Obama on Iran: I cannot be silent, even though I was silent for three days

posted at 7:42 pm on June 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

High drama here as the president calls the Iranian government a “ticking time bomb” that must be dealt with now if America’s future is to be secure. No no, just kidding; that’s what he said about health care. Here we get a hard dose of Hopenchange caution-speak, acknowledging that the protesters have “inspired” Americans and that we respect Iran’s right to decide its own fate but that we’ll continue to pursue “tough” diplomacy with the regime on nukes no matter how odious Ahmadinejad might be. Hey, if we wanted a president who’d throw down the gauntlet and walk away in a situation like this, we would have elected the other guy. Sorry, Iranian kids.

Fun fact: Whereas The One was “shocked and outraged” by the murder of George Tiller, the most he can muster here for mass beatings and cold-blooded killings across Iran is that he’s “troubled.” Make of it what you will.


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Obama can’t remain silent on anything except the corruption rampant in his administration.

RandyChandler on June 16, 2009 at 11:41 AM

He said he will always side with the Muslims. He very seldom tells the truth, but this I do believe him on.
He will side with the Muslims against Israel, Freedom, the USof A or anything else.

This could be the Test that slow Joe O’Biden was talkin about. Presidente Pinnochio siding with Muslim interests ahead of American or Isreali.
Any Republicans other than Rush and Sarah have ANYTHING to say about this lack of foreign policy?

Lets start a New “Where’s Waldo” moment.

Where’s Obama, Where’s Hillary, Where’s the Republican party?
Taxation without representation?

dhunter on June 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Fun fact: Whereas The One was “shocked and outraged” by the murder of George Tiller, the most he can muster here for mass beatings and cold-blooded killings across Iran is that he’s “troubled.” Make of it what you will.

What I make of it is that he’s practicing smart foreign policy.

You folks on the right simply want the emotional catharsis you’d get from yelling at Iran. Fortunately the people running the country are more interested in actually pursuing our long-term policy goals, so they’re not going to engage in such counterproductive silliness.

I know you’re going to milk this simply to try to get some sort of domestic political advantage. It’s pathetic that you’re more interesting in knocking Obama than you are in the potential for regime change in Iran. But it’s not surprising.

Can AP or Morrissey explain what benefit would be gained from Obama trashing the Iranian electoral process? Sure, it’s flawed to say the least, but what do we get out of rubbing their noses in it? Nobody in Iran wants us to get involved – least of all the reformers – so why stick our noses where it’s not wanted and where we can only do harm to our own objectives?

orange on June 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

ha ha so awesome nitpicking

keep your stopwatches out to time how long he takes next time

Dave Rywall on June 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/02/29/video-the-mccain-bomb-iran-montage/

Wow, how things have changed. Not long ago everyone was okay bombing these people into oblivion.

beekiller on June 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I know you’re going to milk this simply to try to get some sort of domestic political advantage. It’s pathetic that you’re more interesting in knocking Obama than you are in the potential for regime change in Iran. But it’s not surprising.

Never waste a crisis, as they say.

BobMbx on June 16, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Is there any Real HOPE for America? As hard as I fought to: NOT get this guy elected, I never thought he could do so much damage in such a short period of time. When we start looking to Europe as The Beacon of hope regarding foreign policy, nothing else seems to matter.
Not even the Economy Stupid.

Checkmate!

SayNo2-O on June 16, 2009 at 12:33 PM

NOW can we give him the dunce cap he so richly deserves?

jdflorida on June 16, 2009 at 12:36 PM

What can he say about the corruption in voting? He’s got ACORN… the New Black Panthers and voters who vote and vote often….

CynicalOptimist on June 16, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Useful information pops up in reuters article about the demonstrations

Despite the turmoil, Ahmadinejad traveled to Russia for a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes Russia and China, where he was congratulated on his re-election.

Useful to be out of town during the ‘adjustment’ stage

Useful to be supported warmly by best friends China and Russia

AP speaks well

High drama here as the president calls the Iranian government a “ticking time bomb” that must be dealt with now if America’s future is to be secure. No no, just kidding; that’s what he said about health care

Criticize the Chinese/Russian choice?

Meanwhile, China just recently hosted the little known son of Sam son of the failing N. Korean leader

Two interesting points

Little is known about Jong Un, who was born to Kim Jong Il’s late wife, Ko Yong Hi. He studied at the International School of Berne in Switzerland until 1998 under a pseudonym and learned English, German and French, the Swiss weekly news magazine L’Hebdo reported earlier this year, citing classmates and school official

How quietly he lived. Meanwhile those who had an interest knew he was in the West

South Korea’s largest television network, KBS, reported Monday that Jong Un’s supporters tried to assassinate his elder brother Kim Jong Nam, but that China sent agents to Macau to move him to an undisclosed location. The report quoted unidentified government sources in Beijing.

Russia, and China, Korea, Oh my, and congratulations Ahmadinejad. Bite your tongue Obama

entagor on June 16, 2009 at 12:42 PM

The trolls won’t be able to resist explaining to us that he’s trying to avoid “creating tension” or some other such nonsense. As if any more would make a difference.

Truth is he’s just a typically gutless leftist disguising the obviously correct response to atrocity in thick, gauzy layers of nuance. It’s what they do.

Is anyone surprised?

TheUnrepentantGeek on June 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

So, the messiah is just gonna mail this one in, huh.
It would probably be unwise for BO to discourse about fair elections, seeing as how he simply bought the last one.

BTW, does anyone find it odd that the POTUS has such a weak command of the english language that he resorts to say “uh” 38 times in this segment. I counted them. My new hobby, counting Obam UH’s whenever he opens his piehole.

theRealMcCoy on June 16, 2009 at 1:27 PM

ha ha so awesome nitpicking

keep your stopwatches out to time how long he takes next time

Dave Rywall

Yeah Dave, anytime YOUR lameass govt. wants to do something about the world, you wake us up okay? Till then, get back on the f’ing porch. Baaad troll dawg.

theRealMcCoy on June 16, 2009 at 1:31 PM

My new hobby, counting Obam UH’s whenever he opens his piehole.

TOTUS must have a short in its system!

Conservican on June 16, 2009 at 1:49 PM

I wish Obambi would be “troubled” with the USA and how he is destroying our country rather than being “troubled” by issues in Iran. He has absolutely no interest in keeping America as America. I’m sure he would rather name it US of BHO.

Conservican on June 16, 2009 at 1:51 PM

If the President of the United States won’t express the unqualified support of our nation for the dissidents in the streets of Tehran, this Congress must.

Today I’m introducing a resolution that will do just that. It will express its concern regarding the reported irregularities of the presidential election of 12 June, 2009.

It will condemn the violence against demonstrators by pro-government militia in Tehran in the wake of the elections. It will affirm our belief in the universality of individual rights and the importance of democratic and fair elections.

And lastly, and most importantly, it will express the support of the American people for all Iranian citizens who struggle for freedom, civil liberties and the protection of the rule of law.

—Mike Pence

RushBaby on June 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM

Nobody in Iran wants us to get involved – least of all the reformers – so why stick our noses where it’s not wanted and where we can only do harm to our own objectives?

orange on June 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Despite the taunting tone of the rest of your comment, I’m inclined to agree with you about this.

American policy makers will feel the need to react. But they need to remember this isn’t about us. This is about Iran and Iranians seeking the right to determine their own future. The United States can help little and harm much by interjecting itself into the process. The Obama administration’s approach to the election — keeping its comments low-key and not signaling support for any candidate — was exactly the right approach. While tempting, empty and self-serving rhetorical support for Iranians struggling for more freedoms serves only to aid their opponents. History has made Iran wary of foreign meddling, and American policy-makers in particular must be sensitive to giving hardliners any pretense to call reform-minded Iranians foreign agents. That’s why Iran’s most prominent reformers, including Nobel-laureate Shirin Ebadi, have said the best thing the U.S. can do is step back and let Iran’s indigenous human rights movement progress on its own, without overt involvement from the U.S–however well intentioned.

http://niacblog.wordpress.com/

RushBaby on June 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Cato Institute urges silence as well.

RushBaby on June 16, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I don’t think anyone is suggesting we “inject ourselves into the process”. Yes, at the end of the day, this is about Iran and the Iranians. However, those that are for free and open elections with the expectation they will be conducted without fraud probably would like to feel other free nations are in support of them. Given that Barry has told us he has a “gift” when it comes to giving speeches, I would have expected more conviction from his words. And I would have expected him not to wait for the polls, and not to figure out how he could make a speech and ensure he could refer to himself before speaking out.

We saw how successful Carter was in dealing with Iran. One would think there could be some lessons there. That is, what NOT to do.

Fed45 on June 16, 2009 at 2:58 PM

The Most Benevloent, Most Holy has remained silent because He did not wish to tick off the Iranian leaders He admires – hardline muslim leaders He will need for support later on in His quest to consolidate all power solely in His hands.

If He spoke even a mildly supportive statement, there is just a chance that the mullahs could be overthrown. Without that statement, the mullahs could end the protest by taking out the protesters – and there will be no protest in Iran for decades to come.

If the mullahs decide to take out the protesters and The Grolious One has remained silent, then the blood on the mullahs hands is also on His hands.

Friendly21 on June 16, 2009 at 4:38 PM

The Grolious One = The Glorious One

Friendly21 on June 16, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Could it be the reason why Obama is scared stupid of whats happening with the protests in Iran may well happen here in 2012 when the American people have had enough of BHOCarter. I have no doubt that Bho with his minions ACORN will try to steal the election of 2012.

jaboba on June 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

try to steal the election of 2012.
jaboba on June 16, 2009 at 5:19 PM

That’s right after they steal the 2010 elections. He’s not scared. He’s just setting the stage for the next steps. By 2012, He should have absolute control over the US military – it will not be the one you know now. So what you see in Iran today will come to pass here – at least if He’s allowed to keep getting away with His stuff.

If He gets blood on His hands by doing nothing during these Iranian protests, then a liitle more blood will wash off easier later on.

Friendly21 on June 16, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Wow the leftist trolls are really off their game. Reagan supported dictators and that was evil so Obama can now support dictators because that is now good. Bwhahaha!

elduende on June 16, 2009 at 6:44 PM

I watched the video but haven’t read any of the comments, so forgive me if any of this has been posted in this thread.

I hear from every liberal quarter that Barack Obama is a great communicator and a great orator, the most brilliant man to ever hold the office of President of the United States. The above video destabilizes that argument.

In the video President Obama comes across as unsure of himself and unsure of what policy the United States should take toward Iran’s post election protests/crisis. His statement and his delivery are uninspiring and stuttering. I don’t mean that he’s stuttering, although there’s enough “uh-uhs” in those four minutes to line Constitution Avenue. If I were putting my life on the line in Tehran as a protester against Ahmadinijad, I would conclude that the U.S. President was an uncertain man, unworthy of any sort of trust.

He’s terrible. This is our orator? This is our communicator?

Barack Obama rides the fence so hard in this video he must’ve spent the rest of the day pulling splinters out of his ass.

Terrible. It was painful to watch.

The tumble of revolution can be mighty unpredictable, but what do we have to lose with an uprising in Iran? Are they go hate us even more?

It’s too bad that we don’t have a brave president to stand up for what’s right like Ronaldus Magnus did during the Solidarity movement in Poland.

Ampleforth on June 16, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Can AP or Morrissey explain what benefit would be gained from Obama trashing the Iranian electoral process?

I don’t know what the US would gain (in my opinion, it makes no difference to the Mullahs); but the poor guys fighting for democracy and a “liberal” society would feel less alone and abandoned.

I never thought I would say this, but I really miss George Bush.

Obama’s stance is morally bankrupt. It’s sickening.

All over the world Obama is bringing oral succour (pun intended) to iffy régimes and out and out dictators; and insulting ally democracies. Geeze the guy fawns all over Chavez, yet he refuses a dinner invitation with his host, the president of France in the most insulting manner.

On this side of the Atlantic, the message is coming over loud and clear. The guy despises us.

Hope on June 17, 2009 at 7:30 AM

“…Now that my teleprompter has been repaired, I can no longer remain silent!”

olesparkie on June 17, 2009 at 7:36 AM

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