But, most dramatically, after the corrupt June 2009 election in Iran, President Obama followed a path of cautious non-interference. He did not side with the people even as protesters were beaten, jailed, raped, and killed. He did not side with human rights or freedom. He did not want to jeopardize the diplomatic efforts to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Today, the Green Revolution is a fading memory, the nuclear talks have not borne fruit, and America’s moral authority was compromised. These events, of course, were watched closely by authoritarian regimes around the world. They were taking the measure of the president and his administration. And on freedom’s march, America was seen as weak, compromised, and accommodating.