Thursday, August 31, 2006

Regime Change

The Moose suggests a tough approach to Iran that even some principled lefties can love.

To no one's surprise, the Iranians have once again defied a United Nations deadline on stopping their nuke program. To some lefties, that is not threatening at all. It is just peachy keen if the fellow in Teheran who talks about wiping Israel off the map and denies the Holocaust obtains the big one. According to them, Ahmadinejad might be no more threatening than a couple of quirky professors who believe that the Zionist Occupying Government directs American foreign policy.

After all they claim that only real threat to our security is the fella who occupies the Oval Office.

Speaking of the President and his Administration, they are full of bluster these days but their foreign policy appears increasingly weak and feckless. The Secretary of Defense who failed to provide adequate troop levels in Iraq is on a rhetorical tear against the appeasers. Maybe, he should focus his energies on winning the war. Or even better, resign.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State appears to be floundering on her mission to organize a coalition to crack down on Teheran. And, by the way, how is that UN resolution disarming Hizbollah working out?

And what of the Democrats? Many of them are busy pandering to the nutroots and finding new and innovative ways to reverse their position on Iraq. The Moose tires of pointing out the political and policy opportunity for the donkey. This is a moment to criticize the Administration from the right as being too weak. Unfortunately, the lefties rule at the moment.

Now is the time to move for tough sanctions on Iran. Unfortunately, there is little hope that China or Russia will support cracking down on the mullahs. But, there are other non military tools to get tough with Teheran.

Why don't Democrats publicly and aggressively call for non-military support for the Iranian opposition and peaceful regime change? Democrats could even find conservative allies in providing aid to Iranian workers and civil rights activists, as we did during the cold war. Can't Democrats support the democratic opposition to jihadist tyranny?

What happened to the old spirit that said, "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."

No doubt if the Democrat who uttered those stirring words was around today he would be denounced by the nutroots as a neo-con warmonger and drummed out of the party.
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