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  • Obama on Iran: Don’t Blame Me

    President Obama provided some much-anticipated guidance on his policy towards Iran today in the fourth news conference of his presidency. But even without teleprompters, Mr. Obama proved a master at sticking to his talking points, which were as follows:

    1. Violence is bad. At the very least, Mr. Obama is finally finding the political courage to say, as he did in his opening statement, that “we deplore violence anywhere.” Regarding the shooting of the 26 year old Iranian girl, who bled to death and whose picture is now being beamed around the world, Mr. Obama called it “problematic.”
    2. Don’t blame me. More than anything, Mr. Obama did not want to be used as a tool by the Iranian government. Looking, as he often does at world events, through the lens of his own presidency, Mr. Obama took great affront at the charges leveled by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khameini (who hovers over the political system like a black cloud) that Mr. Obama, along with the CIA, are behind the street protests. “There are reports that I have told protestors to go out into the street to riot. They are patently false.” In no way, shape, or form did Mr. Obama want to take credit for the acts of extraordinary courage we have seen taking place on the streets of Tehran. At least the president is being honest, as his second point serves to illustrate.
    3. Only history can tell. As though Hegelian historical forces were at play, on which the president of the United States can have no impact, Mr. Obama was at pains to state that only time will tell how the situation in Iran is resolved. Repeatedly, the president stated that “we are watching,” “we are waiting to see how this plays itself out,” “we have to monitor the situation.” Or, at the very end of the press conference, “The Iranian people know that we are watching.” That must be a great comfort to them.
    4. The choice is up to the Iranian government. If the Iranian government wants to follow the path to international acceptance that Mr. Obama has graciously opened for them, they will have to behave according to international accepted norms of behavior. If not, that is really too bad. Mr. Obama repeatedly declined the opportunity to spell out any consequences for the violence. He did not even want to say that Iranian diplomats might be disinvited from July 4 celebration at the U.S. embassies. Our doors are open, and if the Iranians want to walk in, that is their choice, in other words.

    Protesters in Iran have courageously taken to the streets, risking and losing their lives to demand free and fair elections, rather than the political sham in which they have been living for decades. Indeed, the popular uprisings in Iran have been among the most exciting developments in Middle East in decades. Even political leaders in Europe, specifically French President Nicolas Sarcozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have talked about the moral imperative of supporting the Iranian people. That the president of the United States is choosing to wash his hands is a profound disappointment.

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    39 Responses to Obama on Iran: Don’t Blame Me

    1. Andrew, New York says:

      Nice article but, accuracy in reporting is important to credibility. Was not the girl (Nada?) 26 yrs. old? Bringing the age down makes it sound much more tragic as if it needed some help.

      Keeping it real.


    2. Spiritof76 says:

      Obama is a pathetic American president. He repeats as often as he can that he doesn't want to comment on the consequences of Iranian regime's violent oppression of its people as he does not know how it is going to play out. So, killing a protestor in cold blood has to wait until which side wins? Is it OK to Obama if the oppressor proved successful with their brutal methods?

      Our country is proceeding along the same lines as Iran in that the media is controlled and tea party goers are all being demonized.

    3. Paddy, Washington, D says:

      Obama proved to be a major disappointment and a major coward today. Reagan would have applauded the "freedom fighters" demonstrating in Iran and pledged US support.

      This could be Obama's big historical moment to applaud them and incorporate his own "Change" marketing but instead he is clearly turning down the mantle of Leader of the Free World.

      Oppressed freedom-lovers, beware.

      President Obama doesn't have your back.

    4. Mary Conner says:

      Obama only reacts or acts when he is sure he can blame it on someone else so he remains innocent to his followers. I am sure you would call a young Iranian girl who is shot getting out of her car (because it was hot), bleeding to death along side the road "problematic" what a spin! I am sure her parents are comforted by Obama saying "we are watching" after all he has been anointed the "One".



    6. Mary Conner, Fort Wo says:

      I would like to send my condolences to her family and to say I am praying for their freedom. I know the joy of living in a free Country but I am not sure how long it will last with Obama at the helm.



    8. Joe, Morton Ill. says:

      to complete the article title "Don't blame me, I voted present."

    9. ozzy6900 says:

      President Obama simply has no backbone and will run from the slightest provocation taking this Country down with him.

    10. Craig Price, Ohio says:

      Deja Vu, Iran has exposed another weak President! History does indeed reat itself.

    11. Sharp, General Deliv says:

      If 10% of Americans had 1% the courage of the Iranians we wouldn't be losing our at one time, "Home of the Brave, Land of the Free," this nation called, America.

    12. Arnie Rosner, Founta says:

      The fact that the position of the United States is even in question,in a circumstance like this, in anyone's mind, especially the French and the Germans, reflects a serious decline in global security and may even encourage future excursions by more aggressive factions, sensing a sign of weakness, to seek their part in world domination.

      Perhaps this is a case of conflicting loyalties as revealed by Obama's own words, in his book, "Audacity of Hope"

      "Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

    13. Cheryl North Prairi says:

      Remember, we have a vote in 2010. Change the Congress and we might have a chance to survive the next 3 1/2 years….and we can change the direction by voting in a conservative President who truly loves this country with no apologies!

      Get involved and make 'change' happen that will help our great country!

    14. Honey Bee, Houston, says:

      2010 cannot get here quick enough for me. Let your representatives know your thoughts and then PUT THEM ON NOTICE!!!! We are coming for them. THEY WORK FOR US and we are not impressed.

      I only hope people will not believe everything they hear. I hope they have learned their lesson.

      Obama is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He talked pretty to get your vote and then he pounced on America, devouring it piece by piece, tax upon tax and lie after lie. WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!! It is going to take all of us for this country to be great again.

    15. Patricia,Hobbs,N.M. says:

      It's absolutely amazing to me that Obama doesn;t want to speak out against the Iranian government for fear of meddling but yet he tries to tell Israel where they can and cannot build intheir own country. What a hippocrit! He's all over the tv day and night but is strangely quiet when people are dying in the streets. I admire the Iranian people for standing up for what they beleive even at the risk of death.The American people need to take a page from that book and stand up before we are turned into a third world country. It's really disgusting to see that the president of France(Sarkozy) stand up before our President to speak out against tyranny. I knew Obama was a weak ineffective president but I am surprized that he is allowing the whole world to see it. I can only hope that this will start to wake up our own people and get them to finally speak out.

    16. Nancy St. Louis, MO says:

      As Biden said once, in one of his more 'lucid' moments, Obama WILL be tested. I would say that he is being tested right now. He is failing miserably as far as being the "Leader" of this country or ANY country. He may have been able to run a brilliant campaign and organize communities like crazy but that has nothing to do with running a country. He is not FROM this country so his allegiance has NEVER been with this country. And it shows in everything he does. Obama is about Obama, not freedom, not security, not America.

      If the voters can't see that his election was the biggest mistake Americans EVER made, then we are in for some real trouble.

      This man needs to be removed from this office as soon as possible.

      The only hope we have in the short term is to completely vote out the Congressional Democrats in 2010. AND some of the REPUBLICRATS.

      I pray we are all ALLOWED to still vote by then.

    17. Don Koebrich, Atlant says:

      2010 is the BEST chance to positively change the direction of this country. I hear allot of people complaining about the White House and Congress, so I can only hope that people see that YES, we will have a voice, and we still can made a difference……Get rid of Chris "Dud" Dodd, Barney "The Banking Queen" Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid. This would be a great start…….

    18. April, Colorado says:

      Where is the comment that I submitted earlier? Makes me wonder if the Neocons checking this blog are really in favor of freedom of speech… Why has my opinion been censored?

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    20. Sharp, General Deliv says:

      The folks who hate this country, and have been allowed to live here mocking freedom, stealing from the system with both hands, need to get a clear message, this clear and present threat to American Freedom will get it's proper response. American's being a loving people, slow to anger, are the hands down best troops under fire that's ever been seen in combat. If enough Americans stand up, this threat will disappear like cowardly smoke, without violence. We are not close to being in the same trouble as the nobel Iranians, not yet.

    21. Tom, Shreveport says:

      Obama may be sitting there taking notes on the situation in Iran so he will know how to handle the protests that are coming in the future of this country… Sad to say but I see the same situation here… 2010 can't get here quick enough. The only problem with 2010 is that "John Q Public" will forget all this and vote the same idiots back in.

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    23. OPAS says:

      Protesters in Iran have courageously taken to the streets, risking and losing their lives to demand free and fair elections, rather than the political sham in which they have been living

      It is for sure that will never be written about the "Vote'm BACK IN" MENTALITY that keeps sending those same people back to Congress and Senate election after election after election. COMPLAIN? Oh Yes! What are YOU going to do about it? Why we are going to VOTE THEM ALL BACK IN AGAIN.

    24. Harry says:

      I can't wait for 2010. Since the politicians won't endorse let alone mention term limits; lets all of us as citizens start imposing our own term limits by voting out anyone that has been in office for more than 2 terms. That ought to shake them up. To much greed and corruption going on due to various special interest groups and organizations out to destroy our country.

    25. Harry, Illinois says:

      I can't wait for 2010. Since the politicians won't endorse, let alone mention term limits; lets all of us as citizens start imposing our own term limits by voting out anyone that has been in office for more than 2 terms. That ought to shake them up. To much greed and corruption going on due to various special interest groups, lobbyist and organizations out to destroy our country.

    26. Mara, Charlotte says:

      Attend a tea party on July 4 and e-mail your senator and congressman on a daily basis. Americans need to stand up and show Washington that we have had enough.

      If we do not stand now, we will lose our freedom.

      "When the people fear the government that is tyranny. When the government fears the people that is liberty." (Thomas Jefferson)

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    28. Robert, Virginia says:

      It is disappointing to read about the President's "wait and see" approach to Iran. Our leaders did not always act this way. President Kennedy flew out to Berlin after the infamous wall was built in order to support our allies. Reagan supported protesters against the Soviets in Poland and armed uprisings against the Russians in Afghanistan. For actions such as these and others, the President of the USA became known as the leader of the free world. Now instead, Obama would rather be an observer than a leader.

      Iran has been at the forefront of causing unrest in the Middle East. Iran has supported terrorists in Iraq and Lebanon and is acquiring nuclear weapons. The people of Iran are rebelling against the tyrannical regime that has denied them life,liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, the president is satisfied watching it play out. What if France had done the same thing in the late 1770s? Rather than inviting the Iranians to 4th of July parties, the President should take the time to refresh his memory on how the country was founded.

    29. Tom, Panama City Bea says:

      Too little, too late is the mark of poor leadership. Anyone can wait to see "how the winds are blowing", to follow the polls or do some "Monday morning quarterbacking." But it takes a real good man to immediately stand up for what's moral and best for his people and the people of the world – freedom from tyranny. When and if that will ever happen from usurper BO is highly questionable. His voting supporters should feel ashamed and never admit to being for his change.

    30. Steve, Norfolk Virgi says:

      The most important thing in the Middle East is the stability of that region. What is important to know is that in the Middle East, the person with the biggest gun gets to have the power to stablize. Mr. Obama, as the most powerful man in the world, is in a position to dictate this if he wants to. However, everybody expects him to and if he doesn't, the United States in nothing more than a paper tiger. I think we are headed down the wrong path by being too nice.

    31. Gordon Naples fl says:

      We must stand up for America now. How can we do it? We need to have the media report the truth but as we can see they have been bought by Obama. But there sponsors are not. Do what I have been doing contact as many of the advertisers that use the media and tell them until there is fare and proper reporting on what is going on in Washington we will boycott there product. Let them pull there adds if the media dose not change they will be gone. Take back our country before it is to late.

    32. B Sirrine says:

      With Health care as well as social security the folks in DC have one way to look at everything! Do as I say, not as I do! How does their heath care and retirement package compare to those doing the work?

    33. Gary, Fort Worth says:

      In the past when I accepted a position that I maybe wasn't fully qualified for I had the common sense to surround myself experts in that area. The next thing you do is give clear direction, remove road blocks in their path, back their efforts, compensate them well get the hell out of their way and learn. This idiot has not done any of that. He has surrounded himself with idiots like himself. I spent 26 years in the military in a lot of nasty places defending this country from losers like this. Never realized that the worst enemy to this country and our freedom would come from within. It is truly a sad day for America. Come on 2010 and I pray our voting rights are still intact.

    34. Martin, Alabama says:

      I would bet that he would be singing a different tune if Americans would have protested the POTUS Election because of the evident fraud of ACORN. This guy is a snake and all his supporters will reap what they have sown; poverty!

    35. Canyon, Texas says:

      Obama understands every crisis is "above his pay grade," especially if he has to take a position or stand. His motto is, "Cut and Run." Rahm will count the votes.

    36. gamal jebahi says:

      well well well , here we go again the spin master at works,leave Iran alone and look out for yours problem, sound like someone is hiden behind it all for the sole purpose of shifting the attention from the home front problems, jobs, layoff, health, more, ect..Mr.obama, and all previous US.presidents went to saudi arabia and did not utter a word about women or civil rights there , and there was no news confrences either, Do you know there is a highway intersection from jeddah to mecca, with a big sign written on it, christians are not allowed, so you have to exist it right there or face beheading ,, i wonder what will happen if Mr. Obama decided to keep going there,,some show.when are you going to wake up and stop using "human rights" when it benefit your agenda,and keep your mouth shut when it area of concers to others.

    37. Jeff, Atlanta says:

      Obama's non-commital response is a typical liberal Clintonesque response. Let the polls rule. Don't confront evil and stick to the moral high ground at the risk of commiting polital suicide. If Reagan had maintained such an attitude the Berlin wall would never have come down. I guess he will also wait to see if Hawaii is still intact after the Independence Day to confront Kim Jong Il.

    38. Glynn, Euless, TX says:

      There is no way Obama will support the protests in Iran. If he does then it is contradictory to the response that him and the liberals had towards the Tea Parties. He does not believe in the "right to assemble" because it is not how he views the constitution or freedom as a whole. Backing the protest towards the Irananian government would fully justify this country in doing the same which would jeopardize him, his administration, and is ideology.

    39. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Gee, I guess all the posterior smooching and apologies for American arrogance, dismissiveness and derisiveness didn't play out as well as expected.

      Mr. Obama is certainly blameless for inciting protests in the streets of Iran. Has he ever encouraged anyone to protest against government's encroachment on individual freedom and attempts to silence criticism?

      With regard to Iran's 'freely elected' government opening fire on the protesters, one wonders if Mr. Obama might be taking a view sympathetic to the Iranian government. After all, where do these people get off criticizing government?

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