Dictatorships and double standards revisited

Stephen Hayes invokes Jeane Kirkpatrick’s classic 1979 essay on Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy in his his Weekly Standard article of the same title on Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Hayes updates the the continuing saga of the Obama administration’s appeasement of the Islamic Republic of Iran. By contrast with its valentines for the mullahs, as Hayes reports, the administration last week had harsh words…for Fiji.
Hayes doesn’t mention the Obama administation’s reaction to Israel’s seizure of the Francop and its cache of weapons from Iran for Hezbollah. Caroline Glick observes:

The US did not denounce either Syria or Iran for breaching the UN Security Council resolution barring Iranian arms shipments as well as the Security Council resolution prohibiting nations from arming Hizbullah. The US did not state that in response to what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called a “smoking gun,” it will reconsider its decision to send an ambassador to Damascus or its commitment to appeasing Iran through its nuclear talks in Geneva. The only thing a State Department official could bring himself to say was that the US is concerned about “Hizbullah’s efforts to rearm in direct violation of various UN Security Council resolutions,” and remark that the groups remains, “a significant threat to peace and security in Lebanon and the region.”

The administration’s treatment of Iran in the face of the events discussed by Hayes and Glick is in its own way a “smoking gun” demonstrating Obama’s absurdity.

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