By Gregory Moore
Sen. Diane Feinstein said something very interesting about the Iranian conflict over the weekend that is worth noting.
“It is very crucial, as I see, that we not have our fingerprints on this. That this really be truly inspired by the Iranian people,” Feinstein said. “This is really within the hands of Mr. Moussavi, with his supporters, with the bulk of the Iranian people. And I think the important thing is that this may well reveal the enormous fallacy behind this Iranian religious-inspired regime.”
In laymen’s terms that means that in order for a world ‘evil’ to be exposed or come to light, you have to let a nation’s people do what is necessary to expose that evil and sometimes that means that nations like the United States and the United Kingdom need to literally sit back and wait.
As eager as Americans may be about wanting to ‘rescue’ an oppressed people, sometimes it is just time for this country to stop playing the world cop and let things naturally unfold.
In Iran, that is what is happening right now as a company in which the supposed president, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is nothing more than a puppet for the country’s ‘supreme’ leader.
What is also troubling is that the politics of bashing the other side continue at a time when this country needs to show a united front on a serious issues; namely from top Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham.
“The President of the United States is supposed to lead the free world, not follow it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on ABC. “He’s been timid and passive more than I would like.” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told CNN that Obama should be more forceful.
“If America stands for democracy,” he said, “then obviously they’re going to question: Do we really believe in our principles?”
Here’s a question for all of those who are thinking like Grassley and Graham.
If the president of this country is to lead the free world, wouldn’t that mean that he should go to the United Nations FIRST before putting this country in a tenuous situation with a country whose people are dying simply for protesting? Should this country be talking about helping a people when at a time the President just said that strong diplomacy within those nations need to be established? And if the president is so timid, as so many Republicans are saying, then how come nobody from the GOP did anything about Iran in the ten years or so that it was in Congressional power?
In other words, guys like Graham and Grassley should sit down and follow Sen. Feinstein’s words: this movement should not have our fingerprints on it.
This issue shouldn’t be partisan but thanks to guys like Grassley and Graham, not only is it playing out here but now Ahmadinejad is actually challenging this country and claiming that our own intelligence agencies are behind the protests.
“I advise you to correct your interfering stance,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently said about this country’s alleged interference.
And thus here we sit as a nation.
While not helpless to help the Iranian people, this administration is facing its toughest foreign policy test to date and instead of our top leaders standing as one, we have various ones going out saying that this president is timid and weak on this particular policy.
Which brings into question whether guys like Grassley and Graham really have THIS country’s welfare at heart. Are they about making sure that we stand together in tough times or is this going to be about scoring political points.
And if it is scoring political points, then it is suggested that the Republican leadership better have a damn good strategy that not only knocks Ahmadinejad and the religious supreme leadership out of Iran for the next century, they better be willing to take on several Islamic countries in the process who will see our meddling as more reasoning to continue the hatred of the “capitalist dogs of the west.”
What the president is doing right now is the same thing that previous presidents have done in similar circumstances.
This isn’t 1953 anymore.
This country can’t do a covert action to overthrow a government.
If the video of the young Iranian student is able to come out of a country where it’s government had ‘shut down’ all telecommunications, what do you think will happen if a covert op fails?
That is why Feinstein hit the nail on the head in her statement.
And right now it is the right thing to do.