In the case of Iran it seems to be a countdown, though to just what, exactly, nobody knows. Not to fear, our Prez is in the thick of it, uttering bland platitudes. Ooo, that'll help! He reminded 'em, "The world is watching," and I am sure Iran's long-established sensitivity to the court of world opinion will keep things in line. Right?
While anyone opposing the whackjob Ahmadinejad rates at least an "attaboy!" from me and I'm always glad to see people stand up to a government, for once I agree with the experts: let's just watch. I'll make popcorn!
Update: Conservative Mike Pence introduces legislation saying the same kind of stuff the President had said and is hissed at by a Huffie. Guess it all depends on who's saying that fair elections are good an' shootin' people who protest them is bad?
1. Yes, even the moonbattiest Left and wingnuttiest Right; the more that people -- even annoying people -- get in the habit of suspiciously examining everything governments do, the better off we all are. It's the times popular opinion favors the political bosses too uncritically that things go the furthest wrong -- and it works exactly the same when the pendulum swings the other way. 'Tain't the New Boss that will fix things, it'll be you learnin' to fix 'em for yourself. Or at least you learning to watch the leader-types like a hawk after mice. You're payin' em, after all.
2. I know, they've got a nuke program. This is a problem Israel has a history of fixing in that region. And still none of our business.
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