We've been watching the news on TV about the Iranian revolt against the recent election. I'm so frightened for the Iranian people. I think they're incredibly brave to go against the Ayatollah, the establishment and President Ahmadinejad when they could be hurt and killed at anytime.
Some critics are complaining that President Obama has not come out strongly enough against the Iranian government about the crackdown of the revolt. They forget that our president has to be very careful here. He really can't threaten a whole lot because I can't see us going in as election judges with our armed forces. We don't have enough resources for that right now. We're strained as it is in Afghanistan and Iraq.
There are many middle east leaders who hate America and are looking to blame us for what is happening. If President Obama were to come out too strongly, the U.S. would be accused of meddling into their affairs. They could try to deflect their hatred onto us instead of dealing with the crisis in their own country which is due to their own making.
I think President Obama's careful and measured approach to this is smart. He's letting the world know that the U.S. is against the government's brutality but he's not threatening anything. I just hope Iran's leaders will redo the election and not turn into a dictatorship because that's what it's looking like now.
We really must be grateful that we were able to have a change of government without violence and bloodshed. It's not perfect but at least we're working toward it.