Cantor is so stupid that he’s a joy to behold. He really thinks he’s making hay by yelling at the President to jump into the fray immediately in Iran, to immediately endorse the reformers and threaten retaliation for any crackdown on protestors:
“We stand with the people of Iran in their struggle to participate in a democratic election and who deserve the right to freely assemble and voice their opposition to its questionable outcome.
“The Administration’s silence in the face of Iran’s brutal suppression of democratic rights represents a step backwards for homegrown democracy in the Middle East. President Obama must take a strong public position in the face of violence and human rights abuses. We have a moral responsibility to lead the world in opposition to Iran’s extreme response to peaceful protests.”
As anybody with a minimally hitchhiking brain knows, America is seen as anything from a frequently blind and wayward power to a homicidal tool of Satan in that part of the world. While the reformers may appear to have lost the election, they have the momentum and the world’s stage.
The President’s coming out in the open, endorsing the refomist candidate and making threats at the Ahmadinejad government could easily provide a p.r. coup for the conservatives, swinging the tide in the opposite direction. A potentially catastrophic mistake, that sort of heavy-handed approach isn’t wise.
Unless you don’t really particularly care about the people of Iran and would prefer to just see yourself on television soon, as Cantor does.
Even The American Conservative gets this and uses his reflexive idiocy to call for his replacement:
One reason why Cantor and [Mike] Pence have been demanding that the President take a stronger public line in support of the protesters in Iran is that supporting Mousavi’s voters openly is the emotionally satisfying, easy, almost mindless thing to do, so it is very appealing for opposition figures who have no ideas. But there is more to it than that. All of this comes back to the problem of Republican denial about why they lost power. They are supremely confident about their views on national security and foreign policy, and they cannot conceive that a majority of the country would reject them because of the policies they advocated and enacted. Worse still, they remain wedded to the hectoring, moralistic and aggressive approach of the last administration, in which sanctions and condemnation are the only “soft” tools they understand. They are so wedded to this approach that that they think this is not only the best kind of foreign policy, but that anything other than this is fecklessness and surrender. To a disturbingly great extent, replacing the current leadership may not have much of an effect on shoddy foreign policy thinking on the right, because the rot is so deep and widespread, but it is particularly important that Republicans in positions of responsibility at least attempt to play the role of credible, informed opposition, which may sometimes mean acknowledging that the President has handled an issue correctly. It will also mean building up the credibility and knowledge to challenge and resist the President if he embarks on misguided or irresponsible courses in the years to come. Cantor and Pence have shown this week that they do not have either one.