IRAN's "ELECTION" Obama Official Refuses to Condemn Brutality

A State Department official refuses to so much as condemn the regime's violent crackdown on democracy.

This is the "new JFK"? I rather liked the old one better:

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge—and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

Compare that to Obama's statement on the New Iranian Revolution:

Admittedly, it's pithier than JFK's statement.

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Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 28, 2009 at 3:31pm
Here's a piece from the current Newsweek, indicating the American intel community might have been caught off guard by the Iranian election results:
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 17, 2009 at 7:00pm
I think that the process is just as important as the outcome. If elements of the Iranian polity with a participatory political culture, and a widespread commitment to greater democracy, get in the habit of trying to seize their destiny from the more authoritarian types, it bodes well for everyone except the worst sectors of the theocracy.
Comment by Joseph on June 17, 2009 at 6:56pm
It would be nice if a split developed between Hamas and Iran but Israeli Intelligence is not to optimistic on anything coming of these demonstrations.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 17, 2009 at 5:38pm
I did. That's why I'm not a huge supporter of Mousavi as the second coming of Thomas Jefferson. But he's the best there is at this particular moment, and if Ahmadinejad loses in this power struggle, one has to ask who else suffers collateral damage, and how much. I don't see how the Islamic Republic system can come out ahead. Dictatorships get in trouble when they look fallible and vulnerable, and the system cannot come out with an enhanced aura of infallibility and invulnerability.
Comment by Joseph on June 17, 2009 at 3:28pm
This article also says Hamas is fighting for Mousavi in Teheran, and Mossad Chief Dagan believes these protests would not become a full-fledged revolution and "this argument is about sources of influence within the Iranian Elite"(one of my suspicions) and overall only involve a small sector of the population. If you have not read the whole article, do so.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 17, 2009 at 3:10pm
I saw that interview. He damns with faint praise and damns with even fainter condemnation.
Comment by Joseph on June 17, 2009 at 3:05pm
Hot off the presses!! The American Messiah says Ahmadinejad and Mousavi not very different.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 17, 2009 at 2:26pm
It's an interesting theory, Joseph. But it's possible too that this got way out of hand. The best metaphor I can think of is using fire to clear brush from your property, and then having the wind shift and the fire burns your house down.
Comment by Joseph on June 17, 2009 at 2:23pm
Iran is a Theocracy based on the concepts of Shia Islam. All the main players are mostly Clerics who receive their schooling in the city of Qom. This city is the Harvard of Iran. The present Supreme Leader is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Khamenei was a key person in the Islamic revolution that toppled the Shah in 1979. The Supreme Leader is chosen by the clerics that make up the "Assembly of Experts". This assembly is vetted by the Guardian Council composed of 12 members of which 6 are directly picked by the Supreme Leader and the other 6 members are picked by the Judiciary. But the head of the Judiciary is picked by the Supreme Leader and reports directly to him. See a pattern here. The Supreme Leader has his fingers in every pie of substance. The Supreme Leader(Dictator) with his Guardian Council controls all the organs of government, military, media, and religious institutions. No one can run for a major political office without being approved(vetted) by the Guardian Council who's boss is the Supreme Leader. This means that any "so-called" reformists to be able to run for office has to be approved by the Supreme Leader and the Guardian Council. There are no reformists(Democrats) as we in the West define it. As Mr. Martin pointed out, Mousavi, the reformist, is co-founder of Hezbollah which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and all the West. Does not sound like a reformist(democrat) as I define it. The Supreme Leader and the Guardian Council are playing games(something we all enjoy doing on this site) by using that old idea of "Good Cop vs. Bad Cop." The guy before Ahmadinejad was the "Good Cop". Ahmadinejad is the "Bad Cop". All the rhetoric, etc. that comes out of these "Cops" is written and approved by the Supreme Leader and his boys, the Guardian Council. Why do they do this? I have my own suspicions but that is not fact. I'll leave that for others to debate.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on June 17, 2009 at 12:07pm
I suspect that the presumptive Shah would be most acceptable to the international community as whole, and especially to the west. But after the way that his father screwed the pooch, I seriously doubt that he could get much traction within Iran.

For all of Mousavi's faults, and they are manifest, he has to be viewed as a less insane alternative to Ahmadinejad Plus, I believe that he has moderated over the years, plus knowing that his support comes from a more reform-minded sector of Iranian society, would be just as reluctant to alienate that base as Ahmadinejad to anger his.

He may not be the best for the Iranian nation, or the cause of democracy, but I see him as the most promising one available now.

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