New Obama on Iran: “We stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way”

posted at 7:54 pm on June 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

As far as I know, this is his first unequivocal statement of support for the protesters — and yet, incredibly, CBS actually cut it from the clip of the interview they aired on the Evening News, choosing instead to devote time to his point about the U.S. not wanting to interfere in Iranian affairs. It’s worth reading along with the extended transcript while you watch the vid to see what they omitted. Quote:

What you’re seeing in Iran are hundreds of thousands of people who believe their voices were not heard and who are peacefully protesting and – and seeking justice. And the world is watching. And we stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way. And, you know, already we’ve seen violence out there. I think I’ve said this throughout the week. I want to repeat it that we stand with those who would look to peaceful resolution of conflict, and we believe that the voices of people have to be heard, that that’s a universal value that the American people stand for and this administration stands for…

But the last point I want to make on this – this is not an issue of the United States or the West versus Iran. This is an issue of the Iranian people. The fact that they are on the streets under pretty severe duress, at great risk to themselves, is a sign that there’s something in that society that wants to open up.

I can’t believe CBS would suppress this for any political reason. Can it be that they really don’t know a scoop when they see it?

As noted earlier, it looks like tomorrow at 4 p.m. is zero hour in Iran. If Mousavi and the reformists go through with the rally, the regime basically has to crack down or it’ll look cowed in the face of the popular uprising. The Basij are already sharpening their axes. Literally.


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Right on, massrighty.

Chris_Balsz on June 19, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Hey, I know – he could have said this!

“So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.

This is not primarily the task of arms, though we will defend ourselves and our friends by force of arms when necessary. Freedom, by its nature, must be chosen, and defended by citizens, and sustained by the rule of law and the protection of minorities. And when the soul of a nation finally speaks, the institutions that arise may reflect customs and traditions very different from our own. America will not impose our own style of government on the unwilling. Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom, and make their own way.”

This would have worked out well.

But, someone beat him to it.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 8:56 PM

As long has he doesn’t have to work up a sweat or take any personal risks he’d be happy to join your fight. What has this country become?

rplat on June 19, 2009 at 8:59 PM

I remember reading about a few blokes back around 1776 that weren’t so peaceful in wanting justice and freedom……..

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Maybe we need Gibbs to tell us what Obama meant…this time.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 9:02 PM

I remember reading about a few blokes back around 1776 that weren’t so peaceful in wanting justice and freedom……..

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Congratulations! If you weren’t on it before, you are now certainly on Janet’s right-wing extremist watch list.

[ps: I have dibs on a bottom bunk just far enough from the latrine not to smell it.]

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 9:03 PM


Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2009 at 9:00 PM

You’re right – they issued a little “statement” that ended thus;

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Now that’s the kind of community organizing we could all get behind.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:04 PM

I can’t believe CBS would suppress this for any political reason. Can it be that they really don’t know a scoop when they see it?

“Stupid is as stupid does.”

It’s an effect of the Obama Kool-Aid.

Right_of_Attila on June 19, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Congratulations! If you weren’t on it before, you are now certainly on Janet’s right-wing extremist watch list.

[ps: I have dibs on a bottom bunk just far enough from the latrine not to smell it.]

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Where is the sign-up for this list? I keep looking.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:05 PM

Why all the tap dancing? Obama could have said something like this from the git go and people would not be wondering if the leader of the free world gives a damn about human rights and liberty etc.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Why all the dancing?

Because it has worked out well for him in the past.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsWpvkLCvu4

He’s stuck in campaign mode – this is him, reviewing the polls before he takes his position.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Did the Obama administration have final say on how CBS would edit that interview? Has public opinion shifted since then so that approval was given to insert the missing phrases?

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Umm….errr……uhhhh….I’ll be waiting….uhhhhh…back over here…..uhhhhhhh…..supporting the people….errr…of Iran’s…illegal war in Iraq…..uhhhhh…no wait….uhhhhhh…..illegal crackdown….errr..uhhhhhh……on the Iranian…..uhhhh….people…and their…votes by Acorn…..uhhh…damn, not them……uhhh….for freedom.

IS Obama really Barney Fife WITHOUT THE BULLET?

dthorny on June 19, 2009 at 9:18 PM

[ps: I have dibs on a bottom bunk just far enough from the latrine not to smell it.]

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 9:03 PM
Where is the sign-up for this list? I keep looking.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:05 PM

It’s called the CENSUS Mass……….

………. and Lox, I’m going to have a hard time in the camp.

Seven Percent Solution on June 19, 2009 at 9:22 PM

we believe that the voices of people have to be heard, that that’s a universal value that the American people stand for

Unless you are someone like Joe the Plumber and you ask embarrassing questions. Then your ass is up for grabs.

GarandFan on June 19, 2009 at 9:26 PM

massrighty:

Well yes, Obama is a professional weasel. This we know, but then again if this was all he was going to say…he could have just spit it out a week ago and gotten it over with.

And the founders might have ended in violent revolution, but it was not their first instinct. They tried to come to terms with Great Britain through peaceful means first.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 9:28 PM

He finally says something in support of the protesters and you guys dump on him anyway?

Allahpundit on June 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM

My reaction is more one of: “[shrugs shoulders] fine whatever you say, Barack.” He made a dish-water comment of support several days late. I suppose I should congratulate him for saying something beyond expressing his concern, but he’s not someone I’d want at my back in a tough position.

PackerBronco on June 19, 2009 at 9:29 PM

Where is the sign-up for this list? I keep looking.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:05 PM

No need for you to look. Janet knows whether you’ve been naughty or nice, so be naughty for liberty’s sake.

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 PM

PIMF

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 9:31 PM

The problem with Obama i this whole situation with Iran is very simple.
Obama has ultimate faith in gov’t institutions.
He simply doesn’t believe in people power.

He’s shown that with every single policy initiative here since he won.
Gov’t intitative after gov’t intiative.
Czars…the Fed having ultimate power…the list goes on.

He’s a true believer in the gov’t running, well, everything. Then to cover his @ss, he says “I’m not really enjoying this! honest!”
Yeah.

So he looks at the people protests in Iran and nothing is stirred in his soul.
President Gov’t can’t get riled up over a few protests about power to the people.

It goes along perfectly with the liberal line of “people are stupid” I’ve heard it said many times from people I know. Gov’t will save us all. They don’t believe in the power of people and Obama is their guy.
Sure, help the people out, but do it with institutions and gov’t, not with actual people.

That’s where Obama’s disconnect comes from.
ok, that’s it.

B Man on June 19, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Unless you are someone like Joe the Plumber and you ask embarrassing questions. Then your ass is up for grabs.

GarandFan on June 19, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Or up for tax delinquency by a complicent media investigating your every move; invasion of privacy by state personnel, blame it on someone else, and still get only 2 days off versus getting fired; questioned daily on your plumber license quailfications; questioned daily on personal matters; claimed to be a fraud by the media; accused to be a setup by, who else? Fox News; questioned on whether you are a fit father for your children……..

Media bias? Nah, no friggen way.

dthorny on June 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Das Furor looks hungover. His father was a hound. For booze & whatever.

BHO Jonestown on June 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM

dthorny on June 19, 2009 at 9:34 PM: Or up for tax delinquency

Well hell, that would make you eligible for a cabinet appointee!!!

Dingbat63 on June 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM

I see that over on Gateway Pundit theres a picture of a protestor holding up a sign that says… ready?
DON’T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO SADDAM!!”

Ya Iraq was a total disaster, thank god the liberals were right about that whole thing.

B Man on June 19, 2009 at 9:42 PM

Wow, it’s a good thing that Harry Smith was on tape to explain what all of the Obama weaseling was all about.

(No doubt about it: Obama does have a Curious George kind of smirk.)

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Das Furor looks hungover. His father was a hound. For booze & whatever.

BHO Jonestown on June 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Well, last night was par-tay night.

onlineanalyst on June 19, 2009 at 9:49 PM

And the founders might have ended in violent revolution, but it was not their first instinct. They tried to come to terms with Great Britain through peaceful means first.

Terrye on June 19, 2009 at 9:28 PM

True; but their attempts to resolve their conflict with Great Britain were scorned.

They issued, first, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. This is the first of our “founding documents.” It is a finely written, unequivocal support of the basic concepts of true freedom.

When it was clear there was no room for a restoration of the rights and priviledges that were taken from them, the second, more well remembered Declaration was issued.

My point? They didn’t wait for polls – they fought, and lost their livelyhoods and fortunes, and some died, so that we could enjoy liberty undreamed of.

Now, we want the President to stand in support of these principals, with, not behind Iranians who are similarly willing to give their lives for their own version (different from ours though it may be) of self-determination.

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:54 PM

No need for you to look. Janet knows whether you’ve been naughty or nice, so be naughty for liberty’s sake.

Loxodonta on June 19, 2009 at 9:30 PM

And to think of all the time I wasted being naughty just because it was fun!

massrighty on June 19, 2009 at 9:56 PM

The founders believed in the people.
Which is something liberals can’t stnad.

They strongly distrusted gov’t. Gee, I wonder why.
I’m by no means a constitutional scholar at all, but it was a totally anti gov’t statement.
That’s why Obama said that it was so limiting for him.

You either believe and have faith in people, or you believe in gov’t.
The founders were strongly one way, Obama is equally strongly the opposite way.

B Man on June 19, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Can somebody tell me — I might have missed it — just wondering:

Has BHO apologized yet to the British for the American Revolution?

IndieDogg on June 19, 2009 at 10:08 PM

I see that over on Gateway Pundit theres a picture of a protestor holding up a sign that says… ready?
DON’T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED TO SADDAM!!”
Ya Iraq was a total disaster, thank god the liberals were right about that whole thing.
B Man on June 19, 2009 at 9:42 PM

I’ve been wondering what Iraqis think about the situation in Iran and have tried to find something in the news. Thought this was interesting:

“But for many Iraqis, who have only recently witnessed the emergence of democracy at home, their neighbours also should have the right to be “free”.

“Here, we are free,” said Aziz in Baghdad.

“Freedom to vote, to speak, to criticise. When I cast my ballot, it is taken into account. Why should Iranians not have this?”

Why not indeed?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090619/wl_mideast_afp/iranpoliticsiraq

Bennett on June 19, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Could it be that Barry’s reticence is politically motivated, at least in part?

Credit for Iranian regime change, if it happens and to the extent the USA has any responsibility, belongs to George Bush. His post-911 presidency was dedicated to the hunt for Iraqi WMDs and, more important to current events, the spread of democracy in the Middle East, at least until the costs began to accumulate. Incredibly, the USA, under the leadership of George Bush, managed to create and maintain the early and fragile flames of a democracy. And that fire wants to grow and spread.

So, if there is an Iranian revolution that increases freedom and democracy, empowering people at the expense of this brutal regime, Republicans gain. Could Barry be so partisan as to allow such thinking to enter his calculus, at the expense of the Iranian people?

exdeadhead on June 19, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Because liberals detest Iraqi’s freedom?
/sarc

I suppose that’s too harsh they’d make specials and write giant tomes about Iraq’s freedom if a Democrat had been in the WH.

Libs are so worried about civil rights here. Yet they don’t seem to give a sh*t about it over there.
Gotta have that hard iron fisted hand to keep the stupid sheep down, you know.

B Man on June 19, 2009 at 10:15 PM

The media would give total credit to Obama if the regime fell.

Whether or not the people in this country would give any credit to Bush, well, who knows, maybe.

Revisionists have been trying to say for years the bomb shouldn’t have been dropped to end WWII. Most people don’t agree with that.
Altho the youngins might.

Does Bush deserve some credit for this? Well, one of the original arguments for going into Iraq of course was the domino effect. This looks like that effect.

B Man on June 19, 2009 at 10:21 PM

I’m sorry, but I don’t see this statement as a strong sign of support for the protestors. No comdemnation for the oppressors?

There will be no peaceful resolution to this conflict. OK, sorry, if the protesters peacefully stop protesting, then yes it will fade away.

Let me put it this way, if you were out on the streets protesting in Iran right now, would these words inspire you to continue? If you were afraid to join the protestors, would this give you the courage to join them now?

Come on…

reaganaut on June 19, 2009 at 10:59 PM

It’s not enough. It’s too late. But it’s good that he finally said something.

myrenovations on June 19, 2009 at 11:36 PM

He finally says something in support of the protesters and you guys dump on him anyway?
Allahpundit on June 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Um yea.

That’s because every other place in existence today that’s available to take a dump, is either out of business, taxed or regulated out the wazoo…

Can you tell that we are not happy?

Mcguyver on June 19, 2009 at 11:41 PM

Reposting this here because folks seemed to enjoy it. Check out this related Onion-style parody entitled “Obama Sends Sterner Message to Iran from His Personal Blackberry, But Experts Say His Use of Emoticons ‘May Cloud Message’: http://www.optoons.blogspot.com/ (June 19 entry)

Mervis Winter on June 19, 2009 at 11:42 PM

He finally says something in support of the protesters and you guys dump on him anyway?

Allahpundit on June 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM

“We stand behind those who are seeking justice (social justice?) in a peaceful way”

Either this radical progressive still has no clue, still hopes his half assed, child in an adults world approach is good enough or he actually thinks the Iranian court system will give the protesters, what he can’t even find the courage to use the term to describe, what the people of Iran want…F.R.E.E.D.O.M.

Or, the POTUS has no great love for what we hold most dear.

Speakup on June 19, 2009 at 11:45 PM

Based on a twitter post I just saw, Obama is irrelevant.

“Iran has to do this for itself”.

These people know they might be headed into a meat grinder.

B Man on June 19, 2009 at 11:53 PM

It’s not enough. It’s too late. But it’s good that he finally said something

.

Too late for what? What would have happened if he made a “stronger” statement earlier?

Tom_Shipley on June 20, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Also, Obama said essentially the same thing two or three days ago. There’s really nothing new here.

Tom_Shipley on June 20, 2009 at 12:44 AM

I can’t believe CBS would suppress this for any political reason.

Called Plausible denyability. He gets to eat his cake and have it to. He cowtows to the Mullahs & hardest core pansies yet gets to have a well “I did say” that was on the record but buried (oddly) of the above.

Even so its wishywashy. Instead of we support all those looking for freedom we qualify that with non-violence which reports indicate is about to run its full course and the next step is either balls deep or a*s up so to speak. Even with this leak he is still short the level.

The question now is:

Will the “O” support a rebellion with arms/money/possibly even more if the Mullahs try to grind them into sand? Or will he sit back and watch as they are slaughtered and “moral” resolutions with hollow actions are passed on desk by hollow empty suits?

C-Low on June 20, 2009 at 1:41 AM

It’s Saturday dawn in Tehran as Barry prepares to share Fathers Day with the nation.

Limerick on June 20, 2009 at 2:45 AM

New Obama …slave on Iran slavery: “We stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way”
posted by ALincolnpundit

i.e. Those who would rise up and throw of the shackles are … putting us in an awkward position of being for tyrants yet against slavery

By seeking a peaceful resolution … we have time to make a long speech at a yearly press function, get a few yuks and take a load off our feet

it all depends on your perspective

entagor on June 20, 2009 at 3:10 AM

He finally says something in support of the protesters and you guys dump on him anyway?

Allahpundit on June 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Quick. Give me the name of somebody who’s against the peaceful protesters? Give me a name of somebody who not for them?

Besides, this it typical Comrade Obama fumbling. By saying that they are “pursuing justice” he’s saying that Ahmadinejad didn’t win, otherwise there would be no “justice” to pursue–it’s just sour grapes. But against people who are trying to beat their heads in, I’m more likely for the people who are protesting from sour grapes and presumption than I am to goon squads.

He’s trying to do too many things at once in this and bungling most of them. I have to admit that I would have come off colder than Obama on this–but I would have owned my decision–but this, this is crap.

Axeman on June 20, 2009 at 3:12 AM

By saying that they are “pursuing justice” he’s saying that Ahmadinejad didn’t win, otherwise there would be no “justice” to pursue–it’s just sour grapes
Axeman on June 20, 2009 at 3:12 AM

Hit the nail on the head!

We stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way”

If that is true, why is one of our ships moving into confrontation with N. Korea?

entagor on June 20, 2009 at 3:23 AM

Too late for what? What would have happened if he made a “stronger” statement earlier?

Tom_Shipley on June 20, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Very possibly not a damn thing. Possibly we’re dealing with people who have more political will than the wilting flowers of the West. Possibly, we’re dealing with people of sufficient will that statements are really nothing either way.

Look at their words. They have “elections” just like we do. And thus the people “vote” on their “president”. What do they put behind those words? What do they really think of the will of the people? It’s the actions, it’s the political will, it’s not the words.

If Obama has somehow already taken action, then I commend him. If we’ve put saboteurs in place to weaken the effort to suppress the Iranian people, I congratulate him. However, he hasn’t pledged anything either.

Axeman on June 20, 2009 at 3:24 AM

I can’t believe CBS would suppress this for any political reason. Can it be that they really don’t know a scoop when they see it?

Those who work Obama’s strings probably made a call to strike that.

8-track-vinyl on June 20, 2009 at 3:24 AM

#iran @iranriggedelect The people have wanted FREEDOM for more than 30 years. Now is the time. It’s not about Mousavi or the election.half a minute ago from web

http://twitter.com/dw1337

RT: massive sabotage by state press, but the protest will take place http://bit.ly/EyR1N #iranelection9 minutes ago from web
http://twitter.com/tzemingdynasty

elduende on June 20, 2009 at 6:20 AM

RT: mobile network down, city center covered by Basiji militia, revolutionary guard and plain cloth securities #iranelection, #tehran7 minutes ago from web

elduende on June 20, 2009 at 6:50 AM

The regime is going to fall, elduende.
They won’t seem to accept anything less.

I’ve read in other twitters that Obama is simply a non-factor in this.

B Man on June 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM

But, but, according to new hopey changey D.O.D., protesting is terrorism.

Buy Danish on June 20, 2009 at 6:58 AM

B Man on June 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM

lets hope B Man.

elduende on June 20, 2009 at 7:02 AM

B Man on June 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM

lets hope B Man.

elduende on June 20, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Muslims don’t criticize Muslim dictators.

Don’t know how to pronounce ‘freedom’ either.

Getting kind of kinky with the contortions.

tarpon on June 20, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Wow.
It’s a police state now.

But it sounds like the protest is starting maybe slowly.
It’s like Iran has been cut off from the world.

B Man on June 20, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Freedom sucks for liberals! It’s all about the state and how much central power over people’s lives they can consolidate! Having us take care of ourselves each day is beyond their comprehension! How in the world do we possibly get out of bed, get dressed, feed ourselves, get to work and back and do it all over again the next day without a liberal messing around in the process? Answer…we don’t!

sabbott on June 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM

I love how the man child didn’t want to come out and say that the US supported the protesters in their quest for freedom. Obama wanted us to remain neutral, so as not to upset Iran. Turns out Iran hates Obama with all of his neutrality. I guess Obama is finding out that the adults who were in the White House before him and his ilk were right all along. Some people do hate us just because we are America.

RobertInLexington on June 20, 2009 at 8:41 AM

And we stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way.

Why Behind them? Why not beside them? And so what if you’re behind them? Is that going to stop the bullets aimed at them?

blockquote>And, you know, already we’ve seen violence out there. I think I’ve said this throughout the week.

Maybe you said it to Michelle or to the royal dog, but you didn’t say it in public.

I want to repeat it that we stand with those who would look to peaceful resolution of conflict…

OK so now you are standing with them. Is that still with them as in behind them? Are you prepared to suffer any loss at all on their behalf?

and we believe that the voices of people have to be heard, that that’s a universal value that the American people stand for and this administration stands for…

So it really is all about words, right? IT makes no difference which group wins, and it makes no difference if Dinerjacket ends up murdering thousands to hold onto power, and lond as the voices are heard. Would these maybe be the same voices that you “think” you have been talking to all week above?

MikeA on June 20, 2009 at 8:41 AM

I just saw Rudi Bahktiar (sp?) on CNN.
First I gotta say damn she’s hot.

But she practiaclly got into an argument with the CNN woman anchor about how would Moussavi be any better with women’s right then dinner-jacket.
She almost talked over Rudi.

These CNN people seem to want the regime to stay in place.
Unbelievable.

B Man on June 20, 2009 at 8:43 AM

If Obama has somehow already taken action, then I commend him.

The state department asked twitter to hold off on delays to allow dissidents a forum to convey information. That seems like a pretty prescient action in support of the protesters.

Tom_Shipley on June 20, 2009 at 8:58 AM

let me get this straight, he says that the masses are not responding to the U.S. “thousands protesting are somehow responding to the west or U.S., that’s an old distraction trotted out” and yet his comments at the beginning of this:

“And obviously, after the speech that I made in Cairo, we tried to send a clear message that we think there is the possibility of change. And ultimately, the election is for the Iranians to decide, but just as has been true in Lebanon, what can be true in Iran as well is that you’re seeing people looking at new possibilities,” Obama said.

So he takes credit for starting this “debate” (revolution) and then says in a later interview the west has nothing to do with it…isn’t it great how the ONE can straddle both side of the fence and the loyal media will not call him out on it

train on June 20, 2009 at 9:33 AM

“Freedom to vote, to speak, to criticise. When I cast my ballot, it is taken into account. Why should Iranians not have this?
Bennett on June 19, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Freedom to vote, to speak, to criticize. Death to America!

Ingrates.

mr.blacksheep on June 20, 2009 at 10:07 AM

AAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! What kind of Ghetto playa we got here?

sonnyspats1 on June 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Would it hurt the President to support where ‘justice’ comes from?

You know… Liberty and Freedom? To have one’s voice heard in government, so that the people may be represented by its government. Of course if you actually believe in Liberty and Freedom you start on the slippery slope to less taxes, smaller government, accountable government, less intrusive government, fewer regulations…

Damn, I wish there was a politician who could say the words Liberty and Freedom and mean them by starting on that grand slippery slope so that government is but one tool available to the people, and not the only tool to be wielded like a bludgeon. Instead we get the ‘justice’ idea, but that only comes from a justly made government accountable to the will of the people via Liberty providing for the exercise of Freedom. JFK stood for that, as did Reagan, even if imperfect men they stated the perfect goal… Barack Obama? Not so much.

ajacksonian on June 20, 2009 at 10:17 AM

I can’t believe CBS would suppress this for any political reason. Can it be that they really don’t know a scoop when they see it?

I can’t believe it didn’t occur to you AP, as it did to onlineanalyist, that Obama asked that the sentence it be deleted. And why would he do that?

Firstly, it does show (inadvertently I’m sure) unequivocal support for the protesters. There’s no indication yet that Obama wants to support the democracy protestors for that is what they are. (Obama wants to avoid criticizing the mullahs for denying the democratic aspirations of Iranians. Using the term democracy might remind people who planted the seeds of democracy in the Middle East).

Secondly, it is plainly a stupid statement. The protestors are not seeking Justice. They are seeking to have their votes counted. They are seeking fulfilment of their democratic aspirations. They want their votes counted..

It’s very disappointing to see Morrissey and AP rush to defend Obama even as he continues to (at best) demonstrate his utter cluelessness. The bar has been set so low for Obama that even inept statements are unthinkingly approved by conservatives whose powers of reasoning are overwhelmed by their misplaced sense of fairness.

There are indeed many sensible things Obama could be saying if he didn’t want to upset the mullahs because he has his heart foolishly set on the ridiculous fantasy that can talk the mullahs into abandoning their nuclear ambitions. How’s this:

I say to Ayatollah Khamenei * that this issue must be resolved peacefully. The hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Iranians, who are out on the streets peacefully demonstrating, obviously believe this election was not conducted fairly. Given the size and seriousness of the protest, this impasse to the good governance of Iran can be resolved without significant loss of life by the government acknowledging this reality. The impasse can be peacefully resolved by the government conducting new elections with the assistance of U. N. supervision in order to ensure that whatever the result, it will be seen by Iranians, and the whole world- and make no mistake the whole world is watching- as the true expression of the will of the Iranian people.

The alternative way of resolving this impasse is through the use of violence. The world community will not turn a blind eye to those who resort to violence. Nor will Allah.

* (do not address as Supreme leader)

Basilsbest on June 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

The bar has been set so low for Obama that even inept statements are unthinkingly approved by conservatives whose powers of reasoning are overwhelmed by their misplaced sense of fairness.

Basilsbest on June 20, 2009 at 10:28 AM

That was an excellent point. No consevative should play the affirmative action card on this guy, he’s gone too far on mediocraty and we are all paying a price that is too high.

javamartini on June 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM

New Obama on Iran: “We stand behind those who are seeking justice in a peaceful way”

Coward. Standing BEHIND a bunch of college kids while they get stoned. Why not step out in FRONT of them and say something you candy azzed Marxist. And that goes for Chewbacca too.

Geochelone on June 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Allahpundit, I have to agree with more than a few of the posters here. That was a pretty tepid statement. It’s like saying “good protestors. You didn’t defend yourself when you got the crap beat out of you by a tyrannical state.” Peaceful protest is, generally, pretty ineffective when the people you are protesting have guns pointed at your head. I think it’s racist to set the bar so low on this guy. He’s in the job now, so its time to grow up. It’s time for the media to stop babying him.

jakabok_botch on June 20, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Obama today,

this notion that somehow these hundreds of thousands of people who are pouring into the streets in Iran are somehow responding to the West or the United States.

Err ahhhh uhm… Didn’t Obama claim just last week the take credit FOR influence the election in Iran?

Obama June 12th,

Obama said he was “excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran.”
Pointing to the recent election of moderates in Lebanon’s parliamentary balloting,

an optimistic Obama thinks there is room for change in Iran.
“And obviously, after the speech that I made in Cairo, we tried to send a clear message that we think there is the possibility of change.

Why yes, yes he did take credit!

Is he already trying to shift the blame if things go bad?

DSchoen on June 22, 2009 at 5:53 AM

Don’t look now Allahpundit, but the Wall Street Journal has noticed your post and linked it in Best of The Web Today. Kudos.

I think the ‘journalists’ are all fake but accurate at CBS. No real journalists still working there…

Carolina Kat on June 22, 2009 at 4:46 PM

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