Assigned Reading: White House: Cairo Speech Inspired the Iran Uprising
Once again, HotAir’s Ed Morrissey writes a brilliant assessment of the arrogance and audacity of the Obama White House, this time regarding the assertion conveyed to The Washington Post that the protests in Iran should be credited to President Barack Obama, specifically because of his address to Islam in Cairo, Egypt a few weeks back.
So, when something looks promising, Obama will take credit. When something looks as though it is quickly en route to a horrible failure, he’ll blame former President Bush.
Slowly but surely, however, Obama and his flunkies will be forced to take ownership of an America in decline, of a global climate becoming increasingly unstable. At that point, it’s up to the American people to connect the dots.
Anyway, on this particular show of unbridled arrogance from the Oval Office, I’m not certain that anyone could say it better than did Ed Morrissey in this piece of assigned reading. In the interest of not taking away from what he wrote, I’ll let you read on.
Here’s the quote from The Washington Post:
Obama’s approach to Iran, including his assertion that the unrest there represents a debate among Iranians unrelated to the United States, is an acknowledgment that a U.S. president’s words have a limited ability to alter foreign events in real time and could do more harm than good. But privately Obama advisers are crediting his Cairo speech for inspiring the protesters, especially the young ones, who are now posing the most direct challenge to the republic’s Islamic authority in its 30-year history.
And here’s the assessment from Morrissey. On target, as always:
This is the most despicable, self-serving, and arrogant spin I’ve seen yet from this White House, and that’s saying something. Obama gave a speech, and suddenly the people of Iran discovered that they’re being ruled by tyrants? Never mind that two weeks passed between the speech and the uprising, and that the very obvious trigger for the unrest was the incompetent manner in which the mullahs rigged the election for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Never mind the fact that this President took a full week to even sound like a watered-down Nicolas Sarkozy, let alone the leader of the free world.
This is very obviously an attempt at damage control. Obama has gotten hammered for staying behind the curve of Western leaders in the defense of liberty, freedom, and human rights. He has preferred to stay on the sidelines in the hope that silence will make the mullahs like him enough to grant him an audience, while Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, and the Brits slam the mullahcracy for its brutal treatment of political opposition. Now, suddenly, Obama wants to claim credit for getting their first with his Cairo speech — which had nothing to do with overthrowing mullahs, and in fact had only a passing mention of democracy as an official US policy in the Middle East.
On the grand scale of things, I’d say that the establishment of democracy in Iraq had more influence on the Iranians than anything Obama’s managed to say, and I wouldn’t go so far to make it a proximate cause, or much more than a tertiary influence, after the stolen election and decades of repression by the mullahs.