DANIEL VAUGHAN: Joe Biden Continues Barack Obama's Apology Tour

 May 22, 2024

After Barack Obama was elected in 2008, he went out on his infamous "apology tour." It was a  "famous speech in Cairo reaching out to the Arab world, but that skipped Israel." The Obama belief, and that of Democrats writ-large, was the George W. Bush so thoroughly messed up that the United States needed to run around the world facing reality.

Politico reported that Obama and the White House called it "reckoning with history" or "coming to grips with history."  That reckoning is why we got a disastrous position regarding Syria, which empowered Putin and sent an immigration crisis across Europe, radically altering the politics there and arguably triggering Brexit.

The pinnacle of this reckoning was the hard turn away from Israel and towards Iran. Led by failed novelist and Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Presidential historical Tevi Troy says, "Rhodes was so critical of Israel that his nickname in the White House was 'Hamas.'"

That Obama brain trust seeded the current Biden administration. Hence why it wasn't that surprising when the Iranian President, known as the "Hangman" or "Butcher" of Tehran, died in a helicopter crash, the Biden administration was sad about it.

Issuing a statement through the Department of State, the Biden administration expressed its sympathies to the Iranian government:

The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran. As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It's a convoluted statement that is divided against itself. The first half expresses condolences for a man responsible for doling out death and punishment to thousands of Iranians. The second half says it stands with the Iranian people.

You can't do both of these things. Nothing about Raisi or the Iranian regime stands with the Iranian people or "their struggle" for human rights and freedom. It's a theocratic Islamic state which is moving towards nepotism.

The disgrace didn't stop there. Before commencing the day's activities, the United Nations Security Council held a moment of silence for Raisi, and the United States joined in this tacky display.

Beyond the Iranian people, we know Iran is behind the current catastrophe in the Middle East. Iran funds supports and directs Hamas.

In the aftermath of the October 7 terrorist attacks in Israel, Ebrahim Raisi spoke at a memorial for Qassem Soleimani on the fourth anniversary of Donald Trump sending Solemani a first-class ticket to the underworld. Raisi took responsibility for October 7:

"We know that 'Al-Aqsa Flood' operation will bring about the end of the Zionist regime," he said, using Hamas's name for the attack. "Our enemies can see Iran's power and the whole world knows its strength and capabilities. Our forces will decide on the place and time to take action," he added.

Iran, under Raisi, funded multiple proxy groups like Hams, Hezbollah, and others. These groups directly set out to murder and destroy Israel and Jews. They've also launched numerous attacks against the United States, and several Americans were killed or kidnapped during the October 7 attacks.

There's utterly no reason for the United States to offer any respect or condolences to anyone in leadership of the Iranian government. It is a murderous regime bent on slaughtering its way to a perverse view of the world.

The United States should be focused on destroying, degrading, and overthrowing the Iranian regime, not offering condolences, sympathies, or pallets of cash to this government.

But there's been a steady through-line throughout the Obama-Biden foreign policy establishment. They support Iran and see Iran as a fundamental and necessary force in the world. That's why they reverse sanctions, offer support, and strengthen Iran while watching as that same country and its leadership kill Israelis and Americans.

The only things that Raisi earned in this world were scorn and hatred. He should be offered the sands of history, and even those grains of sand deserve to be spat on. He was, at his core, no different than any terrorist who has roamed the earth looking for blood. Instead of dying in battle, he got squashed like a bug on the side of a mountain.

We should salt the earth of that mountainside and point to it as an example of what is wrong in this world. Raisi is not to be honored or sympathized with. He was a monster, and the world is a much better place without him.

Biden should have had champagne popped and flowing. It was a great day of celebration, not mourning.

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