Is America a fading beacon for freedom in the world?
There is significant unrest in Iran in the aftermath of their “election.” More here, here, here, and here.
Unfortunately, we now have a President whose response to the Iranian unrest (more here, here, and here) shows again how he does not believe in American exceptionalism.
Jonah Goldberg pleads for a different approach that endorses freedom. Both Goldberg and Power Line offer poignant comparisons of how America under JFK and Reagan was once the leading advocate for freedom in the world.
With nuclear weaponry imminent in Iran and the openly expressed threat to use it to destroy Israel, even a more narrow advocate of realpolitik should see value in endorsing freedom at this crucial juncture.
Hope doesn’t mean what it used to mean in America. And the world will be a lesser and more dangerous place as a result. How profoundly sad.
Technology enables freedom fighters in their fight against oppression. It is simply precious how the human longing for liberty naturally brings together kindred souls around the world in this important battle. Sometimes the most radical changes can occur in the most unexpected of ways. More here (H/T Instapundit) and here.
How can your spirit not be drawn to news like this and this? Or this?
More on Reagan’s actions, contrasting with Obama’s responses thus far – including this one.
Ralph Peters connects the dots to Obama’s speech in Cairo. Seth Cropsey offers his thoughts on the consequences of the Cairo speech.
And more on Reagan’s response to the 1981 imposition of martial law in Poland, again contrasting it with Obama’s response to current events in Iran. Bill Kristol exhorts Obama to speak out. Rich Lowry adds a thoughtful perspective.
Is there really any question about Iran’s publicly-stated intention to wipe Israel off the map? Does anyone actually believe that Hezbollah is not one of Iran’s proxies in their war of terror against non-Muslim infidels?
With H/T to Instapundit, follow Michael Totten’s blogging for updates on the situation in Iran. Nico Pitney is live-blogging at The Huffington Post.
Mona Charen states the liberal tendency is to view foreign policy as a form of social work. It comes down to a difference in core beliefs about human nature, doesn’t it? And the mullahs are showing their true colors, again, causing Charen to observe that it has suddenly become much more difficult to pretend that you are not betraying the Iranian people by engaging with the junta in Iran.
Nobody knows what will happen next in Iran, whether a true revolution is possible and – if so – what shape it might take. Amir Taheri offers thoughts on whether there is a nucleus in Iranian society to drive regime change. More on the nature of the Iranian regime.
As a measure of how much Obama has conceded America’s leadership role in the world as a beacon for freedom, the President of France (yes, France!) is showing more support for Iranian demonstrators than Obama. So much for real hope and change.
Explaining Obama’s conventional view of the Iranian regime. By contrast, modeling on the Ukrainian revolution of 2004, here are some thoughts on what Obama could do instead.
Are crackdowns imminent?
Andy McCarthy, whose past experiences include prosecuting those responsible for the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, brings the issues of the Iranian regime legitimacy and regime change into sharp focus, noting the often incoherent policies of past administrations.
Cogent thoughts from Victor Davis Hanson. More from Jonah Goldberg.