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Dept. of Empty Endorsements

Ayatollah Khamenei, master of the mullahs, Supreme Leader and Guide of a revolution that has wrecked Iran’s economy, lost its position of leadership in the Middle East and trapped the country in increasingly hostile international isolation, likes what he hears from President Obama, reports the Washington Post:

In a rare positive remark about the United States, Iran’s supreme leader lauded President Obama on Thursday for saying that he was trying to avert war with the Islamic republic.

“Two days ago, we heard the president of America say: ‘We are not thinking of war with Iran.’ This is good. Very good. These are wise words. This is an exit from illusion,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to state television.

Alas, this approval of Obama’s rhetoric does not go very far:

But he accused the U.S. president of “still harboring illusions” that sanctions would force Iran to give up uranium enrichment.

The Supreme Guide and Leader thinks — or at least says that he thinks — that America is on the run and that its only real policy option is to accept Iran’s program for the Middle East and its nuclear weapons. If he keeps acting on that assumption, he is likely to discover what has happened to other misguided despots who underestimated the will and the determination of the US.

A sensible compromise over the Iranian nuclear program is still possible, and that is what Via Meadia hopes the current standoff will ultimately produce. But if the Supreme Guide really thinks that the US believes it has no choice but to acquiesce to an Iranian agenda that includes nuclear weapons, war is on the way.

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  • Fred

    From your keyboard to God’s ears, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    There is so much wishful thinking on this Blog, when have Dictatorships ever done the peaceful thing? The Iranian Regime has been our enemy for over 30 years; they have violated international diplomatic immunity, funded Hezbollah’s attacks on US personnel, and supplied Explosively Formed Projectile Mines to Terrorists for attacks on US personnel. The only way there‘ll ever be peace is for there to be a Regime change in Iran. Have sanctions ever worked on a Dictatorship? The Answer is NO; they have never worked on a Dictatorship.

    It is long past time that the US should have dealt with these Barbarians. We should make an example of them, by taking the attributes of civilization (which they have had no part in developing), away from them. We should bomb their entire soft target energy industry, and put all Iranians “On Foot and In the Dark”. This could be done with a minimal loss of life and without US boots on the ground. Without oil to sell, the Regime would have no money to fund terrorists and buy political support. Without fuel their military would be immobilized, and logistically unsustainable. It is said that “Armies march on their Bellies” and that is even truer today, than it was when coined. Without electricity there will be no communications, no lights, and no industry.

    By making such a strategically elegant example of the uncivilized Iran, which has been disrespecting America for so long, all the other uncivilized nations will be struck with fear, and a desire to avoid the same fate.

  • Toni

    Obama cares about nothing but his Blue Enviro-Social Model.

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