See No Evil: Obama and Iran

“You lie!”

That line came from a Republican congressman when President Barack Obama delivered his speech in favor of national health care.

The line is even more appropriate when discussing candidate–now President–Obama’s shifting policies on Iran. The Wall Street Journal summed up the latest do-nothing, say nothing, see nothing turn in Obama’s Iran policy:

In a word, the president has promised sanctions, drawn lines in the sand, but never followed through with even words.We are told that Obama was to be a Great Communicator like FDR or Reagan but his exaggerated oratorical skills were used more to win the favor of Old Europe than to address the awful Iranian despots’ march toward a multiplicity of nuclear weapons. Throw in the tone deafness about Iran’s continuing support for terrorists, murder and torture of protestors, a new round of U.S. hostage-taking, and you have the makings of another Neville Chamberlain. I suppose he would be the first “black Neville Chamberlain.”

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, words mean something. If you say something, mean it. As a Dr. Seuss character put it:

“I say what I mean and I mean what I say”

Does President Obama mean what he says? If so, perhaps he can tell the people of Iran, Israel and the rest of the world if he says what he means.

Jonathan Bean is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, Professor of History at Southern Illinois University, and editor of the Independent book, Race & Liberty in America: The Essential Reader.
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