Monthly Archives: June 2009

Iran: Ahmadinejad or Mousavi

There has been a lot of discussion regarding the recent Iranian presidential election and calls for support of Mousavi, While it is undisputed that Ahmadinejad is a very dangerous man who with the help of Ayatollah Khameini appears to be tryign to steal the election, it doesn’t really seem clear to me that Mousavi would open a path to a new more peaceful Iran.

It seems Mousavi is more moderate than Ahmadinejad, especially when it comes to the Holocaust.  But lets not forget that Mousavi was the Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989!  I’m not saying that we shouldn’t support free & open elections in Iran, we should, but from what I can tell, it doesn’t seem like Mousavi is Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin.

Maybe I’m wrong, maybe the people of Iran are ready for a new direction. Who knows.  But Iran is still an Islamic Republic with a Supreme Leader who is an extremist.  Could this be the start of something?  Remember, on the Soviet side, it took a Communist, Gorbachev, to start the process of ending the Soviet Union (no need to email me about how Reagen was responsible for the fall of the Evil Empire, I agree with that point in the sense that the U.S. presented outside forces which put internal pressure on the Communist government).

UPDATE:

I just came an interesting piece (courtesy of a Tweet by Newt Gingrich).  He addresses my question here:

I think that many pundits insist on thinking about the Iran-that-was-five-days-ago, instead of the bubbling cauldron that it is today.  The same mistake is repeated when people say that Mousavi, after all, is “one of them,” a member of the founding generation of the Islamic Republic, and so you can’t expect real change from him.  The president made that mistake when he said that he didn’t expect any real difference in Iran’s behavior, no matter how this drama plays out.

I think that is wrong;  at this point, Mousavi either brings down the Islamic Republic or he hangs.  If he wins, and the Islamic Republic comes down, we may well see the whole world change, from an end of the theocratic fascist system, to a cutoff of money, arms, technology, training camps and intelligence to the world’s leading terrorist organizations, and yes, even to a termination of the nuclear weapons program.

Bush takes swipes at Obama policies

Good for you W:

Former President George W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on Wednesday, asserting his administration’s interrogation policies were within the law, declaring the private sector — not government — will fix the economy and rejecting the nationalization of health care.

“I know it’s going to be the private sector that leads this country out of the current economic times we’re in,” the former president said to applause from members of a local business group. “You can spend your money better than the government can spend your money.”

Repeatedly in his hourlong speech and question-and-answer session, Mr. Bush said he would not directly criticize the new president, who has moved to take over financial institutions and several large corporations. Several times, however, he took direct aim at Obama policies as he defended his own during eight years in office.

“Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States,” he said to huge cheers.

Gingrich: Obama’s ‘Already Failed’

Newt Gingrich says Obama’s ‘Already Failed’:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said President Barack Obama’s plan to fix the economy through stimulus spending and government intervention to boost companies like General Motors Corp. has “already failed.”

“Bureaucrats managing companies does not work, politicians dominating the economy does not work,” Gingrich told about 2,000 Republicans who attended a fundraising dinner at the Washington Convention Center last night.

Newt sure seems to be trying to assume the mantle as party leader.  I hope that’s the case, he’d be a GREAT 2012 nominee!

D-Day Remembered

Today marks the 65th Anniversary of the invasion of Normandy, D-Day.  President Obama, like many past Presidents is in France for the ceremonies commemorating that day 65 years ago when U.S. troops and our Allies took the beaches at Normandy and began to turn the tide in WWII.

25 years ago, at the 40th Anniversary Ronald Reagan attended the ceremonies and gave two amazing speeches.  The first of those speeches is often referred to as “The Boys of Point-Du-Hoc” speech.  You can read the text here or watch it below:

The second speech, is just as powerful, recounting the story of a young soldier who wanted to make it back to Normandy, but never did.

FDR’s Prayer

On June 6, 1944, FDR spoke to the American public and in an eloquent speech, asked Americans to pray for our troops.  Here is that speech.

I wonder today if an American President could give such a speech today.  Sadly I don’t think it would be possible today, not because no one is capable of such sentiments, but because the thought police in this country, the political correct crowd, would yell and scream!

To Run GM or not to run GM

The WSJ has an editorial today mocking Obama’s comment about not running GM even though he’s running GM:

The President is so busy not running GM that he had time the night before to call and reassure Detroit Mayor Dave Bing about the new GM’s future location. GM is being courted to move its headquarters to nearby Warren, Michigan. And Mr. Bing told the Detroit News that he had received a call Sunday evening from the President “informing me of his support for GM to stay in the city of Detroit with its headquarters at the Renaissance [Center].”

Yeah, he’s not running GM.

The Russians think we’re Marxists!

Well now the RUSSIANS think we’re descending into Marxism, this from Pravda:

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.

While much of this is Russian propaganda, it makes sense.  The Federal Covernment has now taken over many othe the biggest banks, the world largest insurance company and now GM!  what’s next? Nancy Pelosi wants us to help out newsparers.  If we aren’t heading to Marxism, we certainly are becoming Socialists.

Here’s an interesting article about nationalization of industry.  And a little more about GM:

Under terms of a proposed bankruptcy agreement, the U.S. and Canadian governments will own nearly 75 percent of General Motors, with the U.S. holding a 60 percent controlling stake and Canada with 12.5 percent. The UAW would get a 17.5 percent stake and bondholders would end up with the remaining 10 percent. Existing stockholders would be wiped out.

President Barack Obama said Monday at the White House that the U.S. takeover is temporary. “What I have no interest in doing is running GM,” he said.

However, even if GM can emerge from bankruptcy protection in the 60-90 days it projects, it could take months or even years for it to unwind its shares, industry leaders suggest.