As protests roil within Iran toward their repressive government, an interesting trend has started the past few days. That would be former Obama administration officials, who spent years propping up the Mullahs as they crushed the freedoms of their people, pretending they hold one ounce of moral authority on this issue.
We’ve gotten lectured by Susan Rice, Samantha Powers, and John Kerry on the finer points of “shutting up” and not getting involved in an “Iranian moment,” which is simply code for “we screwed up but we want you to ignore what’s going on and not point out how bad we screwed up.”
Now one of the more detestable, dishonest members of the administration is getting in on the act. That would be former CIA director John Brennan, best know for lying to Congress and being a corrupt partisan for Barack Obama.
With wholesale condemnation of Iran and nuclear deal over past year, Trump Admin squandered opportunity to bolster reformists in Tehran and prospects for peaceful political reform in Iran. Bluster is neither a strategy nor a mechanism for exercise of U.S. power and influence.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) January 2, 2018
Apparently, Iran was a few days away from moderating, handing it’s people freedom, and turning from their oppressive, terrorist fluffing ways. Who knew?
But seriously, this is asinine and nothing but Brennan dishonestly attempting to remove himself (and Obama) from their abject failures. The Obama administration did not bolster reformists. It handed a huge lump sum of cash to the Mullahs, abandoned the real moderates in 2009, and bowed before an Islamic Republic that had murdered hundreds of American soldiers. Why? Because Obama needed an “achievement.” With basically nothing to show for his administration except a failing healthcare law, the Iran deal was his participation trophy.
Brennan ignores that the very reason there are protests going on right now is because the Iranian regime, flush with that sweet, sweet Obama cash, further oppressed it’s own people and blew their economic prowess on terrorist adventures throughout the Middle East.
The Iran deal actually bolstered the hardliners in Iran and helped prop them up in a time of great weakness. The deal was not paving the way for peaceful political reform. For someone to assert that means they are either insanely stupid or a liar. You can decide which John Brennan is.
What we are seeing unfold this week is yet another example of just how big of a failure the Obama administration was when it came to foreign policy. Can anyone even think of a success at this point? Libya? On fire. Syria? Half a million dead. Iraq? They turned it into an Iranian puppet. Afghanistan? It was dumpster fire when Obama handed it over.
It’s time to stop listening to these people. They have no credibility. They have no idea what the heck they are talking about. They are largely responsible for the messes the current administration is trying to clean up. Self-awareness may know no bounds within former Obama officials, but we can at least be aware of how ridiculous their assertions are.
I realize it’s fun to quote people like Brennan when he bashes Trump, but I’d seriously ask anyone who does to consider the source. Maybe go grab a quote from Puff Daddy or Eminem. It’ll hold more weight.