Good news: State Dep’t refuses to condemn Iranian crackdown; Update: 2 to 3 million at rally

posted at 3:45 pm on June 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

So says Fox News, via the Standard. Lefties keep assuring me on Twitter that western meddling will only make it easier for the regime to demonize the protesters, but (a) the demonization’s going to happen anyway, (b) no one’s asking Obama to send in the Marines, just to speak up, and (c) Angela Merkel managed to issue a statement earlier today calling the Basij thuggery “completely unacceptable” without killing the uprising in its crib. And still, from the White House, nothing. To think, some commentators are accusing The One of “cowardly silence.”

You’ll also be pleased to know that, according to no less than the New York Times, Obama didn’t bother holding any meetings or conference calls about this yesterday. Remember: Health care is a “crisis.” This is but a “situation.”

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters Monday that the United States is concerned about allegations of ballot fraud.

Kelly described the U.S. government as “deeply troubled” by the events in Iran, which is a stronger expression of concern than over the weekend when Vice President Biden cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

When pressed by a reporter, Kelly declined to condemn the Iranian security forces for their crackdown on street protesters. And he said the U.S. knows too little about the conduct of the election to say for sure whether there was fraud.

If you’re having trouble visualizing what’s meant by “crackdown,” take a look at this or — content warningthis, which I assume is a photo of the man described in an AP report earlier as having been shot dead at that massive rally in Tehran. How massive was it? I keep hearing the number 100,000 or “hundreds of thousands” but, per Iranian tweeters, BBC Persia claims it was one or two million. CBS says the crowd stretched for more than five miles. The clip below will give you a taste of the volume (in both senses of the word) but spare some time for this fabulous collection of photos at Boston.com to get the full flavor of what’s happening.

For all the attention being paid to Mousavi, the guy to keep your eye on going forward is Rafsanjani. He’s easily the most powerful Ahmadinejad enemy inside the Iranian establishment and, as head of the Assembly of Experts, is in position to have Khamenei removed as supreme leader if he can round up enough clerical support. Read this astute analysis about “ayatollah vs. ayatollah” in Time mag for more, including Khamenei’s gambit to cool down the situation by launching that sham fraud probe. (And yes, Mousavi knows it’s a sham.) If things really fall apart and Khamenei’s forced out, Rafsanjani would be his likely replacement with Mousavi installed as president. Fun fact about Rafsanjani, incidentally: He’s been known to talk openly about why nuking Israel would be a big win for Islam because even if Iran is wiped out in a counterstrike, there’ll still be more than a billion Muslims left. What could go wrong?

Update: Time magazine says today’s rally was fully 20 to 30 times larger than the 100,000 estimate we keep hearing.

At the rally Monday, Mousavi supporters referred to the president’s speech derisively, chanting, “Ahmadi, just keep saying it’s a game of football.” Marching past a Revolutionary Guard station full of uniformed men in position, the demonstrators chanted, “We are no weeds and dirt. We are the people of Iran.”

One demonstrator looked to the guy by his side and yelled, “That drove me crazy. When he said that yesterday, calling the protestors weeds and dirt.” A 26-year old mechanic from Hashemiye in the south of Tehran, said he had left his garage to come to the protest.

As a helicopter hovered overhead, the chants grew louder with arms raised in the air: “This 63 percent that they say, where is it?”


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Be patient. Obama will speak on this at 5pm, as soon as they’re done programming the teleprompter.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

I heard the presidential puppy is nearly housebroken.

Updates?

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Obama: Does this crisis allow me to talk about myself in any way?

Advisor: Not really, no.

Obama: I’ve suddenly lost interest.

lorien1973 on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

I watched the State Dept. News Conference live earlier. It was a shameful display. What a bunch of weasels.

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Punishing the physicians in the US is obviously more important than a little kerfuffle in Iran./

The State Department: Epic Fail

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

When the Iranian youth start quoting President George W Bush, and wishing they had him back in office, we’ll know they are serious.

Iraq is now the model of Middle eastern democracy.

portlandon on June 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Oh where is a cowboy when you need one?

Texas Gal on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Obama is a gutless coward. Reagan is spinning in his grave.

BuckNutty on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Here, I’ll speak for Obama:

Both sides have a point here. That is all.

LibTired on June 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Oh, and it’s time to set aside our differences.

LibTired on June 15, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I knew that “Axis of Evil” speech would eventually bring us to this.

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

“Present!”

RedNewEnglander on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

coward, or Obama approves of Islamic Theocracy

jp on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Ahmadinejad and his supporters have been calling his rivals Western stooges from the get-go:

Some people want democracy only for their own sake. Some want elections, freedom, a sound election. They recognize it only as long as the result favors them,” he declared.

Tarverdi Chegine, a 35-year-old government employee, told Reuters: “We have a very brave president. I love him.”

He said anti-Ahmadinejad protesters were not true Iranians. “They belong to the West. They belong to Bush. We are anti-Bush.”

Karl on June 15, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Fun fact about Rafsanjani, incidentally: He’s been known to talk openly about why nuking Israel would be a big win for Islam because even if Iran is wiped out in a counterstrike, there’ll still be more than a billion Muslims left. What could go wrong?

There’s no such thing as a moderate ayatollah.

hicsuget on June 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Psssst, Hey, Leader of the Free World, how about, you, uh, y’know….

LEAD!

trubble on June 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

I heard the presidential puppy is nearly housebroken.

Updates?

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

I lol’d

Dash on June 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

It’s been over 100 days, are the State Department knee pads close to wearing out yet?

I mean, there are just so many dictators to blow, I mean appease.

NoDonkey on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I’m pourin’ a double shot of Bolton, while I wait for the big fireworks show. Who’ll join me?

Fletch54 on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Tarverdi Chegine, a 35-year-old government employee, told Reuters: “We have a very brave president. I love him.”

That is exactly what I plan on saying to the Acorn Census workers.

myrenovations on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Does anyone know why the Iranians use the English word “police” on their uniforms?

Mark1971 on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

God forbid that Pres. Obama follow Mrs. Merkel’s lead. It would take so little to give hope and yet he can’t do it.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I’m sure Obama’s pissed that this is distracting people from his grand work on health care reform. Stupid Iranians, with their coup and their bloody rebellion — don’t they know there’s something important going on in the U.S. health care debate?

aero on June 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM

You’ll also be pleased to know that, according to no less than the New York Times, Obama didn’t bother holding any meetings or conference calls about this yesterday. Remember: Health care is a “crisis.” This is but a “situation.”

All I’m going to say is don’t think it can’t happen here.

BigD on June 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM

When pressed by a reporter, Kelly declined to condemn the Iranian security forces for their crackdown on street protesters.

Uhbamuh wants the Iranians to return the favor, when Americans take to the streets, and “security forces” crack down on them.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I truly hope Obama’s arrogance and ego prevents him from changing this feckless policy. It will continue to destroy his credibility and weaken him even more around the planet and here at home. Its also amusing to watch reality blow up in a spectacular fashion in his face.

I mean how rich is it that on Friday the smug bastard nearly took credit for the election of Mousavi while he was in the Rose Garden just a couple of hours before his entire Iran policy imploded? That is comedy gold.

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Here, I’ll speak for Obama:

Both sides have a point here. That is all.

That about nails it. Of course, you left out the head tilted upward as he regally stares off into the middle-distance.

JohnInCA on June 15, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Remember: Health care is a “crisis.” This is but a “situation.”

The difference between a crisis and a situation? Only one of them permits Obama to have the spotlight…

ladyingray on June 15, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Fun fact about Rafsanjani, incidentally: He’s been known to talk openly about why nuking Israel would be a big win for Islam because even if Iran is wiped out in a counterstrike, there’ll still be more than a billion Muslims left. What could go wrong?

Geez, it looks like a lose/lose for us. Let’s just hope that the Iranians just overthrow the whole govt.

Oh btw, this isn’t the Hopenchange I was told about.

Lance Murdock on June 15, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Huffpo: Yes, but what about Sarah Palin’s toenails? We’re still trying to figure out what was painted on them!

aero on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

its ALL AMERIKKKA’S fault!! its because we installed the Shah int he 1950s..that these people are being killed today!!!

/sarc

Obama probably thinks they’re a model of what to do in case of any protests in this country…

right4life on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Remember: Health care is a “crisis.” This is but a “situation.”

Actually, it’s a “man-caused situation”.

On the good side, at least Wal-Mart in Iran won’t be stuck with all those light-blue polyester leisure suits that Ahmadinnerjacket wears all the time.

bradley11 on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

heard the presidential puppy is nearly housebroken.

Updates?

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

While Bo is no longer pissing on the WH carpets, B.O is pissing on the flames of freedom everywhere.

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

We laughed after the North Korean atomic detonation because Mr. Obama replied only with weaselly words (you’ve seen the parodies). Looking back, that was apparently the highpoint in his profile of courage.

Mason on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Bravery.

blatantblue on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Since Team Barry refuses to condemn such oppressive tactics, can we then assume that they find such brutality acceptable?

ronsfi on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

He said anti-Ahmadinejad protesters were not true Iranians. “They belong to the West. They belong to Bush. We are anti-Bush.”

OH BABY!

I called it yesterday in the thread discussing the use of force… they promised not use force against “Iranians” but only against “foreigners”.

I knew that they’d eventually tag the protesters as “not real Iranians.”

Exit question: Are they merely “cafeteria Iranians”? ;)

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

And the Obama cabinet convenes to discuss which shiny thing they’ll wave around to distract the media.

Matticus Finch on June 15, 2009 at 3:59 PM

He could consider this as an opportunity to apologize later.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The Obama administration’s response to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s fraudulent election victory is cowardly, lily-livered and wrong. The White House’s refusal to officially question the result or even condemn the brutal suppression of opposition protestors, is undermining America’s standing as a global power, and is little more than a face-saving, cynical exercise in appeasement that will all end in tears.

Nile Gardiner, Telegraph UK

In a few years, as we do the postmortem on the late, great United States, one of the analogies made of Obama’s moral bankruptcy and cowardice will be that George W. Bush — the “evil right wing conservative” — was somehow able to tolerate public demonstration marches by millions of illegal aliens and their friends in the anarchist, Marxist, socialist and Democrat parties, but that Lord Obama Lightworker was unable even to express his concern that the Iranian government was beating his opposition protesters to death in the streets, after an opaque and contentious election.

Jaibones on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I want Obama out… NOW.

If this man will not stand up for basic liberty.

Basic DEMOCRACY.*

I will not stand with him.

(Of course, we should’ve figured this out with Acorn…)

Skywise on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Can someone PhotoShop a pic of Bambi with a MISSION BUNGLED banner hanging upside down behind him please?

Patrick S on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bushiranians?

Sounds like a toy dog breed

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Aid- Precedent hO’Bama Iran is melting down!!!

hO’Bama- Did I ever tell you about my childhood?

jsunrise on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

That first picture link is remarkable because of the women that are rushing to the man’s aid.

There’s 5 guys with clubs and the women are going to kick their …

Well, a very descriptive photo. I would love to see the look on the one man’s face as these women are about to attack him.

HarryStar on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama, the Cowardly Lion

Group: How?
Lion: How? Courage! What makes a King out of a slave? Courage!
What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage!
What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage!
What makes the Sphinx the Seventh Wonder? Courage!
What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage!
What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the ape in ape-ricot? What have they got that I ain’t got?

Group: Courage.

Lion: You can say that again. Huh?

Jaibones on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

The adults are in charge now.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Oh where is a cowboy when you need one?

Texas Gal on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

In Texas where we all might be moving if this BS continues!

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Obama yawned, independance dawned.

DrAllecon on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Be patient. Obama will speak on this at 5pm, as soon as they’re done programming the teleprompter.

Daggett on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

I hope TOTUS screws up!

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM

I watched the video and concluded that all those people are nothing but a bunch of tea bagging rednecks. This is racism, straight up.

ardenenoch on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

I heard the presidential puppy is nearly housebroken.

Updates?

mankai on June 15, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Link?

Ferris on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Oh, Israel, do you know where the nuke facility is? Could you make it go away? Never let a crisis go to waste.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Oh where is a cowboy when you need one?

Texas Gal on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

In Texas where we all might be moving if this BS continues!

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM

This Okie is waiting for Texas to secede, with the hope that it will take Oklahoma with it.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Oh where is a cowboy when you need one?

Texas Gal on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

In Texas where we all might be moving if this BS continues!

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM
This Okie is waiting for Texas to secede, with the hope that it will take Oklahoma with it.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Is wondering where you are all going to move too!

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

No need for the State Dept to get involved … Obama will simply wave his hand and poof! … all fighting will stop in Iran, rainbows will appear, flowers will bloom and the rivers will flow with honey.

So great is Obama’s power that Ahmadinejad will get a sudden hankerin’ for Carolina pit cooked pork barbecue.

darwin on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Psssst, Hey, Leader of the Free World, how about, you, uh, y’know….

LEAD!

trubble on June 15, 2009 at 3:53 PM

YES INDEED!!!

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Skywise on June 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Will Chuck?

OH OOPS

ahh god luv ya

blatantblue on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Compare/Contrast:

When pressed by a reporter, [State Department spokesman Ian Kelly] declined to condemn the Iranian security forces for their crackdown on street protesters. And he said the U.S. knows too little about the conduct of the election to say for sure whether there was fraud.

The United States on [June 11] condemned alleged violence and abuse against homosexuals in Iraq, adding the US embassy in Baghdad has raised the issue with Iraqi government officials.

“In general, we absolutely condemn acts of violence and human rights violations committed against individuals in Iraq because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US-condemns-anti-gay-violence-in-Iraq/articleshow/4642419.cms

Terry_Dyne on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Distraction.

artist on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

This Okie is waiting for Texas to secede, with the hope that it will take Oklahoma with it.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Yeah, we’ll need you. You have all of our best football players.

/Longhorn fan still hacked off at the BCS

Matticus Finch on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

When the Iranian youth start quoting President George W Bush, and wishing they had him back in office, we’ll know they are serious.

Iraq is now the model of Middle eastern democracy.

portlandon on June 15, 2009 at 3:49 PM

A few months ago on PBS Independent Lens, there was a tax dollar grant funded documentary of the PRODUCTION of a movie being made in Eastern Europe. An Iraqi youth had applied for an apprenticeship with the production company. The professionals, themselves very lax and avoiding every responsibility as the professionals in charge of any apprentice, never implemented any formal apprenticeship training procedure for the Iraqi youth who, unfortunately for himself, was a very irresponsible young man. The professionals expected the Iraqi youth to know what he was supposed to do, and would demand without notice things from him that he had not been taught how to accomplish. It was a grotesque documentary that came alive with VENOM as soon as the Iraqi youth blurted out, “George Bush is my hero. I love George Bush. I owe him my life.” You can imagine how the professionals now went out of their way to cause the young man to fail at everything. Upon his departure from them, he said that he knew he would somehow succeed because unlike the Marxist film makers who denied his right to exist for not supporting THEIR ideology, THEY presuming to care about Iraqis–the reason they took him under their wing (to abuse), he announced, “I will survive because I am real!

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Obama is a gutless coward. Reagan is spinning in his grave.

BuckNutty on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I am starting to believe Obama actually wants Ahmedinijhad in office.

I mean, I know he is a gutless coward, but still? This is beyond parody. Every single Western Democracy has condemned this, except our pathetic TOTUS.

Norwegian on June 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Fun fact about Rafsanjani, incidentally: He’s been known to talk openly about why nuking Israel would be a big win for Islam because even if Iran is wiped out in a counterstrike, there’ll still be more than a billion Muslims left. What could go wrong?

God save us; a nuclear suicide bombing?

Memo to all peaceful Iranian muslims: Get out while you still can!

gryphon202 on June 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Is wondering where you are all going to move too!

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Well, if Texas takes Oklahoma with it, I’m not gonna have to move anywhere. I’ll just continue to live here, in the country of Texoma.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Is SPINELESSNESS part of hope&change? What an unequivocal milquetoast thin skinned puddle of mush that man is. I hope the Isreali`s are paying close attention…ughhh.

NY Conservative on June 15, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Oh, Israel, do you know where the nuke facility is? Could you make it go away? Never let a crisis go to waste.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM

There are more than one and who knows if they’ve already bought nukes from elsewhere.

If Israel protects the world from Iranian nukes, they will suffer extreme condemnation and isolation, maybe even reprisals from Obama.

If they choose to lay down and die the “world” will be grateful.

May God give Bibi the wisdom to choose the former option even if most of the world prefers their jews on the dead side so they can weep a little and erect a statue or two.

If both sides of the Iranian dispute want Israel to be nuked, may they go the way of the Cats of Kilkenny.

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM

Since Team Barry refuses to condemn such oppressive tactics, can we then assume that they find such brutality acceptable?

ronsfi on June 15, 2009 at 3:58 PM

You know they do. Just wait till they get started on all the conservatives dangerous, subversive right-wing terrorists harboring right here in our own country!

Alana on June 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM

In order to say something cogent, Obama would have to actually believe in democracy, right?

Take a good look at the pictures. This is what happens when WE, THE PEOPLE, decide enough’s, enough.

Sleep well, “Mr. President”…

creekspecter on June 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

If the folks in the State Dept. had any balls they’d be in the Army. But as it is, they’re just a bunch of overpaid, half-witted political science majors looking for a cushy government job that requires no real work. Gone are the days of the Thomas Jeffersons and John Quincy Adams’.

Send_Me on June 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Yeah, we’ll need you. You have all of our best football players.

/Longhorn fan still hacked off at the BCS

Matticus Finch on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Don’t get me started with OU. I’m a Poke!

Oh, and I can’t wait to play y’all in Stillwater – where we’ll get out to a 56 point lead in the 3rd quarter, and lose 59-56.

:O/

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

darwin on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Unicorns. You forgot the damned unicorns!

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Hey, Nero President Obama! Rome Tehran is burning!

Obama is a disgrace.

BakerAllie on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

present
present
PRESENT!

/barry

SoxNation on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM

I was thinking more a long the line of the protesters getting the blame, not air strikes. All or any that could disappear will work for me. Heck I’d be even happier if it was our guys but I don’t see that under the current administration.

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Calm down, now, Wolfie Blitzer just came on CNN to tell us all what to think about this.

So far, all he’s done is tell former CNN secretary Christiane Amanpour what a terrific “reporter” she is…

Oops, Hack Cafferty is on now. And just praised Joe Biden.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty. John F Kennedy (D)

HarryStar on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

jaibones, LOL

COURAGE

/What makes the Hot IN HOT so hot? —-What is a Hottentot?

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Obama is a gutless coward. Reagan is spinning in his grave.

BuckNutty on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Very true. It’s sickening and sad.

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Yeah, we’ll need you. You have all of our best football players.

/Longhorn fan still hacked off at the BCS

Matticus Finch on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Don`t forget Ft Sills.

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

In my opinion, the WH is staying mum on this b/c Obama doesn’t want to piss Ahmad-whatever off, lest that derail his sweeping plan to ride in like a white knight, talk with our favorite Holocaust denier over Cokes and Wii Sports Bowling, and announce some grand agreement which they’ll cheat on but will be praised here (a al Clinton and the DPRK). Obama has an ego which tells him he of course can change this guy, so he’s not going to ruin his chance at that by even subbtlely, half-heartily endorsing the protests.

changer1701 on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

maybe Obama’s waiting until 2:00 a.m. to answer the phone…will somebody please tell this joker it was a METAPHOR!!

Justrand on June 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

so is this the start of the revolution that has been predicted at the Weekly Standard for years now? Of course Obama and not Bush will get the credit

jp on June 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Cindy Munford on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

The press undermined Bush so badly that we missed our chance to do this. I held out hope right till the end. Now hope is gone and I don’t like any of the change.

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Don`t forget Ft Sills.

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:10 PM

And Tinker AFB and Altus AFB and Vance AFB. We come bearing gifts.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

I am starting to believe Obama actually wants Ahmedinijhad in office.

I mean, I know he is a gutless coward, but still? This is beyond parody. Every single Western Democracy has condemned this, except our pathetic TOTUS.

Norwegian on June 15, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Obama didn’t get dubbed Pantywaist for nuthin’.

maverick muse on June 15, 2009 at 4:11 PM

(b) no one’s asking Obama to send in the Marines, just to speak up, and (c) Angela Merkel managed to issue a statement earlier today calling the Basij thuggery “completely unacceptable” without killing the uprising in its crib. And still, from the White House, nothing. To think, some commentators are accusing The One of “cowardly silence.”

Uhm … what evidence is there that there was voter fraud? Sources please.

Short of that – why aren’t we endorsing the Islamic Republic’s efforts to put down these demonstrations? Let’s not forget here that Iran has a CONSTITUTION – a stupid one sure – but one that was supported by popular sentiment 30 years ago when the revolution occurred.

I haven’t seen a single thing happening here that isn’t in accordance with that Constitution. You can alledge voter fraud – but that doesn’t mean it happened. There is an appeals process – which hasn’t been followed by the protesters. The vote came out only days ago and without knowing the totals or any real substantive allegation of voter fraud – why do we want to go here?

Let the Iranians sort this out on their own. The difference between the guys in charge and the ones that want to be is negligible – and not enough to justify putting our national interests out on a limb.

Now if the Iranians want to overthrow the Supreme Leader – I’m all ears – but they haven’t said that and I doubt they will.

I don’t like Obama any more than anyone else – he’s a threat to our liberty here in America – but if he does anything in this instance – he should endorse the actions of the Islamic Republic. It was the Iranian people who put them in charge 30 years ago – revolutions have consequences.

HondaV65 on June 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

I love how the Iranian Hilter supporter stated that Iranian Hitler dresses just like the people. Apparently, it is the height of style in Iran to wear Members Only Jackets.

Illinidiva on June 15, 2009 at 4:12 PM

2-3 million , to many to stop.

the_nile on June 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

But wait we have all the Crawfish and Boudin plus Mardi Gras can`t we come too, Please.

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Barack Obama doesn’t care about free people.

CP on June 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Oh where is a cowboy when you need one?

Texas Gal on June 15, 2009 at 3:50 PM

In Texas where we all might be moving if this BS continues!

LSUMama on June 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM
This Okie is waiting for Texas to secede, with the hope that it will take Oklahoma with it.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:02 PM
Is wondering where you are all going to move too!

upinak on June 15, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Yeah, where in TX is the best spot to live? Looking for a bright RED spot.

Oink on June 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

HarryStar on June 15, 2009 at 4:09 PM

The dems have forgotten the real JFK, they only invoke him in order to promote his dumber brother’s schemes.

clnurnberg on June 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

When his teleprompter is up and running, Uhbamuh will call Iran … “Persia” … so he can prove his international acumen.

OhEssYouCowboys on June 15, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Obama’s too busy stuffing his cronies pockets with taxpayer money and shoving his health care scheme down our throats to worry about Iran.

Besides, he can’t stand Israel anyway.

darwin on June 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Terry_Dyne on June 15, 2009 at 4:04 PM

That is rich! What weasels!

elduende on June 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Smart Power = Embracing Thug Dictators

angryed on June 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

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