Sort It Out Barack Mate!
By: Kian Mokhtari
Iran's parliament speaker has advised the US president to "do something about" his secretary of state because she is jeopardizing US interests, says Press TV website.
Ali Larijani has said in Majlis (Iran's parliament) "Mr. Obama you should do something about your secretary of state before it's too late. It seems like she is still stuck in election rivalries. She is harming US national interests."
Larijani was referring to recent comments made by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her visit to Saudi Arabia about Iran turning into a "military dictatorship."
To be honest old Hilary has not had the best of times as a US Secretary of State: coming to office bang in the middle of a major world recession, with her country reeling under two major wars in the Middle East –started by the previous administration- and the US domestic policy in tatters.
But then again she has not really managed to grasp the enormity of the task ahead. She seems to be learning the trade on the job; this is most obvious in her failure to consider the consequences of her words and actions. Instead of behaving with the precision of a bomb disposal officer in an explosive situation, she has opted instead for a full frontal assault into the minefield of international intrigue.
As for calling Iran a military dictatorship well, with around three hundred thousand foreign troops in the region and threats of military action every five minutes over the last thirty years from the US and its allies –not forgetting the hash made of Operation Eagle Claw- America must take some responsibility for edging Iran toward military minds.
The sheer aggression created instinctively in Iran's armed forces every time they have to stay up a couple of hours longer because a higher state of alert has been issued by central command is becoming a bit of a nuisance. Let's give you an example: American occupation forces in Iraq kept putting up recognizance UAVs over Iranian territory. The US was warned via a variety of diplomatic channels at first. Then the IRIAF fighter pilots began shooting the drones down. Undaunted, the US began to send the drones up with a fighter escort dangerously close to Iran's border. Last time an Iranian fighter put a missile up a drone that had strayed over the border irrespective of the US escort.
The idea for Mrs Clinton is to deescalate tensions so the two countries begin to parley; not escalate an already complex situation. President Obama has said he wants to talk to Iran. It does not make much sense for his Secretary of State to come to the region and start "blagging" her mouth off against Tehran.
Nothing will be achieved through not talking so the best approach for Mrs Clinton would have been to get her worries off her chest having first moved to arrange an environment conducive for face to face talks -in line with her boss' wishes.
But, Hilary has done this wherever she has gone. I don't know of another US Secretary of State who has managed to cheese off most of the world in just one year. At the end of the day the US weaknesses are abundantly clear to the rest of the world and this is no time for grand boasts. Why should she make life even more difficult for President Obama? It's not as if he does not have his hands full.
Iran is this, that or the other; may be or may be not! The US ain't exactly perfect given it's been at war almost non-stop since WW1. The US military industrial complex and its activities aren’t exactly conducive to a leading democracy are they?
So why should Iran be expected to behave in a holier than thou manner when the first world nations are busy causing human rights scandal after human rights scandal. If the West wants to lead the way with its liberal democracy then it has to lead by example.
Phone taps on its own citizens, torture, war and the US head of National Security Dennis Blair's gem of a bill to assassinate US citizens on suspicion of anti-American activities anywhere around the globe, cannot be called leading by example.
But let's face it running a country like the US with its humongous foreign ambitions cannot allow for benevolence. So anything America says or does is to do with getting in three billion dollars, each day, to serve its economic survival.
And Mrs Clinton can make life a little easier for everyone by getting off her high horse. Humanity is aware of its shortcomings; getting up the stool and shouting out the problems in abusive language is not much of an achievement now is it in all fairness?
People, all over the world, want to hear about solutions and have them implemented so they can have better lives; so sort it out Barack mate, please!