Fred Thompson, who has flirted with the notion of entering the Republican presidential primary race as a conservative savior, has his first blog post on Redstate today. He digs right into the war on terror and national security, the focus of GOP voters in this primary season, by going after the Iranian mullahcracy:
Tony Blair doesn’t appear to be in much of a mood for celebrating. I don’t know how he could be, given the troubling spectacle of British soldiers shake the hand of their kidnapper as a condition of release. In the old days, they would have kissed his ring — but wearing Iranian suits and carrying swag more appropriate to a Hollywood awards ceremony may have been as embarrassing. Ironically, Blair’s options are fewer by the day as his own party moves to mothball the British fleet, once the fear of pirates and tyrants the world over.
Some in the West seem part of Iran’s propaganda war; claiming that the release of the hostages was a victory that proves the Iranian dictatorship can be reasoned with. To misrepresent unpunished piracy as a victory is as Orwellian as the congressional mandate banning use of the term “the global war on terror.” What are we — Reuters?
Ahmadinejad must be particularly pleased to see “deep thinking” journalists making the case that American actions in Iraq were the true cause of the kidnappings. To believe this, all you have to do is ignore the history of the Iranian Revolution, which has been in the extortion business ever since it took power. Between the 1979 American embassy crisis in Tehran and the seizure of Israeli soldiers last year by Iran’s Hezbollah proxies, there have been more than a hundred other examples.
The Pirates of Teheran comes as close as anything I’ve heard to accurately describing the ruling clique in Iran. They started off their revolution by kidnapping dozens of Americans in 1979, and either they or their Hezbollah and Hamas proxies have continued doing the same ever since, as well as deliver continual terrorism and destruction. And why not? The West paid the ransom in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan sent arms to the mullahs, and in the 1990s when Europe made a point of trading with the Iranians, and in this decade with this impotent dance around their nuclear program.
Read all of Thompson’s post, and ask yourself this: could he have picked a better way to enter the race, as far as the conservative blogosphere is concerned? If Thompson really still had not made the decision to throw his hat in the ring, he would not bother posting at Redstate. It’s not a one-off by a Hollywood star, because Redstate is not the Huffington Post. This is a clear indication that he has heard the calls from conservatives and will shortly start working on an exploratory committee.
Watch for more Thompson missives in the next few weeks, and I predict that they will start hitting the broad spectrum of conservative issues: Iraq, taxes, reducing government, and abortion. If we start seeing a variety of essays like that, Fred’s running.
And kudos to Redstate for the scoop!