You know, its not so much that Obama is on the wrong side of history, regarding Iran. Hes on no side of history. Even the BBC is getting rather cynical vis a vis Obamas reticence to become engaged
The White House has so far resisted calls to speak out more forcefully in support of Iranian demonstrators and shelve plans for a dialogue with Irans leadership.
But as reports of violent clashes between demonstrators and the feared Basij paramilitary forces emerged from Tehran, US officials said that a large-scale crackdown would change the tenor of statements coming out Washington.
If the violence, killing, burning of things, arrests, etc, dont get him off his behind, nothing will. Oh, except
President Barack Obama stands with daughters Malia Obama, 10, left, and Sasha Obama, 8, and orders frozen custard at The Dairy Godmother in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, Va., Saturday, June 20, 2009.
Well, thats nice. But, see, there is a little problem. Things are happening in the world of importance, President Neophyte. Rather than a photo-op at the ice cream parlor (Patterico contrasts MSM tweets over this event vs. when an Iranian protester was shot dead), you might become a bit more engaged. You are The President now. Act like it.
Analysts and diplomats in the US have been exploring how President Barack Obamas offer of engagement, combined with internal Iranian factors, may have contributed to the dynamic of events unfolding inside Iran.
In other words, like any good leftist, they are looking first to see if America was to blame. Which seems to be the opinion of Iran, as well, which blames the violence on Voice of America and the BBC.
Over the weekend, President Obama upped the ante ever so slightly as he warned Irans leaders that the world was watching.
But, really, the BBC article seems to be pointing out that Obama wants negotiations with Iran too badly too make a strong statement. He wants his kumbaya, and doesnt want to rock the boat. BushCo may have been belligerent (rightly so) against Iran, but, the British, French, UN, and other countries involved in talks about Irans nuclear aspirations werent. Look where it has gotten them.
Ill repeat the question: if Iranians dont want help from the world, then why do so many have English language signs? But, Obama will probably listen more to Ahmadinejad then anyone else, as he tells America and Britain to butt out. Notice how compassion and care for the downtrodden and those who want freedom disappears in the face of an ideological agenda?
BTW, some great Green emoticons here.
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