So says Jonah Goldberg in his column today on NRO, as he takes President Obama to task for his lack of leadership on the current events in Iran.
He asks the president, “maybe you could lift a finger for democracy?,” while Obama speaks of being “troubled” by a fascist regime sending masked stormtroopers into crowds of peaceful protesters. Similarly, Senator McCain called Obama out for his lack of decisiveness on the issue.
The Iranian government has been a thorn in America’s side since the 1979 Islamic revolution. While a new government may not be better than the current one, the current leadership is frenetically–and recklessly–pursuing nuclear weapons and vows to wipe Israel off the map. Can it get any worse than that?
We, as the world’s oldest democracy and strongest defender of human rights across the globe owe our moral support to the Iranian people. It’s time for President Obama to take a stand and declare that a free Iran has the wholehearted support of the United States of America.
Goldberg finishes his column:
So far, “hope and change” has meant spending trillions we do not have on expanded government we do not need. Meanwhile, the huddled masses of Iranians yearning to breathe free think hope and change means something more. But the new American colossus stands all but silent, her beacon dimmed, her luster tarnished.
Please, Mr. President, prove me wrong. Stop voting “present” on democracy.