Ken Blackwell

President Obama disapproved of the 120 nations sending representatives to the Tehran conference. His State Department spokespersons bleated their opposition to this attempt to normalize the regime. They mean well, feebly.

But how can the Obama administration object to the Tehran confab? This is the administration, after all, that offered an olive branch to Iran’s terror masters when it first came into office. Mr. Obama pledged “an open hand instead of a closed fist.” He even sent Persian New Year’s greetings to the murderous mullahs. All he got in his open hand was spit.

The Iranian dictators clamped down on their own people, shooting pro-democracy demonstrators in the streets of Tehran. They continued to export terror by supplying Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. And they kept right on with their nuclear program.

We were told that merely by electing Barack Obama President, America would be loved in the world. Blogger Andrew Sullivan gushed that a young man in Pakistan needed only to see Mr. Obama’s handsome visage on TV and he would give up his anti-Americanism.

What nonsense all that hype has proved to be. In the hard, cold dawn of reality, we see Iran on the verge of a nuclear breakthrough and 120 member states of the UN invited to the birthday party.

How galling it must be for Mr. Obama to see Ban Ki-Moon, the UN’s Secretary-General, cutting the cake in Tehran. Ban Ki-Moon is a South Korean. South Korea would long since have disappeared had it not been for the sacrifice of tens of thousands of American lives. The U.S. led the efforts of the UN to prevent South Korea from coming under Communist control in “the Forgotten War” of 1950-53.

Could there be a better example than this Tehran conference of the total failure of Obama foreign policy? He has been publicly rebuffed by the heads of 120 states. He sought to win their support by his endless Apology Tours. They treat him and his bowing with contempt.

In 2008, it was often said he was a citizen of the world running for president of the world. In his first days in office, Newswseek’s Evan Thomas said “he hovers over the nations, like a sort of god.” Surely, he is a god who failed. Now, he can thank his lucky stars that only Americans can vote in the election to come.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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