Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Atlantic: The Grotesque Chumminess of Obama And the Iranian Regime


"When one speaks about an unfree country, one may refer either to its people or to its regime. One cannot refer at once to both, because they are not on the same side."

"Obama likes to think, when he speaks of Iran, that he speaks of its people, but in practice he has extended his hand to its regime."

"With his talk about reintegrating Iran into the international community, about the Islamic Republic becoming “a very successful regional power” and so on, he has legitimated a regime that was more and more lacking in legitimacy."

"(There was something grotesque about the chumminess, the jolly camaraderie, of the American negotiators and the Iranian negotiators. Why is Mohammad Javad Zarif laughing?)"

"The text of the agreement states that the signatories will submit a resolution to the UN Security Council “expressing its desire to build a new relationship with Iran.” Not a relationship with a new Iran, but a new relationship with this Iran, as it is presently—that is to say, theocratically, oppressively, xenophobically, aggressively, anti-Semitically, misogynistically, homophobically—constituted.

"When the president speaks about the people of Iran, he reveals a bizarre refusal to recognize the character of life in a dictatorship. In his recent Nowruz message, for example, he exhorted the “people of Iran … to speak up for the future [they] seek.” To speak up! Does he think Iran is Iowa?"

"The last time the people of Iran spoke up to their government, they left their blood on the streets"

Because Obama let them bleed to death, of course. The Iranian people needed a Reagan and they got a Worse-Than-Carter.