, they are going to legitimatize it gratuitously.

Alla’s analysis is accurate, but it’s no different than any oddsmaker’s predictions. Where’s the advocacy? I don’t care for the argument that we can’t denounce the regime now because we didn’t denounce it in the Summer when timing was perfect. Yes, the administration should have denounced the regime after the elections. Now we have six months which demonstrates to us that the green movement will not fade quickly. All it takes is one statement–granted repeated over and over perhaps. Let the regime blame their troubles on the President. The Iranian people are not stupid. In fact, you could argue that waiting six months to make a statement denouncing the legitimacy of the government was the right course of action if taking sides too early would have caused anti-american backlash against the green movement.

An Objectivist on December 29, 2009 at 1:37 AM

Buckeye Babe on December 29, 2009 at 1:32 AM

Barrack Flaccid Obama
droop, droop, droop…

ya2daup on December 29, 2009 at 1:38 AM

This is a moment of history and he’s (Obama) missing it

President Obama? “Present.”

Mallard T. Drake on December 29, 2009 at 1:47 AM

If the Iranian protesters do succeed in overthrowing the regime, how long before Barry’s minions in the media are out there saying that his Cairo speech inspired them to seek freedom? It’ll be shameless, but it will happen.

He’s like a deer in the headlights. Dr. K is right. Obama is missing this historic moment to tip the scales toward freedom. Ronald Reagan or George W Bush wouldn’t have whiffed on this softball.

JohnInCA on December 29, 2009 at 1:48 AM

Hard to declare Iran’s government illegitimate when 0bama’s own government is illegitimate.

Election fraud and intimidation without any legal repercussions, breach of fundamental rights as free speech and data disclosure, trampling all over Constitution, crushing all dissent (little as it is), widespread (even if hidden) nationalization of banking system and heavy industry…

USA is no more in a moral position to keep worldwide dictatorships at bay, and seeing the ideology of 0bama and his entourage, I think they are quite disappointed that Ahmadinerjacket regime is is danger.

Rookie on December 29, 2009 at 2:36 AM

Barrack Flaccid Obama
droop, droop, droop…

ya2daup on December 29, 2009 at 1:38 AM

hahahahahahhaha
Now if only Rush could sing it

macncheez on December 29, 2009 at 3:08 AM

Barrack Flaccid Obama
droop, droop, droop…

ya2daup on December 29, 2009 at 1:38 AM
hahahahahahhaha
Now if only Rush could sing it

macncheez on December 29, 2009 at 3:08 AM

I think it’d be better as a remake of “Brave Sir Robin”…Best to leave the actual verses to those more talented than I.

Dan859 on December 29, 2009 at 6:04 AM

I hate the Precedent so much, but he actually has a window of opportunity to retroactively earn his Nobel Peace Prize.

Leftists for decades have decried the use of force and spout endlessly about non-violence. For him to do nothing, as is his wont, would be to disgrace the memories of Gandhi and MLK, and perhaps seal the fate of the Iranian people, to say nothing of putting us on a path towards the unthinkable.

He is a fool. An egocentric, narcissistic fool.

J.J. Sefton on December 29, 2009 at 6:36 AM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand?

Bomb the White House, or his favorite golf course, in his presence, with a clearly printed gift tag. Or even worse, sabotage their hidden bank accounts/assets.

With this guy, his cronies and his party, if it ain’t personal, it doesn’t count, and the heck with the rest of us.

Nichevo on December 29, 2009 at 7:04 AM

I saw this last night and the entire panel was really critical of Obama. I know this is Fox and all, but I was kind of surprised at the level of disgust.

Terrye on December 29, 2009 at 7:06 AM

I see Obama’s hand being “forced” by Iran when they nuke Israel. At that point, Jugears will make a speech.

bradley11 on December 29, 2009 at 7:08 AM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand? Declare their intention to build a nuclear weapon, maybe?

Declare their undying love for Israel.
Fallback answer: Thou shalt not force The Messiah’s Hand.

n0doz on December 29, 2009 at 7:14 AM

Man, they are really pushing us into another war.

True_King on December 29, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Obama is a coward.

fossten on December 29, 2009 at 7:31 AM

(2) once you make this move, obviously, you wave goodbye forever to any possibility of negotiations.

That assumes the possibility existed in the first place. If there’s anyone who believes that people who have been chanting “Death to America” every week for thirty years are even remotely willing to negotiate with us, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

Kafir on December 29, 2009 at 7:43 AM

I don’t see a problem here. Like runaway unemployment and a worthless dollar and the dissolution of private insurance and fascism as our form of governance, the threat of nuclear terrorism will just become the new normal. Chill, dudes.

Extrafishy on December 29, 2009 at 7:58 AM

Obama and congressional Democrats would do well to take his own advice (regarding healthcare) from the beginning of that clip. I’m not implying that we’re about to take pitchforks to Washington, but is the arrogance really all that different?

flutejpl on December 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Here’s an entertaining illustration of the real problem with our counter-terror efforts.

Laura on December 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM

Can he declare our government illegitimate while he’s at it?

joshlbetts on December 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

If the protestors wore the Purple garments he sent over, we’d back them instantly – well right after the next round of golf is finished.

Fuquay Steve on December 29, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Exit question: What would Iran have to do to force Obama’s hand? Declare their intention to build a nuclear weapon, maybe?

Heh.

Jaibones on December 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Just a note for edification;
The Iranian opposition is shouting “down with Russia” and also “not for Hamas, not for Hezbollah, we give our lives for Iran”. Says a whole lot.

elclynn on December 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM

BleedsBlue;
Iranian regime already blames the US in their most recent statements. Mottaki specifically says they are going to “slap your faces” and “bomb Israel if the Western countries attack Iran”. You sound so dhimmi already.

elclynn on December 29, 2009 at 1:09 PM

JammieWearingFoolPM

Moron.

2Brave2Bscared on January 6, 2010 at 1:48 AM