Somehow, this statement doesn't blow your mind like "hope and change," but it's all we got: "We don't know how this thing is going to play out."
Which, as you know, has never stopped President Obama from immediately overhauling health care or pushing whacky cap and trade legislation.
But somehow it's his strategy on Iran.
Now, I get where he's coming from. He says you have to look at the country's history: It's always been a mess, so why make it worse? But just because everyone else before you screwed up doesn't mean you should steer clear.
Imagine moving into a building where a tenant beats his wife. So what if everyone else looked the other way, that doesn't excuse your reluctance. Sure, Iran has been a mess forever. But now it's a mess who wants the bomb.
So now that our president recognizes he may be on the wrong side of history, he's trying to blunt criticism, if not oppression. "Bearing witness," as Obama calls it, is all that's needed.
If you were being mugged, you'd really like a cop to shoot the dude, instead of bearing witness. If you're lugging five bags of groceries up four flights of stairs, "bearing witness" does no good.
Look, I'm glad Obama is sort of stepping up, but I wish he would be as pissed about Iran as he was over other stuff like smoking or fat kids.
Saying, "We don't know how this thing is going to play out," in effect tells your enemies that you'd rather react than act. And often a reaction is pointless when the time for action has passed.
And if you disagree with me, then you sir are worse than Hitler.