Ira Strauss of The Corner says: Happy October Surprise: Iran Endorses Obama:
It’s from Iran again, an October move that could throw the election, and this time it’s for real. Iran is near to agreeing to hold direct nuclear talks with the U.S. It throws a big bone to Obama, on the eve of his final foreign-policy debate with Romney.
Plainly, it does not want to face a Romney presidency.
It’s not something dreamed up after the fact, as in the 1980s “October Surprise.” This time around, the story comes from the parties that stand to benefit from it, and it’s out there in real time — indeed, with exquisite campaign timing.
Administration officials anonymously leaked it just in the nick of time to affect the final debate. They couldn’t afford to wait for Iran to complete the agreement on talking with us.
What does it tell you when a regime that has been dissing the Empty Chair for four years suddenly wants to talk less than a month before the election? What does it tell you that Iran Says Obama Sent Secret Message Through Swiss Envoy Recognizing Their Nuclear Rights? Does it not suggest that the rulers of Iran have assessed that another four years of an Obama Presidency is the best possible outcome for their evil and oppressive Islamic state? What other American President would have sat on his hands or gone out for ice cream while the country was in upheaval – possibly at a tipping point in 2009?
Said Charles Krauthammer in December of 2009:
In Iran, it was a year of revolution, beginning with a contested election and culminating this week in huge demonstrations mourning the death of the dissident Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri— and demanding no longer a recount of the stolen election but the overthrow of the clerical dictatorship.
Obama responded by distancing himself from this new birth of freedom.
First, scandalous silence. Then, a few grudging words. Then relentless engagement with the murderous regime. With offer after offer, gesture after gesture — not to Iran but to the “Islamic Republic of Iran,” as Obama ever so respectfully called these clerical fascists — the U.S. conferred legitimacy on a regime desperate to regain it.
Why is this so important? Because revolutions succeed at that singular moment, that imperceptible historical inflection, when the people, and particularly those in power, realize that the regime has lost the mandate of heaven. With this weakening dictatorship desperate for affirmation, why is the U.S. repeatedly offering just such affirmation?
Apart from ostracizing and delegitimizing these gangsters, we should be encouraging and reinforcing the demonstrators.
Well, that never happened, obviously. But the good news is, Obama has apparently earned the approval -or at least the implicit endorsement of the evil despot who’s in power there.
Meanwhile, this Washington Times report seems vaguely familiar to me:
The latest [dictator] to publicly announce his support for the commander-in-chief’s reelection bid was Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who this week assured he’d vote for Obama if he were from the United States. The America-bashing strongman made the announcement on state-owned television, saying “Obama is a good guy” and that if Obama was from Caracas, he’d surely return the favor by voting for Chavez.
Earlier in the year the government-official daughter of Cuban military dictator Raul Castro proclaimed her country’s support for Obama during a visit to the U.S. “I believe that Obama needs another opportunity and he needs greater support to move forward with his projects and with his ideas, which I believe come from the bottom of his heart,” Mariela Castro said during a cable news interview. …
The reason for my deja vu? That’s kinda how I started my Radicals, Terrorists And Tyrants Of The World Root For Obama post four and a half years ago.
The latest terror group to weigh in was of course:
During an interview on WABC radio Sunday, top Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said the terrorist group supports Obama’s foreign policy vision.
“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in response to a question about the group’s willingness to meet with either of the Democratic presidential candidates.
Oh, but that wasn’t all…there were/are all sorts of nefarious characters supporting Obama: Hatem El-Hady, The New Black Panther Party, FARC, Jodie Evans, Ali Abunimah, Louis Farrakhan, ACORN, Father Michael Pfleger, Arab American Action Network, Rashid Khalidi, Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, Marilyn Katz, Dr. Jamal al Barzinji, Sokoni Karanja, Trita Parsi, and Carlos the Jackal.
Hit the link for the complete list.
A couple of weeks later, I followed up with Reds Who Support Obama:
CPUSA National Board’s Tim Wheeler, Socialists For Obama, Marxists, Socialists, Communists For Obama, Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA, Rev Wright, William Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Progressives For Obama, Hugo Chavez, Raila Amolo Odinga, Kim Jong Il, The New Party, George Galloway, Mike Klonsky, Carl Davidson etc – etc – the list goes on and on.
We speculated that Charles Manson would eventually come out and endorse him, too, but to be fair – that remains to be seen.. Notorious left-wing terrorist, Carlos the Jackal did, however, offer Obama encouragement in a touching letter of support in March of 2009.
What the Washington Times story tells us is, after four years of watching Obama in action, all of the world’s biggest bad guys LIKE WHAT THEY SEE.
Pray that most voting Americans on November 6 do not.