Vice President Mike Pence has been a busy man lately.
In December, he was supposed to go to Israel to address the Knesset, visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and light a Hanukkah menorah at the Western Wall. He had the delay the trip though in case the GOP Senate needed his tie-breaking vote to pass the tax cuts. The trip was rescheduled for January, but has mysteriously vanished again from Pence’s schedule.
Instead of going to Israel, Pence sat down to do an interview with Greta van Susteren, sent out a tweetstorm and has now published an editorial in The Washington Post on Iran:
“Eight-and-a-half years ago, Americans watched the people of Iran rise up to claim their birthright of freedom. In the “Green Revolution,” millions of courageous young men and women filled the streets of Tehran and Tabriz, Qazvin and Karaj, and what seemed like every city and village in between. They denounced a fraudulent election, and as the days went on, they began to demand that the unelected ayatollahs end their decades of repression and release their iron-fisted grip on Iran and her people.
Those brave protesters looked to the leader of the free world for support. But as I saw first hand as a member of Congress, the president of the United States stayed silent.
In the wake of the demonstrations and the regime’s brutal attempts to suppress them, President Barack Obama repeatedly failed to express America’s solidarity with the Iranian protesters. As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I recognized the lack of action for what it was: an abdication of American leadership. …”
We’ve got an even bigger project for you, Mike. Yeah, we’re going to try to overthrow the Iranian government again. We will hire protesters and portray it as a crusade for freedom, democracy and human rights and as a bold reassertion of American global leadership. We will sell it as a bipartisan moment and as triumph for the free world. Call it … America First.
Whaddaya say, Mike? You’re a friend of Israel, right?
Note: As Eric Striker was saying, Iran’s government in similar to our own in the sense that the Guardian Council acts like the US Supreme Court.