January 17, 2014
Mr. Secretary: Cool Your Jets!
President Obama did not want to "meddle" with Iran's internal affairs. So, in 2009, when thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets of Tehran to protest the fraudulent re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the White House and the State Department largely took a hands-off posture. The mullahs took that as a signal they could shoot down the demonstrators and that President Obama would not interfere. So, they went about shooting and clubbing the democracy activists and the hopes for regime change by peaceful means largely evaporated. Our best prospect of stopping Iran's lunge for nuclear weapons passed with the blood on real martyrs on those turbulent streets. Later, in 2011, Egypt erupted in protests against the 30-year authoritarian rule of Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian dictator had closed his border with Israel to jihadists and had maintained at least a cold peace with the Jewish state. But Mubarak was a despot who combined a secret police apparatus with attempts to...(Read Full Article)