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Words I Wish I Didn’t Have to Read

Over at Jennifer’s:

Unless you’ve been glued to US sNews, you’ve heard about the recent sham of an election in Iran and resulting protests and unrest. And since our president hasn’t gotten permission to get his balls out of the jar, we have to turn to France.

Sometimes the truth is painful.

8 Responses to “Words I Wish I Didn’t Have to Read”

  1. Monty says:

    I’m as eager to jump on the Obama bashing train as the next guy, but here it is really unfounded. History has shown that when dealing with protests in Iran, the WORST thing we can do for those protests is get involved. Anything meaningful he could say would be used to raise a nationalist furor against the protests and justify the crackdown. It wont be Iran brutalizing its citizens, it will be Iran fighting off the lapdogs of the imperialist American devils.

    Obama is doing exactly what he must if he wants to see democracy in Iran without a repeat of the US going in like in Iraq. I really hope this line of criticism dies, so we can go back to attacking Obama on things he is actually doing wrong (Healthcare/Financial Regulatory Hell/Guns/Knives/Deficit/Gov’ Secrecy/The list goes on)

  2. Andy says:

    Dang, Monty beat me to it. Iran has to do this themselves.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Of course they have to do this themselves, but he could at least react as though it were more serious than a stubbed toe. But he saves his ‘shock’ and ‘outrage’ for those that fit his narrative.

  4. Nomen Nescio says:

    if the president of the USA were to react seriously at all about anything that happens in Iran, about two hours later the ayatollahs are denouncing him for it on Iranian TV and getting real sympathy for it. Iranians tend to NOT like the USA, not at all. and let’s face it, we’ve given them damn good reason not to.

  5. Andrew says:

    “Anything meaningful he could say would be used to raise a nationalist furor against the protests and justify the crackdown. It wont be Iran brutalizing its citizens, it will be Iran fighting off the lapdogs of the imperialist American devils.”

    Wait a minute, half (OK that can’t be proved) of the Iranians are screaming for the US to say something in support of them. So half +/- won’t be part of the nationalist furor.

    Or am I missing something?

  6. comatus says:

    There is a tide in the affairs of men, that, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.

    In the streets, they are calling out “I am ready for death, but not subjugation.” If they called, instead, “The Americans are coming,” I’d wager you’d see some very private airliners leave Tehran ‘International’ within the hour.

  7. whatever says:

    Trying to meddle in Iran would be the worst thing we could do. If you know anything about Iran, you’d know they would really resent any interference by the US in their politics.

    The Iranians are not asking for involvement by the US. On the contrary, they are happy we are staying out of it as if we sided with one side that would be the kiss of death to that side.

  8. Guav says:

    Countries that have a good history and a good relationship with Iran can and should weigh in on what’s going on. President Obama—or any representative of the US government (I’m looking at you, Pence)—making a forceful statement in support of the dissidents is possibly the stupidest course of action to take (unless their goal is to help Ahmadinejad, that is). Frankly, Jennifer doesn’t really have any idea what she’s talking about.

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