During the 2009 Green Movement uprising, when Iranians fought for their liberty against the despotic regime in Tehran, President Obama remained conspicuously silent for days. By and large, he abandoned the Iranian people in their time of need.
We now know that while protests were ongoing, Obama officials were creating conditions that would result in an agreement that ensured Iran could develop a nuclear bomb within the next decade. That agreement led to a cash-flush Iran that continues to pursue an expansionist foreign policy. Thanks to the Iran deal, in addition to Obama’s foreign policy promoting “daylight” with loyal allies, Iran now asserts control over much of the region, and dominates the internal affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen.
You’d think that this foreign policy failure would be enough for high-ranking Obama administration officials to revisit their views on Iran. But this turns out to not be the case.
Sunday marked day four of the Iranian people’s countrywide protests against the dictatorship. Their incredible acts of bravery have taken the attention of the world by storm. From tearing down posters of the Supreme Leader to demanding “death to the Islamic Republic,” these fearless, freedom-fighters know that their actions could result in the death penalty, but they choose to take the streets, day after day, night after night, risking it all for their freedom.
Crowds cheer as Khamenei's poster is torn. Tehran. pic.twitter.com/Id9MZ544Lp
— Amir Toumaj (@AmirToumaj) December 30, 2017
#IranProtests: Hundreds of thousands across #Iran chant "We don't want Islamic Republic!" & "Clerics shame on you, let go of our country!" Woman in video took off her #Hijab to protest Islamic dress code imposed on Iranian women since 1979. #IStandWithHer pic.twitter.com/CHNwrTsWPA
— Mark Vallen (@mark_vallen) December 29, 2017
#Update7 :protesters attacked the governor office of #Hamedan, chanting: “ Death to the Islamic Republic”, “We don’t want Islamic Republic”.#Qom chanting “Death to the Islamic Republic “, “Death to Hezbollah”, we don’t want an Islamic Republic”#Iranprotests #RegimeChange pic.twitter.com/GlsovMmygg
— Raman Ghavami (@Raman_Ghavami) December 29, 2017
It’s all too predictable that the same Obama officials who gave us the Iran nuclear deal are now weighing in with extremely shoddy analysis, with many of them providing talking points that would secure the terrorist regime’s grip on power while also securing their Iran deal.
Former top Obama administration officials Ben Rhodes, John Kerry, and Susan Rice tell us — in what bears the hallmarks of a coordinated messaging campaign — that it’s really just a domestic issue, and Americans have no role in any efforts to support the good guys.
The Iranian people are rightfully demanding dignity, less corruption, more opportunity, and greater control over their lives. In looking at US twitter, it seems lost on too many that this is about what Iranians want for Iran, and not about us.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 31, 2017
With humility about how little we know about what's happening inside Iran, this much is clear: it's an Iranian moment and not anyone else's. But the rights of people to protest peacefully and voice their aspirations are universal and governments everywhere should respect that.
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) December 31, 2017
How Can Trump Help Iran’s Protesters? Be Quiet. https://t.co/w0MNlWMkxG
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) December 31, 2017
These “echo chamber” talking points, which are circulating among prominent figures in the establishment media, are utter nonsense.
First of all, they treat the situation like the scales are weighed evenly between the Iranian regime and protesters. They fail to mention that the bad guys have all the guns, and the people in the streets are entirely disarmed. Although they may represent the majority of Iranians, the protesters do not have arms at their disposal. It is the police and militias that hold all of the weapons, placing the freedom-seeking people at a huge disadvantage.
The protesters also face a significant obstacle when it comes to organizing. The regime recently cut off almost all internal communications. While police and government officials are able to communicate on strategies to quash protests, the same access is not granted to the Iranian citizen. The regime has already shut down popular social media and messaging apps such as Telegram, Twitter, and Instagram.
Lastly, Iran is not a democracy or accountable to its citizens. The regime will not simply give in to demands for reform. Iranian citizens do not have the right to protest the regime, and this has been true since 1979, when Iran became an Islamic supremacist-dominated theocracy. It is incredibly naive to believe, as Hillary Clinton wished, that the Ayatollah’s Islamic Republic will simply “support their hopes” for better government. The “Supreme Leader” of Iran, Ali Khamenei, rules the country with unchecked power. There is no system in place to hold him accountable. The only way to do so is to topple his throne or force him out of power.
Obama’s lackeys surrendered every bit of moral authority they had when they shilled for the nuclear deal and ignored the aspirations of the Iranian people in 2009. It should come as no surprise that they are doubling-down on nonsensical, easily debunked talking points tailored to provide cover for the evil regime in Tehran.
Author: Jordan Schachtel
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel