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  • Morning Bell: Sham Elections Expose Obama's Iran Policy

    On the eve of Friday’s election in Iran, President Barack Obama told reporters: “We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran. Whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability to engage them in new ways.” But almost immediately after the polls closed, election authorities miraculously claimed to have counted millions of paper ballots and named the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner.

    Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, then went on state television Saturday to declare the result a “divine assessment.” Responding to reports that Iranian security forces were keeping main rival Mir Hossain Mousavi in his home, Mr. Ahmadinejad dryly responded: “He ran a red light, and he got a traffic ticket.”

    The only real surprise from the weekend’s results was how blatant Iranian authorities acted to preserve the current administration. It was naive to ever pretend that Iran, a theocratic dictatorship, was ever a true democracy. In reality, the ayatollahs hand-picked the four contending candidates from a pool of 475 who initially sought to run for the presidency. The senior clerics on the Guardian Council, which vets the candidates, severely narrowed the choices to less than 1 percent of the original field of challengers. The four who were permitted to run for the presidency share a deep commitment to the extremist Islamist ideology that sparked Iran’s 1979 revolution.

    The election results demonstrate again that it is the decisions of Iran’s Supreme Leader, not Iranian voters, which count in determining Tehran’s foreign policy … a foreign policy bent on acquiring nuclear weapons. Instead of blindly engaging the Iranian regime, the Obama administration must drive home the point that an Iranian nuclear weapon is unacceptable. Obama should:

    • Denounce the elections and indicate U.S. support for the demonstrators.
    • Call on other nations to support demonstrators and lead an international coalition to impose the strongest possible targeted economic sanctions against Iran.
    • Strengthen U.S. security in the region and at home by rescinding his budget cuts and fully funding missile defense.

    President Obama has shown little interest in continuing President George Bush’s push for democracy in the Middle East. Now we will find out if President Obama will side with demonstrators who are putting their lives on the line for real change in the region, or if he will continue to denigrate the democracy agenda.

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    43 Responses to Morning Bell: Sham Elections Expose Obama's Iran Policy

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      I hope that it can be proven that the Iranian election was a sham. Seeing that President Obama tried to throw this in our faces, it will be interesting to see him wiggle out from under this farce.

      Just another step in the failure of President Obama!

    2. Joshua from Nashvill says:

      Dear Conn Carroll,

      I was curious as to what sources you used to find out how the elections were conducted in Iran. Fore example what source did you use to explain the selection process of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's competition in the presidential election? Thank you for a great article.

      Sincerely,

      Joshua

    3. Brad, Oklahoma says:

      "# Call on other nations to support demonstrators and lead an international coalition to impose the strongest possible targeted economic sanctions against Iran.

      # Strengthen U.S. security in the region and at home by rescinding his budget cuts and fully funding missile defense."

      Yeah, that will SO encourage the moderates in Iran. It was Bush declaring Iran part of the axis of evil that set back the reform movement in Iran in the first place. Blustering at them now will only help the hard liners.

    4. okiejim Oklahoma says:

      It appears that our naive, altruistic and inexperienced president is sending us deeper and deeper into a chaotic and dangerous quagmire. It is time for the cool-aid drinkers and leftest advisers in his inner circle be removed and replaced with men and women that love this country. We cannot afford anymore apologies to those nations that hate us and do not respect freedom and liberty for their peoples. If President Obama does not get it, it is time for him to be removed from office. VP Biden should be ashamed of himself for publically supporting the President. He may be a bit off-center, but he was always a patriot,,, until now.

    5. Richard Cancemi, Ar says:

      "The more things change, the more they remain the same"

    6. RDMartin Boston M says:

      Hey, does "Acorn" have a branch office in Iran?

    7. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

      How can the Demented minds at the HF

      blame Obama for the Iran election results.

      Ever since Rush became the GOP leader

      they have become MORE HATEFUL OF OBAMA.

      SAD.

    8. jake,LHC says:

      Does this "Iran’s Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, then went on state television Saturday to declare the result a “divine assessment.”" sound just a tab bit like obama devine winds that are blowing.

      I'm sick of people that put a facade on that the are devine and talk about faith and then steal all the taxpayers money and give it to the most over paid thugs in America.

      obamanomics bombed went kapoot, sink like a lead ship because he and his thugs including obiden inexperience and incompetence. Lets see who shoul I fire today that is exposing my ACORN-AMERICORPS foney fraudulent operations???????????

    9. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      This sounds a lot like the past election for obama, the liberal media decided a long time ago who they wanted in the white house, and then ACORN got deeper in the muck and helped the dems by hook and crook. Obama can not degrade the Iran election, he would be throwing rocks in a glass house.

    10. April, Colorado says:

      Wow, Iranian people protesting the results of a corrupt election, fighting for their rights, risking beatings to push for freedom of speech, publicly decrying their leader who hates America and Israel, demanding better relations with the West (hint: that would be us). I call that a fine example of President Obama's efforts at "changing the hearts and minds". His speech in Cairo to the Muslim world was just what we needed to help change the way the Muslim world views America. I want better national security. It starts with DIPLOMACY. We need to make the moderate Muslims our allies. By the way, the moderates are the majority. Thankfully, that is the case in America as well.

    11. tom coal valley says:

      the people of this country are to fault for the problem chid they elected.I bet most are still waitng for that truck with all the goodies mr o promised. we have to have a government that is run by the people not some smooth talking idiot that is taking us into the abyss.

    12. Charles E. Brown - L says:

      The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.”

    13. jake,LHC says:

      I'm not hateful of obama but I hate the corruption of his that got him to the WhiteHouse when he should never of got out of Illinois with his foney fraudulent record.

      obama is a loser, a liar and incompetent.

    14. Liz B. Fairfax, VA says:

      Right. Millions of paper ballots and how many absentee ballots??? Anyone want to hazard a guess as to how this one will turn out? Ha.

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    16. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Obama probably wants Ahmanejad to win and hence the silence. Obama has already stated that on other single country can prevent others from nuclear power or its extension, nuclear bomb. The problem is we have postings like Ken Jarvis of Las Vegas that divide Americans in support of the terrorist country's regime. It is that blind partisanship over the country's security that will cause great harm. What will Obama do when N.Korea launches a missile that lands off the coast of Washington State? Or, when Iran launches detonates a nuclar device inside Israel through its proxy Hezbellah or Hamaas? Obama is enslaving Americans to the Chinese through the reckless spending, borrowing and printing money.

      Sum total of that type of foreign policy is anti-American clothed in apology speeches.

    17. Rhonda, Texas says:

      I think Acorn was is running rampant in Iran for Ahmadinejad's campaign. The loser wins.

    18. Thomas, Anchorage, A says:

      Brad, what are you not understanding? Conn never mentioned appealing to moderates as that's not who leads Iran. Our leaders and the world's leaders need to put their collective foot on Iran's wrist and keep it from picking up and wielding a nuclear arsenal. Have you really convinced yourself that President Bush [properly] including Iran in the Axis of Evil set back the reform movement, as you call it?

      Ken, please cite where Heritage blames President Obama for Iran's election results. They didn't. What they did point out is how our clueless President issued a canned statement about the election results. A robust debate? Only government-selected candidates could run, the government has been largely successful in suppressing dissent, and there is little debate that the election was a fraud. The challengers didn't even win their home districts; that's a little odd… Find one of those misting fans and get out of the heat, Ken.

    19. b1gdon says:

      I'm sure that Obama would love nothing more than to embrace the protesters and give those who want to liberalize the country explicit support. The problem is, the leaders of the movement have asked us to stay out.

    20. ella quinn n.c. says:

      I agree with dennis.

    21. Leo@SE-Michigan says:

      The ruling teocracy in Iran instituted all sorts of Western republican puppets playing a "kabuki story" of a make-believe democracy. That strategy appeases public opinion around the world and inside their own borders. Now you see peoples of the world, and in Iran (i.e., demonstrators) believing they have a democracy.

      GET REAL PEOPLE! Iran is NOT A DEMOCRACY. Iran is #1 sponsor of terrorism in the Middle-East. Iran built and delivered to the hand of Hamas all short-range the missiles that hit Israel since the Palestinian authonomy was granted. Now Iran is building nukes. WHERE DO YOU THINK IT WILL HAPPEN TO ISRAEL AND THE USA (and the rest of the Christian world)???

    22. George, Oregon says:

      I thought Daniel Pipes said he preferred an Ahmadinejad re-election. Saying, “I’m sometimes asked who I would vote for if I were enfranchised in this election, and I think that, with due hesitance, I would vote for Ahmadinejad".

      Though I suppose his personal opinion does not reflect that of The Heritage Foundation as a whole, and a sham election is a sham, period.

      Though is "more obvious of two evils" preference seems to be working out as he hoped in a way.

    23. Bijan, Tehran says:

      The best policy is the US government avoids any comment on the current Iranian election. Any comment or action from the US, will be used by Ahmadinejad against Iranian democracy movement.

      Be sure Iranian people can get rid of Ahmadinejad and other hard liners this time.

    24. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Only an idiot or a fool or a "The Man Smiling in Your Face, While Picking Your Pocket" would ever have said or thought the outcome to be any other way!

      Hozro

    25. Ron, Derry NH says:

      I for one won't blame Obama for Iranian policies, I will blame him for inaction, if we have any ability to use any action productively in that region.

      In this case his empty suit and apologetic nature may have no audience value so my expectations are being met by his doing what he does best.

      In America you can talk big and have everyone else do your job and make excuses for your failures, in Iran he would actually have to bring a plan to fruition through affective means. Better men have already done worse with strong rhetoric and a willingness to implement reality with solid action.

      I have real expectations from Obama built on 100 days of chaos he has tilled in America with not a single thing being rooted in reality, Concern for American values, or care of its consequences for now or the future.

      Everything Obama does hinges on the audiences willingness to believe he is the first American that really cares and will be successful because he has some personal magic up his sleeve. the rest of the world is not as naive, hopeful or ignorant of reality.

      I am happy to say Obama may actually know his limitations on this, as the audience in Iran isn't going to see his credentials as having much real world clout.

      He has been duped by the UAW in a hostile take over of a company, that they played a roll in bringing to its knees at the expense of every American taxpayers. Systematically he has allowed himself to be lured into private business failures using the American taxpayers lively-hood, value and retirements as if it were his own private wallet. He has trampled bankruptcy law to elevate himself above the system, corrupting BOND legalities to freely excessive his contempt for American business law and trust and you actually want him meddling in another countries affairs.

      Let's keep the epidemic at home and try to find an antidote first!

    26. Judith of The Great says:

      Mr. O. will not support demonstrators in Iran because he has no wish to do so.

      He will not support an international coalition to impose sanctions on Iran because that is not his agenda.

      He will not rescind defense budget cuts, because he has no wish to build America's defenses. That is being sacrificed to create more social programs, thus solidifing his control here.

      What is happening is exactly what he has wanted to happen. His power in the Middle-East will be solidified with the status quo, and then he won't have to face tough decisions here at home. Our enemies will "love" him for not interfering and it actually shows his approval.

      To you Mr. O supporters, would you please relate an instance, any time in modern history, when appeasement and backing down actually worked? How about Germany in the 1930'-1940's No? Then how about Japan in the 1930's-1940's? No?

      Then when?

    27. chris naples fl says:

      The President once again falls short on leadership over forein policy. The United States is (was) a leader for freedom and democracy. But tough decisions have to be made to spread democracy. The President aspires to apoligize for the U.S. He should apoligize to the Iranian people an the American people for being a coward.

    28. Ken Jarvis - Las Veg says:

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      t the Morning Bell.

      I They push it up to the side, and it is hard for me to r read.

      s So I will try this.

      i I am on Facebook = Ken Jarvis

      m My Email address is LVKen7@gmail.com

      i any time YOU want to discuss anything – LET ME KNOW.

      S Spiritof76, New Hampshire writes:

      t "The problem is we have postings like Ken Jarvis of L Las Vegas that divide Americans in support of the T terrorist country’s regime.

      h Here is what I said = How can the Demented minds at t the HF blame Obama for the Iran election results.

      e Ever since Rush became the GOP leader

      t they have become MORE HATEFUL OF OBAMA. SAD.

      t Thomas, Anchorage, AK writes:

      k Ken, please cite where Heritage blames

      p President Obama for Iran’s election results.

      t The Morning Bell Headline was – Morning Bell: Sham e Elections Expose Obama’s Iran Policy

      l LVKen7@Gmail.com

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    30. Denise, IL says:

      HF writes: "Now we will find out if President Obama will side with demonstrators who are putting their lives on the line for real change in the region, or if he will continue to denigrate the democracy agenda."

      We can't expect Obama to support a democracy agenda elsewhere when he denigrates it here. He wants major change, he doesn't want this country to resemble anything like it was prior to January 2009, he's doing everything he can to make sure his vision becomes reality, and falsely promising great things to people stupid enough to believe him. We will all be worse off when he is through and anyone who believes otherwise is a total fool.

    31. April, Colorado says:

      Kid gloves are what’s needed now. Let the Iranian people do THEIR work. Democracy starts from WITHIN a country, by the people and with much sacrifice from the people. Let’s not throw down with Iran and then be forced to back up our strong talk with bombs. Nobody wants another Iraq. Not to mention, the over 3/4 of a MILLION Iraqi men, women and children who are now dead. And, how about that deficit?

      Are you completely unwilling to acknowledge how President Obama’s speech in Cairo has impacted the Muslim people? Why do you think that he made the speech so soon before the election? The protesters are taking to the streets to fight for a fair election, they are risking beatings or worse to fight for freedom of speech AND they want better relations with the West (hint, hint: that would be us). This is ALL GOOD. Let’s not muck it up!

      All I can say is, Thank God President Bush isn’t in office!

    32. John franklin, wisco says:

      "We are excited to see what appears to be a robust debate taking place in Iran. Whoever ends up winning the election in Iran, the fact there has been a robust debate hopefully will advance our ability to engage them in new ways.”

      Is everything a pep rally for this guy? Somebody better wake him up!

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    34. Barb -mn says:

      I agree with everyone who commented on Ken Jarvis.

      I disagree with anyone who thinks Muslims want a "better relationship with the West."

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    36. Thomas, Anchorage, A says:

      Ken,

      That is not a statement of blame. The sham election exposed President Obama's policy on Iran as one that approaches indifference. He hasn't railed against tyranny. He hasn't screamed support for democracy. He has steered clear of anything resembling a position. He has encouraged debate. He has acknowledged "concern" about violence against dissidents. He wants to talk. None of this is concrete support for or condemnation of anything. President Obama has refused to take a stand against the regime, so the regime walked all over President Obama.

      The election drove home the point that the mullahs and President Ahmadinejad have not been persuaded in any way by President Obama's flimsy character.

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    38. Chyatt says:

      How stupid of American’s to think that Iran will ever resemble U.S. democracy. Or, maybe not.

    39. Steven Bergel, NY says:

      This corrupt Iranian dictator thrived under Bush, so there is plenty of failure to share by several administrations.

    40. chris furlong, calif says:

      Obama will not take any significant action with Iran. He has already cut a deal with Ahmedinejad behind the scenes. This is an inflamatory statement for which I do not have supporting facts…but, if we still had real journalism in this country the facts would be revealed.

    41. Len, Alexandria,KY says:

      Obama's loud Silence is truly a black eye for Freedom loving America!! Will he ver discover some ideology that actually portrays American Values or is he just bent on Breaking the Bank???

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