Before you look to see if I have abdicated my column to a more liberal author, hold on. It’s still me, Jess Jones, that conservative nut job. During the years of President George W. Bush’s presidency, Republicans whined, wailed and gnashed their teeth over all the negative press that he received from the “left wing conspiracy” of mainstream media. They sneered, saying that no one ever publicized the good things Bush did (and yes, for all you “W”-haters out there, he did do some good — even if it was only providing incentive for people to tune into Will Ferrell’s impression of him on SNL).
In an attempt to avoid being a part of a similar conservative bias against President Obama, it’s time for me to cross the aisle and shake the president’s hand for the stance he has taken against Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
For those of you, like myself, that have been somewhat unaware about the debates and rivalry between the United States and the Iranian government, let me get you up to speed. You most likely know two things: Iran is flirting with nuclear technology and the United States is a little nervous about it. What you may not know is that Iran held a Presidential election on June 12th between the incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Moussavi. The country’s Interior Ministry proclaimed Ahmadinejad the winner of the election with 63 percent of the vote, while Moussavi supposedly garnered a mere 34 percent. Moussavi cried foul and deemed the results as fraudulent. He and his supporters have taken to the streets of Iran’s capital city of Tehran in protest. But unlike the American tea party protesters of April, these Iranians weren’t just ignored by major media networks. No, sir. They were met head on by riot control and many were beaten, arrested or killed.
In what some Republicans would call a less-than-timely response, President Obama extolled the protesters for showing “bravery in the face of brutality.” He further slammed Ahmadinejad’s reaction as “outrageous.” The Iranian president demanded an apology, but Obama just waved off the comment. How about that? Someone isn’t happy with Barack Obama. I guess you can’t win ‘em all. I do have to give the president kudos for his stance against Ahmadinejad. It may have been a little delayed but still, it’s nice to see the U.S. sticking up for others again. After his attempts to kiss up to the Muslim world a few months ago, it’s comforting to see Obama take a stand against unacceptable behavior.
I guess this goes to show that strength and resolve can come from both sides of the aisle. There just may be a common cause and purpose that exists in both Republicans and Democrats: the protection of liberty and democracy. Perhaps you will find reasons to criticize or second-guess the president’s motives — but for the time being, I say, “Bravo, Mr. Obama. Bravo.”
Jess Jones is a conservative political columnist for Rhombus. He makes a concerted effort to say one nice thing about a Democrat each year, whether he wants to or not.
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