the President on Iran

Andy McCarthy had a couple of posts on Monday seeking to understand why Barack Obama was so reluctant to criticize the sham Iranian elections, their results and the brutality of the regime in their aftermath.

I don’t know if he is right or not, but these two bits jumped out as being plausible.

The key to understanding Obama, on Iran as on other matters, is that he is a power-politician of the hard Left : He is steeped in Leftist ideology, fueled in anger and resentment over what he chooses to see in America’s history, but a “pragmatist” in the sense that where ideology and power collide (as they are apt to do when your ideology becomes less popular the more people understand it), Obama will always give ground on ideology (as little as circumstances allow) in order to maintain his grip on power.

and

As for “anti-American,” I think Obama’s sense of the term is different from yours and mine. Obama agrees with a lot of the anti-Americanism that we hear from both apologists for radical Islam and the Left (many of whom are the same people). While the mullahs may be “anti-American” as we understand that term, Obama doesn’t think they would be resolutely anti the America that he intends to shape. I think he sincerely believes he could deal with the mullahs and make them less anti-American than they now are, once they realize how he is reversing a lot of what offends them (and him) about America.

emphasis in original

So, do you think Andy has a point or is he slipping round the bend towards paranoid nutterville?

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