Obama’s letter to the mullahs

posted at 9:28 am on June 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Times reports exclusively today that Barack Obama secretly sent a letter to Ali Khamenei and the Guardian Council in early May.  President Obama told the Supreme Leader that he wanted better relations between the US and Iran, and that he hoped to build “cooperation and bilateral relations” with the Islamic Republic.  Khamenei reacted as anyone outside this White House might have expected:

Prior to this month’s disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for an improvement in relations, according to interviews and the leader himself.

Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed the letter toward the end of a lengthy sermon last week, in which he accused the United States of fomenting protests in his country in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election. …

“The American president was quoted as saying that he expected the people of Iran to take to the streets,” Ayatollah Khamenei misquoted Mr. Obama as saying, according to a translation by Mideastwire.com.

“On the one hand, they [the Obama administration] write a letter to us to express their respect for the Islamic Republic and for re-establishment of ties, and on the other hand they make these remarks. Which one of these remarks are we supposed to believe? Inside the country, their agents were activated. Vandalism started. Sabotaging and setting fires on the streets started. Some shops were looted. They wanted to create chaos. Public security was violated. The violators are not the public or the supporters of the candidates. They are the ill-wishers, mercenaries and agents of the Western intelligence services and the Zionists.”

On one hand, one can see why Obama was reluctant to criticize the crackdown on the streets, even after Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel — two of Iran’s key trading partners — ripped the mullahs in public.  Obama believed that his letter might have had some impact on Khamenei, convincing the Guardian Council that they could work with the US.  As Khamenei’s response shows, it comes from an almost-blinding naiveté and a belief that the problem in US-Iranian relations is and has been the US, and not the radical Islamist extremists running Iran.

Obama tried saying all last week that he didn’t want to give the mullahs a propaganda boost by making it look as though we favored the protesters.  In effect, though, he already had given them one through his letter, and as events showed, the mullahs didn’t need a statement from Obama to make it look like the protests were a CIA plot.  Khamenei and his mullahs can simply make it up; they have done it quite often during the 30 years since the revolution.  “Peacefuly coexistence” isn’t on their agenda, a fact that hasn’t sunk in at the current White House yet.

There is nothing wrong in sending that letter, of course.  Probably every president since Jimmy Carter has at least attempted it, and the letter by itself does no harm.  It’s the belief that a letter will magically change the minds of the mullahs, and acting as though such a letter is more important than the Iranian people speaking for themselves, that is the amateurish mistake.


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Andy McCarthy at NRO’s Corner describes outreach of a more sinister nature – Negotiating with Terrorists: The Obama administration ignores a longstanding — and life-saving — policy.

“Even as the mullahs are terrorizing the Iranian people, the Obama administration is negotiating with an Iranian-backed terrorist organization and abandoning the American proscription against exchanging terrorist prisoners for hostages kidnapped by terrorists. Worse still, Obama has already released a terrorist responsible for the brutal murders of five American soldiers in exchange for the remains of two deceased British hostages…”

davod on June 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Bishop on June 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Under Obamacare, fat people will be denied benefits until they lose weight. It’s a cost savings thing, ya know.

“I don’t want to run a car healthcare company.”

Mr_Magoo on June 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

A rude awakening lies ahead for this ego maniac.

You’d think that after 6 months on the job he’d actually be starting to learn, but he either isn’t or (more likely, given his ego and narcissism) refuses to. The naivete of this White House would be something to witness if it wasn’t so dangerous.

And they said Bush was inflexable and unwilling to learn. At least Bush’s world view didn’t stop at himself.

crazy_legs on June 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

From the way I read the story, the letter really had nothing to do with the election and everything to do with Obama’s unrelenting desire to sit down and have a photo-op with all the nation’s enemies. It’s the naive liberal idea that he can talk them into “liking us” if we only abandon our principles and values and do whatever they want us to do or say.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 10:10 AM

You think too highly of him, far more than he deserves or has earned.

And the protests in Iran were not spontaneous or unexpected developments. Eventually, yes, but the process continues and Obama’s “letter” was no happenstance, innocent invite to tea. It was an act of subservience.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

As I mentioned last week, Obama’s reactions to Iran could only be explained if he had a dog in the fight and it was not with Neda.

The letter is proof positive. Behind that letter is an established organization that was ready to roll upon approval from the mullahs.

While some would approve the letter I think it reveals a fundamental lack of awareness of who these mullahs are and what their agenda is. The fact that Obama is still inviting representatives of these cretins to a fourth of July celebration is further proof that Obama and crew just don’t get it. Mind you we don’t even have relations with Iran, who are these representatives?

patrick neid on June 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Hmmm, chocolate, the necessity of drug addicts.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

You’re joking, right?

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Bishop on June 24, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Under Obamacare, fat people will be denied benefits until they lose weight. It’s a cost savings thing, ya know.

“I don’t want to run a car healthcare company.”

Mr_Magoo on June 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

So we’ll all have to look like Obama? A gay male Sears catalog model?

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The only impact on Iran will be when the Israeli bombers drop several megatons of nuclear material on some strategic spots in the country. It will happen and these recent events have only increased the likelihood of it happening sooner than later.
Odumbo will poopie in his pants but what can he do since he won’t do anything now.

wepeople on June 24, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I have this unwavering belief that Obama is a Muslim.

Now, as for what Obama’s “nation” is, I’d say any Muslim nation that froths at the mouth while declaring ‘death to the infidels’ which translates to non-Muslims, ergo, the West.

I also agree with Lourdes that the US president writing a letter to Khameini is some form of submission, some form of bowing — and to a country’s leader that hates America.

An American hater, just like Rev Wright, Ayers, Michelle O, all Islamists and terrorists…

mz.josephine on June 24, 2009 at 10:21 AM

could Obama also have known the election results were predetermined?

fourdeucer on June 24, 2009 at 10:00 AM
Well, look who he sent the letter to. That’ll answer your question.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Huh? He sent it to the “Supreme Leader”, who wasn’t up for election.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

It’s 3 a.m., the phone rings… and Barry’s just too damn busy starring at himself in the mirror to bother to pick it up. Just let ’em know that I’m present, he says.

Mojave Mark on June 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Just to repeat, what’s the difference between the 60 he killed yesterday and the ones he just invited over for dinner? What’s he gonna do, smoke them personally on the White House lawn after they have a burger?

You think he pulled the trigger on the same people he invites to dinner?

Hard to believe. Maybe he is totally psycho…

TheBigOldDog on June 24, 2009 at 10:26 AM

It’s 3 a.m., the phone rings… and Barry’s just too damn busy starring at himself in the mirror to bother to pick it up. Just let ‘em know that I’m present, he says.

Mojave Mark on June 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

LOLOL “Obama, he says, you’re the most beautiful thing in the world”

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Huh? He sent it to the “Supreme Leader”, who wasn’t up for election.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

The supreme leader submitted only his approved candidates for president, our president has got to know that, so prior to the election our president sends a letter of support. That letter of support discounts the possibility of a fair election that May have led to a better outcome.

fourdeucer on June 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Andy McCarthy at NRO’s Corner describes outreach of a more sinister nature – Negotiating with Terrorists: The Obama administration ignores a longstanding — and life-saving — policy.

“Even as the mullahs are terrorizing the Iranian people, the Obama administration is negotiating with an Iranian-backed terrorist organization and abandoning the American proscription against exchanging terrorist prisoners for hostages kidnapped by terrorists. Worse still, Obama has already released a terrorist responsible for the brutal murders of five American soldiers in exchange for the remains of two deceased British hostages…”

davod on June 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM

ONCE AGAIN, McCarthy is exactly right.

And is what I was expressing here earlier though I am (sincerely) not attempting to brag nor equate me with McCarthy’s stature, just that I agree with what he says there and it’s my (shared) perspective with him.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Ha Ha.

And the remaining trump card Obama has to play with the Iranians …. “Come and have a hot dog with us on the 4th”.

We have a fool for a president.

fogw on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Hmmm, chocolate, the necessity of drug addicts.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 9:52 AM

You’re joking, right?

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

No, not joking, not at all. Obama’s got issues with substances. Note his emergency needs for corner goods and now it’s chocolate flown in “specially”…

Guy’s so screwed up, it’s mind boggling just to what extent he’s twisted.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

It’s 3 a.m., the phone rings… and Barry’s just too damn busy starring at himself in the mirror to bother to pick it up. Just let ‘em know that I’m present, he says.

Mojave Mark on June 24, 2009 at 10:23 AM

The whole concept of needing someone in the whitehouse to protect our children who are sleeping when that 3:00 am phone call comes is rendered moot folks.

Now that BudgetDeficit Obailout has squandered our childrens futures and future inheritance and loaded up the family tax burden to 574K there aint crap left worth protecting. Nobody wants to invade the land of debt and foreclosures.

Even Scralet O’Hara might be thinking “Damn…can’t even sell this land Pa!”

Barack Obama…the answer to every america hater’s dreams.

BillaryMcBush on June 24, 2009 at 10:34 AM

We have a fool for a president.

fogw on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I’ll give you my secret potato salad recipe if you give up your nuclear program. Deal?

TheBigOldDog on June 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Huh? He sent it to the “Supreme Leader”, who wasn’t up for election.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

NOTE the solution to your rhetoric hidden in your rhetoric. You observe that Obama “sent (his letter) to the ‘SUPREME LEADER'” (emphasis added by me).

Case closed. Or, rather, election results resolved in prearranged tense, much like an Obama Press Conference or Town Hall, and Obama once again bows before the “Supreme Leader”/s.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Funny how Obama is all hung up about his words being misinterpreted and lied about by the mullahs. What did he expect? 60 million Americans misinterprted all of his words last fall. They believed he actually loves America.

rockmom on June 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Ha Ha.

And the remaining trump card Obama has to play with the Iranians …. “Come and have a hot dog with us on the 4th”.

We have a fool for a president.

fogw on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I thought Michelle was nagging people to eat vegetables now.

Tell the Iranians they’re too fat.

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 10:38 AM

And the remaining trump card Obama has to play with the Iranians …. “Come and have a hot dog with us on the 4th”.

We have a fool for a president.

fogw on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Will Bo the dog be resigned to the third floor throughout the visit? Will they grill soy dogs instead of Kosher? What drapecloth will Michelle be wearing? How many Martinis will Barry sneak behind the House in between grovelling before his guests?

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM

If one writes love letters to murderous, cult of death, leaders, one is sure to get a most negative reply. I’m just sayin’.

Zorg on June 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM

This man is used to getting his way every time. He doesn’t know how to handle people not bowing to his every whim.

SouthernGent on June 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM

And the remaining trump card Obama has to play with the Iranians …. “Come and have a hot dog with us on the 4th”.

We have a fool for a president.

fogw on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Obama, a graduate of the Jimmy Carter School Of Diplomacy.

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 10:43 AM

SouthernGent on June 24, 2009 at 10:41 AM

His skin is as thin as rice paper. He’s never been pressed throught the process because of the color of his skin. As he gets pressed more and more he’s going to go ballistic. Watch. I can see it coming. He is inherently, deeply insecure….

TheBigOldDog on June 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Michelle Obama has to be the most spoiled, self-centered fool I have ever heard speaking anywhere at any time and that’s saying a lot. She shows up supposedly to serve food to the homeless in a shelter wearing $500. shoes and then stays there “serving” for all of twenty minutes while she has photos taken, then she leaves.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM

First comment on the “TOTUS betrays FLOTUS” story yesterday:

BIMBO! GO PLANTS SOME VEGGIES!

alliebobbitt on June 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Huh? He sent it to the “Supreme Leader”, who wasn’t up for election.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM

The supreme leader submitted only his approved candidates for president, our president has got to know that, so prior to the election our president sends a letter of support. That letter of support discounts the possibility of a fair election that May have led to a better outcome.

fourdeucer on June 24, 2009 at 10:30 AM

I agree that it was dumb to send a letter before the election. But given that the “supreme leader” picks the candidates and that the president does the “supreme leader’s” bidding, it’s a gargantuan stretch from the letter to concluding that Obama had foreknowledge of the election’s outcome. Usually it wouldn’t make any difference who won the election, both according to Iranian election law and to Obama’s “foreign policy” with regard to Iran.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM

It’s the belief that a letter will magically change the minds of the mullahs,

But he’s the messiah, able to change and redeem the hearts of men and women everywhere.

vcferlita on June 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Amenjihad v Butcher of Beirut v Supreme Leader v Council of Experts v President/Morality Police v Islamic Republican Guard v Balsamic Guard v Guardian Council

Another US president is fooled into beleiving Democracy can work in the ummah. I say break out the hot dogs and may the worst creep lose. Don’t forget the beer!!

Reality Check on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Michelle Obama has to be the most spoiled, self-centered fool I have ever heard speaking anywhere at any time and that’s saying a lot. She shows up supposedly to serve food to the homeless in a shelter wearing $500. shoes and then stays there “serving” for all of twenty minutes while she has photos taken, then she leaves.
Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Hey, twenty minutes of work is more time than we get out of Obama between golf outings.

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

NOTE the solution to your rhetoric hidden in your rhetoric. You observe that Obama “sent (his letter) to the ‘SUPREME LEADER’” (emphasis added by me).

Case closed. Or, rather, election results resolved in prearranged tense, much like an Obama Press Conference or Town Hall, and Obama once again bows before the “Supreme Leader”/s.

Lourdes on June 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM

I’m not quibbling with that. I’m saying that it is beyond a leap in logic to say that Obama had foreknowledge of the outcome of the ‘election’ results.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Ain’t nothing like ‘on the job training’ to separate the smart from those who ‘think they’re smart’. Barry didn’t make the cut.

GarandFan on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

President Obama told the Supreme Leader that he wanted better relations between the US and Iran

That’s what we all want…the difference is most of us do not want to pay the price for “better relations”.
This just shows how naive and immature Obama is…these guys see him as a weak tool.

right2bright on June 24, 2009 at 10:50 AM

As he gets pressed more and more he’s going to go ballistic. Watch. I can see it coming. He is inherently, deeply insecure….

TheBigOldDog on June 24, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Ironically, after he spontaneously combusts, questions about his divinity will be even stronger.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 10:52 AM

I’m not quibbling with that. I’m saying that it is beyond a leap in logic to say that Obama had foreknowledge of the outcome of the ‘election’ results.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

You are saying Obama didn’t know who was going to win?
Then he was one of only a handful in the world that did not know that…and the only “leader” in the world that didn’t have a clue.

right2bright on June 24, 2009 at 10:52 AM

“I grovel at your feet oh Supreme Leader and invite you to a 4th of July BBQ at the White House with me and Michelle. Tell your wife to come along. BYOB. (Bring Your Own Burka).”

albill on June 24, 2009 at 9:55 AM

The GOP has got a fearsome tape to run in 2010, if they want to make National Security an issue. Gitmo detainees, Scare Force One (I hope some ambitious Republican scared up the flight manifest), bowing to the Saudi king, insulting our allies, the Cairo speech versus Sarkozy on wearing the hijab — not to mention saying we are a “Muslim country” — I should link a chain letter my sister in Ohio sent me. Some people are angry.

alliebobbitt on June 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM

I don’t believe President Obama could make a command decision if his life depended on it and everything he has done has been through committees run by his handlers.

JeffinSac on June 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM

I have a copy of Obamas letter.

Dear Ali Khamenei,

I don’t know if you’ve noticed me or if you like me, but I sure do like you. I’ve secretly had a picture of you that I keep close to my heart. It would be real nice if we could become friends. Maybe Michelle will let me call you late at night. I was wondering if you’d like to come over to my house for a party on July 4th. It will be a great party.We’ll have baloons & hats and noisemakers and Michelle is making hot dogs.

Please say you’ll come

Affectionately yours

Barrack.

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM

“fomenting?” Don’t you mean “fermenting” like Obama says?

Dark Star on June 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 11:00 AM

P.S.
Unclench your fist and I’ll bend the hell over like I did in Saudi Arabia.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Foreign policy the community organizing way.

Just think if the mullahs were conservatives. Obamabi would have been right in their faces demanding this or that.

jukin on June 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM

P.S.
Unclench your fist and I’ll bend the hell over like I did in Saudi Arabia.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM

LOL

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 11:07 AM

From the desk of President Obama May,2009
Dear Ali,
I want to have better relations with the Iranian People.
From the President to the American People June, 2009
I can not interject myself in the Iranian elaction.

fourdeucer on June 24, 2009 at 11:11 AM

I bet there are days Michelle would like to go back to the days when she wasn’t proud of America and only had to deal with land deals with felons and money laundering/bribes from Chicago hospitals.

Jeff from WI on June 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM

How long again before we can get a real President again? This impostor is really wrecking things.

petunia on June 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Another US president is fooled into beleiving Democracy can work in the ummah. I say break out the hot dogs and may the worst creep lose. Don’t forget the beer!!

Reality Check on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Don’t forget arsenic or strychnine in the hot dogs. Just leave out the pork, it’s not halal.

Steve Z on June 24, 2009 at 11:16 AM

He sent him a letter? Where does he think he is, Middle School? Everyone knows that you can’t appease fascists with letters. He should have sent him a box of Swiss chocolate.

Now that the entire world watched these fascists in action, I don’t see how he can negotiate with them without looking like a complete moron… then again it never stopped him before.

Michelle Dubois on June 24, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I’m not quibbling with that. I’m saying that it is beyond a leap in logic to say that Obama had foreknowledge of the outcome of the ‘election’ results.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM
You are saying Obama didn’t know who was going to win?
Then he was one of only a handful in the world that did not know that…and the only “leader” in the world that didn’t have a clue.

right2bright on June 24, 2009 at 10:52 AM

No, I’m saying that he didn’t know any more than anyone else outside Iran’s ruling elite. He was determined to talk with Iran without preconditions even if that meant sitting down with Ahmadinejad.

ProfessorMiao on June 24, 2009 at 11:24 AM

So, meddling before an election is ok, but no meddling allowed afterward. Somebody better push the damn reset button before NoKo pushes the nuclear button and sends a message to Hawaii.

Kissmygrits on June 24, 2009 at 11:30 AM

and the letter by itself does no harm.

I don’t know about that. It’s a HUGE propaganda tool and Khamenei planned on using it against him all along. The man is desperate to hang onto power, and like you said, will make it up. But, if the police are successful enough in tapping down resistance, if enough Iranian people are pissed with Obama’s luke warm response, if enough people sit in the middle, who’s to say they won’t start believing whatever propagandist thing Kahmenei says? Even if it gives them an excuse to stop rioting vs stopping out of fear of the clampdown.

It’s bad for the White House. I always felt Obama was in over his head. He’s playing a diplomatic strategy game with those who are smarter/better than him. Nuance/pragmatism is not always a good thing. Sometimes you’re better off shooting it straight. Maybe he’ll get that now, but we’ll have to wait.

xax on June 24, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Kissmygrits on June 24, 2009 at 11:30 AM

He’d better push that reset button soon.

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Writer Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 2 mins ago
SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

Disturb the Universe on June 24, 2009 at 11:36 AM

“An Senator Obama has a speech that he gave in 2002.”

Truer words from HRC have never been spoken!

Most people at HA knew this was coming. We knew he was a novice on everything, not just foreign affairs. We heard now President Naive refer to his life overseas, and experiences in various countries, as a qualifier for the position as Leader of the free world.

But the alarms going off in our heads went well beyond his limited foreign policy experience. We knew his view of America was not only seriously flawed, but it was a harbinger of deadly dangers to America, and the world. It is his vision of America, his perception of this nation which causes him to make these naive moves. He has no solid, or correct historical knowledge base regarding America. This is reflected in his “57 state” comment, his confusing Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and the many, many more incorrect American history statements he has made.

What the world, and America is now going to reap will be the harvest of sowing ignorance, and hatred towards America in our public schools, colleges, universities, and our media. Until we begin taking these entities back, we will always have a Barrack Hussein Obama lurking in the weeds. All he or she will have as evidence to offer up for leadership will be one really good speech they gave to the masses while working for Ameri-Corp.

freeus on June 24, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Sorry about the bold!

freeus on June 24, 2009 at 11:38 AM

BARACK: “Those MF’n protesters ruined everything.

CHEWBACCA: “I know, baby.”

BARACK: “But I been practicin my Khamenei bow.”

CHEWBACCA: “I know, baby.”

DamnYankee on June 24, 2009 at 11:49 AM

As Khamenei’s response shows, it comes from an almost-blinding naiveté and a belief that the problem in US-Iranian relations is and has been the US, and not the radical Islamist extremists running Iran.

Err, maybe the Obama camp is nuanced enough to realize that it’s not just one or the other, but both. I mean, what had Iran done to the US that was so bad before the US deposed their democratically-elected leader and installed the Shah? Dont you think that could have something to do with the bad blood?

If you’re not willing to look at the situation fairly – trying to at least understand what the Iranian perspective is – then you really shouldnt bother opining on it.

orange on June 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Ha Ha.

And the remaining trump card Obama has to play with the Iranians …. “Come and have a hot dog with us on the 4th”.

We have a fool for a president.

fogw on June 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Maybe the mullahs’ hotdogs will be made out of pork?

PS: Its a sad day when the French have more guts than the POTUS.

tgharris on June 24, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Ummm Ahhh Ummmm Errr Ooooh Eh… I uhhhh hmmm harumph … I I don’t want to be used as a tool… errr beep boop bop… Uhhhhh and I am the president… I will bear witness and watch murder and call it violence… uhhhhh Dr. King said something and uhhhhh if only I could be like the ayatollahs and smack you down… uhhh hmmmm errr. Delicate, robust, caution, robust, debate, delicate, justice, the world, peace, robust robust robust debate, delicate, words just words, long history, great faith, islamic republic, tradition, values, robust debate, delicate matter, robust, robust debate, great faith.

I just vomit out flowery words and you all eat this sh*t up!! Muah.

–Dear Leader

James on June 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM

On one hand, one can see why Obama was reluctant to criticize the crackdown on the streets, even after Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel — two of Iran’s key trading partners — ripped the mullahs in public. Obama believed that his letter might have had some impact on Khamenei, convincing the Guardian Council that they could work with the US.

It also explains why he made the remark that there was no difference between Actmad and Mousavi, because Khamanei is the Supreme Ruler. He placed all his eggs in Khamanei’s basket and failed to understand that the protesters in the streets of Iran were in the process of taking Khamanei’s basket away from him, he could have helped make that happen but instead he saw them as interfering with his plans. He’s waited too late now.

As Khamenei’s response shows, it comes from an almost-blinding naiveté and a belief that the problem in US-Iranian relations is and has been the US, and not the radical Islamist extremists running Iran.

Oh yes, he certainly does believe that. Bad America, the cause of all the pain in the world. He has to heal the wounds of 30 years of bad relations! He doesn’t understand that Iran inflicted those wounds … Beirut, Syria, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan… Obama doesn’t understand the nature of the regime. He doesn’t understand their goal is world domination and that America is the world police and therefore the obstacle to their goal.

Obama has failed this test and I only hope that his failure doesn’t end up being the tipping point for our national security.

We have a bunch of children in the People’s House playing government.

Texas Gal on June 24, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Ironically, after he spontaneously combusts, questions about his divinity will be even stronger.

JiangxiDad on June 24, 2009 at 10:52 AM

The Passion of The One?

TheBigOldDog on June 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Has anyone seen the POTUS eat a BBQ sandwich on the trail?

/s

yakwill83 on June 24, 2009 at 12:07 PM

the mullahs didn’t need a statement from Obama to make it look like the protests were a CIA plot. Khamenei and his mullahs can simply make it up; they have done it quite often during the 30 years since the revolution.

Sure, but the question is how effective the mullahs lies will be. If we take actions that make it seem more likely that their claims are truthful, then we assist their efforts.

The point is not whether the mullahs will say that all their problems are due to the US. Of course they will; that is known. It is not in dispute.

The point is whether the Iranian people believe that story. If we are seen as taking sides in this internal fight, then that makes the story more believable. Thus, it helps the mullahs.

I dont want Obama to help the mullahs. I’m not sure why you do.

orange on June 24, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Standing up for liberty and freedom is hard work. It requires real passion and emotion.

Snubbing it is easy.

Obama refuses to take the right path.

I sorely miss Reagan and W. They had moral clarity that Obama thinks he has by quoting Dr. King.

James on June 24, 2009 at 12:14 PM

…..The point is whether the Iranian people believe that story. If we are seen as taking sides in this internal fight, then that makes the story more believable. Thus, it helps the mullahs.

I dont want Obama to help the mullahs. I’m not sure why you do.

Sending in the First Marine Division might help the mullahs’ story. The Leader of the Free World verbally standing up for people who have been so obviously disenfranchised, and who are being murdered for objecting to it….that doesn’t do much to help the mullahs.

tgharris on June 24, 2009 at 12:18 PM

It’s bad for the White House. I always felt Obama was in over his head. He’s playing a diplomatic strategy game with those who are smarter/better than him. Nuance/pragmatism is not always a good thing. Sometimes you’re better off shooting it straight. Maybe he’ll get that now, but we’ll have to wait.

xax on June 24, 2009 at 11:35 AM

A letter to Ali Khamenei and the Guardian Council in and of itself is not all that bad. Making such overtures is all part of diplomacy. The problem is that Obama made it personal. It wasn’t a letter from the US State Department to the government of Iran. It was Barak expressing a desire to “kick it back” with the peeps who run Iran. That is meddling no matter what the filthy liar in the White House says afterward.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Let me put this another way that might help make it more clear.

Before I begin, I want to stress that this is a hypothetical example for the purpose of making a point.

I’m guessing a bunch of you here enjoyed the Tax Day Tea Party protests. You felt like you were part of a movement, right? That your voices were being heard. You were doing something to express your passionate beliefs, trying to make a difference.

Now suppose some story came out that the Tea Parties were all organized and put together by the Iranian mullahs. They were pushing these things to try to diminish Obama’s popularity and/or foment civil unrest.

How would you feel? You would still feel understandably justified in protesting – you were expressing your viewpoint, totally fair game. Yet wouldnt you feel a bit less of an allegiance to the Tea Party movement if you knew that it was actually designed by a hostile foreign regime and intended to cause America harm? Wouldnt that cause you to be at least a little less interested in future protests? Surely you would think a bit about whether you wanted to continue (and this would be even truer if you knew the potential consequence of your protest was a violent response, as in Iran).

This is why it’s important for the resistance to be intra-Iranian. Even the protestors tend to be leery of the US. They want this to be a grassroots self-sufficient movement. One of the things people in the Middle East tend to dislike about the US is that we meddle in all their affairs. This is a good time not to meddle. You wouldnt want Iran meddling in our internal affairs, would you? So why do you think Iranians want us in their business?

orange on June 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

From a peanut farmer to a community oranizer. WTF people, this on the job training is gonna get us killed.

faol on June 24, 2009 at 12:23 PM

I understand when they say it for the cameras, but do Democrats actually believe that President Bush never attempted diplomacy? that he never reached out a hand to Iran and Iraq and attempted to resolve issues with them in a “civilized manner?”

How frightening, they actually believe their own press.

29Victor on June 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM

If you’re not willing to look at the situation fairly – trying to at least understand what the Iranian perspective is – then you really shouldnt bother opining on it.

orange on June 24, 2009 at 12:03 PM

There really isn’t two sides to a situation where one side routinely chants death to America and has been doing so for decades. God how I hate people like you and Obama- constantly trashing America and its values. Leave the US if you don’t like it here you pathetic America-hating loser. And take the fithly radical Muslim racist in the White House with you!!!

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM

You wouldnt want Iran meddling in our internal affairs, would you? So why do you think Iranians want us in their business?

orange on June 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Yeah, people like you want the Iranians to stick at what they do best. Supplying explosives and bodies to kill our troops in Iraq. I don’t know your agenda moron but Iran is not a nice place under the current regime no matter how you spin it.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Surprised He just didn’t send him an i-pod with a TOTUS speech on instead.

An autographed photo of Himself might have done the trick.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 24, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Obama suffers from Believing His Own Press Syndrome.

If he cares anything for the country or anything for the people of the Middle East he’ll step down like Chamberlain did. Is there a Churchill in the house?

– The Cat

MirCat on June 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

What part of “they cannot be reasoned with” does Messiah not understand?

n0doz on June 24, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Even the protestors tend to be leery of the US. They want this to be a grassroots self-sufficient movement. One of the things people in the Middle East tend to dislike about the US is that we meddle in all their affairs. This is a good time not to meddle.

Are you an Iranian in the streets of Tehran? Or have you some supernatural powers that you’re able to read their inner thoughts?

Me, I see signs written in English and Tweets from inside the grass-roots movement written in English.

Sorry … but it does seem to me there is evidence on the streets of Tehran to the contrary of your personal beliefs that sound like Obama talking points.

Texas Gal on June 24, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Obama suffers from Believing His Own Press Syndrome.
MirCat on June 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

That’s because he lives in an echo chamber. Somebody at that level of responsibilty needs to find and cultivate individuals he/she trusts to be the dissenting voice/devil’s advocate/whatever. Presidents usually find these people during the long careers they had prior to winning the presidency. Obama when from state senator/street thug to POTUS in four years during most of which he was voting present and campaigning.

Obama is thin-skinned, overly-sensitive to criticism (hence no teleprompter yesterday), and unwilling to hear any ideas but his own. He’s never developed the people skills necessary for leadership. We as a nation are suffering because of the emotional immaturity of the filthy liar in the White House.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:44 PM

What part of “they cannot be reasoned with” does Messiah not understand?

n0doz on June 24, 2009 at 12:39 PM

The part where it is understood that everybody includes the filthy liar in the White House too. I really think that Obama believes so highly in his skills as a negotiator he thinks he is the exception to the idea that the Iranian regime will never give up their nukes. In his mind, if he could get the Chicago street cleaners union to the same table with the city council what’s to stop him from cutting a deal with the Supreme Council to stop their nuclear program.

Jimmy Carter also suffered from this delusion about what he could accomplish with words alone.

highhopes on June 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

You wouldnt want Iran meddling in our internal affairs, would you? So why do you think Iranians want us in their business?

orange on June 24, 2009 at 12:22 PM

One more point, because I don’t think you understand what Obama meant by meddle. His point was that he didn’t want Khamanei to see him as meddling in Iran’s affairs. He made that perfectly clear. Obama wasn’t speaking about the protesters see us as meddling… they are crying out for us to meddle! I think perhaps you are just too invested in Obama to see him clearly in this matter.

Texas Gal on June 24, 2009 at 12:58 PM

This presidency is beginning to remind me of a scene from Red Dwarf

RIMMER: Well, that’s certainly an option, David, yes. Erm, but here’s my proposal: Let’s get tough. The time for talking is over. Call it extreme if you like, but I propose we hit it hard and hit it fast with a major — and I mean _major_ — leaflet campaign, and while it’s reeling from that, we’d follow up with a {whist} drive, a car boot sale, some street theatre and possibly even some benefit concerts. OK?
Now, if that’s not enough, I’m sorry, it’s time for the T-shirts:
“Mutants Out” … “Chameleonic Life Forms, No Thanks” … and if that’s not enough, well, I don’t know what will be.

29Victor on June 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM

On one hand, one can see why Obama was reluctant to criticize the crackdown on the streets,

Yes, because Precedent Hussein is a traitor and a moron. Those are the only reasons. The fact that he offered up the idiotic excuses about the US coming out against tyranny giving legitimacy to the tyranny to kill everyone in sight only shows how much of a moron The Precedent is.

I am finding it so hard to keep any food down when I read people trying to find some sense in the idiot messiah’s actions other than the clear and obvious fact that he is a traitor who is out to kill America and the West.

Obama believed that his letter might have had some impact on Khamenei, convincing the Guardian Council that they could work with the US.

Bullsh!t. If this were true, then The Precedent would not have defended his “deer in the headlights” non-response by claiming that saying anything critical of the Iranian regime would legitimize that regime – an attempt at logic that no one with a brain can hear without breaking out laughing.

Face it, Ed, The Precedent is an enemy. Plain and simple. Until you realize that you will be unable to to make any sense of his actions.

As Khamenei’s response shows, it comes from an almost-blinding naiveté and a belief that the problem in US-Iranian relations is and has been the US, and not the radical Islamist extremists running Iran.

The Precedent’s desire to place every single problem at the US’ door is not due to naivete. Come on, Ed. The Precedent is anything but naive. He isn’t smart, in any way, but he’s also not naive. He’s stupid and and he’s an enemy. He will do or say anything to to embarrass, humiliate, or injure the US. That is all he wants to do – cut the US down to size … and destroy it. I don’t see why it is so difficult to see this. Every single thing he says or does exudes this notion.

It’s The Precedent or the US. That is the situation, today.

progressoverpeace on June 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Ed: Allahpundit has been asking for a week now, how could Khameni and Ahmadicknijihad could’ve been so clueless, as to so badly fumble a stolen election.

How about the fact that once they received Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s Letter of Supplication, prior to the election, they knew that no matter what they did, like steal an election, it would not be critcized nor even acknowledge by the surrender-at-all-costs Obama (PBUH)(SWT)(SAW) Administration?

How’s that food for thought?

Dale in Atlanta on June 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Bishop. I saw the photo initially on Drudge, I believe. I did find it elsewhere for you, however. It’s the 5th picture down. Look at her eyes. She hates this Country.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×8489061

suzyk on June 24, 2009 at 1:56 PM

It’s the belief that a letter will magically change the minds of the mullahs

But…but…it’ true, all THE ONE has to do is speak his magical and soothing words to the Mullahs and unicorns will arrive, birds will sing, the sun will shine, and the Mullah’s will stop hating the US and the West, we’ll all hold hands, drink a Coke and sing koombaya!

Seriously though, this just goes to prove to those under the delusion that once Obambi became president all the world would love us again is a farce…however those that have drunk deeply of the fool-aid will never see the truth and that truth is they hate the US, the West, and their goal is a world dominated under a fascist Islamic ideology, a return of the Caliphate!

Get a clue Obamabots!

Liberty or Death on June 24, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Barry the Magic Mullah Messiah is a miserable failure.

Geochelone on June 24, 2009 at 2:41 PM

‘Jesus”s timing ain’t very good.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM

A few years back, as Rahm, Barack, Nancy, Gibbs, and others, sat back, being arm chair Senators, and Representatives. So convinced that their way, was the only way, and the right way. After years, and years of Presidents who came, and went, only they had ALL the answers, as to how to truly deal with these regimes.

Welcome to the Obama Presidency. Where Suckers Rule !

capejasmine on June 24, 2009 at 3:38 PM

And they say Bush was naive and incompetent and provincial. Sheesh.

Obama’s biggest fault is that he believes his own bullsh*t.

Dear Mr. Muallah:

Hi. My name is Barack and I want to be your friend. I know America sucks. My minister Jeremiah Wright feels the same way about Jews and the Great Satan that you do. I know that if anything bad happens anywhere in the world it is because some evil horrid American screwed up.

Well a new day has dawned. Barack is here and I plan to make some changes. First off, I think we can find a happy middle ground if we both just want to bad enough.

Waiting to hear from you.

Barack POTUS.

sheesh.

Terrye on June 24, 2009 at 5:33 PM

…that is the amateurish mistake.

BO makes an amateurish mistake?!? Did you expect anything less from an amateur? I’m still waiting for him to do something without looking like an pansy with a mile-long yellow stripe down his back.

BTW, is this the “international crisis” that will test Obama?

Geministorm on June 24, 2009 at 5:54 PM

I cannot say I am surprised with BHO’s incompetence. He was incompetent when he was a junior senator and as president this incompetency is magnified by orders of magnitude.

The presidency is no place to learn on the fly. I wonder if BHO has even realized that yet?

Hard to believe this great country (and the world) has to suffer through such pathetic, incompetent, immature leadership. Someone is going to get seriously hurt. Unfortunately the Iranian people who desire freedom are finding that out now.

I wonder who will be next?

StockOption on June 24, 2009 at 6:34 PM

BTW, is this the “international crisis” that will test Obama?

Geministorm on June 24, 2009 at 5:54 PM

We should all hope and pray it is.

I lose sleep at night wondering how this fool will handle an even larger crisis. Given his current track record we should all be very afraid. VERY AFRAID.

StockOption on June 24, 2009 at 6:50 PM

There are only two possibilities here: Either Obama has absolutely no understanding of the nature of evil in the world and how to confront it, -or- he is very deliberately on its side.

infidel4life on June 24, 2009 at 8:22 PM

It’s … acting as though such a letter is more important than the Iranian people speaking for themselves, that is the amateurish mistake.

Why should Obama respect the Iranian people speaking up for themselves? He doesn’t respect the American people speaking up for themselves.

He thinks he knows what’s best for us and is moving to institutionalize a socialist nanny state.

You can’t expect a promoter of soft tyranny to be completely unsympathetic towards those who govern with a hard tyranny. Or to have respect for average Joes or Janes of any country.

NoSquids on June 25, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Dear Mr. Muallah:

Hi. My name is Barack and I want to be your friend. I know America sucks. My minister Jeremiah Wright feels the same way about Jews and the Great Satan that you do. I know that if anything bad happens anywhere in the world it is because some evil horrid American screwed up.

Well a new day has dawned. Barack is here and I plan to make some changes. First off, I think we can find a happy middle ground if we both just want to bad enough.

Waiting to hear from you.

Barack POTUS.

P.S. If you’re not busy shooting women, perhaps you could attend my July 4th I hate America The Great Satan White House Party. We’ll have lot’s to eat and perhaps I can get the Secret Service to kidnap a Jew or two for our amusement.

Jeff from WI on June 25, 2009 at 11:41 AM

There is nothing wrong in sending that letter, of course.

Perhaps.

But doesn’t that sort of judgment depend on what the letter says, read in the context of what other steps the Administration has taken lately? At this point, consider the Administration’s johnny-come-lately blundering. Also, consider what davod on June 24, 2009 at 10:16 AM noted, above — Andrew McCarthy’s piece on Obama’s negotiations.

Might it not be a good thing for the American people to actually see that letter — especially since the SL is now bandying it about in a propaganda context?

Then we will probably be able to better judge for ourselves if there was “nothing wrong” in sending it.

Trochilus on June 25, 2009 at 11:57 AM

My sources tell me he also sent an email to the Mullahs.

Text was secret, but the subject line read, “Death to America!!”

guntotinglibertarian on June 25, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Years ago, I worked for a man who placed his son in charge of the company. Total disaster. The man later made the statement to the local media that if you put a Cub Scout in a soldier’s uniform, you don’t have soldier, you have a little boy dressed for a costume party. We don’t have a president…

oldleprechaun on June 25, 2009 at 4:25 PM