Recently some U.S. congress critters have been criticizing President Obama for not publicly siding with the opposition in Iran’s recent, dubious, election. The list includes Eric Cantor, Mike Pense and most notably, John McCain. They call for the President to “meddle” despite the fact that anybody who knows anything about the situation or geopolitics in general (including Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger) says that what Obama is doing is exactly the right thing. Cripes, even the Iranian protesters say what Obama is doing is the right thing.
At first I thought this was just a knee-jerk reaction from the if-Obama-is-for-it-I’m-against-it crowd. Seems like a good opportunity to make some political hay by making a straw man argument about the administration’s stance on freedom, liberty, democracy, etc. Don’t forget to wear your flag pin.
However the more I thought about it the more I wondered why those few critics would question Obama’s actions, given that they are aware of the diplomatic and geopolitical consequences. If Obama was to side with the opposition and there was a bloody crackdown, he most certainly would have to take some sort of action, most likely military, in a time when he prefers to engage diplomatically with Iran. So the conspiracy theory is perhaps that’s what they really want.