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Hate To Say “I Told You So”

President Obama’s tapdancing attempt to avoid taking a stand on Iran has come to naught and made him look weak:

The Iranian government, meanwhile, accused the U.S. for the first time of interfering in the postelection dispute. Iran protested to the Swiss ambassador, who represents U.S. affairs in Iran because the two nations have no diplomatic ties. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that President Barack Obama stands by his defense of principles such as the right of people to demonstrate.

Even had Barack Obama maintained his silence, this was almost a given. Totalitarianism 101 – seek an external enemy to blame your problems on before you crack down hard internally (although the split in Qom among the mullahs is interesting and adds a new dimension to the story).

And I disagree with the talking heads that calling for free and fair elections is “meddling in the internal affairs of another state” such as Moorhead Kennedy was blathering on about on CNN this morning. That’s not meddling nor is it an attack on a state’s sovereignty – its a call for a state to actually do what they’re claiming they’re doing.

~McQ

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10 Responses to Hate To Say “I Told You So”

  • It’s all contending on the perception of the Iranian people, is it not?

    Who cares what it’s government says, it’s what the people believe.  The claims from the Iranian regime might just backfire.
    Anyway, it’s exciting to see how it’s all unfolding.

    Cheers.

    • It’s all contending on the perception of the Iranian people, is it not?

      Yup – which is why it is important to speak out and support why they’re protesting what happened – if you’re really committed to and support “free and fair elections”.

  • Let’s all not get all wrapped up in free and fair stuff. Both candidates were hand picked by the Mullahs to be on the ballot.

  • I hate to say this, but now I realize why Democrats are always on the defensive when it comes to the issue of national security: they are all grade-A p*ssies. And The Dear Leader™ is one tremendous p*ssy. In fact, when it comes to diplomacy, either he spends his time bowing to dictators or kissing their arses.

    Meanwhile, I thought we had a Secretary of State. Actually, we have an appendage named Hillary Clinton who has, in the past six days since the fraudulent Iranian election making two short statements and telling a terrible joke. We would be better having a dead mule as Secretary of State. The problem is, we already have one in the Oval Office.

  • “President Obama’s tapdancing attempt to avoid taking a stand on Iran has come to naught and made him look weak”

    To counter and in the style of Teddy Roosevelt, all of America now knows their leader is fearless. Putting things in order with just a flick of his wrist and claiming victory as he towered over the dead carcass of his foe that lay lifeless on the carpet. Flies around the world shuddered with fear. 

     

     

  • White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that President Barack Obama stands by his defense of principles such as the right of people to demonstrate.

    I’m sorry, perhaps I missed it: when did TAO enunciate his dedication to those principles? ‘Cuz my understanding is that he said zippo for the first three days, then managed a “I’m troubled” when the mullahs starting cracking heads down, but otherwised praised the “open debate” going on in Iran while trying to make it clear as crystal that we’re not in ANY way even remotely involved. Maybe he HAS spoken about the right of people to demonstrate (in some hypothetical, fictional, imaginary country), but I must have missed it while I was listening to him talk about how we’re still going to negotiate with the mullahs.

    As an aside, this is becoming classic TAO: say one thing, do the opposite, and trust MiniTru not to report the truth.

  • I personally think that this is hilarious.  For a while, some conservative politicians tried to play nice with leftists by toning down their words and trying to find a compromise middle ground and the leftists would play exactly this game with them.  So ha ha good for them and what is good for the gander is good for the goose

  • jimbo we tried the bluster and bombs. it was a disaster. still is.  el presidente is wise to proceed with caution.

  • “Let’s all not get all wrapped up in free and fair stuff. Both candidates were hand picked by the Mullahs to be on the ballot.”

    Which makes you wonder how they managed to screw it up so badly in the end.  Their hand-picked candidate, who shares their views and accepts their political arrangement, apparently won the election and then got railroaded and is being made into a hero of the masses as a result.  I think it actually helps to make the point– if the guys in charge can’t even manage a rigged election, then it might be time for “free and fair” to get a shot…
     

  • I am all in favor of the government not meddling in the internal affairs of foreign countries. It would be even nicer if they didn’t interfere in the internal affairs of their own citizens.

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