There is a pattern to President Barack Obama’s public policies. Generally they are the opposite of what makes sense, but delivered in an oh-so-smooth manner, we almost believe him—and 58 percent of the population still seems to. To many of us, it has been clear for some time that much of what he says defies logic and is the opposite of what is actually true. But for the latecomers, Tuesday’s statements on Iran presented yet more proof.
While he once was “concerned,” seven days of bloodshed and brutality in Iran have led him finally to being “appalled and outraged.” But still it is collective. The “United States and the international community” have been “appalled and outraged,” he said. We can’t even have our own personal outrage without including the Europeans and the Africans and the Arab nations he so loves to appeal to. No, we must seek consensus on all things—including outrage. Once we saw that they were outraged, then we were outraged, too, darn it.
“If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect those rights,” President Obama said. Is he serious? The Iranian government—seeking the respect of the international community? By ignoring years of U.N. sanctions in order to develop nuclear weapons? By killing U.S. Marines and holding our citizens captive 444 days? By repeatedly calling the holocaust a sham … shouting “death to Israel” and declaring America the “Great Satan?” By sending IEDs to Iraq to blow up American and coalition troops? The only respect Iran seems to be seeking is that of Syria and its other evil axis buddy, North Korea. Honor among thieves, but not respect.
Yet he extends the olive branch—or at least hot dogs and baked beans. Up until yesterday, our response to the bloody regime was to offer ketchup and mustard and share a picnic with fireworks in celebration of the nation we love; the one Obama is ashamed of and the Iranian regime hates.
Earlier this week, Major Garrett of Fox News asked the president at the press conference: “Are diplomats still welcome at the embassies on the Fourth of July, sir?”
“That’s a choice the Iranians are going to have to make,” President Obama said, twice obfuscating in his answer to Major Garrett’s question.
Earlier his State Department spokesman, Ian Kelly, had been quite clear. A reporter asked: “Is there any thought being given to rescinding the invitation...” and then was interrupted by Kelly, “No thought to rescinding the invitation to Iranian Diplomats.”