Remember when President Obama said he didn't go after the top secret spy drone that was lost in Iran because he didn't want to raise the hackles on the Mad Mullahs?
Ok, granted, he didn't put it that way, but that's essentially what he said.
Well, he very diplomatically asked for the drone back. Knowing him and his desire to repair all the damage George Bush did to our relationships with Islamic countries, he probably even said "pretty please."
Here's what all his Muslim outreach has earned us:
In an interview broadcast live Monday night on Venezuelan state television, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said nothing to suggest his country would grant the U.S. request.
"The Americans have perhaps decided to give us this spy plane," Ahmadinejad said. "We now have control of this plane."
Speaking through an interpreter, Ahmadinejad said: "There are people here who have been able to control this spy plane, who can surely analyze this plane's system also. … In any case, now we have this spy plane."
He added, "Very soon, they're going to learn more about the abilities and possibilities of our country."
On Tuesday, a semi-official Iranian news agency said authorities have shrugged off the U.S. request. Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said the United States should apologize for invading Iranian air space instead of asking for the return of the unmanned aircraft.
Perfect. Instead of returning the drone, we get mocked, veiled threats and demands we apologize.
Perhaps it would have gone differently if he had NASA handle the negotiations, since they are the lynchpin in his Muslim Outreach Program.
"Hi, this is NASA. We were just siting around thinking about the Muslim contribution to mathematics and astronomy and how cool it is. Can we have the drone back."
Instead, we get the Islamic radical version of this guy.
This could have all be avoided if we had a president with a backbone. Now, we once again look weak as we are mocked on the global stage by a gang of third rate thugs. Only this time there will be lasting consequences when they share their find with Russia and China.