Monday, June 25, 2012

Egypt's New President Reaches Out To ... Iran

Dan from New York:

That didn’t take long. Only a day went by before Egypt's President-elect Mohamed Morsi said he intends to restore "normal relations" with Iran to achieve "strategic regional balance."

Now the race is in on.

Who’ll be first to reach that goal, Mohamed Morsi or Barack Hussein Obama?

As I wrote more than four years -- in May of 2008, to be precise -- "Barack Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Patton."

The scene: President George W. Bush, then in the midst of a visit to Israel, warned against a policy of appeasement with Iran.

Bud Simmons reminds us of the old saying: "When a stone is thrown into a pack of wolves, the one that yelps is the one that is hit."

Barack Obama immediately yelped with a faux anger that smacked of political calculation.

George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."

In a speech this week, Obama reiterated his position: "I have never said I would negotiate with terrorists.”

Unfortunately for Sen. Obama, his own official campaign web site contradicts his assertions.

Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior.

I hate to say I told you so, but here we are four years later. Barack Obama has accomplished absolutely nothing in the Middle East -- other than make it infinitely more dangerous.

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