In recent day's, the right-wing attacks - whether it be from the halls of congress in the form of John McCain or Eric Cantor, on the Sunday GOP infomercials in the form of Lindsay Graham, Mike Pence or from the an entire network devoted to propping up the GOP and tearing down Democrats - it turns out that many big name Conservatives happen to think how President Obama the Iran crisis is exactly right.
The irony of the critics ,of course, is that all of their sudden love for the Iranian people -- the very people that wanted to Bomb Bomb Bomb not just six months ago -- is not only insincere, it's dangerous and bad foreign policy.
Just ask Sen. Richard Lugar, Former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Conservative Columnists Peggy Noonan & George Will and believe it or not, Pat Buchanan -- all of whom have come out in support of the President's response.
Republican Sen. Richard Lugar (via Think Progress):
Former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (also via Think Progress):
Today on CNN, Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) agreed with Obama, saying that it is necessary to “sit down” in order to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program:
Lugar has been one of many Republicans who have been coming out and rebutting right-wing criticism on Obama’s approach to the Iranian protests. Last week, he said that becoming “heavily involved” in the Iranian election would be detrimental to U.S. interests.
In an interview with CNN yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) criticized President Obama’s approach to the turmoil in Iran, saying that he shouldn’t be concerned about being seen as “meddling” in Iran’s affairs. But on Fox News last night, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, noting that he was a McCain supporter, said that he thinks “the president has handled this well”:
Conservative stalwart, Peggy Noonan, took on John McCain & Mike Pence in her column, Whose Side Are We On? You Have to Ask?:
Since turmoil broke out in Iran over the country’s disputed elections last week, conservatives have been forcefully criticizing President Obama for not doing enough to intervene on the side of those protesting. Their criticism comes despite numerous expert opinions — even from Iranian human rights activists — that the U.S. should not meddle in the situation. This morning on ABC’s This Week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) continued the attacks. “He’s been timid and passive more than i would like,” he said of Obama. Later on the program though, conservative columnist George Will called such criticism “foolish”:
And then there's Pat. Good old racist, xenophobic, homophobic Pat Buchanan (via Media Matters):
To refuse to see all this as progress, or potential progress, is perverse to the point of wicked. To insist the American president, in the first days of the rebellion, insert the American government into the drama was shortsighted and mischievous. The ayatollahs were only too eager to demonize the demonstrators as mindless lackeys of the Great Satan Cowboy Uncle Sam, or whatever they call us this week. John McCain and others went quite crazy insisting President Obama declare whose side America was on, as if the world doesn't know whose side America is on. "In the cause of freedom, America cannot be neutral," said Rep. Mike Pence. Who says it's neutral?
This was Aggressive Political Solipsism at work: Always exploit events to show you love freedom more than the other guy, always make someone else's delicate drama your excuse for a thumping curtain speech.
Mr. Obama was restrained, balanced and helpful in the crucial first days, keeping the government out of it but having his State Department ask a primary conduit of information, Twitter, to delay planned maintenance and keep reports from the streets coming. Then he made a mistake, telling the New York Times in terms of our national security there is little difference between Mr. Ahmadinejad and his foe, Mir Hossein Mousavi, which may or may not in the long run be true but was undercutting of the opposition.
On the June 20 edition of MSNBC Live, Pat Buchanan said of the unfolding situation in Iran: "My view is that it was very, very irresponsible for John McCain to say some of the things he said so early. It was very hot-headed in my judgment. It was impulsive. Can you imagine if the crowds in the streets suddenly were told, 'Look, the Americans are with us. They're behind us 100 percent. Let's try to overthrow the regime,' and then they were cut down by these Revolutionary Guard and their thugs? I think we would bear moral responsibility for having done that, and it would be a disaster. ... I think they've done the right thing."Media Matters has more analysis on this in, "Some conservative media figures defend Obama's response to events in Iran."
Not even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would take not-Tim-Russert's bait on Meet this Press yesterday, despite how many times David Gregory tried to get him to give that 20 second attack on Obama soundbite:
From Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he isn't going to second-guess President Barack Obama's approach on Iran after the Tehran government's political crackdown.
Obama has been criticized by Republicans and others for not saying more in defense of Iranians protesting the outcome of the presidential election.
Netanyahu says he knows Obama wants the Iranian people to be free. The Israeli leader says free people everywhere are amazed by the willingness of the Iranian people to stand up for their rights.
Netanyahu appeared Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."