With respect to Iran, Barack Obama is another Jimmy Carter–with one important difference. When Iran blew up back in the 1970s, Jimmy Carter could at least rationalize that the people wanted the religious dictatorship to replace the U.S.-backed Shah. Today, it’s different. The people–led mainly by those under 30, who grew up under this religious dictatorship–are the ones who want something different. Yet the widely celebrated Mr. Obama has a problem. He wants to reason with the existing totalitarian government. It will make him feel sanctimonious and pious, kind of like Jimmy Carter. Who wouldn’t want to follow that foreign policy model, after all? But poor, kind Mr. Obama. He can’t do it. The people in Iran are against him. He still has 55 percent of America behind him, but that number is dwindling every day, slowly. The Iranian people are certainly less naive than the American people, a majority of whom actually thought Mr. Obama had a good idea in reasoning with totalitarian religious dictators. But even the American people (or at least the 70 percent who will eventually see him for who his is) will not back themselves into the corner that Mr. Obama has done. Mr. Obama reminds me of Jimmy Carter after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan back in 1979. President Carter, who had spent several years quite literally kissing the Soviet dictator and appeasing him every chance he got, was forced to say unkind things about the Soviet Union after they displayed yet another indication of brutality. Poor Mr. Obama. He didn’t even get a chance to kiss and bow in the presence of his beloved mullah dictators. (The North Koreans aren’t being very cooperative either). He’s only in office a few months, and he’s already at a point with the Iranians that Jimmy Carter took several years to reach with the Soviets. Maybe the Iranian dictators are crazier and more dangerous than the Soviet dictators were. At least, they will be once they get their hands on nuclear weapons. What will Mr. Obama do then?