Cantor Blasts the Administration’s ‘Silence’ on Iran

June 15, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

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.

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.