Cantor Blasts the Administration’s ‘Silence’ on Iran
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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