Iran is headed to become for Obama in 2012 what the economy was in 2010: a controllable crisis which, through personal inaction and a conventional acquiescence in failed policies, threatens to pass utterly beyond his control.
When I saw last week that Ryan Seacrest Productions had an upcoming reality show based on the lives of wealthy LA-based Iranian-Americans called the Shahs of Sunset, I did what any self-respecting, tech-friendly Iranian-American would do.
It is curious that the most powerful man in the world representing the most powerful military in the world who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize defending "just" wars has "no say" over $4 billion annual military aid to Israel.
Headlines around the world have been abuzz since Tuesday about the precarious state of Iran's economy, after the market rate for the Islamic Republic's currency, the rial, dropped over 10 percent in less than a day to its lowest level ever against the dollar.
The prospect of messianic, fanatic mullahs acquiring nuclear weapons presents an existential danger to much of the world and puts millions of lives at risk. Clearly the Obama administration understands this and has chosen to act effectively.
While the bomb would not be a real threat neither to Israel who has many more nor to the U.S. who can blow all of us to bits in a jiffy, it is more of a threat to us Iranians and for the struggle for democracy in Iran.
Over the past Halloween weekend some of the brazen young Iranians in Tehran put in practice their aspirations for openness and freedom as they participated in perilous gatherings that spoke to their knowledge of Western culture.
Shortly after the Justice Department announced that Iranians tried to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, the U.S. briefed members of the U.N. Security Council and sent the indictment to all 193 nations in the world body.
In Iran, Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces the death penalty for the "crime" of leaving Islam as a teenager and converting to Christianity. Many mistakenly believe that Islam supports this barbaric practice.
While we believe that both historically and in today's "wired" world it is futile to suppress the quest for knowledge, there are many in Iran whose lives are being threatened or damaged by that regime's attempt. They need our support.