In his statement on the House floor last week opposing the resolution condemning Iran, Ron Paul said “I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly.”
I agree. Obama’s cautious and dare I say “conservative” approach on the recent developments in Iran, is one of the few good things I can say about our president.
Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski agreed on CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria today, and in an interesting analysis, put Obama’s critics on this issue in the same boat with Iranian regime hardliners, who he refers to as “Iranian neocons:”
Brzezinski: “those who are supporting the regime, who in many respects are like our neocons, they are very similar to our neocons. They’re Manichean. They look at the world as divided into good and evil and many of them see America as the personification of evil.”
Zakaria: “Has Obama struck the right tone?”
Brzezinski: “Obama’s offering moral sympathy. He’s identifying himself morally, historically with what is happening in Iran. But he’s not engaging himself politically. He’s not interfering, because that could turn badly and it could be exploited by the neocons in Iran to crush the revolution, to wipe it out.
I don’t know if the revolution will prevail, it may take time. The longer it lasts, the better are its chances. But we don’t want to escalate into a total showdown, because if there’s a total showdown now, the chances are the worst elements — the Iranian neocons — will prevail.”