Political Posturing using Iran ~ dnd

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.



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30 responses to “Political Posturing using Iran ~ dnd

  1. Morning peeps,
    d I’m really surprised at McCain’s statements over Iran the past few days, the other repug scum’s action are no surprise to me, but McCain’s is.

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  3. dog's eye view

    I don’t think the McCain crowd has a thought-out longterm strategy on this. It’s just blind opposition to anything Obama does. Their base is so ideological or narrowly informed, McCain et al will get a sympathetic hearing from some.

    McCain proves weekly what a bullet the American people dodged last year. I say that as someone who still kind of likes the guy. But not suitable for the White House.

    Ideology kills. That’s not koolaid in the streets. It’s blood.


    I wonder if the American people would take to the streets over a stolen election.

    If I had anything to do over (OK, personally need LOTS of do overs), I would be in the street after Florida 2000.

    Much like airline passengers who will not give an intending highjacker the benefit of a doubt any longer: may that be the same with presidential elections. Everywhere.

    Very proud of the Iranian protesters. They have courage and history on their side.

  4. dnd

    The people in Minnesota should be marching in the streets until Frankin is seated!

  5. Interesting post, dnd. I think it’s the reactionary crowd that says “if Obama is for it they’re against it.”

    Did anyone watch Bill Maher’s “new rules” on Friday? He must have been reading Back Channel this week and the discussion on the break up of the Democrats into two or more parties.

  6. TempeBev

    I think the new mantra of the Republican Party is “if Obama if for it, then we’re against it.”

    What a scary thought if John McShame had been president and expressed his thoughts about Iran. It’s different when you’re not in charge but think you should have been.

  7. Another point dnd, you gotta wonder how much of the what the repugs are doing is really about “avenging” the taking of our hostages in ’79. Does anyone really believe any of these self righteous creeps give a rat’s ass about the people of Iran?

  8. dnd

    Yeah eprof2, Maher gets a lot of his material here 😉

    And howza ’bout them Rockies? 16 of the last 17!

  9. dnd

    To be honest, I have no idea why this crowd is harrumphing Obama’s position on the Iranian election. Opposition for the sake of opposition? Get Obama to put himself in an untenable situation? Take out Iran’s nuclear capability? A cheap play to their shrinking base? Who knows?

    All I know it that it’s making them look pretty silly.

  10. nannymm

    Good post, dnd. Those repugs look worse than silly; they look like the craven opportunists that they are. They seem to have one goal: to appeal to their moronic base by opposing anything Obama says or does. What interests me more than why they do it is why the damned media gives these off the wall mouthpieces so much airtime and ink. They are a small minority, small even among their fellow wingnuts. Yet, we hear from them ad nauseam.

  11. Glad to see the repugs aren’t willing to play on health care and this notion of bipartisan will soon be history. Once we remove them from mix we can get real reform!

  12. dnd

    “Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.”


  13. They are also for increased taxes to pay for it!

  14. dnd

    The weird thing is that, all things being equal, it’s pretty much cost neutral. If you don’t pay for your health care via insurance premiums, you’ll pay for them via taxes. Factor in lower administrative costs and more bargaining power, and it’s a no-brainer.

    Only Howard Dean seems to get it…

  15. Hey you’re preaching to the choir around here dnd!

  16. dnd, the Rockies are on FIRE! Good for them. At least one of our two teams is playing good baseball.

    I just signed the petition, Brian. Thanks for sending it over by email, too.

  17. NP eprof.

    dnd who’s doots?

  18. trout boy

    I don’t think about it much to be honest. The CEO of Kodak comes from HP I think. He has done all he could do to kill film at Kodak. I move all my support to Ilford Photo about 5 years ago. I never shot much Kodachrome anyway.

  19. I’m shocked, and here I thought you made your own plates!

  20. dnd

    Muchacho de la trucha,
    Never shot too much Kodachrome myself either. I preferred Ektachrome, as I was always in a hurry 😉

  21. anyone remember the name of the “law” pertaining to accusing people of being nazis on internet chat groups? I can’t recall what it’s called, and I often used it on a “former” blog we all know.

  22. Never mind, found it, Godwin’s Law

  23. trout boy


    there is a guy named Robb Kendrick that is a National Geo photographer that has shot a bunch of plates. His method is called “Wet Plate.” Once he coats the tin he has about 8 minutes to shoot and then process the image. He halls his darkroom in a trailer behind his Ford 250. Here is a nice article and interview from NPR. There is also a slide show that shows some of his cowboy portraits.


  24. Is anyone else as surprised as I am that MSNBC has given Dylan Ratigan his own show? Frankly I find him a tad creepy.

  25. well I think this is pretty cool, I just found my great grandfather’s grave on the net!


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