Thursday, March 04, 2010

Speak Softly and Skip the Stick

Last time Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to "wipe Israel off the map," progressives (wrongly) insisted he'd been mistranslated. Despite the fact that he spoke similarly several times.

Ahmadinejad certainly is constant, according to the Washington Post:
The presidents of Iran and Syria on Thursday ridiculed U.S. policy in the region and pledged to create a Middle East "without Zionists," combining a slap at recent U.S. overtures and a threat to Israel with an endorsement of one of the region's defining alliances. . .

Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust denier, spoke of Israel's eventual "demise and annihilation" and said the countries of the region could create a future "without Zionists and without colonialists."
So, given an inflexible Iran, the Administration hoped to change -- by backing down. Only recently, Obama advocated tougher sanctions in 2010 if diplomacy stalled, seconded by Secretary of State Clinton's threatened "crippling sanctions." Yet, the same day Ahmadinejad mocked America and threatened Israel, the State Department downgraded to sanctions-lite.

Which shows that Ahmadinejad understands Obama better than fawning progressives.

6 comments:

OBloodyHell said...

Combined with his brilliant handling of the UK-Argentina situation*, and it's adding up to yet another completely f***ed up week of that very special Obama® Brand Foreign Policy....


1054 days and counting in The Longest Kiloday in Human History(tm).

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*A Foreign Policy 180 Degrees of Wrong - The UK's Falkland Islands

Stan said...

Our next move will be our heads buried in the sand. Then it'll be ok.

Marc said...

Listening to his rhetoric lately, Obama sees Republicans as more of a threat than Ahmadinejad.

OBloodyHell said...

> Listening to his rhetoric lately, Obama sees Republicans as more of a threat than Ahmadinejad.

Well, they are. Competent people are always a threat to incompetent ones.

suek said...

>>Listening to his rhetoric lately, Obama sees Republicans as more of a threat than Ahmadinejad.>>



Well of course - the Republicans threaten O's remaking of the nation into a Progressive ideal. A'jad only threatens the Jews. No comparison.

Carl said...

I think Marc's comment nailed it.