The PJ Tatler

Iran steps up political executions

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House on Feb. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

When Iranians rose up against the mullahs, President Obama said and did very little to help them. He certainly never called on them to even consider any sort of transition out of power, orderly or otherwise. Keep that in mind as you read this.

With international eyes locked on Egypt, Iran has dramatically stepped up the number of executions of dissidents and others — hanging 67 so far this year.

The “rubber-stamp” killings — as the Iranian opposition has called them — amount to more than a third of the 179 reported executions in the Islamic Republic in 2010.

If the executions continue at the current rate, Iran will comfortably consolidate its position as being second only to China for putting people to death.

Wait, China? Not the country whose dictatorial head of state we just feted with a state dinner? Surely our president isn’t playing footsie with the world’s worst while helping push our allies into oblivion.

To paraphrase a famous person, for the first time in my adult life I’m ashamed to be an American.