Foreign Policy

Why Doesn't Obama Support Iran's Quest for Freedom?

WASHINGTON --- On the 30th anniversary of the hostage
crisis in Iran, the Iranian government planned rallies to demonize America.
Anti-Khamenei protestors had a different plan, though, using the occasion to
denounce the oppressive Islamic dictator. The opposition even addressed Obama,
chanting, “Obama, Obama, you are either with us or with them," according
to the Wall Street Journal.

What was the administration’s response? They called for “moving forward”
with diplomacy.

The Obama administration’s insistence on diplomatic overtures is just one of
many failures perpetuated by American foreign policy over the past 30 years, argues Elan
Journo, fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. The Iranian
invasion of the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, “turned out to be
the first act of war against us by what became the Islamic totalitarian regime
in Iran.

Jimmy Carter’s handling of that crisis was abysmal: Washington was
humiliated publicly as the hostages remained captive for more than a year, and
then it caved. The next Iranian attack (in Lebanon) was lethal--and the next
one after that, even more so.

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“There followed a spiral of aggression--some attacks funded and directed by
Iran, some carried out by Islamist groups inspired by its advances. Ronald
Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton all failed to connect the dots to
see in the attacks a distinct enemy pursing an ideologically driven war: the
Islamic totalitarian movement. None took the steps necessary to defeat it.

“Last summer Iranian protesters bravely challenged their government’s
legitimacy--and Obama spurned
them
, including those among them who truly seek freedom. The protestors
returned this week--and again Obama refused to support them. Washington is
betraying U.S. interests by seeking to appease the theocrats in Teheran. This
policy ensures the continuation and strengthening of the anti-American Islamist
regime.”