As Barack Obama reaches out to the Iranian dictator without preconditions, news of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad web site hack juxtaposes the American president rather awkwardly against the tide of westernization sweeping Iran. Iranian proponents of democratic reforms hacked the dictator’s website leaving anti-Ahmadinejad propaganda behind.

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This is a Right Pundits open talk thread where you can discuss this subject or any other of your choosing. I’m discussing the remarkable spectacle of an American president pairing himself with a despot who is hated by his own people.

And this is unfortunately nothing new in American-Iranian relations. The Shah of Iran was propped up in the name of American interests from one president to the next. Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Carter all supported the Shah for decades while his support among the Iranian people deteriorated from one generation to the next. The next succession of president’s mostly got it right. Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr. all drew a democratic line in the sand against the brutal theocracy which filled the Shah’s power vacuum for the next 30 years.

And then came Obama. The new president strode into office on a wave of unspecified change, appealing to everyone who needed a job, everyone who wanted to work less, everyone who was against the Iraq war, and everyone who thought we should fight it harder. Somewhat lost in the platitudes of electioneering, Barack Obama promised to talk unconditionally with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the other world despots. Exactly why was never made clear and it is fairly certain the candidate never connected dreamy rhetoric with actionable foreign policy.

The problem for Obama is his grandiose promise to grant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an unconditional seat at the table, as only the leader of the free world can do, is now serving to prop up Ahmadinejad’s legitimacy. One would have to be living in a cave for the last 12 months to miss the signs of a second Iranian revolution brewing, and yet Obama continues to grant the target of Iranian freedom-fighters a world stage.

When the history of this new Iranian revolution is written surely the Ahmadinejad web site hack will only warrant a small footnote. What will be a recurring theme on those pages is the mixed messages of support from one American president to the next and our current president’s astounding dash to the wrong side of history.

What did the hackers do exactly? They redirected www.ahmadinejad.ir to another site which left a simple message. It names some western entertainers who perished in 2009 and prays for God to kill Ahmadinejad too along with the spiritual dictator Ayatollah Khamenei.

It should surprise nobody that America’s new best friend in Iran was pilloried by these democratic patriots. The vandalism of Ahmadinejad’s web site will hopefully give our president pause to reconsider an ill-fated foreign policy position. Perhaps it is not too late to get on the right side of history.