Video: Obama denounces Iranian crackdown on protesters

posted at 6:29 pm on December 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

They’ve been jerking him around on nuclear negotiations for six months, with sanctions now practically a fait accompli (or are they?), so there’s no sense left in making nice. Three clips for you here, one of Obama and two more from the uprising in Iran. The first appears to show citizens trying to save men who were being hanged by the regime; the second claims to be audio of protesters trying to intimidate security by screaming “Allahu Akbar” from all corners of Tehran after nightfall. (You’ll remember that from this summer’s protests.) There’s more where this came from, too: The NYT has graphic video of protesters and security beating each other bloody and the Daily Beast has a choice selection of six clips showcasing the street battles over the past few days, one of which purports to show the dead body of Mousavi’s nephew. That killing was a little different from the rest:

Unlike the other protesters reported killed on Sunday, Ali Moussavi appears to have been assassinated in a political gesture aimed at his uncle, according to Mohsen Makhmalbaf, an opposition figure based in Paris with close ties to the Moussavi family.

Mr. Moussavi was first run over by a sport utility vehicle outside his home, Mr. Makhmalbaf wrote on his Web site. Five men then emerged from the car, and one of them shot him. Government officials took the body late Sunday and warned the family not to hold a funeral, Mr. Makhmalbaf wrote.

The body’s since disappeared from the hospital where it was being kept. Mousavi’s top aides are now being rounded up too; the question is how much worse the situation has to get before they decide they have no choice but to come after him directly.

Meir Javedanfar says it’s a full-blown intifada, and it ain’t going away:

Here again Ayatollah Khamenei seems to be aiding the opposition. The brutal attack against the mourners at Montazeri’s funeral meant that more people were motivated to turn up in the streets on Tasua (the day before Ashura), as well as on Ashura, which happened to fall on the 7th day of Montazeri’s passing. In fact, small demonstrations have continued in different places since Montazeri was buried.

Further, on Ashura, his forces killed Seyed Ali Habibi Mousavi Khameneh, the nephew of Mir Hossein Mousavi. It’s very possible that he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. However, the Mousavi family might understandably assume that he was targeted for assassination. After all, how is it possible that among thousands upon thousands of demonstrators, he was one of the few shot dead? Was he followed from the beginning by an assassination team? Was he marked for death before he left the house? These are questions that cannot be overlooked.

And now his funeral, as well as the 7th day of his death, will provide other occasions for the opposition to demonstrate. Add to this 15 religious holidays, plus at least five major political ones. Meanwhile, more are expected to be killed or arrested, meaning further mourning congregations and demonstrations. Put all of these dates together and the regime could start facing an unprecedented number of demonstrations.

It’s not just demonstrations either: The Times of London has a nice round-up of various insidious ways dissidents are spreading anti-regime propaganda under the radar. Exit question one: I take it this means Waffles’s trip to Tehran to gladhand Ahmadinejad’s underlings is now off, yes? Exit question two: Is there any scenario here where Iran abandons its nuclear program? Assume the best-case scenario, where Khamenei flees the country and the Revolutionary Guard starts to crumble. Mousavi is elected president of a new secular-ish regime. Wouldn’t he want to keep the nuclear program, if only to show the military and hardline political forces whose support he’ll need that the new leader’s not going to roll over for the west? Long-term, that sort of regime would be vastly, vastly better than the mullahs. Short-term, I’m not sure for our purposes it would be drastically different.


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Too little, too late, Turkmanbama!

Gob on December 28, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Gob on December 28, 2009 at 6:31 PM

Ya beat me to it.

NickTx on December 28, 2009 at 6:32 PM

*sigh*

Really, REALLY late to the party…but at least he eventually showed up.

Absolute bare minimum of stale kudos.

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2009 at 6:33 PM

The two rescued guys from the first video were recaptured and hanged.

BadgerHawk on December 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Too late.

Sharr on December 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

MadisonConservative on December 28, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Big Deal. It is like that guy that shows up to the party late, is already drunk and needs a ride home. All in less then 5 minuters of showing up.

upinak on December 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

“A day late and a dollar short” seems like a woefully inadequate assessment.

Cylor on December 28, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Leading is hard

aikidoka on December 28, 2009 at 6:36 PM

BadgerHawk on December 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

:( not good.

upinak on December 28, 2009 at 6:36 PM

The Won is fashionably late on all issues. It’s almost like he doesn’t have opinions of his own and has to wait for them to be formulated. Oh, I forgot, he’s the smartest person in the world so that can’t be correct.

Cindy Munford on December 28, 2009 at 6:38 PM

I’ve been following the protests on twitter since the election and they never really stopped.

NTWR on December 28, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Exit question one: I take it this means Waffles’s trip to Tehran to gladhand Ahmadinejad’s underlings is now off, yes?

Pfffffft!

Exit question two: Is there any scenario here where Iran abandons its nuclear program?

It discovers how to make anti-matter weapons?

ThePrez on December 28, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Obama denounces beating protestors?

The SEIU’s not gonna like that.

malclave on December 28, 2009 at 6:39 PM

You know, I actually have a client who gets 10 minutes on Iranian radio every day to provide news and information. She lives in California and her voice is tantalizing. Anyway, there are forces working within Iran to get messages out.

ThackerAgency on December 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Hey, that’s great Barack.

Now when the cameras go on, remember to put on your tie so you don’t show any disrespect to the press, the American people, or the Iranians.

….oops.

tikijack on December 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

BHO reacts to opinion polls. just sayin

chaswv on December 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Hey, I have a great idea…!

Let’s elect Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States…

Seven Percent Solution on December 28, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Dithering

jgdp on December 28, 2009 at 6:44 PM

He only said something now because things are so bad he was forced to or face really going down in the polls.

No kudos from me.

INC on December 28, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Way too late. A “we’re on your side” message months ago would have helped immensely. Now the proptestors just ignore Obama. They know his words are meaningless.

Surfs up Obambi!!!

darwin on December 28, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Yeah, and I’m getting tired of no tie.

In case you missed it, Pundit & Pundette linked to a WaPo article with this buried at the bottom:

Obama is used to explaining policy himself. But so far in Hawaii, the Christmas Day incident has not required a presidential appearance or Obama’s rhetorical skills.

Instead, after going to the gym and playing basketball with a small group — including friends and staff — Obama took his family and friends to a Marine Corps base beach that had been closed for the presidential entourage.

His aides noted another important balance Obama is trying to strike: between work and play, his job as president and his family, his public profile and a personal retreat that has been almost completely private for four full days.

Obama obviously thought being President required the same amount of work as a Senator only with better percs.

This is disgusting that his aides would put out PR garbage like this.

If the work is too much, he’s welcome to resign anytime.

INC on December 28, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Without teeth.

nyx on December 28, 2009 at 6:46 PM

WaPo link.

INC on December 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM

In the spirit of Maureen Dowd ,at the end of 0′s obligatory , proforma statement, I heard an unspoken “whatever”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM

All bark (or rather, yelp) … and no bite.

darwin on December 28, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Exit question two: Is there any scenario here where Iran abandons its nuclear program?

Obama gives them a couple of ours, just to extract a promise that they won’t build their own?

Intrepid on December 28, 2009 at 6:50 PM

BTW, in the future, to get ‘the won’s’ future statements on important matters, should we just tune to the Golf Channel?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM

He suffers from a fatal case of If-I-wish-it-to-be-so-then-it-will-be-so.

singlemalt_18 on December 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Next Up:

A strongly worded letter to Cain

trubble on December 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM

Best of luck to the Iranian protesters. Take down that fascist regime.

rbj on December 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM

If you think of him as the Intern-in-Chief some of it starts to make some sense.

Drained Brain on December 28, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Ogabe is following the windsock again.

Bishop on December 28, 2009 at 6:53 PM

“Now the protesters world just ignores Obama. They know his words are meaningless.”

FFFY

GoldenEagle4444 on December 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM

I’m sure the mullahs all get together for a good hardy laugh every time B.O. gets up there and denounces them.

He’s about as much of a threat to them as a fart in an elevator.

pilamaye on December 28, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Try to calm yourself Barry, I’m sure they’re quaking in their sandals.

Sam_I_Am on December 28, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Obama appears bored with the whole “President” thing, and it’s only 11 months into his four year term.

We should just call him “Malaisey McBoredPants”.

Intrepid on December 28, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Focus grouping has got some lead time.

the_nile on December 28, 2009 at 6:59 PM

hollow words from a Hollow Messiah

when punks talk, no one listens……..

Janos Hunyadi on December 28, 2009 at 7:01 PM

GoldenEagle4444 on December 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Actually I think they point their fingers and laugh. He’s a buffoon and they see it.

dogsoldier on December 28, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Take away from Boy Wonders reading of the POTUS:

“Protesters are being killed in Iran; Happy New Year everybody!”

What he really said:

“I’m closely watching the news and opinion shows, with a lot of attention to the European media, so that as the public opinion is formed, my statements will be crafted to match”

BobMbx on December 28, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Something else a little petty… he really does need to use a teleprompter – He has been speaking off of notes a lot recently, and his constant looking up and left, then down,then up and right, then down, then up and left, again and again and again is beyond parity.

singlemalt_18 on December 28, 2009 at 7:09 PM

He’s just not up to the task, is he. When a forceful potent message was needed on both issues, (not to mention an immediate one) he just sounded like he was going through the motions. I’m sad that he’s our leader. Things are going to get tougher, Mr. President, not easier. Go home and get to work.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:10 PM

again and again is beyond parity parody.

singlemalt_18 on December 28, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Fixed, sorry.

singlemalt_18 on December 28, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Hey, I have a great idea…!

Let’s elect Barack Hussein Obama as President of the United States…

Seven Percent Solution on December 28, 2009 at 6:43 PM

And let’s do it by all staying home from the polls, to “teach the Republican Party a lesson!”.

Brilliant minds think alike. Oops, I forgot. Tom Shipley called me “stupid” on another thread this afternoon, when I correctly noted that bin Laden’s 1996 Fatwa mentioned Bill Clinton by name.

Del Dolemonte on December 28, 2009 at 7:11 PM

When tyrants knock on the door it would be better if the people were armed.

tarpon on December 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Obama gives them a couple of ours, just to extract a promise that they won’t build their own?

Intrepid on December 28, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Already tried by President Fornicator in North Korea. Not the bombs, but the technology. In the end, no difference. With Iran, they are much smarter and have a real desire to start detonating these things (spread the nukes around a bit) near people they don’t like…which is everyone not Iranian.

BobMbx on December 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

The best thing that the Iranian regime could hope for nowadays is a surprise strike from Israel, that’d be the only way to unify the country–against a common, external enemy.

I do not believe that the White House went far enough in its recriminations of the Iranian regime. He declared “universal” rights, except, in our Declaration, those rights are inalienable. He appeared to choke through the words “fear and tyranny” and almost implicated himself in using the same tactics, albeit more softer, on his own people and enemies.

Say it ain’t so…?

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 7:13 PM

When a forceful potent message was needed on both issues, (not to mention an immediate one) he just sounded like he was going through the motions. I’m sad that he’s our leader

AGREED.

but it’s not because he’s weak and inexperienced.
his heart just ain’t in it.

the only thing that gets obamaman juiced is socialism and bashing his domestic political opponents.

obamaman couldn’t care less about univesal human rights.

reliapundit on December 28, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Probably $100 million of support to the Iranian dissidents’ movement would bring down the mullahs and, of course, Dinnerjacket with them.

That’s a speck on a freckle of an an ant’s a$$ compared to what our first Anti-American president has spent in less than a year on bribes and boondoggles and balderdash.

And if they’re not brought down, and soon… tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.

TXUS on December 28, 2009 at 7:13 PM

When tyrants knock on the door it would be better if the people were armed.

tarpon on December 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Great point. Is it true that the Iranian people are not allowed to be armed? This brings up a great question as to how a people should guard themselves against a tyrannical government…. Do we see the US in need of the 2nd Amendment as a bulwark against governmental tyranny someday?…soon…?>

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

BTW someone should e-mail Faux News and tell them that the Marine Base isn’t actually in Kailua.

Del Dolemonte on December 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Obama is playing both sides here. He is trying to act presidential, but only after the pressure makes him, and not piss off what he believes are his future deal making buddies. If he twists their privates over this, and the riots go away, he’ll be stuck with the Iranian leaders mad at him, which gets in the way of his “I’m here, now let’s all be friends” policy.

Like I’ve said a million times before, “This guy is an idiot.”

archer52 on December 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Looks like ole Barry is pretty irritated at being pulled away from his vacation. Also looks like he’s partying plenty hardy or he didn’t bother with the makeup this time.

R D on December 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Send in the trolls.

PappaMac on December 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

If the opposition succeeds in Iran, it will do so in spite of and not because of Obama’s ‘support’, for great shame.

Never, never, in all of history, has there been a more nakid ‘leader’, a more devoid one.

U.S. America, look yourself in the mirror and ask what you have done. Be very, very ashamed of yourself and make sure you remedy your error soon. The oppressed world is watching you.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Send in the trolls.

PappaMac on December 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Freedom is foreign to the sheep that they are.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2009 at 7:18 PM

reliapundit on December 28, 2009 at 7:13 PM

My fear is it’s worse than that…it’s all of the above.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:19 PM

He give a shout out to Neda?

- The Cat

MirCat on December 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Did he prefaced the speech with a shout out to Charlie Sheen?

bayview on December 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Wow, what passion in defense of freedom! Have they put him on anti-depressants now? I’ve never seen a guy on vacation who looked so worn out. Seriously, he’s not well, is he?

Solid D+ on the Iran comments, and an F on the “isolated terrorist” stupidity. What, does he think that guy sewed sophisticated explosive underwear on his own?

Meremortal on December 28, 2009 at 7:22 PM

That must rank below “a punch from Paul Lynde” on the list of things that frighten Iran.

Chuck Schick on December 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

The NYT video is stunning. It’s utter chaos over there. I wonder how much motivation these protestors have to continue. I hope they do and that they face down this murderous thug in the dinner jacket.

ted c on December 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Christmas is over, Mr. President. Show the terrorists you mean business, cut the vacation short. Go home and launch an attack in response. DO something. Don’t dither. Don’t play golf. This shows weakness. Go home and come up with a REAL response to Iran. Come on, you won, remember? THEY TRIED TO MESS WITH US ON OUR SOIL. Give them a message they won’t forget.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Pantload in Chief must be careful in his dealings with Iran….don’t want to piss Chavez off.

BigWyo on December 28, 2009 at 7:27 PM

CIA DIRECTOR: Mr. President, the dirty bombs that wiped out Tel Aviv, Manhattan and LA, all of them, they came from sources traced directly to Iran.
OBAMA How could that be? My Cairo speech, the strongly worded letters, the UN’s sanctions?
CIA DIRECTOR: Well, sorry sir, there’s no doubt. We have solid evidence of Iran’s involvement… and the operatives.
OBAMA: Then, let me be clear. This calls for a bold response. I’m gonna get Napolitano on this. She writes the best letters, really scary. Then, turn the operatives over to Holder so he can make sure they’re handled fairly and we’ll show ‘em some real justice before a jury of their peers… somewhere. Can’t use New York anymore. Maybe San Francisco. Let’s do this.

TXUS on December 28, 2009 at 7:28 PM

TXUS on December 28, 2009 at 7:28 PM

hahahahaha

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Papa Echo (Planet Earth) calling Mars, Roger

…Papa Echo…still calling Mars…Over

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Once this bloody revolution is over, the Iranians will remember who stood by them.

Urban Infidel on December 28, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I have to agree with Allah’s front page quip, better late than never.
Now keep bozo from visiting for God’s sake. Show some backbone will ya?
I think scallywag has a point. The world doesnt want another carefully worded, brilliant speech about nothing. Make somebody pay. Now. Or risk losing all cred with these scumbags.

JusDreamin on December 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Or risk losing all cred with these scumbags.

JusDreamin on December 28, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Too late – that happened on Nov. 04, 2008.

Schadenfreude on December 28, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I feel compelled to respectfully disagree with the to little to late comment.

I fell Obama is only voicing his support now, to score some political points. Why now? After all this time? Perhaps because his poll numbers are down? It’s become painfully obvious that Obama only does what he should have done, when it becomes politically expedient for him to do so.

capejasmine on December 28, 2009 at 7:36 PM

This may sound petty but he really should be wearing a tie when making a speech about such serious matters.

He should also try to sound less perfunctory in his remarks – a little passion, please. Pretend you care.

CarolynM on December 28, 2009 at 7:37 PM

I wonder if Mr. Kerry still wants to go to Iran…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 28, 2009 at 7:39 PM

This may sound petty but he really should be wearing a tie when making a speech about such serious matters.

If you were a man in charge of a corporation nd someone had tried to bomb your building, I think you’d think it appropriate to wear a tie when making a statement to the press, yes. You’re right.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:45 PM

If you were a man in charge of a corporation nd someone had tried to bomb your building, I think you’d think it appropriate to wear a tie when making a statement to the press, yes. You’re right.

scalleywag on December 28, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Well, at least he didn’t give a shout out to some hula dancer first.

TXUS on December 28, 2009 at 7:56 PM

A key to ObaMao’s definition of “human rights” is one that Hillary Clinton embraces. Lacking for each is the inherent rights of liberty and self-determination. Instead both ObaMao and she “lump economic and ‘social’ rights” as more important, according to this squib, which builds on a WaPo observation.

The Hillary and ObaMao Doctrine of Human Rights is more in line with that of the Soviet Bloc definitions,summarized the piece.

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/12/025254.php?format=print

I don’t think that ObaMao grasps the idea that people will fight and/or die for liberty. For people of his political ideology, they only fight for an equal piece of the pie and government will determine the size and quality of that slice. That is both ObaMao’d snd Hillary’s definition of “social justice.”

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 8:43 PM

You know, I actually have a client who gets 10 minutes on Iranian radio every day to provide news and information. She lives in California and her voice is tantalizing. Anyway, there are forces working within Iran to get messages out.

ThackerAgency on December 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Wasn’t one of ObaMao’s first moves after his inauguration to shut down the Bush US efforts to support Iranian dissidents with an informational blitz? Didn’t ObaMao do the same in Cuba? I think that the Fresh Prince saw the move as a reaching out of diplomacy to demonstrate that we were not engaged in “hostile democratic propaganda.”

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Looks like ole Barry is pretty irritated at being pulled away from his vacation. Also looks like he’s partying plenty hardy or he didn’t bother with the makeup this time.

R D on December 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

I keep thinking that he is a sickle cell anemia candidate. The weight loss and the bluish cast to his lips are odd. He is always needing vacations or breaks from “stress,” too.

onlineanalyst on December 28, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Is there any scenario here where Iran abandons its nuclear program? Assume the best-case scenario, where Khamenei flees the country and the Revolutionary Guard starts to crumble. Mousavi is elected president of a new secular-ish regime. Wouldn’t he want to keep the nuclear program, if only to show the military and hardline political forces whose support he’ll need that the new leader’s not going to roll over for the west?

No. Khomeini opposed nuclear weapons. Khamenei is okay with them. None dare speak ill of Khomeini, but Khamenei is “the dictator” to whom they wish “death.” It sounds like the people have already been convinced that Khomeini was superior to Khamenei in terms of guidance (even if us in the west might not see it quite that way).

calbear on December 28, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Wouldn’t he want to keep the nuclear program, if only to show the military and hardline political forces whose support he’ll need that the new leader’s not going to roll over for the west? Long-term, that sort of regime would be vastly, vastly better than the mullahs. Short-term, I’m not sure for our purposes it would be drastically different.

In the short-term, it would be better for us. Mousavi, unlike Khameni and A’jed, isn’t stupid enough to launch an attack on Tel Aviv. All the rhetoric about wanting to finish Adolph job for him and wipe Israel off the face of the earth will be gone. A good emissary (i.e. Dubya would be a good choice, which would be amusing because it would involve groveling on Barry’s part) will be able to talk Israel out of an air strike. The U.S. would able to have meaningful talks with the Mousavi gov’t and they would likely respond to carrots from the West because if they don’t get the Iranian economy moving, they wouldn’t last very long.

Frankly, it is far from perfect, but it is much better than the choices now.

Illinidiva on December 28, 2009 at 9:54 PM

I also thought he should have put on a tie and saw not only here but some elsewhere say the same.

Obama’s attire seemed to say “I interrupted my vacay, you know”.

I know GWB would swagger up to the mikes clad in ranch wear, sometimes, but somehow it was in fact different. He wasn’t looking like an effete bon vivant at a resort, he looked like he could kick terrorist ass.

KittyLowrey on December 28, 2009 at 10:07 PM

When tyrants knock on the door it would be better if the people were armed.

tarpon on December 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Right on!

MCGIRV on December 28, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Is it too much to ask for the President of the United States to WEAR A TIE?!

Reagan wouldn’t take his coat off in the oval office out of respect for the presidency, but this guy can’t bring himself to wear a tie in a presser? It takes 1 minute to put one on. What a slob. If only I could say this was a one time event and he was under duress.

Goldenavatar on December 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Goldenavatar on December 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Hey, can’t show off that awesome chest if he wears the tie!

Honestly, I’m pleasantly surprised he didn’t call them a bunch of whiny teabaggers. It was a perfect chance to go all Olberman and he managed to sound sort of Presidential in a ‘Dave’ kind of way. Still weak though.

austinnelly on December 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM