Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Thank God John McCain is not President – Reaction to Iran Election Typical, Misguided

Last August, when Russia invaded Georgia, McCain started rattling sabers, talking tough and saying, “We are all Georgians.”  McCain’s quick, decisive action failed to account that “early reports suggest that Georgia — not Russia — first escalated the conflict, sending its troops into the disputed region after border skirmishes.”  In late September 2008, when the bottom was falling out of the financial markets, McCain decided to put his campaign on hold and return to Washington to act as a “knight on a white horse” to save the world.  In the end, he sat quietly at the end of a long table while President Bush and other legislators discussed ways to fix the problem.  This knee jerk sham of a decision was highlighted by a snub of David Letterman, who really let the good Senator from Arizona have it.  Therefore, it’s fairly safe to say that McCain has a history of snap decisions that, in the end, were relatively harmless.  However, they could have easily been detrimental had he been President.

This morning, on the GOP Today Show, McCain had a moment to discuss the Iran situation with David Gregory:

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Iran is a theocratic republic.  The country is ruled by the Supreme Leader Ali Hoseini-Khamenei.  He is not elected.  Rather he “is appointed for life by the Assembly of Experts.”  The President, who is elected, answers to the Supreme Leader.  Therefore, the President is the face of the republic, but the Supreme Leader is calling the shots. 

McCain fails to understand these facts.   He said, “(Obama) should speak out that this is a corrupt, fraud, sham of an election.  The Iranian people have been deprived of their rights.  We support them in their struggle against an oppressive, oppressive regime and they should not be subjected to four more years of Ahmadinejad and the radical Muslim clerics.”

Hey, John!  Hate to tell you this, but Ahmadinejad doesn’t matter!  Anybody could be President of Iran, as long as they say what the “radical Muslim clerics” want them to say!  On top of that, the “radical Muslim clerics” aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!  Unless you want to get involved in ol’ time Cold War government building and other nefarious types of “support.”  Well, I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised seeing as how Cold War tactics are all you know.

I agree that this is a fraud of an election and that the Iranian people have been deprived of their rights.  That said, this is their business.  If this was America protesting an election, we’d tell the rest of the world to take a long walk off of a short pier.  The folks protesting the results of the election are not asking for help, they’re asking for justice from their own government.  If the Iranian people overthrow their government, then we should be there for support and guidance.  Until that happens, let them handle it.

Obama is right to remain hands off and mouth shut.  He’s made some strides, albeit slowly, opening the door to diplomacy.  Should he pick to support the loosing side, then that door slams shut.  McCain is the opposite of this.  He’s a bull in a china shop and he proves it time and again.  I’m happy he lost.

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