Spanking Iran

I can’t resist sharing this perceptive interview of columnist Mark Steyn by radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Hewitt says, “The Iranians tried to blow up the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C. and the president spoke to this today, Mark Steyn.

Obama: “For Iran to have been involved in a plot like this indicates the degree to which it has been outside of accepted norms of international behavior for far to long. It’s just one example of a series of steps that they’ve taken to create violence and to behave in a way that you don’t see other countries doing. So with respect to how we respond, our fist step is to make sure that we prosecute those individuals that have been named in the indictment and I will leave to the Attorney General the task of describing how that will proceed. The second thing that we’re going to continue to do is to apply the toughest sanctions and continue to mobilize the international community to make sure that Iran is further and further isolated and pays a price for this kind of behavior.”

Hewitt: Mark Steyn, we’ve taken more direct action against the Mexican government via Fast & Furious than the President’s threatening Iran with.

Steyn: Yeah, I know. And to further increase Iran’s isolation? Iran last year got elected to head of the U.N. committee on women’s rights … on whatever it is…a woman’s place in Iran is under a pile of stones. And that’s the guy, Iran is so isolated that they put Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the chair of that U.N. committee. Two key American allies, Turkey and Brazil, who were assiduously courted by Obama, both were photographed high fiving with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. If that guy were any more socially isolated, he might have the occasional right at home in his yearbook planner to stay in the presidential palace and wash his hair, which needs badly washing, according to what they say about him on the streets of Tehran. But this doesn’t even pass muster as bland pap.

Hewitt: Let me…he’s defensive, Mark. I’ve got to play you the beginning of this when Ed Henry asks the question.

Ed Henry: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth. I am not your president. You have that president today.

Obama: Well, I didn’t know that you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney.

Hewitt: That’s Ed Henry bringing up the Mitt Romney quote, Mark Steyn.

Steyn: Yes, I know. We’re not allowed to quote. The courtiers aren’t allowed to quote anything the King doesn’t want to hear? That’s never a good scenario. You can ask the czar about that.

Hewitt: But don’t you think…well, I’ll ask you. Do you think Obama has any clue about anything right now?

Steyn: No, I don’t. And I think that’s the problem he has in these situations. Basically, Iran’s behavior does not comport with the Obama faculty lounge analysis of the world’s situation, which is that American foreign policy has gone rampaging around the world, intruding in other nations’ affairs, and we’re getting some kind of blowback for this, but that since January 20, 2009, it’s a whole new beginning. It’s Year Zero, and all this stuff is irrelevant. That’s what he doesn’t get. And he doesn’t see.. but even in that situation, he needs to be able to find a way to articulate, to even at least do a better job of pretending.”

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