Cantor Blasts the Administration’s ‘Silence’ on Iran

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Monday, June 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

I had been trying all day to get a statement from Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Iran, and he just released one, going further than any other Republican member of Congress in characterizing the administration’s position on the Iranian election as weak and silent.

We stand with the people of Iran in their struggle to participate in a democratic election and who deserve the right to freely assemble and voice their opposition to its questionable outcome.

The Administration’s silence in the face of Iran’s brutal suppression of democratic rights represents a step backwards for homegrown democracy in the Middle East.  President Obama must take a strong public position in the face of violence and human rights abuses.  We have a moral responsibility to lead the world in opposition to Iran’s extreme response to peaceful protests.

In addition, Iran’s clerical regime has made clear that its nuclear program will move forward.  The United States cannot trust the aspirations of a nation that is a state-sponsor of terrorism, and the Administration must work with Congress to do everything in its power to deny Iran nuclear weapons.

There’s been a drumbeat on this all day, getting louder.

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Comment posted June 19, 2009 @ 8:07 am

I have to say where I hope for the best for the Iranian people, that this sort of nonsense from a supposed united states representative supports the notion that the united states interferes irresponsibly in other countries politics as a matter of policy. I think the administrations silence shows maturity sadly lacking in comments like Cantors. No one wants to see a country divided , a people oppressed, or human rights (defined where at guantanamo? ) trampled on – but comments from a member of a party that wants to paint itself as 'oppositional' and as a standard bearer for democracy and who were silent when our own elections were questionable 8 or so years ago speak volumes about their true intentions, and say very little about a commitment to peace and human dignity.

America would do better to let Iran work its problems out for itself, offer a hand where it can, and stay out of politics it doesn't understand. No matter what the outcome of irans internal issues america will be engaged in the mideast for some time to come, and its representatives need to grasp what that means. My advice to cantor is to read sam clemens and 'keep his mouth shut and let the world think his a fool, rather than opening it and remove any remaining doubt'. I also would remind him our army made up of our people that we americans fund, sits on both sides of iran today, and putting them under any additional jeopardy with childish jingoisms, threats and provocations is a unacceptable misuse of the authority we grant him.


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