Major Garrett to Obama on Iran: Um, what took you so long?

posted at 5:35 pm on June 23, 2009 by Allahpundit

“I don’t think that’s accurate,” saith The One. Except that it is: Not until today did he explicitly condemn the insane brutality going on in Tehran, replete with coerced confessions about foreign powers and $3,000 “bullet fees” — yes, really — charged to parents whose children were gunned down in the protests. But then, this has been Obama’s M.O. all along, dating back to the blowup over Wright during the campaign. First he issues some weak, heavily qualified half-denunciation in hopes that the crisis will go away, then it doesn’t go away and everyone gets angry, then he comes back and covers his ass by saying how appalled or outraged he is or whatever — assuring us all the while that he’s been “perfectly consistent” throughout. Even the AP’s getting tired of his shtick:

It’s the pundits job to second-guess, Obama said, but “only I’m the president of the United States.”

Which is why he tried to balance every hands-on critique of the Iranian government with a caveat that he’s hands-off.

Hands on: “The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged …”

Hands off: The Iranian people can speak for themselves.”

Hands on: “We deplore the violence against innocent civilians anywhere it takes place.”

Hands off: The accusations of U.S. meddling “are patently false.”

Hands on: “…. threats, beatings and imprisonments …”

Hands off: “The United States respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and is not at all interfering in Iran’s affairs.”

Chuck Todd tried to badger him into listing what “consequences” there’ll be for Iran’s abuses but that’s really a pointless question. The whole point of Obama’s behavior this past week is that he doesn’t want there to be any consequences. He’s trying to get closer to the regime, not push it away; who knows if he’d have even held this presser today if not for the video of Neda getting shot in the heart going globally viral. As you’ll see at the end, he still won’t even commit to disinviting Iranian diplomats from America’s July 4th celebrations, which at this point is kind of like inviting Hamas to celebrate Yom Kippur. Awful.


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By the way, Terry Silver, in 1953 the US thought the overthrow of Mossadegh and the installation of the Shah was in its best interests. I assume you would agree.

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Well golly then, what’s your gripe with US involvement in Vietnam or the Dominican Republic or with pre-Castro Cuba or with Iraq or…

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Lets keep it current so I’ll talk about Iraq. We should have just gotten some cheap oil out of the deal which would have been a net monetary gain instead of the loss of the human life and money that we took in our benevolent “nation building”.

Terry Silver on June 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

By the way, Terry Silver, in 1953 the US thought the overthrow of Mossadegh and the installation of the Shah was in its best interests. I assume you would agree.

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Yeah we just needed to put down the revolution thats all.

Terry Silver on June 23, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Enough said. This man is incompetent, inept, and totally clueless as to how to handle domestic, and foreign affairs. We got jipped! The sad part is, a lot of us knew that BEFORE the elections.

capejasmine on June 23, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Lets keep it current so I’ll talk about Iraq. We should have just gotten some cheap oil out of the deal which would have been a net monetary gain instead of the loss of the human life and money that we took in our benevolent “nation building”.

Terry Silver on June 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Let’s keep it really current. you talk about “half-assed moralizing” and then engage in half-assed moralizing. See?

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Terry:

The Chinese do not moralize? What nonsense. Of course they do. So do people like you.

Terrye on June 23, 2009 at 7:47 PM

in 1953 the US thought the overthrow of Mossadegh and the installation of the Shah was in its best interests. I assume you would agree.

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Mossadeq was a criminal who was instrumental in stealing the oil fields and then playing footsy with the Soviets and communism.

It’s about time that the West took the oil fields back, as the source of Iranian threats to the West all start and end with control of the fields. They’ve had 50 years to prove they can be civilized and they’ve failed, miserably. Game over.

progressoverpeace on June 23, 2009 at 7:49 PM

By the way, Terry Silver, in 1953 the US thought the overthrow of Mossadegh and the installation of the Shah was in its best interests. I assume you would agree.

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM
Yeah we just needed to put down the revolution thats all.

Terry Silver on June 23, 2009 at 7:24 PM

You might need to read up on it a little.

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:50 PM

As for the loss of life in Iraq, how do you know there would not have been more loss of life if we had not gone in? Do you think Saddam was a good guy who was going to restrain himself and look out for his people? Speaking of Iraq and China, the Chinese were Saddam’s number 2 arms dealer. Meddling.

And if the Iranians got a nuke, would that be good or moral or in our self interest? What if they tried to close of the Gulf Coast?

You are like a puppy chasing its tail?

Terrye on June 23, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Mossadeq was a criminal who was instrumental in stealing the oil fields and then playing footsy with the Soviets and communism.

It’s about time that the West took the oil fields back, as the source of Iranian threats to the West all start and end with control of the fields. They’ve had 50 years to prove they can be civilized and they’ve failed, miserably. Game over.

progressoverpeace on June 23, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Well then, Terry Silver can have no complaints.

ddrintn on June 23, 2009 at 7:52 PM

Now Terry is saying we should have put down the Revolution. Barack Obama can not be expected to show support for the Iranian people, that would be meddling, but we should have put down the Revolution too.

I think Terry is messing with us.

Terrye on June 23, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Did you catch Jake Tapper refer to Obama as Spock…to his face?! Tap’s the man

You can see it here

deedtrader on June 23, 2009 at 7:57 PM

President “Present”

jgapinoy on June 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Obummer’s epiphany on Iraq reminds of a scene in Beverly Hills Cop. It’s one of the last scenes in the movie, and involves a shootout at the bad guy’s house. During the shootout, one of the cops (Billy Rosewood played by Judge Reinhold) is too afraid to do anything but lie down and sit the whole thing out. When the shootout is over and the bad guys surrender, Rosewood jumps up, flashes his badge, and shouts “You’re all under arrest!”

ieplaya on June 23, 2009 at 8:05 PM

President “Present”

jgapinoy on June 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM

+2
Semantic content=0

phineas on June 23, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Did you catch Jake Tapper refer to Obama as Spock…to his face?! Tap’s the man

You can see it here

deedtrader on June 23, 2009 at 7:57 PM

I love Jake.

redwhiteblue on June 23, 2009 at 9:04 PM

So now, lets keep track of how often Major gets on the “call-on” list. Any bets?

PaCadle on June 23, 2009 at 9:45 PM

We should have just gotten some cheap oil out of the deal which would have been a net monetary gain instead of the loss of the human life and money that we took in our benevolent “nation building”.

Terry Silver on June 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Wait a minute I thought we went to war to steal the oil.
Bull shit! Saddam was a megalomania who gassed his own people, who would to get people to give names would rape their wifes and mutilate their children in front of them to get them to talk.
Everyone believed he had the bomb. He him self threaten to nuke American forces if they attacked. How long before he would have gone back to getting the bomb, if we let him alone?
It was impossible to fight a war next door with out taking him out also. Iraq also served as a magnet to terrorist so we could fight them there and not have to chase them all over or maybe here. Iran was expected to take care of it self as Bush understood that the Iranian people was ripe for regime change as he stated so many times. Intelligence has been saying that the under 30yr crowd was mostly pro-western. When others on this web site said for US or Israel to attack Iran I said hold on the elections coming will change everything. To think Mr Present will make points with Khamenei by pandering to them is lunacy. The extremest Muslims want to bring on the 2nd coming of God by destroying civilization. What is wrong with spreading freedom and democracy? Although the main stream media will never show it but many many people in the world had hopes that USA would save them and bring freedom to the world. The Iranians was reported to be looking toward the sky and yelling “Obama come save us they are killing our children.” We had to make uncomfortable compromiseies during the cold war to stop Communist expansion. The Shaw, Park, Marcos, and other dictators who were trying to contain Communists. The people them selfs took care of the dictators.
Now we have a Communist american government that wants to appease the Terrorist and make moral equivalence between oppressive regimes and US. WAKE UP AMERICA YOU ELECTED A COMMUNIST. God Help US!!!

Ed Laskie on June 23, 2009 at 10:28 PM

which at this point is kind of like inviting Hamas to celebrate Yom Kippur. Awful.

Straightest talk ever committed by Allahpundit.
‘attaguy!

james23 on June 23, 2009 at 10:42 PM

I burped. That was for Barack.

Becuz he doesn’t tweet, that’s what took that sack o’bama so long.

HotAirJosef on June 23, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Obama….I…ran

inspectorudy on June 23, 2009 at 10:58 PM

At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, that was the situation in Europe back in 1938.

coldwarrior on June 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM

One of the cable info channels (discover Nat Goe, etc) is going to be airing a program comparing the “little corporeal who will not be named” to Saddam. It should be interesting and will further legitimize our invasion of Iraq. It may be that we will see similar circumstances involving Iran.

csdeven on June 23, 2009 at 11:59 PM

OK, I know this is late posting and it’s already been said (I’m sure without looking) but….

“It’s up to the Iranians” coming to the USA for OUR holiday?

OK…Let’s see, I have a party and I don’t like a guest. HOWEVER, it’s up to the guest to decide if they want to go?

The main word in leadership is…LEADER. I wish we had one.

HarryStar on June 24, 2009 at 12:15 AM

what a pretentious doofus. does anyone else notice his constant whistling at the end of words? people do that when they are trying to sound intelligent.

TTheoLogan on June 24, 2009 at 2:48 AM

Payback?

How much money did the Iranians give the Palestinans who donated to the Obama campaign?

davod on June 24, 2009 at 3:14 AM

““It’s up to the Iranians” coming to the USA for OUR holiday?”

I believe the State Department has directed its diplomatic missions to invite the Iranians in for July 4th.

Mind you I fully expect Obama to have his quota wherever he is on July 4th.

davod on June 24, 2009 at 3:17 AM

I suppose I am being cynical here. I see Obama taking notes for how to deploy his brown shirts in 2012.

{^_^}

herself on June 24, 2009 at 3:41 AM

The left still likes to hammer Bush on sitting in that classroom reading “My Pet Goat”. Seven minutes? Bush looks like “Speedy Gonzales” next to the “Molasses running uphill” velocity of Obama’s decisions…The guy is really that clueless. Being a “Community Organizer” wasn’t the best experience one could get for international relations, and 141 days as a Senator wasn’t really realistic either. I think the American public voted for an empty suit and trickle up Poverty without knowing it. Retards……

adamsmith on June 24, 2009 at 7:26 AM

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Verdict: Obama-Epic Failure of a man and of a leader

enoughalready on June 24, 2009 at 10:31 AM