2009: The year of living fecklessly
Washington Post / Charles Krauthammer
24-Dec-2009 (5 comments)

On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not just reject President Obama's latest feckless floating nuclear deadline. He spat on it, declaring that Iran "will continue resisting" until the United States has gotten rid of its 8,000 nuclear warheads.

So ends 2009, the year of "engagement," of the extended hand, of the gratuitous apology -- and of spinning centrifuges, two-stage rockets and a secret enrichment facility that brought Iran materially closer to becoming a nuclear power.

We lost a year. But it was not just any year. It was a year of spectacularly squandered opportunity. In Iran, it was a year of revolution, beginning with a contested election and culminating this week in huge demonstrations mourning the death of the dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri -- and demanding no longer a recount of the stolen election but the overthrow of the clerical dictatorship.

Obama responded by distancing himself from this new birth of freedom. First, scandalous silence. Then, a few grudging words. Then relentless engagement with the murderous regime. With offer after offer, gesture after gesture -- to not Iran, but the "Islamic Republic of Iran," as Obama ever so respec... >>>

Majid Zahrai

No attack, no sanctions, overthrow IRI!

by Majid Zahrai on

Another non-Iranian prescribing what is good for Iran and people of Iran.  These types of advice only endanger the people's movement in Iran.  Supporting the freedom seeking Iranians does not mean overthrowing their government through outside force. 

So there you have it folks.  We have come full circle from George Bush's allocating money to "regime change in Iran", to threats of a military attack, and then to sanctions.  Now it's back to "helping" to overthrow the government. 

What do you think the US should do?  I think we should pay attention to the stuff people are writing and publishing, because this is how some bad ideas have been introduced in the past.



He is right

by cyclicforward on

Obama needs to put pressure on Iran and help bring down this evil government. He has lost many good opportunities and he looks ridiculous regarding this issue.


practice what you preach ramin


for someone who thinks military attacks on Iran is a good idea you should not even bother thinking about Iranian politics, let alone typing your nonsense on the internet.


This is what the US should do that satisfies all parties

by OmidKarimi on

Send a low key and little known ambassador to meet the Iranian foreign minister in Turkey or Switzerland, discusss and engage in a broad agreement, make it low key, so that the threat of war or sanctions diminishes, at the same time of the announcements, the US administration should hold speeches defending human rights in Iran, in such way it wont be a political victory for ahmadinejad. 


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ramin parsa


by ramin parsa on

You don't know what the hell you're talking about. Please concentrate on your personal life and leave politics to objective adults.