McCain Is Wrong on Iran June 16, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
Tags: Iranian elections, John McCain and the Iranian election
John McCain (remember him) has been all over the media in the past few days demanding that President Obama call for new elections in Iran. Obama, he said on NBC, “should speak out that this is a corrupt, flawed sham of an election and that the Iranian people have been deprived of their rights.”
In a Twitter interview with Jake Tapper, McCain said “… But If we are steadfast eventually the Iranian people will prevail. But this regime has tight control.”
This is one of the more annoying of conservative tics (I know, the competition is stiff), this notion that making self-righteous statements amounts to doing something.
As Matt Yglesias said today,
Whether or not the Iranian people prevail [according to McCain] depends on how steadfast we are. How steadfast we are in what? In wishing them well? In tweeting mean things about the Iranian security services?
This situation in Iran is not about us. The people demanding reform in Iran are not waiting for us to do something; and anything Obama does will be looked upon as meddling in Iran’s affairs and will undermine the credibility of the reform movement in Iran.
Remember, we are not real popular there, and they have not forgotten the last time we got involved in Iranian politics.
As I have said many times, I don’t understand why anyone still listens to people who have been so catastrophically wrong so often.
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